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FC Barcelona News: 5 September 2017; Internationals Start to Return, Kickoff Against Las Palmas Confirmed

UD Las Palmas v FC Barcelona - Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images

French trio of Umtiti, Dembélé and Digne together at last for Tuesday training | FC Barcelona
The three Frenchmen at FC Barcelona are together at last. Since new signing Ousmane Dembélé arrived at the club, he has not had the chance to train with compatriots Samuel Umtiti and Lucas Digne as they have been off on duty for the national team.

Barcelona claim Messi HAS signed new contract... so why is it not official? | Goal
Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu claims Lionel Messi has in fact signed a new contract, blaming "schedule problems" for the delay in announcing the news officially. The Catalan club's star man had been under contract at Camp Nou until 2018, with speculation mounting that he will look to leave as negotiations over improved terms continued to drag on.

Barcelona claim Andres Iniesta has agreed to renew contract | FC Barcelona
Iniesta, 33, is out of contract in June and reports in Italy claim he is a target for Juventus, who would like to sign him on a free transfer next summer. Like Lionel Messi, who has agreed terms on a new contract but is yet to officially put pen-to-paper, Barca want the Spain international to see out the rest of his career at the Nou Camp.

First session of Barcelona derby week | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona trained on Monday to continue preparing for their league match against Espanyol at the Camp Nou on Saturday. It is the first Barcelona derby of the season and it comes in the third La Liga fixture of the campaign. Ernesto Valverde coached the available first team players in a session on pitch number three at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper.

Kick-off set for seventh La Liga fixture of the season | FC Barcelona
La Liga confirmed the schedule for the seventh fixture of the league season on Monday to be played on Saturday 29 September and Sunday 1 October. FC Barcelona will receive a visit from Las Palmas at 4.15pm CET on Sunday 1 October. The match against the team from the Canary Islands is just before the following international break.

Ousmane Dembélé: 'I love the way Barça play' | FC Barcelona
While the bulk of his colleagues are still away on international duty, the French striker has been getting used to his new surroundings and a new city, and also took time out to give us this interview, which reveals a lot about the summer signing’s personal side.

Mino Raiola plays down links to Barcelona's Xavi Simons | ESPN
Raiola has Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marco Verratti among others on his books and is considered one of the most powerful agents in football, perhaps only second to Jorge Mendes. Simons, who is still just 14, is rated as one of the brightest prospects coming through Barca's academy at the moment.

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