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FC Barcelona News: 31 December 2018; Sergi Roberto Back in Training as Barcelona Make Adrien Rabiot Statement

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Return to work with a double session | FC Barcelona
This Sunday, players from the first team, including Sergi Roberto, trained in a double session on Pitch 2 of the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. Miranda, Chumi, Wague, O. Busquets, Collado and Riqui Puig, from Barça B made up the numbers. Samuel Umtiti is also back in Barcelona to continue with his recovery process.

Senegal international Wague now training with Barça’s first team | Sport
The Senegal international joined the club in the summer after scoring at the World Cup but has been unable to play for the first team due to paperwork issues. However, the Barça B right-back now has clearance to play for Valverde’s side and trained under the Basque coach’s orders on Sunday.

Messi is 2018’s top goalscorer | FC Barcelona
Lionel Messi had another hugely successful year in 2018. The Argentine was the top goalscorer of the year, finding the net on 47 occasions in the 50 games in which he featured. Messi also provided 26 assists for his Barça teammates.

Messi’s 11-year headed goal streak ends | Goal
For the first time since 2007, Lionel Messi has failed to score a headed goal in a single calendar year. The Barcelona and Argentina superstar ended the year with 51 goals for club and country, but none of those came from his head. It was the eighth time Messi scored over 50 goals in the same year, but the first time in 11 years that none of them were headed goals.

FC Barcelona statement on PSG and Rabiot | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona wish to address stories published in France regarding the signing of players from Paris Saint Germain, and make clear that they have not breached any rule in this regard. The only contact made was during the month of August and one week ago. In both cases, this contact was made with PSG’s sporting management to show FC Barcelona’s interest in player Adrien Rabiot.

Overmars explains Ajax’s plans for De Ligt and De Jong | Sport
Marc Overmars, the sporting director at Ajax Amsterdam, is now planning for life without two of the club’s biggest starts, Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt. Overmars has begun to make plans for where to invest the money the Dutch duo will fetch in the summer, with Barcelona keen on both of them.