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Ronald Koeman has insisted that Lionel Messi is excited and happy at Barcelona despite ongoing transfer talk.

Barca supremo: Lionel Messi not leaving Camp Nou

The newly elected president of Barcelona Football Club, Joan Laporta, has insisted that six-time Ballon D’or winner, Lionel Messi, will not leave the Catalan giants this summer.
Barcelona’s French forward Ousmane Dembele (C) celebrates with teammates after scoring during the Spanish League football match between FC Barcelona and Real Valladolid FC at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on April 5, 2021. (Photo by Pau BARRENA / AFP)

Barca edge closer to Atletico after late Ousmane Dembele winner vs Valladolid

Ousmane Dembele volleyed in a 90th-minute winner against Real Valladolid on Monday to fire Barcelona to within a point of Atletico Madrid ahead of next weekend’s Clasico in La Liga.
Barcelona starlet Pedri has been handed a maiden call-up to the Spain national team for this month's 2022 World Cup qualifiers.

WCQ: Barcelona starlet gets maiden Spain call-up

Barcelona starlet Pedri has been handed a maiden call-up to the Spain national team for this month's 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
Joan Laporta was previously the Barcelona president from 2003 to 2010.

Joan Laporta wins Barcelona presidential election by landslide

Laporta was previously president during one of the club's most successful periods; earning 12 trophies between 2003 and 2010 including a famous treble under Pep Guardiola and with Lionel Messi as talisman.
Joan Laporta celebrates winning the 2021 Barcelona presidential election (Image c-o FC Barcelona)

Lionel Messi congratulates new Barcelona president

Barcelona captain Lionel Messi has congratulated Joan Laporta, after he emerged as the club’s president.
Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman said his side’s 2-0 defeat to Sevilla in Wednesday’s Copa del Rey semi-final first leg was an unfair scoreline given their performance but backed them to turn the tie around.

Barcelona midfielder: I don’t agree with the coach’s decision

Barcelona caused its fanbase to go into a meltdown when the deal to swap 22-year-old Arthur Melo for 30-year-old Miralem Pjanic was announced. While Pjanic has been on the peak of his powers, and among the best midfielders in the world for over half a decade, he was nearing the last juncture of his career. That said, once the transfer took place, it was same to assume that that he would lead the midfield alongside Riqui Puig and Frenkie de Jong.
Lionel Messi is back in form and Barcelona are finding their feet after a 4-0 demolition of Granada on Saturday put them within four points of the top of La Liga.

Lionel Messi scores twice as Barcelona thrash Granada 4-0

Lionel Messi is back in form and Barcelona are finding their feet after a 4-0 demolition of Granada on Saturday put them within four points of the top of La Liga.
Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman was happy to see Leo Messi have minutes in their friendly win against Nastic.

Victor Font: Life after Lionel Messi does not need to begin now for Barcelona

Barcelona's new era without Lionel Messi does not need to begin immediately but a clear plan must be laid out for life after the Argentine great, says presidential candidate Victor Font.
City aren't forgetting about Leo Messi.

Lionel Messi left dejected as six Barcelona players blacklist him

Lionel Messi has gone through a turbulent patch at Barcelona over the past few seasons. However, it seemed like the Argentine forward had reached his boiling point this season with the club in August after he had reportedly sent a burofax to the board stating that he wanted out.
Barcelona face Juventus this evening in a battle for top spot of their Champions League group.

Juventus remember past glories against Barcelona with provocative tweet

Both sides have already secured their place in the last 16 of the competition and Barcelona hold the upper hand in the race of first place in their group.
Barcelona midfielder Miralem Pjanic has expressed his anger at not playing more often for the Catalan side ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League clash at home to his former club Juventus.

Miralem Pjanic: Cristiano Ronaldo ‘a true athlete’, Lionel Messi ‘an alien’

Miralem Pjanic has compared Lionel Messi with Cristiano Ronaldo, two players widely considered amongst the greatest to have ever played the game.
As a result of absentees and rotations, Barcelona faced Dynamo Kiev with a makeshift 11 which ended up getting the job done. 'Sport' says that Carles Alena and Oscar Mingueza surprised a Ronald Koeman who is determined to keep playing them.

Ronald Koeman pleased by Carles Alena, Oscar Mingueza

As a result of absentees and rotations, Barcelona faced Dynamo Kiev with a makeshift 11 which ended up getting the job done. 'Sport' says that Carles Alena and Oscar Mingueza surprised a Ronald Koeman who is determined to keep playing them.
Barcelona star Gerard Pique could be out for between four and six months (Getty)

Barcelona provide Gerard Piqué, Sergi Roberto injury updates

Barcelona have announced that Sergi Roberto will face two months on the sidelines after sustaining a thigh injury during Saturday’s defeat to Atlético Madrid.
Ronald Koeman has admitted he has no idea if Lionel Messi will leave Barcelona next summer and said it is not his job to persuade the Argentinian to stay.

Ronald Koeman uncertain on Lionel Messi future

Ronald Koeman has admitted he has no idea if Lionel Messi will leave Barcelona next summer and said it is not his job to persuade the Argentinian to stay.
The Spanish national team have confirmed Sergio Busquets has a mild ligament sprain in his left knee.

Spain confirm ligament sprain for Sergio Busquets

The Spanish national team have confirmed Sergio Busquets has a mild ligament sprain in his left knee.
The Spanish national team have confirmed Sergio Busquets has a mild ligament sprain in his left knee.

Spain confirm ligament sprain for Sergio Busquets

Busquets has started all seven of Barcelona’s league games so far this season. Though Frenkie de Jong is being given an increasing amount of responsibility in midfield, Ronald Koeman will be eager to have the Spanish midfielder available again as soon as possible.
Koke’s uncapped Atletico team-mate Marcos Llorente was also selected by coach Luis Enrique as was goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga despite losing his place in the Chelsea team.

Alvaro Morata, Koke return as Marcos Llorente earns first Spain call-up

Juventus forward Alvaro Morata and Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke earned recalls to the Spain squad Friday for a friendly against the Netherlands and Nations League games with Germany and Switzerland.
Barca new boss Ronald Koeman may have flagged off operation sweep at the Nou camp with various reports Tuesday indicating he has served four regulars of the team the quit notice.

Barcelona boss angry with team and individual performances

Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman is not happy with multiple aspects of the performance of his team and individuals.
The management committee at Barcelona, which is chaired by Carles Tusquets, wants to resume the negotiations that former club president Josep Maria Bartomeu opened regarding a pay cut for the first-team players.

Barcelona stars demand guarantees regarding pay cut

The management committee at Barcelona, which is chaired by Carles Tusquets, wants to resume the negotiations that former club president Josep Maria Bartomeu opened regarding a pay cut for the first-team players.
Pep Guardiola has ruled out the possibility of returning to Camp Nou, insisting his period as Barcelona manager is over.

Pep Guardiola rules out Barcelona return

Pep Guardiola has ruled out the possibility of returning to Camp Nou, insisting his "period as Barcelona manager is over".
Lionel Messi is uncomfortable at Barcelona, according to Juan Sebastian Veron, who says the Argentine superstar is struggling amid the Blaugrana's search for an identity.

Juan Sebastian Veron: Leo Messi is uncomfortable at Barcelona

Lionel Messi is uncomfortable at Barcelona, according to Juan Sebastian Veron, who says the Argentine superstar is struggling amid the Blaugrana's search for an identity.
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has called an extraordinary emergency meeting for Monday.

Barcelona board requests to suspend vote of no confidence on president

Barcelona have made a request to the Generalitat de Catalunya to suspend the vote of no confidence on embattled club president Josep Maria Bartomeu, report RAC1 as per Marca.

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David Moyes fears West Ham’s slim hopes of Champions League football could be affected further by Manchester United forced to field weakened teams.

David Moyes lashes out at Premier League chiefs over Manchester United decision

The Hammers boss – whose men were beaten by Everton – has called on the Premier League to explain the questions surrounding the integrity of the competition being affected with United’s 3-1 win at Aston Villa their first of three games in five games.
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Nigerian government dissolves research institute’s council amidst graft allegations

The federal government has approved the dissolution of the governing council of Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research (NISER) Ibadan, Oyo State.
Zinedine Zidane doesn’t intend on resigning as Real Madrid coach but that doesn’t mean his future at the club is safe according to a report in Marca.

Arsene Wenger backs Zinedine Zidane for France job

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William Troost-Ekong is in buoyant mood following Watford’s impressive 1-0 away win against Norwich City on Tuesday.

William Troost-Ekong: Watford’s promotion better than Olympics, World Cup

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Governor AbdulRazaq: Nobody will be excluded from APC in Kwara

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Grammy award-winner Burna Boy has been nominated at the 2021 BRIT Awards in the United Kingdom ahead of the main ceremony slated for the O2 Arena in London on 11 May.

Burna Boy’s ‘Ye’ certified Gold in the US, sets new Nigerian record

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