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Ronald Koeman happy with Depay’s performance in Stuttgart victory

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Ronald Koeman happy with Depay's performance in Stuttgart victory
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Ronald Koeman is delighted with Depay’s start to his Barcelona career.

The Dutch international has already scored two goals in his first two preseason games with the latest coming against Stuttgart.

Koeman is happy with his performance and is also delighted with the new attacking partnership of Depay and Griezmann.

 

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“People know about Memphis because he was at Manchester United and Lyon,” Koeman said of Depay.

“Today, he showed he can score as he scored the first with an individual piece of play.

“With his play, speed and strength, he gives other things to the team.

“His partnership with Antoine Griezmann was very good.

“We have players who can play in different positions in attack.

“We’ll also have Sergio Aguero. I hope Leo [Messi] returns too. So, we have quality up front.”

Sergio Aguero is expected to make a debut in the final two preseason games against RB Salzburg and Juventus.

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Memphis Depay looking forward to pairing up with Messi and Aguero

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Memphis Depay looking forward to pairing up with Messi and Aguero
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Memphis Depay hoping to form a deadly trio with Aguero and Messi.

The 27-year old forward moved to Camp Nou on a free transfer and would be pairing up with veterans Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero up front.

Club legend Lionel Messi is yet to agree on a new contract with Barcelona after his deal with the club expired at the end of June.

 

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‘It would be amazing to play with [Messi]. Hopefully it is possible. He has a number of qualities that the team needs and it would be important to build everything around that,’ he told Sport.

‘There is a lot of talent in the team. It would be great for me to play alongside him and win titles.

‘We have many attackers, but all different in my opinion. I have different abilities and strengths than Sergio Aguero, for example, or any other player.

‘I think the three of us are compatible and different, but we are going to see how everything happens.’

 

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Memphis Depay happy to wear the Barcelona shirt

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Memphis Depay happy to wear the Barcelona shirt
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Memphis Depay scored his first goal for Barcelona.

The 27-year old forward scored a late penalty in a 3-1 victory against Girona.

Depay joined Barcelona on a free transfer last month after running down his contract with Lyon.

A goal on his debut for Barcelona is a perfect start for the Netherlands international who will be hoping to a regular in attack next season.

 

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“It feels amazing to play in this shirt. It was tough, the first minutes in the match, but I really enjoyed it,” Depay said. The teammates helped me. I enjoyed it a lot.”

“I hope to bring a lot of creativity. I always try to find the spaces between the lines of defense, in addition to goals and assists,” he added.

“Starting here is good, but I’m sure it will be incredible at the Camp Nou. I will try to transmit my energy to the team. It is an impressive feeling to be with the fans.”

 

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Barca manager Ronald Koeman backs Messi to win Ballon d’Or

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Barca manager Ronald Koeman backs Messi to win Ballon d'Or
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Ronald Koeman believes Messi will win his seventh Ballon d’Or title.

The Barcelona talisman helped Argentina win the Copa America in Brazil and is the favourite to be named the best player on the planet.

The Argentine won the coveted prize on six occasions and an international silverware was only missing in his illustrious CV.

Ronald Koeman believes the 34-year old deserves recognition in terms of his performance for both club and country in the past 12 months.

Messi, whose contract with Barcelona expired on June 30 is currently now a free agent but the Catalan giants are on the verge of tieing him to a five-year deal.

“He is vitally important. For what he brings to the team, he’s the captain and an example. His goalscoring has been brilliant despite a difficult start,” Koeman said.

“He has shown time and again he is the best in the world. I know how much he wanted to win the Copa América and he has done it at last. Messi is the prime candidate for the Ballon d’Or after a great season and for me he is the favourite.”

 

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Barcelona fans need to be patient with Lionel Messi contract

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Barcelona fans need to be patient with Lionel Messi contract
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Joan Laporta remains optimistic about Lionel Messi deal.

Lionel Messi is currently a free agent after his contract with Barcelona expired on June 30.

Club president Joan Laporta has urged the fans to remain patient with Lionel Messi deal as it might take more time than anticipated.

According to reports, the six-time Ballon d’Or winner has agreed to a five-year deal with the Catalan giants and accepted a 50% wage cut on his yearly earnings.

“The professionals are doing their job well,” Laporta said. “We are very satisfied with how everything is progressing.

“But you know that it is a special market that requires patience, skill and sometimes some juggling.

“But I think, as the summer progresses, we will be able to give good news.”

 

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Barcelona President Tells Fans To Remain Patient Over Messi Deal

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Barcelona President Tells Fans To Remain Patient Over Messi Deal

Barcelona are close to completing a deal for Lionel Messi.

At least that is what reputed journalist, Ferran Correas claimed.

“The professionals are doing their job well,” Barcelona president, Joan Laporta said. “We are very satisfied with how everything is progressing.

“But you know that it is a special market that requires patience, skill and sometimes some juggling. But I think, as the summer progresses, we will be able to give good news.”

Messi’s five year deal will see him at the club until he is 39. He has agreed to take a financial cut in the difficult cirumstances. But after all he is a club legend who deserves it all. Messi has won 10 La Liga titles, seven Copa del Reys and four Champions League trophies.

He recently captured the Copa America with Argentina.

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BREAKING: Lionel Messi agrees to extend his contract with Barcelona

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BREAKING: Lionel Messi agrees to extend his contract with Barcelona
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Lionel Messi agrees to a five-year deal and takes a 50% wage cut.

The Barcelona superstar has agreed to continue his professional career with the Catalan giants for another five years and his salary will be reduced by 50% in the new deal.

He spent his entire career at Barcelona making his debut in 2004 and was a free agent for a few weeks now.

The Argentine agreed to slash his yearly earnings by 50% in order to agree to a fresh long-term deal with Blaugrana.

Last year, Messi requested to leave the club by activating a clause in his contract that would allow him to leave for free.

But then-president Joseph Maria Bartomeu blocked the move and asked other clubs pay his €700m release clause in full.

“I thought and we were sure that I’d be a free agent,” Messi told Goal.

“The president always told me that I could decide to stay or go at the end of the season and they’re now clinging to the fact that I hadn’t said anything by June 10, when it turns out that on June 10 the La Liga season was still ongoing and we were in the midst of this virus and this illness that altered the whole fixture calendar.

“And that’s the reason why I’m staying on at the club. I’m now staying because the president told me that the only way I could leave was by paying the €700m release clause, which is impossible.”

 

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Barcelona issues a fresh update on Lionel Messi contract

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Barcelona issues a fresh update on Lionel Messi contract
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Barcelona positive about Messi signing a new contract with the club.

Messi is currently out of contract this summer and talks over a new contract with Barcelona is currently ongoing.

But Barcelona are currently forbidden from registering any new player at this moment due to the club’s financial situation.

The Barcelona legend won his first major international trophy Copa America with Argentina and club president Joan Laporta issues an update on the magician’s future.

Laporta said via AS: “[Messi’s renewal] is progressing adequately.

“All the Catalans, Barcelona, Catalunya and the entire football world are happy because Leo won the Copa America. It is very exciting to see the best player in football history get excited about winning a title like this and he made all of us cry with joy.

“He is very happy, we are all happy. I am happy for Leo who has managed [to win the Copa América], together with his team-mates, and that Argentina are once again in the elite.

“I am happy for Messi’s family, for Argentina, for Barcelona who are recognised, admired and loved for having this bond with Leo.”

 

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Neymar sends heartwarming message to Messi after Copa America final

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Neymar sends heartwarming message to Messi after Copa America final
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Neymar sends a message to his former Barca teammate Lionel Messi.

Former Barcelona player Neymar tags Messi as the ‘biggest and the best in history’ following this weekend’s Copa America final.

The PSG man was left in tears but was comforted by Messi during the Argentine celebrations on the pitch.

Messi won his first trophy with his country and it was also Argentina’s first major title in 28 years.

He was voted the player of the tournament after his four goals and five assists in the competition.

 

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Neymar wrote on social media: “Losing hurts me, it hurts me…it’s something I haven’t learned to live with yet. Yesterday when I lost, I went to give a hug to the biggest and best in history that I’ve seen play. My friend and brother Messi, I got sad and told him ‘son of a b*tch, you beat me’ I’m too sad to have lost. But this guy is crap! I have a lot of respect for what he did for football and especially for me. HATE TO LOSE!!! But enjoy your title, football was waiting for you at this moment! CONGRATS HDP BROTHER.”

 

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Ronald Koeman Openly Admits Griezmann Might Leave Barcelona

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Ronald Koeman Openly Admits Griezmann Might Leave Barcelona

Ronald Koeman cannot guarantee Antoine Griezmann’s involvement next season for Barcelona.

Of course, this comes right after Barca got slapped with a salary cap by the La Liga administration due to their bloated wage bill.

That means a number of personnel including the ones on sizeable contracts will be heading out the Camp Nou this summer. Griezmann has endured two mediocre seasons at Barca and might be ready to test himself elsewhere, if any club is willing to pay for his services.

Asked about Griezmann, Koeman said, “I’m going to rely on all of the players in my squad. If there are any incomings or outgoings, I’ll need to accept them. These are decisions that need to be made by the club. There’s lots of time left, let’s see who stays and who goes. But it’s clear that Messi’s renewal is the absolute priority.”

He added, “Griezmann is very important for me. He’s been a great signing for Barcelna and has shown his quality. He’s performed well and is a very good player.

But I insist, I don’t know which decisions will be made. The most important thing is for Leo to sign a new contract. He is the future of the club, and we need to try everything to get him to sign.”

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