Pep Guardiola is clear that his team will go into the Spanish Super Cup against Real Madrid a little short of preparation, but insisted that: "it’s the state of mind that counts in these cases – the mind can do anything".
The La Liga and Champions League holders have secured the option to re-sign the player over the next two years, and Romeu has refused to rule out a second stint at Camp Nou. "You never know what could happen in the future, I will always support Barca and I hope someday I can return there," he said at a press conference. "But right now, what I want is to succeed at Chelsea and be fine there."
"We look forward to Cesc joining, and it seems that it is in the final stages now," the 31-year-old stated. "We hope that the signing goes through as it is what we all want. "It's a matter of agreement between Barca and Arsenal, but I am optimistic and I think Cesc will arrive at the club."
A second half renaissance ensured that Tottenham beat Athletic Bilbao 2-1 in their final pre-season friendly at White Hart Lane. A turgid first half contrasted vividly with the second, with a host of changes that closer resembled Harry Redknapp’s more-likely starting lineup, overturning a 1-0 half-time deficit.
"He always seems selfish and arrogant," said Yan Qiang, vice-president of Titan Media, told AFP. "His behaviour won't help his cause in China, nor will it help that of (sponsor) Nike. "The questions he was asked didn't have much to do with football. Chinese fans are different from European fans. Chinese are more into the personal lives of their icons."
According to the statement aired at the web-page of Trabzonspor, the Turkish soccer team Trabzonspor will play the first leg of the match with Athletic Bilbao in Spain on August 18.
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