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FC Barcelona News: 21 August 2019; Nelson Semedo Back in Training, Johan Cruyff Stadium Set for Grand Opening

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Johan Cruyff Stadium opens on August 27 | FC Barcelona
Tuesday 27 August is the big day when FC Barcelona officially opens the Johan Cruyff, Stadium. The first stage of the Espai Barça project, the 6,000 capacity ground will mainly be used to host Barça B, Barça Women and UEFA Youth League games.

Semedo returns to Barcelona training but Messi is still on the sidelines | Marca
Nelson Semedo rejoined his Barcelona teammates for their morning training session after working alone on Tuesday, but Lionel Messi still finds himself on the sidelines. The Argentine has been doing solo exercises has he continues his recovery, though he could be put through his paces with the rest of the group later in the afternoon.

Dembele will stay at Barcelona despite several offers from big clubs - Agent | Goal
Ousmane Dembele’s agent has insisted that his client will stay at Barcelona despite receiving offers from “several big European clubs.” Dembele has scored 20 goals in all competitions with Barca since a move from Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2017.

Dembele’s former chef believes he’s been led astray by his circle of friends | Marca
One of Ousmane Dembele’s former chefs believes that the Barcelona forward is negatively influenced by the company that he keeps, as well as money. Michael Naya, who used to cook for the Frenchman, thinks that Dembele himself is a good person who has been shaped for the worse by those around him.

Neymar: Real Madrid and Barcelona both optimistic of signing PSG forward, says Dermot Corrigan | Sky Sports
“Both Real Madrid and Barcelona would love to get Neymar before the Spanish window shuts but neither of them have the money to go for a full transfer outright,” Corrigan told Sky Sports News. ”Barcelona had a board meeting yesterday. They are looking to get a formal offer to PSG to try and take him on loan.

Chris Paul visits training | FC Barcelona
There was a very special guest at FC Barcelona’s Wednesday morning training session. Chris Paul of the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA came by the Ciutat Esportiva and also got to meet the likes of Gerard Piqué, Antoine Griezmann, Samuel Umtiti, Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets and Sergi Roberto and enjoy a short kickabout on the pitch.

Barcelona’s Juan Miranda set for Marseille | Football Espana
Barcelona defender Juan Miranda is set to join French club Marseille this week, his agent has confirmed to reporters. The 19-year-old, a native of Andalusia, began his career at Real Betis before joining the youth system of the Catalan giants aged 14.

‘I always gave my maximum for Barca’ - Malcom turns focus to Zenit after failing to break through at Camp Nou | Goal
Former Barcelona attacker Malcom insists that he was perfectly happy at Camp Nou despite moving to Zenit in the summer after failing to nail down a starting spot in Spain. The 22-year-old winger was sold to the Russian Premier League club for a fee of €40 million (£36.5m/$44.5m), plus €5 million (£4.6m/$5.6m) in add-ons, having become expendable to the squad following the signing of Antoine Griezmann.