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FC Barcelona News: 22 December 2020; All set for Valladolid trip, Joan Laporta talks Lionel Messi

A round-up of the latest Barcelona news and transfer rumors

Barcelona’s former President Joan Laport Photo credit should read JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images

PREVIEW | Valladolid v FC Barcelona - FC Barcelona
Barça head into their final away game of 2020 looking to extend their run of unbeaten matches against an opponent that have won just once against the blaugranes in 13 years

The squad for Valladolid - FC Barcelona
The last game before Christmas sees Barça visit the Nuevo José Zorilla stadium to play Sergio González’s Real Valladolid on Tuesday at 10.00pm CET. Valladolid are 18th in the league with 14 points (three wins, five draws and six defeats).

When and where to watch Valladolid v FC Barcelona - FC Barcelona
Barça are in midweek action on Tuesday night, looking to stay unbeaten for the fourth match running against Valladolid at the José Zorilla Stadium. It is the penultimate LaLiga game of the year and the final one before the Christmas break.

The lowdown on Real Valladolid - FC Barcelona
On Tuesday Barça are back in action in Liga with a trip to the José Zorrilla stadium to take on Valladolid, kick off 10.00pm CET. Here is our lowdown on los pucelanos.

Leo Messi receives the Pichichi 2019/20 award - FC Barcelona
Leo Messi has added another award to his trophy cabinet. This time, it's the Pichichi for the 2019/20 season, which is handed out every year at the MARCA Football Awards gala. On this occasion, and due to the pandemic, the ceremony took place virtually.

Ronald Koeman full of praise for talented young centre-back - Football Espana
The Uruguayan has proved himself to be a capable hand at the heart of defence, operating as the leader of the Barcelona rearguard. Koeman, speaking pre-match ahead of their clash with Real Valladolid tomorrow, was full of praise in comments carried by Mundo Deportivo.

Juventus join race for Barcelona transfer target - Football Espana
Andrea Pirlo‘s side are looking for a fourth option to complement Cristiano Ronaldo, Paulo Dybala and Alvaro Morata and, according to Tuttosport, are looking closely at both Depay and Atletico Madrid target Arkadiusz Milik, currently of Napoli.

Barcelona are in a "complicated situation" admits boss Ronald Koeman - Football Espana
The Blaugrana stumbled to a 2-2 draw at home to Valencia on Saturday to lose further ground at the top of the standings, ending the successive wins at home to Levante and Real Sociedad that week.

Barcelona presidential hopeful Laporta confident of Messi stay despite club having "lied" to the star - Football Espana
The Argentine superstar was unsuccessful in his demands to leave the Blaugrana last summer but is now entering the final six months of his contract, with speculation over his future fierce.

Lionel Messi speaks on his "very bad time" and admits Barcelona are in "a difficult" period - Football Espana
Messi has now given an exclusive interview with Catalan radio station RAC1, with early quotes carried by Diario AS, in which the attacking star admits to having a “very bad time” at the club over summer but that he now feels like “fighting seriously” for the club.

Joan Laporta targets Hector Bellerin return in Barcelona presidential campaign - Football Espana
Prospective Barcelona club president Joan Laporta is rumoured to be targeting a move for Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin if he is elected in 2021. Laporta, who served as club president during Pep Guardiola trophy laden spell in charge in Catalonia, with a seven year stint from 2003 to 2010.

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