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FC Barcelona News: 24 May 2019; Preparations Continue for Copa del Rey Final, Ludovit Reis Presented

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Manchester United better Barcelona’s offer for Ajax’s De Ligt | Sport
Manchester United have made an offer to Matthijs de Ligt which for many would be impossible to reject. According to The Sun, the Premier League side are ready to do all they can to secure the signing of one of the most wanted centre-backs in European football.

FC Barcelona and Valencia all square this season | FC Barcelona
1-1 in Mestalla and 2-2 at Camp Nou. Two draws in 2018/19 in La Liga between the two side who will content the Copa del Rey final this Saturday at 9.00pm CEST in the Benito Villamarín stadium in Seville. In both cases Ernesto Valverde’s team had to come from behind to take a point against the team coached by Marcelino García Toral.

The lowdown on Valencia CF | FC Barcelona
Valencia Club de Fútbol was founded in March 1919, and would like nothing more than a Copa del Rey trophy to celebrate their centenary year. But to do that, they face the difficult task of beating the 30-time winners of the cup, FC Barcelona. Let’s take a closer look at Saturday’s opposition…

Pique: Rome mentally affected Barcelona players ahead of Anfield collapse | Marca
Gerard Pique has admitted that Barcelona’s embarrassing Champions League exit to Liverpool at Anfield is still playing on the players’ minds. Ahead of the Copa del Rey final against Valencia, the defender says that the players need to take a step forward sooner rather than later and move on from the disappointment.

Pique named Barcelona’s player with the most energy | Marca
Gerard Pique has been awarded the Fost Print prize for being the Barcelona player with the most energy in 2018/19. The defender won after being voted for by listeners of Radio MARCA’s Barcelona program La Ronda, which airs between 6.00am and 8.00am.

Alexanko: Messi has to find teammates who are focussed solely on sport | Marca
Former Barcelona defender Jose Ramon Alexanko believes that Lionel Messi only wants to work with players who are dedicated to sport. Alexando won four Copa del Rey titles during his time at the Catalan club and has been footballing director at Saturday’s opponents Valencia.

Ludovit Reis joins Barça | FC Barcelona
Ludovit Reis has signed a contract this morning with FC Barcelona player. He did so this morning at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper in the presence of director Silvio Elias, the head of professional youth football at the club, formalizing the deal for the next three seasons, through to 2022, with an option in place for a possible addition of two years. The transfer fee for the move from FC Groningen is €3.25m, and the player will have a release clause of €100m.

Ludovit Reis, Barcelona sign the antithesis of Frenkie de Jong | Marca
He has often played as a central midfielder in a 4-4-2 formation but has the physical attributes to play as a lone holding midfielder. Reis covers a lot of ground but will have to improve his passing accuracy, which is currently 75 percent, if he is to be a success at Barcelona.

Barcelona president: Support Ernesto Valverde | Football Espana
Barcelona club president Josep Maria Bartomeu has called on the club to support Coach Ernesto Valverde ‘who we fully trust’. Bartomeu insists that the club are ‘very happy’ with the boss who has won back-to-back league titles and could win successive doubles with a final victory in the Copa del Rey against Valencia.

Bartomeu: ‘Winning LaLiga has extraordinary merit. We should feel proud of Barça’ | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona celebrated the ordinary meeting of the Senate - a statutory, honourary advisory body made up of the 1,000 longest serving club members- this Thursday at the Auditori 1899. The event was chaired by Josep Maria Bartomeu, who assessed the season for the club in football and the other professional sports, as well as looking at Barça’s activities off the field of play.