Lionel Messi among the stars to return to training for Barcelona

David Cooper 31/07/2018
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Lionel Messi, Sergio Busquets, Gerard Pique and Jordi Alba returned from their summer break on Tuesday as the quartet look to step up their preparations for Barcelona ahead of the new season.

The four players were on holidays following their World Cup participation with Argentina and Spain respectively and undertook medical and fitness tests before their first training session.

The first-team are in the US and will play AS Roma in the early hours of tomorrow before finishing the tour off against AC Milan on Saturday.

The Spanish champions play their first game of the season against Sevilla in the Spanish Super Cup on August 12.

 

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Welcome to today’s Barcelona blog. Jay Asser and the rest of the Sport360 team will be with you throughout the day with the latest news, rumours and insights from the Camp Nou.

Our daily blog will ensure you have all the latest updates throughout the week but we want you to get involved, too.

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8:45pm – Lionel Messi among the stars to return to training

The Argentine superstar, Gerard Pique, Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba returned to training on Tuesday ahead of the club’s opening game of the season. Click here for more on that story.

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11:54am – Thiago would fit in perfectly at Camp Nou, says Rafinha

While his own future is up in the air, Rafinha wants to see his brother, Thiago Alcantara, play for Barcelona again.

“I think he would fit in perfectly with the team’s style of play,” Rafinha said.

See what else Rafinha had to say about Thiago and his own status with the Spanish giants.

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Rafinha has admitted that he would love to see brother Thiago Alcantara return to Barcelona from Bayern Munich, although he doesn’t know where his own future lies.

According to reports, the Spanish giants are still looking for a central midfielder, after having made three signings so far.

While PSG star Adrien Rabiot is a top target, Thiago too has been linked to his former club.

“I would like to see Thiago at Barcelona again,” Rafinha revealed in a news conference prior to the pre-season game against Roma in the International Champions Cup.

“I think he would fit in perfectly with the team’s style of play.”

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However, there is a possiblity Rafinha might not be a part of the squad if Thiago does return from Germany.

After having returning from a loan spell at Inter Milan, the 25-year old has been linked to Tottenham, Lazio and a few other clubs.

“Honestly, if I knew my future, I would tell you,” he said to repeated questions about where he will be when the transfer market closes next month.

“A lot of teams have been linked with me, that’s true, but I’m not thinking about these things. It’s not to do with me, other people are working on it.”

When asked if wants to stay at Barca, Rafinha said: “All players want to play football. They want to be where they can play the most minutes. It’s the same for me – whether that’s here or somewhere else.”

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