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FC Barcelona News: 26 September 2019; El Clasico Date Confirmed, Carles Perez Set for Extension

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El Clásico date, time confirmed! | FC Barcelona
The first El Clásico of the 2019-20 season will be played at Camp Nou on Saturday, October 26th, at 1.00pm CET, the Spanish La Liga announced on Wednesday afternoon. The game comes on matchday 10, and will not be the first time Barça and Real Madrid square off at midday.

Recovery session before Getafe trip | FC Barcelona
All available players worked out on Wednesday, with a special post-match recovery session for those who played against Villarreal the night before. Also taking part were Barça B’s Iñaki Peña, Morer, R. Araujo, Riqui Puig and C. Pérez, and the U19 team’s Ansu Fati.

Messi has left adductor injury | FC Barcelona
The Argentine superstar, who won FIFA’s ‘The Best’ award on Monday, played the first 45 minutes of Tuesday’s 2-1 win over Villarreal, his first start after a preseason injury. Despite only playing the first half, Messi was superb, assisting Antoine Griezmann on Barça’s first goal, which Messi chalked up with a corner kick.

If selected for U17 World Cup, Barça will be forced to release Ansu Fati | Sport
FC Barcelona have made it clear they would prefer not to lose Ansu Fati for the best part of the month when the U17 World Cup kicks off in October. Now he’s officially a Spanish citizen, Ansu is available for selection. According to SPORT’s research, Barça will be unable to block a call up should Ansu make the final squad list. This despite the tournament not being part of FIFA’s official calendar.

Frenkie de Jong: I rejected Man City, PSG | Football Espana
Frenkie de Jong admits he had offers to join Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City this summer before opting for Barcelona.The Dutch international arrived in June following his pre-agreed €75m move from Ajax, and the 22-year old midfielder is focused on forcing his way into Ernesto Valverde’s starting XI.

Agreement reached: Barcelona ace set to sign new contract imminently | Caught Offside
Barcelona have reportedly reached an agreement over a contract renewal with Carles Perez and he’ll officially sign it on Friday. The Catalan giants have struggled early on this season, and injuries certainly haven’t helped with the likes of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele all suffering setbacks.

Puyol turns down Barca sporting director role | ESPN
“After thinking about it a lot I decided not to accept the club’s offer,” Puyol wrote on Twitter on Wednesday. ”It was not an easy decision, I always said I would like to return to the place I consider my home, but various personal projects I find myself immersed in at the moment would stop me from giving the exclusive dedication this role deserves.”

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