Atletico Madrid have reportedly opened talks with Ivan Rakitic over a possible summer move away from Camp Nou, according to Cadena SER. The midfielder’s contract expires in 2021 and he said recently he thought about leaving in January.
The next La Liga Clasico between Real Madrid and Barcelona will take place at the Santiago Bernabeu at 9pm CET on Sunday, March 1. The game comes after the first leg of the Champions League last 16 which sees Barca at Napoli and Real Madrid host Man City.
Marc Bartra has been talking about Real Betis under Quique Setien. He said: “At Betis, we had a very good year [together]. Each [coach] wants to win in their own way. Football is about results. When a coach arrives at a new club, it is a matter of adapting. Time will tell [if Setien will]. Barcelona are a team that strive to win everything.”
Arturo Vidal is hoping to return from injury and feature in Thursday’s Copa del Rey clash against Athletic Bilbao at San Mames. The Chilean has been working hard in the gym to prove his fitness and could be used in the game.
Federico Bernardeschi has been talking about rumors Barca have been interested in his services. He told Tuttosport: “Does Barcelona’s interest make me proud? Absolutely, yes, that’s normal. When top clubs like Barcelona are looking for you, it’s a source of pride, but I’m already part of a top club.”
Gerard Pique can’t seem to stop picking up yellow cards this season. The centre-back has already been booked 14 times in 2019-20, twice as many as in the previous campaign. The most yellows he has ever received in a season is 17 in 2015-16.
Barcelona reportedly turned down the chance to sign Fernando Llorente in the January transfer window, according to AS. The striker, who turns 35 later this month, was offered to the Catalan giants as an option to help boost their attacking options after injury to Luis Suarez.