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23:24 – La Liga refuse to confirm if Barcelona will play in US
Though reports have emerged claiming Barcelona’s derby with Girona in January will be La Liga’s first game played in the United States, the league have chosen not to confirm the location of the fixture.
A spokesman for La Liga told Press Association Sport: “La Liga is working together with our new partner Relevent Sports to organise the first fixture to be scheduled in the USA. At this point we cannot confirm the teams, match, date or season.”
20:26 – Arthur humbled by Xavi comparison
Lionel Messi heaped high praise on Arthur when he said the Brazilian reminded him of former team-mate and Barcelona icon Xavi.
To that, Arthur has pumped the brakes on the comparison and revealed his admiration for Xavi.
Watch his response here.
14:00 – Busquets set to sign new contract
Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets is close to signing a new contract at the Camp Nou, according to Mundo Deportivo.
The Spain international has been in talks over a new deal over the summer and is now set to put pen to paper after agreeing terms.
As well as a wage increase, the 30-year-old’s release clause will increase from €200 million to €500m.
10:00 – Messi determined to win UCL, says Suarez
Luis Suarez admits it’s been difficult to watch Real Madrid dominate the Champions League over the past few years and insists captain Lionel Messi is determined to win the competition again.
Los Blancos have clinched the last three Champions League titles, and four since 2014, while Barcelona’s most recent triumph was in 2015.
The Uruguayan revealed that his teammate Messi is more motivated than ever to help the Catalan giants get back to the pinnacle of Europe, as he aims to add a fifth Champions League winners’ medal to his mantlepiece.
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