Summer signing Malcom’s lack of action at Barcelona is “difficult to explain”, according to his agent.
Malcom, 21, was stolen from Roma’s grasp at the last second in July. But the €41 million buy from Bordeaux has played just 25 minutes in La Liga, across two, brief, substitute appearances.
Speaking to RAC1, representative Junior Minguella spoke about his client’s situation.
“It is difficult to explain,” he said. “All players need adaptation and Malcom has had enough time to do it and have minutes.
“So far he has not had them, but when he can play he will demonstrate the quality he has.”
He added: “He’s fine [Malcom] and eager to play. He does not like the situation, but he is focused and very motivated.”
Malcom has been called up for Brazil’s imminent friendlies against Saudi Arabia and Argentina. The forward scored 23 times in 96 matches for Bordeaux after a January 2016 move from Corinthians.
According to Mundo Deportivo, Umtiti – who has been struggling with a knee injury – is likely to miss the Champions League clash with Inter Milan before Real Madrid come to town a few days later. The France defender has already been ruled out of the top-of-the-table clash with Sevilla on October 20.
Barca are taking things slow with Umtiti as they try and avoid the need for surgery, but the Catalan club have struggled in his absence.
Gerard Pique has put in a string of sub-par performances at the back and the Blaugrana have suffered the consequences – failing to win in La Liga since a 2-1 victory at Real Sociedad in September 15.
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10:30pm – Paco Alcacer reveals Barcelona disappointment
Spanish striker Paco Alcacer has revealed his unhappiness with his playing time in Barcelona prior to making the switch to Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund on loan.
The forward scored a total of 15 goals in 50 appearances for Barcelona over the course of two seasons before making the temporary move to Germany this summer
Read what Alcacer had to say on his disappointing time at Barcelona here.
20:40 – Messi’s life is a circus
Barcelona and Argentina superstar Lionel Messi’s stupendous career will be the subject of a new Cirque du Soleil show next year.
17:00 – Paulinho pops into Barcelona training
The Brazilian called in to watch his former team-mates at training on Wednesday.
The 30-year-old, who plays for Guangzhou Evergrande in China, is still technically a Barcelona player, although it is expected that the Chinese club will buy him outright soon.
15:00 – Training continues at the Camp Nou
Even with some squad members on international duty, training still continues at the Camp Nou.
12:00 – Goal morning Barca fans
10:00 – Chance for youth to impress
Barcelona’s famous Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper training campus is quiet over the international break, with most of Ernesto Valverde’s star-studded squad away with their respective countries.
But the likes of Spain outcast Jordi Alba and Sergi Roberto, who is making his way back from injury, were among the group on Tuesday, while B team players were also given a chance to impress.
Meanwhile, Lionel Messi is getting a well deserved rest.
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