PREVIEW: FC Barcelona v Mallorca | FC Barcelona
Barça are currently on a five-game unbeaten run in all competitions, and face a Mallorca side who’ve won just two in the last seven league games, but those victories came against Real Madrid and Villarreal.
The squad for the visit of Mallorca | FC Barcelona
Two games in four days is what awaits Barça from Saturday when they take on RCD Mallorca at Camp Nou in La Liga, a game which is followed by Tuesday’s trip to Internazionale in the Champions League. For the league fixture coach Ernesto Valverde has named an 18 man squad.
Take Kubo, on loan at Mallorca from Real Madrid, returns to Barcelona | Sport
“Take Kubo will play at Camp Nou one day.” A phrase which was repeated at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper when the Japanese youngster was at Barcelona. Years later, he will, although not as expected. Take will do in the shirt of Mallorca, where he is on loan from Real Madrid. A combination which few would have believed months ago.
Messi, named La Liga’s player of the month for November | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi has been chosen as La Liga’s best player of the month for November. The Argentine played three league games in which he scored four goals and provided an assist. In the defeat against Levante (3-1), the No. 10 scored the only goal for the team; against Celta he achieved a spectacular hat-trick (4-1) and against Leganés, he assisted Suárez for the first goal (1-2).
‘Barcelona have a lot of midfielders’ - Valverde hints at Vidal departure | Goal
Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde opened the door for Arturo Vidal’s departure in January, acknowledging the La Liga champions have a lot of midfielders. Vidal has been linked with a move to Serie A outfit Inter as the Barcelona midfielder struggles for regular game time at Camp Nou.
Bartomeu: There is no reason to postpone this month’s Clasico | Sport
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu assured that there is no reason why the Clasico on Dec. 18 at Camp Nou should be called off. Bartomeu, speaking to Catalunya radio, insisted that he is “not worried” about protest group Tsunami Democràtic calling for demonstrations on the day of the game between Barça and Real Madrid.
Barça president Bartomeu: “I’d like to sign another contract with Messi” | Sport
Hopefully, he’s got a while yet. He’s 32, he has time ahead of him. In addition, we have young talent from La Masia. Ansu Fati has renewed his deal, but there’s also (Carles) Aleña, Frenkie de Jong’s just signed, (Marc-Andre) Ter Stegen, (Ousmane) Dembele.
Messi retirement date not far away, says Valverde | ESPN
“It’s something natural, it seems normal, Leo is 32-years-old and although I don’t think he’s thinking about retiring now it’s something which is in the air,” Valverde told reporters ahead of his side’s La Liga game at home to Real Mallorca on Saturday.
Barcelona have to prepare for life after Messi. Fati just might be the answer | ESPN
It’s been said that sportsmen die twice, the first time when they retire. And when that sportsman is Lionel Messi, everyone else dies, too. This might sound like a wild exaggeration, and of course it is... or is it? This week, at least, it didn’t feel so far off.
Barcelona think Brazilian star Reinier is too expensive | Football Espana
Barcelona believe Flamengo teenage star Reinier - one of world football’s most highly-rated teenagers - remains too expensive. The report from El Mundo Deportivo outlines how the teenager’s release clause has dropped from €70m to €35m but the Blaugrana still believe this fee is excessive.