Barcelona FC Boss Says Vidal Lacks Respect

Barcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal “lacked respect” for his teammates by  complaining on social media about not playing enough, the club’s sporting director Pep Segura said Thursday. Chilean international Vidal has started only two games for the Catalan giants since his summer move to the Nou Camp from Bayern Munich. The former Juventus man is up against Croatia’s Ivan Rakitic and Brazilian trio Philippe Coutinho, Arthur and Rafinha for places in a quality-packed Barca midfield. He recently took his frustration out by posting messages on his Instagram account featuring angry or…

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Barcelona Eyes Pogba

Barcelona president Josep  Bartomeu has left the door open on a potential move for Manchester United’s Paul Pogba, after saying the club could still do business before the Spanish transfer window closes, Sky sports reports. Despite being handed the captain’s armband for the opening 2-1 win against Leicester City, Pogba’s comments after the game hinted at tensions at Old Trafford. Asked about Pogba after Barcelona’s 2-1 Super Cup win against Sevilla, Bartomeu said: “I won’t speak of any names, we have respect for all clubs and there are 20 days…

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Luis Enrique named New Spain Coach

Former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique was appointed Spain’s new coach on Monday after previous incumbent Julen Lopetegui was sacked on the eve of the World Cup. “Luis Enrique’s appointment as coach for the next two years was approved unanimously,” Luis Rubiales, president of the Spanish football federation, told reporters. His press briefing came just hours after Jose Francisco Molina, 47, a former goalkeeper at Atletico Madrid and Deportivo La Coruna who played nine times for Spain, was named as sporting director. Enrique, 48, will replace Lopetegui, who was fired by…

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Iniesta Joins Japan Club Side, Vissel Kobe

Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta joined Japan’s Vissel Kobe on Thursday, calling his J-League move an “important career challenge”. “This is a very special day for me,” the 34-year-old World Cup winner said after signing his contract at a glitzy unveiling in Tokyo. “I had a lot of offers, other clubs showed an interest in me,” added Iniesta, who is reported to have agreed a three-year deal with an annual salary of $30 million, comfortably a J-League record. “But I chose Vissel Kobe because it was an interesting project. There was…

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Ronaldinho Says Messi Didn’t Force His Barcelona Exit

RONALDINHO has tried to debunk the myth that he had a bad influence on Lionel Messi and subsequently had to leave the Nou Camp, Express.co.uk reports. Ronaldinho joined Barcelona at the start of Messi’s incredible career and left the club in 2008 after making 145 appearances and collecting five trophies, including the Champions League. The Brazilian always appeared to enjoy his football while in Spain and seemed to play with a smile. But he has revealed that Frank Rijkaard played a role in his decision to leave. And he insists…

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Conte Predicts Messi’s Retirement At Barcelona

Antonio Conte said he believed Lionel Messi will remain at Barcelona for the rest of his playing days after watching the Argentine maestro destroy Chelsea’s Champions League hopes. Messi, 30, scored twice and set up a goal for Ousmane Dembele as Barca beat Chelsea 3-0 at the Camp Nou on Wednesday for a 4-1 aggregate triumph. The double took Messi to 100 Champions League goals while his opener, coming after 129 seconds, was the fastest goal of his illustrious career. Messi has frequently been linked with a big-money move to the…

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Messi Breaks Chelsea Hoodoo

Lionel Messi struck for the first time in nine games against Chelsea to give Barcelona the upper hand from the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Tuesday by salvaging a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge. Willian’s fine strike just after the hour mark had put Chelsea in command after earlier hitting both posts in the first half. However, one moment of carelessness cost Chelsea dear as Andres Iniesta intercepted Andreas Christensen’s pass to tee up Messi to swing the balance of the tie in Barca’s favour 15…

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Tax Evasion: Sanchez Swims In Troubled Waters

Manchester United striker Alexis Sanchez has struck a deal with Spanish authorities to accept a 16-month suspended jail sentence for tax fraud in return for avoiding a trial. Sanchez, who joined United from Arsenal last month, faced being tried over the fraud of 983,000 euros ($1.21 million) linked to image rights during his time at Spanish giants Barcelona, according to details of the deal seen by AFP. Prosecutors said the 29-year-old Chilean forward had failed to declare any proceeds from the exploitation of his image rights in 2012 and 2013…

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Mascherano Joins Hebei China Fortune

Argentine international defender Javier Mascherano was unveiled on Wednesday as the latest big name to move to China, signing for Hebei China Fortune from Barcelona. The Spanish giants announced on Tuesday that the 33-year-old was leaving the club after seven and a half successful seasons but did not say where he was going. “After reaching agreement with Barcelona FC and the player himself, the distinguished Argentine captain Mascherano has, starting today, officially joined Hebei China Fortune Football Club,” the Chinese Super League (CSL) side said, without disclosing the transfer fee.

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