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FC Barcelona News: 30 July 2021; Gamper Trophy venue switched, Ronald Araujo talks new season

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Barça to play Joan Gamper Trophy at Estadi Johan Cruyff on August 8 - FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona will have to change the venue of the Joan Gamper Trophy as a result of Covid-19 restrictions imposed by the Government of Catalonia. The games to be played by the men’s team and, for the first time, the women’s team too, both against Juventus, will now be played on August 8 at the Ciutat Esportiva rather than the Camp Nou.

First workouts in Germany - FC Barcelona
The team has trained for the first time on German soil. The players that travelled to Baden-Württemberg on Wednesday were out for the first of two Thursday sessions bright and early under the local sunshine at the SV Aasen training facility.

Lionel Messi jets off to Ibiza with Luis Suarez and their families - Football Espana
Lionel Messi touched down in Barcelona yesterday before jetting off again today. He arrived from Miami, where he had been on a family vacation with his wife and children, and has left again for Ibiza with his and Luis Suarez’s families. The bromance from their Barcelona days hasn’t dissipated.

Barcelona's negotiations with Ilaix Moriba enter dangerous waters - Football Espana
Barcelona’s bid to renew Ilaix Moriba’s contract is complicated according to Diario Sport. The two parties met on Wednesday with no positive resolution emerging, although the club were said to remain optimistic about the situation. In the last few hours, however, things have taken a turn for the worse.

Ronald Araujo: "I feel more experienced and more mature than last year" - Football Espana
Barcelona centre-back Ronald Araujo will be hoping for a big season. He burst on to the scene last term partly due to an injury crisis, stepping up from Barcelona B and earning himself an important role in Ronald Koeman’s defence. Now, with Eric Garcia recruited and Gerard Pique fully fit, things could be tougher.

Getafe president Angel Torres: "La Liga cannot allow [Lionel] Messi to leave" - Football Espana
“I’ve discussed it with [Joan] Laporta and Javier Tebas,” Angel Torres, president of Getafe, said as carried by Marca. “La Liga cannot allow [Lionel] Messi to leave. That would be a mistake and we would all regret it. The best footballer in the world has to retire in Spain, obviously complying with the rules of economic control."

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