Antoine Griezmann’s future remains the subject of huge speculation but Atletico Madrid presidet Enrique Cerezo says the Frenchman is going nowhere. “Griezmann has a contract and cannot sign with another team, these are facts. He has not told me at all about wanting to move away so it would surprise me a lot of this was his desire. What is certain and what I can tell you is that he is under contract and this means no other sign can sign him without our permission, and it is a long contract.”
Lionel Messi was Barcelona’s match-winner against Chelsea, scoring twice to bring up a century of goals in the Champions League. He was pretty pleased about it too: “I’m happy to have reached 100 goals in such a beautiful competition, but the important thing was to move forward in a difficult match against a team with lots of really good players.”
Samuel Umtiti also played a starring role against Chelsea but said he felt Barcelona did too much defending: “We tried to defend well, but we defended too much for my liking. Our game is more [about] going forward, playing in our opponent’s half. But the most important thing is we qualified. We suffered, but that will serve us well in the matches to come.”
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte spent plenty of time talking to Lionel Messi after Wednesday’s clash and was full of praise for the Argentine. “This type of player, there is one born in every 50 years,” he said post-match after watching the Barca star dump his side out of the competition.
Barcelona confirmed at the weekend they had agreed a deal to sign Arthur from Gremio, and the midfielder has revealed Philippe Coutinho and Paulinho helped tempt him to the Camp Nou. Arthur said he spoke to both players about the move and that he’s happy to be joining one of the biggest clubs in the world.
Barcelona have confirmed that Sergio Busquets will be out for three weeks after picking up an injury during Chelsea. The midfielder now faces a race against time to be fit for the Champions League quarter-finals in April. The first legs are scheduled to take place on April 3th and 4th and the draw takes place tomorrow.
The World Cup is getting closer and France stars Samuel Umtiti and Ousmane Dembele have been helping show off Les Bleus new kit. France will wear traditional blue shirts with white shorts and red socks for this summer’s tournament in Russia.