After picking up a knock in training yesterday, Adriano has been officially ruled out of tomorrow's friendly with PSG, and may miss the match with Manchester United as well - depending on his recovery. The club's Olympians have returned to training, with the notable exception being Jordi Alba, who has been granted extra rest after his hectic summer schedule. Elsewhere, Mamadou Sakho praises Barcelona, Busquets praises Song, and apparently Salomon Rondon has spoken to The Sun...
Note: Bostjan is away for the next few days, so you're stuck with me doing the news :P
Olympians Martín Montoya and Cristian Tello were the two new faces at this morning’s training session, with Dos Santos and Adriano both working apart from the rest of the group. The players put in their last training session of the week on Pitch Number 3 at the Ciutat Esportiva, where two of the Club’s Olympic footballers -Martín Montoya and Cristian Tello- were welcomed back. The third, Jordi Alba, is not due back until August 8th.
The 23-year-old, who signed for the clubs in June in a €14 million deal, has not yet had the chance to feature for the Blaugrana after joining his country's Olympic squad. Alba flew into Barcelona on Thursday afternoon following La Roja's early exit in London, and the Spanish club have confirmed that the ex-Valencia defender will be allowed to rest in the next five days, returning to duty on August 8, when the squad fly out to Gothenburg to take on the Red Devils.
Asked on specific names, Sergio said "Song is a very good player. Young, hard-working and physically strong. As for Sergi Roberto, he’s more than ready but I think he’s more of an inside player … Barça has a lost a lot without Keita, both on and off the pitch. He was a very popular player who gave us a lot of strength on the field."
"We're at home, hosting Barca, the best team in the world! What more can you say? To play against those players, those artists who are the best of the best... it will be a great chance for us to measure ourselves as a team. On a personal level, to play against those forwards can only make you a better player."
"I have had four magnificent years at Barcelona. I never had any problems with anyone at the club and most certainly not with Pep. I have a lot of respect for him and he knows that," Keita stated to RAC1. "I did not speak badly of Pep yesterday, not today, and won't speak badly of him tomorrow. Everybody who has seen those statements will realise they're not mine. I have not spoken badly of him.
And now a number of players, including the Spain international, are set to leave La Rosaleda, and it is understood that Pellegrini is also weighing up his options. The 58-year-old was due to meet Moayad Shatat, the general manager of the club, on Thursday, but the Qatari did not return to Spain on time. They are now set to meet on Friday, and there is significant doubt that the club can afford to pay the coach's €3.3 million (£2.6m) annual salary.
Salomon Rondon has hinted he would be happy to leave troubled Malaga amid reports of a £10million bid from Tottenham. He is quoted as saying in The Sun: "If the situation is not fixed, it is normal that players would leave."
Sporting KC announced today a deal with Spanish midfielder Oriol Rosell after the 20-year-old spent the last six seasons with FC Barcelona. "I'm very happy to be here and I'm eager to start working with the team," Rosell said. "With my hard work, I hope to help the club achieve the objectives that we are focused on. I am very impressed by the support and I want to make the fans happy with my game."
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