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Barcelona pull out of race for Liverpool target



Adrien Rabiot

There are suggestions that Spanish La Liga outfit Barcelona have pulled out of the race to secure the signature of French Ligue 1 outfit Paris Saint Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

Barcelona were reported to have won the race ahead of the Reds team in the last winter transfer window but the agreement failed to be reached.

Adrien Rabiot is desperate to leave the Ligue 1 champions at the end of the season which gives us a hint that he would now be heading to the Anfield as Liverpool will now emerge as favourites for the star player.

It would be recalled that Adrien Rabiot allegedly rejected a move to North London outfit Tottenham so as to see through a move to either Barcelona or the Reds team.

Manager Jurgen Klopp is reported to be a fan of the star player and is ready to do all within his powers to have him join the club in the nearest future.

With the Reds team now battling to have their players return to full fitness, there will be need for more additions in the coming summer window with the German boss already learning his lessons to have a big squad.

Timothy Aiyeku is a Mass Communication graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a sports, everything football analyst.

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Valverde Takes Decision On Playing Messi Against Real Betis



Lionel Messi

Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has made a decision on the availability of star player Lionel Messi for the Spanish La Liga clash with Real Betis.

Valverde and his Barcelona players welcome Real Betis to the Nou Camp on Sunday in what’s their first league game of the season.

Lionel Messi has been ruled out of the game due to the decision made by Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde and the medical team at the club.

The Barcelona superstar missed the start of the season last weekend as a result of the calf injury he sustained earlier this month.

The injury forced him to miss the Barcelona tour of the United States (US) as well as the shocking defeat to Athletic Bilbao in their league opener nine days ago.

Messi had returned to training earlier this week only for him to feel discomfort in training on Friday thereby ruling him out of the Real Betis game.

Ernesto Valverde and his Barcelona players must be wary of the threat carried by Real Betis who were the only team to win at the Nou Camp last season.

Barcelona were beaten 4-3 by Real Betis in the corresponding fixture last season.

The Catalan giants would be hoping to bounce back from their opening day defeat when they take on Real Betis at the Nou Camp.

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Club Fined For Abuse On Manchester United Target




French Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint Germain (PSG) have been fined by the Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) Disciplinary Committee after fans unfurled an offensive banner against star player Neymar.

PSG were fined to the tune of €2,000 for the offensive banner against Neymar who angered the club’s fans following his desire to leave the French champions this summer.

The banner incident happened during the opening league game of the new season, 3-0 win over Nimes at home.

During that home game against Nimes, chants of ‘Son of a b*tch’ were also heard during the game.

Neymar has not played for PSG this season as he’s presently recovering from the ankle injury that he sustained at the start of last month.

He is fed up with life at Parc des Princes after two years at the club.

His preference is to return to Spanish La Liga champions Barcelona but arch rivals Real Madrid are also interested in a move for him.

Both Barcelona and Real Madrid are finding it hard to raise the necessary funds required to sign him.

PSG are keen to recoup the €220m spent on his transfer from Barcelona in the summer of 2017.

The transfer from Barcelona to PSG made him the most expensive player in world football.

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Messi Blamed For Coutinho’s Exit At Barcelona



Philippe Coutinho

Barcelona legend Rivaldo has blamed star player Lionel Messi for the exit of former Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho from the club earlier this week, Goal reports.

According to him, Coutinho failed to thrive at Barcelona mainly due to the dynamics at the Spanish La Liga club.

Rivaldo pointed out that Philippe Coutinho was unable to survive at a Barcelona squad whose main man is Lionel Messi.

It is difficult to shine in a team that has Messi, as he takes the shine and responsibility at the club.

Philippe Coutinho became the most expensive Barcelona signing in January 2018 after the Catalans agreed to a £142m deal for him.

The Brazilian international spent 18 months at the Nou Camp but failed to make the necessary impact.

He has left the club for German Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich on loan for this season.

The Bavarian giants have paid €8.5m for the season-long loan deal which could be turned into a permanent deal at the end of his loan spell at the Allianz Arena.

Bayern Munich have the option to sign him permanently for €120m.

Coutinho would be hoping to revive his career at Bayern Munich after the disappointments from his time with Spanish champions Barcelona.

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Man Utd Target Told To Snub Real Madrid, Barcelona For Juventus




Brazilian football legend Rivaldo has told Paris Saint Germain (PSG) attacker Neymar to snub the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid for Italian Serie A champions Juventus, Goal reports.

According to him, he would like to see Neymar play alongside Portuguese international superstar Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus.

Ronaldo became a Juventus player last summer after making a record move from immediate past European champions Real Madrid.

Juventus paid at least £100m to secure the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid where he spent nine years.

Barcelona legend and 2001 World Player of the Year Rivaldo is certain that Neymar will improve a great deal as a player if he plays alongside the aforementioned Ronaldo.

Juventus are not one of the teams interested in a move for Neymar this summer.

The Brazilian star wants to leave PSG this summer and the Spanish duo of Barcelona and Real Madrid have been mentioned as his likely destination.

Barcelona and Real Madrid have made several bids for Neymar and they have been met with negative responses on the part of PSG.

The French Ligue 1 champions are holding out on the €220m world-record fee spent on him two years ago when he left Barcelona for France.

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The Real Reason Arsenal Legend Performed Badly Revealed



Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has revealed the reason behind his poor performance as the AS Monaco manager.

In an exclusive interview with The Telegraph, the ex-Arsenal striker as he talked about his failed spell at his former club.

According to the French football legend, he had a difficult task as the Monaco manager.

His managerial reign at AS Monaco lasted for just three months.

Thierry Henry replaced Leonardo Jardim as the AS Monaco manager in October 2018 and lasted for a quarter before he lost his job in January 2019.

As an AS Monaco manager, Thierry Henry won four games, drew five games and lost 11 games out of his 20 games in charge of the team.

Before his appointment as the manager of the French Ligue 1 club, Thierry Henry was the assistant manager for the Belgian national team.

Thierry Henry was the assistant to Belgian national team manager Roberto Martinez.

The Arsenal legend was part of the Belgian national team that finished in third position at last summer’s FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia.

Belgium beat the Three Lions of England 2-0 in their third/fourth place playoff to seal third place behind runners-up Croatia and eventual champions France who secured their second World Cup title.

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