?Barcelona star Luis Suarez has dismissed the rumours linking Neymar with a move to Real Madrid, claiming he knows the player well enough to know he wouldn’t disrespect the Blaugrana.
Neymar’s time in Paris Saint-Germain has been fruitful so far in terms of scoring goals and registering assists, but it has also been dogged by reports that he is rubbing people up the wrong way with his ego and diva demands.
It has supposedly led to a dressing room lacking harmony, and reports have tried to link the Brazilian with a move away from the Parc des Princes despite only joining in the summer for a world record £198m fee, but his ex-teammate and close friend Suarez doesn’t see it happening.
He said, as quoted by ?Marca: “Honestly, I don’t see it. I know what Neymar is like and the admiration he had for Barcelona and his teammates. I don’t see him now going to play for Real Madrid.”
Over at the Bernabeu, los Blancos have been struggling this season, and superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has been way off the pace in La Liga, and Gareth Bale’s injury problems continue, which is why some publications have tried to push the Neymar to Madrid speculation.
Things have died down at PSG of late after stories of unrest between Neymar and Edinson Cavani and manager Unai Emery, and the French side are sitting pretty at the top of Ligue 1 despite losing to Strasbourg on Saturday.
?Pep Guardiola has said that Lionel Messi putting pen to paper on his new deal at Barcelona a week ago was fairly obvious and that a deal to bring him to the Etihad was never going to happen.
Manchester City, not for the first time since their takeover back in 2008, had been linked with the Argentine superstar and recent reports had claimed the club had offered him a monster signing on bonus of £88m, and a £44m annual salary – but his former manager denied any truth in the rumours.
Up until signing his new deal at the Nou Camp, Messi was at risk of leaving the club for nothing at the end of the current season, but Guardiola revealed that despite that, the club never really stood a chance of bringing him to the Premier League.
He said: “Leo Messi signed a contract one week ago. It was never going to happen.”
Guardiola on Messi offer: Leo Messi signed a contract one week ago. It was never going to happen.
— James Robson (@JamesRobsonMEN) 5 December 2017
It is understood that Guardiola didn’t believe a deal for Messi would be possible given the five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s love for the club and thus, an official approach was never made.
It looks for all the world like the superstar will see out the rest of his career with the Blaugrana now, with his new deal taking him up until 2021.
?Former Barcelona coach
13 years later and a lot has changed for Riijkard, but his admiration for Messi has not.
“Now I am a family man and I am happy to have seen another Barcelona game,” the Dutchman told Marca, as he returned to watch Barcelona’s 2-2 home draw to Celta Vigo last Saturday, a game in which Messi scored.
Rijkaard also saved praise for another of his former players: “
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— Football Stuff (@FootbalIStuff) November 27, 2017
Rijkaard confirmed that he keeps an eye on all his former players, adding: “
?Barcelona face Sporting CP in the final matchday of the Champions League group stages on Tuesday evening at the Camp Nou.
The Catalan giants will be looking to go the whole six games unbeaten, as they face the Portuguese side who still have a chance of climbing into the second qualifying spot ahead of Juventus depending on their result.
Here is how Ernesto Valverde could line his Barcelona side up on Tuesday.
The German goalkeeper has only conceded once in the group stages and will see out the final game as Valverde attempts to remain unbeaten.?
Celta Vigo took a point off Barcelona on Saturday but the majority of the defence is set to remain intact.
Samuel Umtiti and Gerard Pique have formed a solid partnership with one another for the Spanish side both domestically and in Europe, however, the former’s injury means that Thomas Vermaelen will step in.
Jordi Alba has been a first-team regular for several years now and despite Barca already secured a spot in the last 16, Alba is likely to start. Sergi Roberto played against Celta Vigo on Saturday but Nelson Semedo is set to return to bring pace in the right full-back spot.
?The midfield looks to remain unchanged from their 2-2 draw at the weekend.
Sergio Busquets will be given the role of holding midfield with Ivan Rakitic alongside side him. Andres Iniesta has only got one goal and an assist to his name this season in all competitions and will be looking to provide the balls through to the forward men of Messi and Suarez.
Paulinho is likely to be rewarded with another start after a string of impressive performances since his arrival from China to Spain.
Group D hasn’t seen many goals scored from all of the sides, and Barcelona are only the second highest scorers, behind their opponents on Tuesday, Sporting.
However, Suarez and Messi will be coming into this game on Tuesday confident after the pair scored one each against Celta Vigo to earn themselves a disappointing draw, leaving them five points clear at the top.
?Hernan Crespo is recognised as an Argentine legend having made 65 appearances for his country over twelve years and scoring 35 goals.
After having a tremendous playing career which saw him ply his trade in Italy with Parma, Lazio, AC Milan and Inter and England with Chelsea, he has now retired.
Recently, when he appeared on
Reported via sempreinter.com, Crespo tried to remain diplomatic in his response, but his answer reflected his club loyalty.
The striker explained:
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