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FC Barcelona News: 15 July 2019; First Training Session Begins, Ousmane Dembélé Declared Fit

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And on the first day, they trained... | FC Barcelona
The 2019-20 pre-season is underway for FC Barcelona. It began on Monday morning at the Ciutat Esportiva, where the first of two sessions scheduled for the day was completed by all available first team players, including the newest incorporations, Frenkie de Jong, Neto, and Antoine Griezmann.

Griezmann puts on the Barça shirt | FC Barcelona
A busy Sunday for Antoine Griezmann as the French striker began the day with his medical in the morning at the Ciutat Esportiva before meeting his new team mates. Later in the day the new arrival signed his contract with FC Barcelona and thus becoming officially a Barça player.

Griezmann to wear number 17 shirt | FC Barcelona
Antoine Griezmann will wear the number 17 shirt for FC Barcelona, which had previously been used in the second half of 2018/19 by Jeison Murillo in his loan spell at the club. Since the introduction of fixed shirt numbers in the 1995/96 season, a total of 13 players have used the no.17 at the club.

Griezmann meets the team | FC Barcelona
Antoine Griezmann has met up with his new Barça team-mates at the Ciutat Esportiva as the squad assembled for medical tests ahead of the first day of training proper on Monday. It was a busy morning for the Frenchman, but that was just the start of it, for from around 6.00pm CEST, he’ll be at the Camp Nou to sign his contract, wear the blaugrana kit for the first time and attend his first official media conference since his move from Atlético Madrid.

Griezmann: I’ll repay ‘Decision’ snub with assists | ESPN
Antoine Griezmann insists he has no regrets about snubbing an offer from Barcelona last summer via a documentary after being presented at Camp Nou on Sunday. Barca finally completed the signing of Griezmann from Atletico Madrid on Friday after the forward’s lawyer deposited his €120 million release clause with La Liga.

Bartomeu: Atleti’s €80m Griezmann claim not valid | ESPN
Bartomeu remains relaxed despite the threats from Atletico, who he says he has been in touch with over the weekend. ”We’ve spoken with them and they don’t have evidence of anything,” he said at Griezmann’s presentation on Sunday. “But I understand that they have to defend their interests, as we do.

‘I’m no superhero or perfect role model’ - Neymar admits having ‘bad moments’ amid tension with PSG | Goal
Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar acknowledged he is not a “perfect role model” nor a “superhero”. The Brazil international has spent almost two years with Paris Saint-Germain, but rumours of unhappiness, rocky relationships with team-mates and a lack of commitment have rarely been far away.

‘The sole purpose is to create controversy where there is none’ - Neymar’s father speaks out on Barcelona comments | Goal
Neymar’s recent comments on his best footballing memory were not meant to disrespect Paris Saint-Germain, his father has stated. The winger has been linked with a potential move away from PSG this summer, with former club Barcelona touted as a possible destination.