Spanish football morning headlines for 3 February.
Messi suspects on contract leak
A report in El Mundo Deportivo has now claimed that Messi has a shortlist of five individuals who may have leaked the contract.
The club’s former president Josep Maria Bartomeu, former vice president Jordi Mestre, General Director Óscar Grau, the head of the Economic Commission interim president Carles Tusquets – who was head of the Economic Comission at the time – and the head of Barça’s legal services Román Gómez Ponti.
Madrid’s Plan B
The Real Madrid news continues to focus on the fallout of the club’s defeat to Levante last weekend and limited squad options now leading to a greater focus on youth players.
Diario AS has outlined the youth stars coming through at the club with an entire XI of players – who have been honed at the club’s Castilla side – who could step up to the first-team squad in the coming years.
Joao Felix positive for Covid-19
Nuestro jugador @joaofelix70 ha dado positivo por COVID-19; se encuentra aislado y cumpliendo la cuarentena en su domicilio.
— Atlético de Madrid (@Atleti) February 3, 2021
The Portuguese forward is a fundamental part of the side’s attack and the club will be hopeful of his return and swift recovery from the virus.