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FC Barcelona News: 10 October 2021; Messi explains Barça departure, Barça Women beat Atlético Madrid

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FC Barcelona v Arsenal WFC: Group C - UEFA Women’s Champions League Photo by Eric Alonso/Getty Images

Four from Barça chasing UEFA Nations League glory - FC Barcelona
Sergio Busquets, Sergi Roberto, Eric Garcia and Gavi will all be chasing UEFA Nations League glory on Sunday at the San Siro (20.45pm CEST). But it won’t be easy. Up against them are world champions France.

Present and future: Gavi - FC Barcelona
Gavi is an extraordinarily skilful footballer, and extremely fit too. He is great at breaking through from midfield and creating pressure when the opposition has the ball. He’s a daring player, who always has a surprise up his sleeve. And despite his young age, he is already an essential component of the Barça squad.

Present and future: Nico - FC Barcelona
The La Masia scouts spotted Nico during a friendly in Galicia, and brought him to the Catalan capital when he was just 11. He slotted into the midfield seamlessly, as of the Barça system was in his DNA, and rose through the youth ranks with a host of league titles at each level.

Present and future: Eric Garcia - FC Barcelona
Eric is a central defender who both reads the game and progresses the ball very well. A player with huge potential, he has all the hallmarks of a classic Barça defender. His instinctive reading of the game keeps him one step ahead of opponents and complements his ball playing skills.

Barcelona eye four midfield targets in January - Football Espana
Barcelona have reportedly lined up four possible midfield targets ahead of the January transfer window. La Blaugrana are set to dip into the winter market to reinforce their options for the season half of the 2021/22 season.

Newcastle linked with January move for Philippe Coutinho - Football Espana
Premier League side Newcastle United could kick off their January spending with a move for Barcelona outcast Philippe Coutinho. The Magpies are set to launch a transfer push at the start of the 2022 following their recent purchase by the Saudi Arabian backed Public Investment Fund.

Lionel Messi explains the details of his departure from Barcelona - Football Espana
“I returned to Barcelona to prepare for the season, having taken advantage of the few extra days of vacation that the coach had granted me,” Messi said in an interview with France Football in comments carried by Diario AS. “I had the idea to sign my contract and resume training immediately."

Atlético Madrid 0-3 Barça (women): Still going strong - FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona just can’t stop winning, and today’s 3-0 win at Atlético Madrid is further evidence that they are a cut above the rest in the Liga Iberdrola. With goals from Oshoala, Aitana and Martens, and goalkeeper Sandra Paños celebrating her 200th appearance, this was another sublime display from the unbeaten leaders.

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