Barcelona’s Josep Vives has denied reports the club are planning another contract extension for Lionel Messi. He said: “Messi’s renovation is not on the table. We just renewed his contract, so the question seems anecdotal.”
Sevilla are not scared of Lionel Messi or Barcelona ahead of Saturday’s clash at the Camp Nou, according to Simon Kjaer. He said: “You can’t go to Camp Nou with fear in your mind, because then you will get destroyed. You have to believe in yourself as a team - believe in the way you play football. So no, we don’t fear them but obviously we respect them as one of the greatest teams in the world.”
Arturo Vidal will appear in a Munich court on Wednesday on a charge of aggravated battery. The midfielder was allegedly part of a group who attacked a guest at a club in September 2017. He could face a jail term of between three months and 10 years, although any term less than two years could be suspended.
Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes reckons that even Lionel Messi would find it tough going playing for the Red Devils currently. He said: “It feels like every player who comes into the team struggles. I feel like we could sign Lionel Messi at the moment and he’d struggle in this team.”
Carles Alena says he has not agreed a deal with Ernesto Valverde to play in the first team this season. He explained: “The idea is not to spend the whole year in the B team. It’s not easy to make the jump but what I can say is that Valverde and I have not agreed anything about the situation.”
Malcom’s agents have apparently been trying to set up a move to Inter Milan with the Brazilian struggling for minutes at the Camp Nou. However, the Nerazzurri are not interested in taking the winger on. They already have Matteo Politano and Keita Baldé Diao and did not like the way he moved to Barcelona after appearing to be set for Roma.