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FC Barcelona News: 20 July 2019; Training Continues Before Japan Trip, Atletico Madrid Make Formal Complaint

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Penultimate day in Barcelona | FC Barcelona
After Thursday featured just one morning session, Friday brought a return to double training as on Monday and Wednesday earlier in the week. Pitch two at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper was the setting for the first workout, which featured everyone apart from Rafinha, who worked out alone in the gym. Once again, Iñaki Peña, Araujo, Guillem, Oriol Busquets, Monchu, Collado, Riqui Puig and Carles Pérez of Barça B also joined the session.

FC Barcelona continues its preseason in Japan | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona will travel to Japan this Saturday for the ‘FC Barcelona Japan Tour 2019 Presented by Rakuten’. Between July 20 and 28, the first team will visit the cities of Tokyo and Kobe, where it will play in the ‘Rakuten Cup supported by Scalp-D’, with games against Chelsea FC and Vissel Kobe. Also, for the first time on a pre-season tour, they will be accompanied by the Barça rugby team.

Atletico make formal complaint over Griezmann | ESPN
Sources at the Wanda Metropolitano have told ESPN FC Atletico still firmly believe they are owed a further €80m, as they claim Barca and Griezmann agreed their deal before the player’s buyout clause dropped from €200m to €120m on July 1.

Barcelona and Atletico Madrid want amicable agreement over Griezmann dispute | Marca
Antoine Griezmann’s case has still not been solved but there is new hope that the sour situation will end amicably. Barcelona and Atletico Madrid are working to reach an agreement and settle the dispute that the Rojiblancos brought to the table with regards to the fee paid for the forward.

Frenkie de Jong: “I want to be an important player for this Barça team” | Sport
“All the players are helping me a lot. If I have to name one, specifically, I’d have to say Busquets. He’s helping me a lot to learn Spanish, telling me about the city and the club. Not only him, but all the guys are helping me.”

Neto’s interview in 10 phrases | FC Barcelona
Neto arrived at Barça after playing for Paranens (2002-2011), Fiorentina (2011-2015), Juventus (2015-2017) and Valencia (2017-2019). His height, almost two metres, combined with his agility, makes Neto a goalkeeper who fills the goal. He’s great in the air and is difficult to overcome on the goal line, virtues that make him a quality reinforcement.

Barcelona want Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz | Football Espana
Barcelona are monitoring the progress of Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz with a view to a future move, report Diario AS. The Catalan giants have been linked to the 20-year-old German international alongside Liverpool and most strongly of all, Bayern Munich.

Victor Valdes returns to Camp Nou as Barcelona’s new U19 head coach | Goal
Victor Valdes has been appointed as Barcelona’s new U19A head coach, returning to Camp Nou five years after ending his time at the club as a player. The 37-year-old racked up 539 appearances for Barca across all competitions over the course of 12 seasons between 2002 and 2014, winning 21 major titles in total.