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FC Barcelona News: 1 July 2021; Messi’s contract expires, La Liga fixtures confirmed

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A round-up of the latest Barcelona news and rumors

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Messi’s Barcelona contract has ended | Marca

Lionel Messi’s Barcelona contract expired on June 30 and the club captain is now a free agent. The Catalans still expect the 34-year-old to sign a new deal and stay at the Camp Nou.

FC Barcelona to open La Liga campaign against Real Sociedad | FC Barcelona

Barcelona will kick off the new 2021-22 La Liga season at home to Real Sociedad on August 14-15.

Inter looking to replace Achraf with Sergi Roberto | Sport

Serie A champions Inter are considering replacing Achraf Hakimi with Sergi Roberto. The Barcelona star has not yet renewed his contract and his future is unclear.

The RFEF are clear: Pedri will go to the Olympics | Marca

Barcelona midfielder Pedri is expected to go to the Tokyo Olympics with Spain despite his club’s desire for him to skip the tournament because of fears over burnout.

First Clásico of La Liga season at Camp Nou on 23/24 October

The first Clasico of the 2021-22 season will take place at the Camp Nou on the weekend of the 23-24 October. The return at the Bernabeu is set for the 19-20 March 2022.

Barça keeping an eye on Inter midfielder Marcelo Brozovic | Sport

Barcelona are keeping tabs on Inter midfielder Marcelo Brozovic. The Croatian is seen as an alternative to Georginio Wijnaldum and is out of contract next year.

Frenkie de Jong and Aitana Bonmatí win Barça Players Award 20/21 | FC Barcelona

Frenkie de Jong and Aitana Bonmati have won the 2020-21 Barcelona Players Award. The award recognizes the “most sporting male and female player of the previous season.”