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FC Barcelona News: 20 June 2018; Duo Set for International Milestone, Eric Abidal Presented

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Piqué and Suárez set for 100th international appearances | FC Barcelona
Gerard Piqué is one of Spain’s most decorated active players, and has been a fundamental part of his country’s most successful era. He is set to reach a milestone this Wednesday night, as the national team’s game against Iran could mark his 100th official appearance. Likewise, Luis Suárez could receive his 100th cap for Uruguay, who play Saudi Arabia.

Éric Abidal happy to be home | FC Barcelona
Éric Abidal was presented at midday on Tuesday as the new FC Barcelona technical secretary. The Frenchman, who played for the club from 2007 to 2013, said “I am happy to be back home. It is a pleasure for me to return to FC Barcelona. I want to thank the club for entrusting me with such an important job”.

Barcelona will pay Lenglet’s buyout clause on the 1st July | Sport
According to what SPORT has heard from sources close to the Sevilla player, Clement Lenglet will move to Barcelona on the 1st July after the club has agreed to pay his buyout clause. This is an agreement which was reached between Sevilla, Barcelona and Lenglet on Wednesday to avoid any potential problems arising between the two clubs.

Jordi Mestre: ‘We want players who are committed’ | FC Barcelona
Minutes before FC Barcelona’s official presentation of Eric Abidal as the new technical secretary, the Club’s Vice President, Jordi Mestre, appeared before the media to explain Barça’s perspective of the situation surrounding Antoine Griezmann. Here are the highlights of what he had to say:

Barcelona to probe Gerard Pique, Samuel Umtiti roles in Antoine Griezmann decision | ESPN
Pique’s company produced the documentary in which Griezmann rejected an offer to sign for Barca, while Umtiti publicised the airing of the programme via social media. Barca had no idea the documentary was being made and were shocked at the manner in which Griezmann’s decision was finally revealed after months of talks with the France forward.

Puyol: I don’t think Pique was responsible for Barcelona missing out on Griezmann | Marca
“I don’t think that Pique was responsible for the decision that Griezmann took,” Puyol stated at an Aldeas Infantiles charity event. “That he has a producer and that that producer makes a documentary, I don’t see anything wrong. ”Many people may think that Pique has been the one who influenced him, but not at all. Griezmann takes his decision and it is a very important one for an external person to influence you on.