Barcelona are closing in on a new contract for Samuel Umtiti. The club are expecting to seal a deal for the Frenchman next week. The renewal will increase his salary and his release clause, as well as handing him a bigger salary. Umtiti’s lawyers are expected in Barcelona on Wednesday and Thursday to finalise the agreement.
Barcelona have enjoyed more success this season as the women’s team beat Atletico Madrid to win the Copa de la Reina on Saturday. A goal from Mariona in the final minute of extra-time was enough to seal a 1-0 win and the trophy for the sixth time.
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu will be backing Lionel Messi at the World Cup. He said: “I hope that Lionel Messi can win it. I hope that Leo Messi, the best player in history, can win it and make his dream come true.”
Philippe Coutinho has been talking about the World Cup and has given his verdict as to the stars who will light up the competition. He said: “For me, Salah and Neymar have serious chances to do that. It depends on how the tournament goes, of course, but they have the talent to do it. Those are the players I would pick out.”
Barcelona’s Under-12 team have been doing the business at the LaLiga Promises tournament where they have already beaten Deportivo La Coruna, Celta Vigo, Sevilla and Real Sociedad. Marca also have a video of their best goals of the competition so far.