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FC Barcelona News: 14 August 2021; Frenkie De Jong back in training, Salary reduction talks resume

A round-up of the latest Barcelona news and rumors

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Preparations continue for Liga debut - FC Barcelona
The first team were back at work on a scorching hot Friday morning on the Tito Vilanova field at the Ciutat Esportiva as they continue preparations for the first Liga fixture next Sunday (8.00pm CEST) at the Camp Nou against Real Sociedad.

Real Sociedad star Alexander Isak to miss season opener at Barcelona - Football Espana
Real Sociedad have been dealt an injury blow ahead of their weekend trip to Barcelona with Alexander Isak set to miss out. La Real kick off their 2021/22 La Liga campaign with a testing trip to Catalonia despite the Catalans still reeling from the exit of Lionel Messi last week.

Tebas admits Messi's Barcelona departure has been 'traumatic' - Football Espana
La Liga president Javier Tebas has admitted that the departure of Lionel Messi was ‘traumatic’ for him and the league. It was confirmed last week that Messi would not be continuing at Barcelona, despite agreeing a contract with the club three weeks earlier.

Barcelona fail to sell out reduced capacity Camp Nou after Messi exit - Football Espana
Barcelona will kick off their new era without Lionel Messi and without a sold out Camp Nou. Barca kick off their new season on Sunday, and with it comes a new era following the departure of club legend Messi, who will be playing for PSG this season.

Barcelona in talks with Pique, Alba and Busquets over reduced contracts - Football Espana
The Blaugrana are at 95% salary mass compared to income even after the departure of Lionel Messi, and after they rejected La Liga’s CVC investment deal which would have brought in at least €40million to put towards contracts, they remain in a position where they must reduce their salary bill.