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FC Barcelona News: 14 February 2019; Players Back in Training as Preparations for Real Valladolid Begin

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Return to training | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona returned to training this Wednesday after a few days rest and to gather strength for their next few matches. Ernesto Valverde’s squad, who exercised on pitch 2 of the Ciutat Esportiva, began preparing for the game on Saturday against Valladolid, at Camp Nou (8.45pm CET) .

A headache for Valverde as Umtiti returns | Marca
Ernesto Valverde has a new dilemma at Barcelona with the return of Samuel Umtiti from injury and he must choose two from all of his central defenders to play, which won’t be easy given the performances of Gerard Pique and Clement Lenglet this season. Umtiti has missed a long time but is back training and it is not out of the realms of possibility that he could play some time at the Camp Nou on Saturday with Valladolid visiting.

The youngsters of Barcelona’s future | Marca
Barcelona are one of the most powerful teams in the world. There is no doubt. The proof is in the numerous titles that have been conquered, and this season, the club has the ability to win the treble. But while the goal for Ernesto Valverde and his team is to win LaLiga Santander, the Champions League and the Copa del Rey, club president Josep Maria Bartomeu is looking ahead into the future.

Frenkie de Jong ‘rejected PSG blank cheque’ to join Barcelona | Football Espana
Paris Saint-Germain offered midfielder Frenkie de Jong ‘a blank cheque’ in an attempt to dissuade him from joining Barcelona, say El Mundo Deportivo. The Dutch international has agreed a deal to join the Catalan giants this summer for €85m from Ajax, following a long-running battle for his signature.

Josep Maria Bartomeu: Messi will definitely renew with Barcelona | Marca
Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu is confident that Lionel Messi, along with others, will continue to represent the Blaugrana for the next few seasons. A new deal for the Argentine has not been formally discussed but a contract renewal will definitely be drawn up according to Bartomeu.

No progress with Jordi Alba’s contract renewal in the past month | Marca
Barcelona and Jordi Alba have put the player’s renewal talks on hold, as there has been no contact between the two parties in the last month. The Spain international is a vital part of Ernesto Valverde’s plans and has featured in 32 out of Blaugrana’s 37 games so far this season.

Final stages of the works on the Johan Cruyff Stadium | FC Barcelona
The Johan Cruyff Stadium, which will be the most emblematic installation at the Ciutat Esportiva, is in the final stages of construction work and the forecast is that between April and May it will be finished. This was confirmed during the visit that took place this Wednesday, with a delegation headed by the president of FC Barcelona, ​​Josep Maria Bartomeu; the third vice-president and commissioner of Espai Barça, Jordi Moix, and the mayor of Sant Joan Despí, Antoni Poveda.

14 things you need to know about Johan Cruyff Stadium | FC Barcelona
The Johan Cruyff Stadium will be the crown jewel of the Ciutat Esportiva, and will bear the name of the blaugrana legend, who was one of the main proponents of the Club’s commitment to youth football and the style of play which characteristics FC Barcelona. The result is a modern and functional design created by Batlle and Roig Architects.

Van der Vaart: I turned down an offer from Barcelona when I was 16 | Sport
With Ajax and Real Madrid, two of his former sides, meeting in the Champions League, Radio Marca interviewed Rafael van der Vaart. The ex-Dutch international spoke about many things, but one thing in particular caught the attention.