Lionel Messi is expecting a tough test from Real Madrid in next week’s Clasico clash at the Camp Nou. He said: “I expect a very strong Real Madrid. They are special matches, no matter how one or the other arrives. We are both in a good moment, but they are moments that go apart.”
Barcelona defender Jean-Clair Todibo is a wanted man and has five clubs chasing him. Bayer Leverkusen, Watford, AC Milan, Southampton and Monaco are all keen on the Frenchman who impressed in midweek against Inter Milan.
Lautaro Martinez’s agents have met Inter amid interest from Barcelona. The talks are aiming at extending his deal and increasing his 111 million euro release clause. His current deal runs until 2023 and his agents are hoping to double his salary and buyout clause.
Jordi Alba and Nelson Semedo trained with the team on Thursday ahead of Saturday’s La Liga clash with Real Mallorca. Also in the session were Inaki Pena, Carles Perez and Ansu Fati from Barca B.
Josep Maria Bartomeu has said El Clasico will not be postponed despite protests being expected ahead of the game. He said: “The Clasico will not be postponed again. The match will be played, it’s a responsibility for all of us to play. We’re in a very difficult moment but it is compatible with football.”
Willian says he wants to stay at Chelsea amid speculation he is a target for Barcelona. He said: “I have stated several times my wish is to stay at Chelsea. I like the club very much, I feel very welcome here, as well as my family, and we love living in London. However, I’m in the middle of the season and I try not to think about it so as not to lose focus on the field. My agent and the club are talking and I hope we can have some good news soon.”