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FC Barcelona News: 24 December 2020; Lionel Messi travels to Argentina, Arsenal defender negotiating Barça deal

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

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The training plan for Christmas week and the new year - FC Barcelona
The players will enjoy four days off, from the 23rd to the 26th. After Christmas they will return to work to prepare for the match at Ipurua against Eibar on Tuesday 29th.

Pedri's growth - FC Barcelona
Despite his youth, Pedri continues to show his progression match by match. Valladolid v Barça (0-3) this Tuesday was no exception and the Canarian player had an exceptional game. Specifically, there are three aspects to be highlighted.

Messi's third in the 3-0 win, the goal with the most passes in this league season - FC Barcelona
If there was one particular passage of play that drew attention, it was the lead up to the goal to make it 0-3 in the 65th minute. Leo Messi once again demonstrated his good connection with Pedri, and took advantage of an outstanding assist from the youngster.

Leo Messi back in Argentina to enjoy Christmas break - SPORT
The captain, after a goal which helped him move past Pele’s record, and a good performance, did not join his team-mates on the way back to the Catalan capital. He took a private jet to his country from Valladolid airport.

Mustafi agent in Barcelona negotiating with Barca - SPORT
The German is out of contract in June and at 28 sees this as a big chance to move on in his career. It remains to be seen whether this is a free transfer for the summer or an economically cheap move for January to provide back-up. Mustafi knows La Liga, having played for Valencia before going to London.