Nelson Semedo reckons Ousmane Dembele has matured at Barcelona. He said: “He’s more responsible now. Nobody doubts that Dembele is an excellent player with great potential that can and should help us a lot. He’s totally committed to the team.”
Luis Suarez has had a new tattoo on his neck ahead of Saturday’s trip to Espanyol. The Uruguayan shared a video of him having the tattoo of his three fingered goal celebration done on Instagram.
Espanyol boss Rubi has been talking about the Catalan derby and hopes the rivalry stays on the pitch. He said: “Our mindset will be on the sporting side of things and I hope it’s the same for him [Pique]. I am convinced that it will be this way from both sides. We started to talk about the derby from Wednesday onwards, so have had three days to prepare.
Everton managed Marco Silva is unsure if he will be able to keep Andre Gomes at the club after his loan expires. He said: “He’s enjoyed his first two months but let’s see what we can do. We are working on that, I don’t know if I have answer in one week or two weeks. It is not something that it is in our hands. The best scenario to look at is - it is not just in our hands as a club, not just in the hands of Andre, there is a third party as well. Barcelona are included, let’s see when we can talk about the situation.”
Ernesto Valverde is expecting a really tough match in the Catalan derby on Saturday. Speaking ahead of the game he said: “It is a trial by fire and we all have a hard time winning away from home.I also hope there is respect everywhere and a good atmosphere on the field. I expect a close game with the chance of us breaking quickly and generating many scoring chances and if that happens, it should benefit us.”
Premier League side Arsenal are interested in signing Malcom, according to a report in England. Unai Emery is keen to bring in a replacement for the injured Danny Welbeck, and the Gunners are said to have been interested in Malcom since he was at Bordeaux.