Barcelona are taking extreme caution with Samuel Umtiti amid fears he could be the new Thomas Vermaelen. The club do not like the way he’s handled his knee injury by not undergoing surgery and wanted to sell him last summer. He was left out of the friendly against Cartagena because he has not managed two consecutive games for a long time.
Dinamo Zagreb coach Nenad Bjelica has urged Ivan Rakitic to leave Barcelona in the January transfer window. He said: “He has had great seasons at Barça and has become a legend. That’s why he deserves something else but his departure is something that depends on Ivan himself and Valverde We know he is playing less, but wherever he goes he will show how good a player he is again.”
Ernesto Valverde did not want to talk about Ivan Rakitic’s comments about being sad on the Barcelona bench after their friendly on Wednesday. The Barcelona boss was asked about the midfielder and replied “I have nothing to say to Ivan’s comments.”
Pele has been asked which player from 2019 he would have loved to play with and came up with Lionel Messi. Here’s why: “He is a skilled player, gives assists, passes, scores, dribbles well.If we were in a team together, the opponents would have to worry about two players, not just one! Today Messi is the most complete player.”
Gerard Pique has been on TV to talk about the Davis Cup and was asked about what his team-mate Ansu Fati has for breakfast. “How would I know?” he replied. “Cereal with milk, I guess. I have never thought about what Ansu Fati eats for breakfast!” Pique also revealed Ansu’s dad drives him to training as he does not have his driving license yet and neither does Jordi Alba.
Barcelona will wear their new fourth kit for the first time against Atletico Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano on December 1st. The new Senyera-inspired shirt was released this week and features a yellow shirt with red stripes which honours the club’s Catalan identity, culture and values.