BARCELONA NEWS

After Real Madrid-Sevilla yesterday, it’s Athletic Bilbao and Barcelona’s turn in the Copa del Rey last 16!
Barcelona name a full-strength XI against Athletic Bilbao, who are without Oscar de Marcos, in this Copa del Rey last-16 first leg.
Athletic Bilbao manager Ernesto Valverde is the latest name to be linked with replacing Luis Enrique at Barcelona at the end of the season.
Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar have been included in Barcelona’s squad to face Athletic Bilbao, despite their extended Christmas break.
Barcelona are reportedly keeping tabs on the situation of their former left-back Alex Grimaldo, now at Benfica.
Jorge Samapoli admits he “doesn’t know” what his future with Sevilla holds but does not expect Luis Enrique to leave Barcelona any time soon.
Sevilla boss Jorge Sampaoli claims Cristiano Ronaldo’s only problem is that “he’s coincided with Lionel Messi, who’s the best of all time”.
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has revealed that he is “arriving at the end of my coaching career”.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has hailed Lionel Messi for his “PlayStation”-like ability and believes his former Barcelona teammate “can do it anywhere”.
Barcelona midfielder Arda Turan has dismissed reports he could be set to leave the club for China by stating he is ‘very happy’ at the Camp Nou.
Barcelona forward Neymar has confessed he would love to return to Brazil and cited Flamengo as the club whom it would be an honour to play for.
Barcelona and Manchester City are set to go head-to-head in the race for highly-rated Borussia Dortmund midfielder Julian Weigl.
Andres Iniesta believes he will end his career at Barcelona ahead of talks to renew his deal with the Catalan club in the new year.
Middlesbrough winger Adama Traore has claimed he was never given a proper chance to prove himself at Barcelona during his time at the Camp Nou.
David Villa has revealed he only joined Barcelona because Valencia needed the money from his sale at the time.
Barcelona midfielder Arda Turan is the subject of interest from Chinese Super League side Guangzhou Evergrande, according to reports in his native Turkey.
Luis Enrique claims it is “ridiculous” to judge Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi on awards like the “Melon d’Or”.
The draw for the last sixteen of the Copa Del Rey produced some mouth-watering prospects as many top sides were paired against each other.
Neymar believes his Barcelona teammate will sign a new contract at the Camp Nou ‘soon’ despite speculation mounting over the Argentine’s future.
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu is confident Lionel Messi will soon sign his contract extension and finish his career at the club.
Quique Sanchez Flores has issued an apology to Espanyol fans after embracing Lionel Messi after his side’s heavy defeat in Sunday’s Catalan derby.
Luis Enrique believes Barcelona’s 7-0 hammering of Hercules in the Copa del Rey “strengthened many players and also the team”.
Paco Alcacer admits he “feels liberated” after finally breaking his Barcelona duck but insists he was never pressured by the media scrutiny.
Paco Alcacer finally opened his goal account as Barcelona sauntered into the Copa del Rey last 16 with a 7-0 thrashing of Hercules on Wednesday.
Luis Enrique is taking no chances tonight, despite MSN not being involved, as no B players are included in Barcelona’s team against Hercules.
A report in Wednesday’s AS has suggested five reasons why Real Madrid were let off the hook by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, and not Barcelona.
Barcelona and Atletico Madrid are reportedly keeping tabs on Villarreal’s Italian midfielder Roberto Soriano.
La Liga has reported Barcelona to the Competition Committee and Anti-Violence Commission for offensive chants by a group of their fans against Espanyol.
Josep Bartomeu confirms Lionel Messi will sign a new contract with Barcelona and “will find out the difference” after Real Madrid’s reduced transfer ban.
Barcelona’s Sergi Roberto believes Real Madrid have ‘had a bit of luck so far’ this season due to scoring so many late goals.
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