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FC Barcelona News: 1 April 2017: Pique Rested For Granada Trip, Messi Suspended

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Gerard Piqué is left out of the squad for the trip to Granada - FC Barcelona
Barça bring the international break to an end with an away trip to Granada. The blaugranas face the Andalucian side on Sunday and they do so with various absences from the match day squad. Aleix Vidal is a long-term injury, the injured Arda Turan joined him on the side-lines as well as the suspended Leo Messi. Turan sustained an injury to his right leg while on international duty and will be out for around three weeks. On top of this, Gerard Piqué didn’t take part in the final training session with permission from the manager and he has been left out of the squad.

Last session before the trip to Granada - FC Barcelona
Barça are ready for their next Liga match following the two-week international break. The blaugranas are away to Granada on Sunday at 8.45pm CET and on Saturday they completed their final training session before the match against the Andalucian side. During the week, Luis Enrique has welcomed back his international players after they returned from their duties with their respective national teams.

Granada happy hunting ground for Luis Suárez - FC Barcelona
Luis Suárez is a goal machine, of that there is no doubt. The man who has won the European Golden Shoe on no less than two occasions as the continent’s top goalscorer travels to Granada this weekend in his side’s 29th league game of the season. The Uruguayan striker has played just twice at the Nuevo Los Cármenes stadium yet has scored four times in the Andalusian city that houses the world famous Alhambra Palace.

Arsenal set Hector Bellerin asking price amid Barcelona interest | Metro News
Arsenal will demand £42 million for Hector Bellerin as Barcelona have made the right-back their priority transfer target this summer, according to reports in Spain. Mundo Deportivo claim that the 22-year-old is wanted by Barcelona and Manchester City, but the defender’s first-choice destination is his former club.

Barcelona youth product Lee Seung-Woo scores insane goal for South Korea U20s - Mirror Online
Barcelona youth product Lee Seung-Woo scored a sublime goal for South Korea U20s during the international break this week. The 19-year-old attacker plies his trade for Barcelona's U19s and Barcelona II. Like many other professional footballers, Seung-Woo was called up for international duty last week - and he didn't let his country down.Neymar won’t leave Barcelona while he is hovering close to the throne | Barney Ronay | Football | The Guardian

Two things seem clear. First, Neymar is at his best when he simply grasps the game in front of him and plays like he’s the only superstar on the pitch, as he has for Brazil and in some of his best moments for Barcelona. And secondly, that he is only going to find his own jumping-off point, his fiefdom, a football world to bend to his own shape, if he does. For that to happen at some stage he must stop being nice and deferential, a wonderful "waiter" as they say in Brazil – with a class-leading eight assists so far in the Champions League this season – and escape from Lionel Messi’s shadow.

Barcelona News: Technical Director Fernandez wants two La Liga transfers | Football | Sport |
According to newspaper Mundo Deportivo, Valencia’s Mariano Konyk and Ismael Gutierrez of Real Betis are both on Barca’s radar. Konyk, 19, is a Spanish-Argentine defender who has been central to Valencia’s progress in the UEFA Youth League this season. The player, of Ukrainian origin, was signed by Fernandez back in 2013 when the official was a talent spotter at Valencia.

James Rodriguez set for Real Madrid exit after sponsorship snub sparks Premier League scramble | The Independent
James Rodriguez is all but set to leave Real Madrid during the summer, sparking a bidding war between a number of Premier League clubs, including Chelsea and Manchester United. Reports from Spanish sports daily AS suggest that manager Zinedine Zidane has lost faith with the Colombian, with Rodriguez only featuring in 33 per cent of Real’s games so far this season.

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