Ivan Rakitic has said he’s expecting to sign a new and improved contract with Barcelona. He said: “It’s something that I’ve already spoken to the club about, before and during the World Cup. It’ll arrive soon but there’s no rush. I know that the club looks after its players well and I’m confident the ‘presi’ will call me soon.”
Arthur has settled in brilliantly a Barcelona, and the club are impressed with how well he is doing. He’s been having weekly Spanish lessons, has looked good in training, is eating heathily and spending lots of time in the gym.
Real Sociedad are confident they will be ready to host Barcelona on September 15. The club have been renovating their stadium, and there are fears it will not be ready in time. President Jokin Aperribay has offered an update: “The reform of Anoeta is very broad, but we are meeting the deadlines. No one said that it would be easy to arrive at a completion date of 15 September, but it will come. We are quietly busy.”
Midfielder Sergi Samper has revealed his pride at being handed a place in the first team squad and the No. 16 shirt for the season. He said: “It will be a pride to defend this shirt that I had dreamed of wearing! I hope it’s a great season for all the Catalans.”
Uruguay have confirmed that Luis Suarez is in the final 20-man squad for their friendly against Mexico in September. The match takes place on September 7 at the NRG Stadium and Suarez is due to travel directly from Barcelona to Houston.