Spanish giants Barcelona have reportedly earmarked Manchester United’s Daley Blind as a potential target for the January transfer window. The Blaugrana are currently utilising the services of Gerard Pique alongside Thomas Vermaelen in central defence with both Samuel Umtiti and Javier Mascherano on the sidelines.
According to Mundo Deportivo, the Catalan giants are planning to retain their interest in Blind, who was previously on their radar prior to his Old Trafford move in 2014. Apparently, Blind’s versatility has caught the eye of manager Ernesto Valverde, and the Dutchman learned his early trade Ajax, who are known to play total football.
Barcelona superstar Luis Suarez has said that he was never worried about his goal drought which lasted for 478 minutes prior to his goal against Leganes this weekend. The Uruguay international netted in the 1-1 draw versus Atletico Madrid back in October, and had gone five games without finding the net – the longest goalless streak since his switch from Liverpool back in the summer of 2014.
In an interview with BeIN Sports, the striker stressed that he was not anxious about the situation, and he is pleased to have contributed to the club’s cause winning streak across all competitions which has now extended to 17 matches. He said:”I wasn’t anxious. The important thing was to feel good again and help the team win. And the goals have served to help the team win the game today.”
Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has downplayed suggestions of Luis Suarez causing a disruption in the dressing room by reacting angrily towards his recent substitution.
The Uruguayan star has returned to the first-team action after having been on the sidelines for much of the first few weeks. Since his arrival, though, he has not been able to hit a great goalscoring form – unlike his former counterpart Lionel Messi. In the midweek Champions League match against Sporting Lisbon, Suarez appeared to come up with the goal that gave Barcelona a victory. However, it later turned out to be an ongoing, although the Uruguayan did play a crucial role in the lead up.
However, the 30-year-old did not seem happy with Ernesto Valverde’s decision to substitute him in the closing stages of the match. Suarez was replaced by Aleix Vidal as Barcelona looked to get away with a narrow victory over the home team. Read more…
Barcelona have allowed striker Luis Suarez to continue his recovery from an injury by returning to Uruguay.
The striker will be travelling with the national team in order to link up with the squad for the World Cup qualifiers. Uruguay are up against Paraguay and Argentina in the World Cup qualifiers. Suarez is not expected to feature in both these games, as he is still recovering from a knee injury suffered in the match against Real Madrid midway through August. Barcelona have stated that the player is expected to miss around four weeks of action, and it has compounded the misery after having lost Neymar to a world record transfer to PSG.
Suarez has been one of the top scorers in the Spanish league since making the £ 75 million move from Liverpool in 2014. His importance at the club has now assumed a greater significance with Neymar’s departure and Lionel Messi also reported to be contemplating his future at the club. Read more…
After being at the helm of Barcelona for 3 years, Luis Enrique has stepped down from his managerial position at Camp Nou.
The Spanish manager said that he wants to take a break from the world of football but that there is a big possibility of him making a return in the future.
In 3 years, Luis Enrique was able to push Barcelona to a number of titles including: La Liga, Copa del Rey, Spanish Supercup, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup.
Now it’s up to the recently selected coach Ernesto Valverde to follow the footsteps and continue winning pieces of silverware.
Following the departure of Luis Enrique as the head coach of Barcelona, Luis Suarez has gone on to give his praise towards the 47 year old tactician.
“Thanks coach! Specially for all these things you’ve taught me!!!! THANKS and much success in the future.” Luis Suarez wrote on his social media twitter account.
The 30 year old Uruguayan attacker has also recently talked about his biting incident back in the 2014 FIFA World Cup where he bitted Italy´s Giorgio Chiellini and was subsequently banned for 9 international matches. Read more…