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FC Barcelona News: 23 July 2019; Training Continues in Japan as First Preseason Match Nears

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Barça v Chelsea: Match Preview | FC Barcelona
Barça have traveled to Japan to start the preseason, and the first game will be against Chelsea on Tuesday (12.30pm CEST). The match is part of the Rakuten Cup 2019, a competition in which Vissel Kobe will also be participating and who will be the second rival for the Blaugrana.

Tokyo training under fog and mist | FC Barcelona
Some 24 hours before their first preseason friendly against Chelsea in the Rakuten Cup, FC Barcelona went through their second training session of the day — their first on the grass — at Tokyo’s Machida Stadium, the home of local side Machida Zelvia.

What to look out for during Barcelona’s tour of Japan | Marca
Barcelona step up preparations for the new season with their first game of their tour of Japan on Tuesday against Chelsea. The Catalan club will face Frank Lampard’s side before going up against Andres Iniesta’s Vissel Kobe on Saturday.

Barcelona’s turquoise third kit is revealed | Marca
A photo of the final version of Barcelona’s third kit for the coming season has been published online. It is turquoise, which is in keeping with a colour that they have used in recent years, but this time it will include the city’s coat of arms in the background.

Valencia pause pursuit of Rafinha | Marca
A few weeks ago, Valencia were keen on bringing Barcelona’s Rafinha Alcantara to the club. However, they have cooled their interest in the player as they look for other options. The Blaugrana midfielder was mentioned by Los Che during the negotiations with Barcelona over Jasper Cillessen and Denis Suarez.

Abe will have to wait to make his Barcelona debut | Marca
Japan will have to wait a little bit longer before they see their talented young prodigy Hiroki Abe put on the famous Barcelona shirt. The youngster has not been able to train with the rest of his teammates because of a small niggle in his hip that he picked up in his first training session with his new club.

SPORT Exclusive: Pep Segura will leave FC Barcelona in the next few days | Sport
This time it’s been confirmed: Pep Segura will leave Barça. According to sources close to the situation, it’s “a matter of days, or even hours” before it’s made official. The mutual agreement with the club brings an end to his role as the General Manager of Barcelona. SPORT sources confirm that an agreement to end his association with the club is complete, although it’s still lacking the relative signatures on the document.

Patrick Kluivert’s return to Barça could be made official this week | Sport
Patrick Kluivert remains the favourite to become the new Director of La Masia at FC Barcelona. The Dutch legend rumoured to be finalising the minor details of his contract and the club hopes to make an official announcement on the role this week. Silvio Elias is expected to be there for the official signing, just as he was when Victor Valdes was confirmed as the new Juvenil A coach.

The renovation work on the Camp Nou could be finished by 2024 | Sport
FC Barcelona are taking advantage of their tour in Japan to focus on matters aside from the Rakuten Cup. Jordi Moix presented the new ‘Espai Barça’ project in the Instituto Cervantes, Tokyo. Moix spoke about the history of the club, its values and gave some more details about the renovation work being undertaken at the Camp Nou. The director of that work, Will Mannarelli, said he hopes for the work to be completed in 2024.