Malcom has revealed his delight at being called up by Brazil for the first time in his career. He said: “For any Brazilian player it’s a dream to play for the national team, to represent your country is an honour. I’m very happy, I didn’t expect it now but it’s very gratifying and I hope to be able to give a lot of joy to the Brazilian fans. I also want to thank my family and all those who have supported me, and to Barça for opening the doors.”
Barcelona B secured an impressive 3-0 win over Conquense on Saturday. Rafa Mujica grabbed a hat-trick, and Oriol Busquets also made his long-awaited return from injury in the game. Riqui Puig also shone with a lovely backheel in the build-up to the third goal.
Manchester City have joined the race to sign Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong. Barcelona have been heavily linked with a move for the Dutch international, but Pep Guardiola’s side had a £50 million bid for De Jong rejected in the summer and plan to try again.
Denis Suarez sent out a message after being recalled to the Barcelona squad to face Girona. He wrote on social media: “No matter the time, they matter the desire. I’m back. and stronger than ever.”
RFEF chief Luis Rubiales has said that as it stands Barcelona’s clash with Girona will not be going ahead in Miami. “We’ve asked for a legal report and as of today, the Montilivi game can’t be played in Miami. The Federation’s decision is in line with the position recently expressed by Infantino. Obviously, we’re in contact with international organisations who support the same thesis. It’s also categorically false that La Liga requested a meeting with the RFEF. I don’t know why Tebas said he was going to see us.
Girona coach Eusebio Sacristan has given his view of how his team will play against Barcelona on Sunday. He said: “It will be very difficult to score because of the enormous ability they have, but we will try. We need to make the most of our chances and go to the Camp Nou with determination. We have to have confidence, hope and courage.”
There has been further information leaked about Barcelona’s kit for next season. The home shirt will be checked, in the same style as Croatia’s kit. The shorts will be dark blue, and the socks will have the same pattern as the shirt. Eeek!