Ernesto Valverde has no plansfor Jeremy Mathieu

It seems like Jeremy Mathieu´s time in Camp Nou is over as the recently selected coach Ernesto Valverde does not have any plans for him and an exit from the Spanish club appears to be certain at this point in time.

Jeremy Mathieu´s relationship with Barcelona began on July 23 of 2014 as the French defender was signed on that date for a fee of €20 million and from there on out, he has managed to make over 60 appearances in 3 seasons.

During the period of time that Jeremy Mathieu wore the Barcelona jersey, he was able to help the club in lifting various pieces of silverware including: La Liga and the UEFA Champions League just to name a few.

Even though the contract of Mathieu at Camp Nou extends until June of 2018, it´s very likely that the French defender is not going to be staying with them for what his contract has stated.

It´s rumored that Jeremy Mathieu has already found his next club with the Portuguese outfit Sporting Lisboa turning into the most realistic team that Mathieu especially taking into consideration the fact that reports are spreading around claiming that he has even passed medical exams after having spent a few weeks training with Sporting Lisboaduring his vacation.

Ernesto Valverde does not value highly Jeremy Mathieu but there is 1 player is specific that the 53 year old Spanish manager wants to keep hold off for as long as possible and not surprisingly, it´s LionelMessi who recently got married withAntonellaRoccuzzo that decided to sign a new 4 year contract extension which is going to keep the Argentinean player with Barcelona at least until 2021.

Gerard’s Deulofeu’s agent unhappy with Barcelona link

Gerard Deulofeu’s representative Gines Carvajal is concerned by the ongoing interest from Barcelona as it could potentially harm his client’s chances of making the Spain World Cup squad.


The Everton winger failed to make himself a regular under Ronald Koeman in the first half of the previous campaign, and he was therein allowed to join AC Milan on a short-term loan to gain valuable first-team experience. At San Siro, the former La Masia graduate managed to make a huge impression with four goals in the Serie A, and this earned him a recall to the Spain squad after a three-year wait.

Deulofeu is due to be sold on his return to Goodison this summer, but Barcelona have the first refusal on his contract, meaning that they could re-sign him for a £10.2m fee during the upcoming transfer window. However, the clause is said to have some complications as Barcelona cannot loan or sell the player outright, and he will have to stick with the first-team for at least one season. New Barca boss Ernesto Valverde is a huge admirer of Deulofeu, but his agent is nevertheless angry over the ongoing interest as it could diminish his client’s World Cup hopes. Continue reading

MESSI VS RONALDO

We are tired of this debate. When things like these happen, it prompts the debate all over.


Then there is a period of peace before the hostilities resume. Let us indulge today.

As Madrid continue their unparalleled dominance on the continent, the final is Cardiff dubbed ‘Bale Final’ quickly turned into another show by Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese star dominated the final unlike the other times he won it. This was the third time he lifted the Champions League title in four years.

Ahead of the final, Ronaldo was on a brilliant run that saw him score 16 goals in ten matches. The potential Ballon d’Or winner scored a brace that sunk a previously very hopeful Juve team. Max Allegri built a solid team that stopped everyone – they did not concede four goals all through the season until they met Ronaldo.

Ronaldo is the greatest goalscorer of all times. His consistency is unparalleled. He keeps adjusting and reinventing his style of play best suited to goalscoring. The Messi-Ronaldo debate will continue until the end of time but on the Art of Goalscoring, not many would side with the diminutive Argentine. Messi has not changed his fundamentals much – he is that brilliant whizkid from La Masia. Continue reading

Ernesto Valverde is ecstatic about this new chapter in his life

With the 2016-17 La Liga season already over, Luis Enrique has officially stepped down as the head coach of Barcelona as he was replaced by Ernesto Valverde.


The 53 year old manager already has experience in coaching top clubs as Valverde has been in charge of: Atletic Bilbao, Espanyol, Olympiacos, Villareal and Valencia.

Despite having experience with those aforementioned clubs, Barcelona is on another level as this is one of the teams that is regarded to be as one of the best in the world of football right alongside with: Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.

Ernesto Valverde has recently voiced his excitement in this new period of his life as the 53 year old Spanish manager said: Continue reading

Barcelona Have Come to the End of the Cycle, Says Arrigo Sacchi

Barcelona have been facing a lot of ramifications after the 4-0 loss against Paris St Germain in the Champions League.


Even though the club has suffered a couple of such heavy defeats in the past, this defeat has started talk about a potential end to the era. One of the greatest managers of all time, Arrigo Sacchi seems to think the same. Arrigo Sacchiwas in charge of the famous AC Milan team that managed to dominate European football during the latter part of the 20th century. He is no stranger to witnessing a team come to the end of its cycle.

In the 21st century, Barcelona have been the team to beat and replicate. Much of the success has been built on the presence of Lionel Messi. However, it seems that the Argentine superstar is not only coming towards the end of his 20s but also the end of his time with Barcelona. Messi was one of the players who was extremely poor in the loss against PSG. The rest of the team also has to take a lot of the blame. Continue reading

Arda Turan not interested in leaving Barcelona

ArdaTuran is an off and on player in terms of appearances with Barcelona as the Turkish midfielder is a regular starter in the team of Luis Enrique but the 30 year old player is not a consistent starter as there are many matches where he has to spend time on the sidelines before actually getting into the pitch.


Turan is not a key figure in the team of Luis Enrique, he does play an important role but the Turkish player is not as influential or significant as Lionel Messi or other high-profile players of Barcelona and this is why ArdaTuran is currently serving a substitute role in Camp Nou. Continue reading

Barcelona upset over Gabriel

Spanish giant Barcelona is upset about the way Santos sold forward Gabriel to Inter Milan.


It is believed that Barcelona has an agreement in place with the Brazilian club that allows them to have the first option on the purchase of some players. The Spanish side argues that they were not given enough time to decide whether they will buy the player or not.

The agreement is in place since 2013 when Barcelona signed Neymar from Santos. It is reported that they pay an additional fee of €7m to guarantee that they have a preferential option for the purchase of several players among which was Gabriel.

Barcelona feels that they were not given sufficient time to consider whether they will be purchasing the striker or not. It is believed that the Brazilian club only gave Barcelona 48 hours to decide whether they need the player or not. The Barcelona board argues that they were given incomplete information about the player and that they could not make a proper decision in the timeframe that they were given.

It is believed that the Spanish side might be reporting Santos to FIFA for a breach of agreement. Continue reading

Luis Enrique Expecting Different Game from Sevilla

Luis Enrique says that he is expecting a different mentality from Sevilla under the management of Jorge Sampaoli.


The former coach of the Chilean national team has a very tough task on his hands to match the achievements of Unai Emery. The former Sevilla manager led the club to 3 successive Europa League titles. This led to his appointment at French outfit Paris St Germain. Sevilla were unable to keep their manager due to the lack of spending power. They have appointed Sampaoli in the hope that the recent tradition with regard to European football will be continued.

However,Sampaoli has very little experience of European football after having previously coached only players playing in the European leagues like Alexis Sanchez. In terms of club football, he has managed the likes of Universidad de Chile primarily in South American region. He could not have wished for a tougher opening at his new job. Sevilla came up against Real Madrid in the UEFA cup final but lost 3-2 in extra time even after some extraordinary comeback. They are now up against Barcelona in two-legged Super Cup match. They start the new La Liga campaign with a home match against Espanyol.
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Luis Enrique to get new deal

Barcelona will not offer a new deal to their manager Luis Enrique until January.


Their vice-president has stated that the Spanish team is keen to keep their manager, but any extension will be only offered in January. This statement has given rise to speculations that the club will offer an extension if they are satisfied with the results of the team.

Luis Enrique managed to win the treble with Barcelona during his first season at the club and only won the La Liga title last year. With Real Madrid appointing Zinedine Zidane as their manager last season, there is news that Barcelona might also want to appoint a high profile manager for the club.
However, Barcelona’s Vice-president Jordi Mestre has denied these rumors and has stated that the club does not have any other alternatives in mind. He said that Barcelona is fully satisfied with Luis Enrique, and they do not have any intention to replace him at the head of the club.

Since his arrival, Luis Enrique has managed to keep the team together and allow them to remain at the top of the Spanish league. Jordi Mestre said that they are satisfied with the manager and what he has achieved so far for the team. He admitted however that there are no contract talks going on at the moment and that the manager will be offered a new contract in January.
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Barcelona agreed to pay Neymar’s tax evasion charges

Ever since Neymar joined Barcelona on May of 2013, there have been investigations going on involving his transfer from Santos to Barcelona as the transfer fee was initially disclosed and later on it was discovered that fee which was made to the public was not the actual amount of money that Barcelona had spent in signing the Brazilian superstar.


These transfer investigations led to Rosell resigning from his position as the president of Barcelona and the Spanish club was charged with tax evasion fraud as well as other things which emerged.

It’s been over 3 years since that transfer was completed and move investigations have been taking place involving Neymar’s move to Barcelona as there was a portion of the money which actually went to the wrong parties but nonetheless it has recently been revealed that all of these issues have finally been resolved.

It was recently announced that Barcelona had agreed to pay  €9.3 million in back taxes and the Spanish club will also pay a fine of €5.5 million to Spanish authorities due to everything that emerged in relation to Neymar’s transfer to Barcelona.

At the age of 24, Neymar is already being viewed as the next true leader of Barcelona, someone who might be able to follow the footsteps of Messi and accomplish everything that the Argentine superstar has done with Barcelona. Continue reading