Barcelona defender insists Antoine Griezmann is content at Atletico Madrid

Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti has revealed that his French compatriot Antoine Griezmann is content with the proceedings at Atletico Madrid despite the constant speculation regarding his future. The France international was heavily tipped to join the Spanish champions last summer but he decided to snub their advances to sign a new long-term deal with Atleti.

Since then, things have not gone as planned with Atleti failing to compete for silverware and this has recently spread the gossip that Griezmann could pursue a fresh challenge. Amidst this, Umtiti has clarified that the forward has no sort of concerns regarding his position and remains ‘very happy’ with the happenings at the club.
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Neymar’s father drop transfer update on the attacker amid Barcelona link

The father of Neymar has stressed that the ongoing speculation linking the Brazilian with a potential return to Barcelona is false. The attacker only joined Paris Saint-Germain in a world-record move from the Camp Nou 20 months ago but there have been numerous occasions where he has been fancied to make a comeback with the Spanish champions.

In a report covered by Sport, Neymar’s father has revealed that there has been no contact whatsoever with Barcelona regarding a probable comeback and the recent speculation over the same can be deemed false. He added that the Brazilian is content with the proceedings at Paris Saint-Germain despite experiencing frustrating injuries over the past two years.
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Pep Guardiola compares Manchester City’s desire with Barcelona’s on the field

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has said that the Citizens are showing the same desire as Barcelona on the field after they were clinical during their recent Premier League game against Chelsea. The Citizens were anticipated to have a tricky game on their hands against Chelsea but nothing of that sort happened as they rolled them over with a comfortable 6-0 scoreline.

Speaking after the game, Guardiola spoke about the team’s desire to continuing winning with every gameweek and compared their ambition to Barcelona’s, he said: “The desire to want to do the best is incredible and similar (to that at Barca). For us to get 100 points, break all records and continue to push them and push them… these guys work a lot. The only way I know is the more you win, the more you have to work.”
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Sky Sports reporter says Arsenal can sign Denis Suarez on one condition

Sky Sports report Dharmesh Sheth has revealed that Arsenal remain in discussions with Barcelona regarding a potential loan move for Denis Suarez. The Spain international has already been deemed surplus to requirements by the Catalan giants after managing under 20 minutes of league action during the course of the current campaign.

Speaking on The Transfer Talk Podcast, Sheth has acknowledged that the Gunners are maintaining the interest in the former Villarreal man and they are hopeful of finalising a loan move. However, Barcelona are unlikely to accept to the agreement unless the Gunners include an obligatory buy option for the versatile midfielder.
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Barcelona land Jeison Murillo from Valencia on an initial loan

Barcelona have confirmed their first signing of the winter transfer window with Jeison Murillo scheduled to arrive from Valencia on an initial loan move. The Colombia international only joined Los Che on a permanent deal earlier in the season but he has now been offered the chance to link up with the Blaugrana, who are said to have the obligation to buy for €25m.

“FC Barcelona and Valencia CF have reached an agreement for the transfer of Jeison Murillo on loan for the remainder of the 2018/19 season. The agreement includes a purchase option worth €25m. The presentation ceremony is scheduled for next Thursday, December 27. Details forthcoming,” a statement on the club’s official website read.
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Xavi Hernandez does not expect Neymar to return to Barcelona

Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez does not fancy the prospect of Neymar making a sensational comeback with the Catalan giants. The Brazil international made the switch to Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona on a world-record £200m fee last year and the move was certainly not taken lightly by the Blaugrana faithful in the lead up to the departure.

Neymar has since won plenty of domestic silverware with the French heavyweights but there has been regular speculation that he remains unsettled and would fancy a comeback with the Blaugrana. When asked on the same, Xavi suggested that he does not see any chances of that happening after the way the attacker pushed through his exit from the Camp Nou, he said:”I don’t see it. I don’t see it. I also think it didn’t work out well, I don’t see it in any way. I read a lot of press because I’m up to date with everything football, but I see zero chances that Neymar can return to Barcelona.”
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Vermaelen might return to Premier League

Thomas Vermaelen has not enjoyed a great stint at Barcelona. He has had to deal with several injuries and apart from that, he has also not been able to get accustomed to Barcelona’s style properly.

It’s not that Vermaelen has had a complete horror run at Camp Nou. He has not established himself as a regular starter, but whenever he has got an opportunity as a back-up, he has been decent. But he hasn’t had as much success as he would have liked to. Continue reading Vermaelen might return to Premier League

Carlos Puyol believes Ousmane Dembele should seize his opportunity at Barcelona

Barcelona legend Carlos Puyol believes Ousmane Dembele should seize the opportunity of playing for the Catalan giants amid the current speculation over his future with the club. The France international has recently been in the news for the wrong seasons and there has already been the gossip that they could make way from the Blaugrana in the near future.

Speaking to Mundo Deportivo, Puyol highlighted that Dembele is still at the beginning of his professional career and the emphasis is on him to take the right step towards succeeding with the Spanish champions, he said: “He is a young player, I am not in the dressing room and I do not know the day to day, but we must try to help him. It is not easy to adapt to the philosophy of Barca that everything is so media, that you arrive late to training and it seems that the world is over. He has good teachers next door, people who will help him for sure, but it also depends on his attitude. It is important that he reflects and thinks where he is, that he takes advantage of these opportunities.”
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Thomas Vermaelen heaps praise on summer signing Arthur

Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen has heaped praise on summer signing Arthur after the Brazilian’s quick adjustment to the club’s style of play. The 22-year-old made the switch from Gremio during the summer transfer window and he has since been regularly involved at the heart of the club’s midfield.

Speaking to reporters, Vermaelen highlighted that the midfielder is a good player and needs more games before completely coming to terms with the tactical nous at the club, he said: “Arthur is a good player and of course he needs more games to adapt to the club and style. But his start has been incredible, he has all the battling skills and the technical ability to go right to the top.”
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Marc-Andre Ter Stegen insists Barcelona are more than just Messi

Germany goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen has insisted that Barcelona are more than just Lionel Messi and the credit should also be given to the remaining 10 players for the Champions League win over PSV Eindhoven. The Blaugrana kick-started their European campaign with a comfortable 4-0 triumph over the Dutch champions and Messi was once more the standout performer for the Catalan giants after contributing his eighth hat-trick in the competition.

Speaking after the game, Ter Stegen admitted that Messi always turns up for the La Liga holders and nobody can compare him with any other player. However, the shot-stopper wanted respect for the other players within the squad and insists they were equally influential towards the final result on the night, he said: “Lionel Messi always turns up for us, everyone knows his level and nobody can compare to him. But while Leo always is fantastic, there are ten other players in our team who helped us in this victory too, we are a team and not just one individual.”
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