Barcelona to return to pre-season training on July 11

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Barcelona have brought the start of their pre-season forward to Wednesday, July 11, the club confirmed on Saturday.

Ernesto Valverde will meet with his players, who have not participated in summer’s World Cup at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper on that day, where they will undergo physical and medical tests.

The rest of the players will be joining up at later dates.

The Spanish giants will travel to the US on July 25, where they will play three friendlies as part of the International Champions Cup. On July 28, at Los Angeles’ Rose Bowl, they take on Tottenham Hotspur, and then AS Roma in Dallas three days later. They will then end their tour with a match against AC Milan on August 4 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.

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8:30pm – Pre-season training start date has been revealed

July 11 will be the date when Ernesto Valverde will meet his players for the first time in pre-season training. Players who have been involved at the World Cup will report at a later date. More on the story here. 

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01:47pm – Barcelona’s pursuit of Clement Lenglet under threat

Barcelona‘s pursuit of Clement Lenglet has come under threat as Manchester Unitedjoined the race for the centre-back.

According to Manchester Evening News, Jose Mourinho has picked out the Sevilla defender as a cheaper option to Toby Alderweireld.

Read more here.

12:55pm – Thiago didn’t leave Barcelona for more money

Barcelona official has claimed Thiago Alcantara’s departure in 2013 was not down to the player’s financial demands, paving the way of a possible return to the Nou Camp.

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Thiago Alcantara.

Thiago Alcantara.

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Thiago didn't leave Barcelona for more money, insists club official

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Wanted man: Thiago Alcantara

A Barcelona official has claimed Thiago Alcantara’s departure in 2013 was not down to the player’s financial demands, paving the way of a possible return to the Nou Camp.

Thiago moved to Bayern Munich in July 2013, reuniting with former Barca coach Pep Guardiola after seeing his first-team chances limited.

He has been a regular for the Bavarians in his five years and there is strong speculation that he could return to the Catalan club with the Spanish giants looking to bolster their midfield following the departure of Andres Iniesta.

And Guillermo Amor, the club’s director of institutional relations, said: “He didn’t leave for money.

“It’s not the same as a boy of 16 years old who leaves for the money. He left because Barcelona sold him.”

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