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FC Barcelona News: 22 July 2019; Barcelona Getting Used to Japan, Lionel Messi Set for Contract Talks

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Sources: Barca set to open Messi contract talks | ESPN
Barcelona are set to open talks with Lionel Messi to extend the forward’s contract until 2023, sources have told ESPN FC. Messi, 32, is in the final two years of his deal and Barca are keen to get him to commit to Camp Nou beyond 2021. It would be the 10th contract he has signed with the Catalans since his first professional deal in 2004.

Griezmann: ‘I enjoy Barça’s style of play and I will adapt’ | FC Barcelona
The first press conference of Barça’s 2019 summer tour was held on Monday at Machida Stadium, one day after the team arrived here in the capital, and one day before they face Chelsea in their first game of the Rakuten Cup. Before their afternoon workout, the new signing Antoine Griezmann and veteran midfielder Ivan Rakitic fielded questions from the media.

Japan and Rakuten welcome Barça | FC Barcelona
The event, held at the Ana Intercontinental Hotel, was attended by all the squad called up by Ernesto Valverde, president Josep Maria Bartomeu, the members of the Board of Directors; Jordi Cardoner, Jordi Moix, Dídac Lee, Josep Ramon Vidal-Abarca, Pau Vilanova, Emili Rousaud and Marta Plana as well as CEO of the club, Òscar Grau, and Jaume Masferrer, director of the Area of ​​the Presidency and Board of the Club.

No ‘friendlies’ for a large part of Barcelona’s squad | Sport
Others are not in such a fortuitous position and they have to prove to the fans and coach that they have what it takes. Against Chelsea tomorow will be a fine opportunity to take that step forward. Ousmane Dembele is in this group.

When and where to watch Barça - Chelsea | FC Barcelona
The match can be watched live via Barça TV and Rakuten Sports this July 23 at 12.30pm (CEST). It can also be followed in the Match Centre on the club website and on the various official club social networks. Below, you can take a look at what the kick-off time will be in your area, as well as the TV channels that are scheduled to show the game.

How much do you know about Pedro’s time at FC Barcelona? | FC Barcelona
The Blaugrana face Chelsea on Tuesday in their first pre-season match, and it’s one in which Pedro Rodríguez will be reunited with his former team.

Filipe Luis hopes Neymar returns to Barca for the good of Brazilian football | Goal
Filipe Luis said he hopes Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar returns to La Liga champions Barcelona for the good of Brazilian football. Neymar wants to leave Ligue 1 holders PSG, with a move back to former club Barca on the cards two years on from his world-record €222 million (£199m/$249m) exit.

Burnley offered Barcelona 12 million euros for Cucurella | Marca
Premier League club Burnley made a bid of 12 million euros to Barcelona for Marc Cucurella before the 20-year-old decided to move to Getafe on a season-long loan. The bid is understood to have come in before a deal was struck between the two clubs. However, the promising youngster, who was at loan at Eibar last season, opted to stay in Spain instead.

Sources: Kluivert set for Barca return in club restructure | ESPN
Sporting director Eric Abidal will take on a role with even more responsibility in the new organisation alongside his assistant Ramon Planes, while former player Patrick Kluivert will return to the club having spent the past months working as Clarence Seedorf’s assistant with the Cameroon national team.