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Updated: 2018-02-22T23:00:02+01:00


WATCH: Messi applauds Dembele in training



Ousmane Dembele drew applause from Lionel Messi in training on Thursday after the French international managed a cheeky nutmeg on Jordi Alba.

Messi was so impressed that he actually called a halt to the session to congratulate the 20-year-old on his piece of skill. Check it out:

And as for Sergi himself, well he said he wants to stay at Barcelona for as long as possible.

“I have always wanted to be here, I have been a Barça fan since I was little. I have been at Barça for 12 years and my objective is to stay as long as possible,” he said.

”Linking up with Messi is really easy because he makes everything easier. He is the best player in the world and alongside him we are all better.”

Source | FC Barcelona

Roberto’s been a key player under Ernesto Valverde this season, generally at right-back, making 20 La Liga outings and producing a pretty impressive six assists.

Arthur: We are close to an agreement with Barca



The move that has been suspected for quite some time is seemingly close to being complete. Barcelona are reportedly close to an agreement with Gremio for Arthur’s services.

“I have a contract with Grêmio. I have not signed anything with Barcelona. Talks are well underway, but I am a Grêmio player. I am going to dedicate myself to winning here as much as possible. We are close to an agreement, but there are still some issues to be finalised. Things could move forward next week.”

Arthur | Source

This move has been long rumored but thought to be some time away given Gremio’s reluctance to sell the player. However, money talks, and Barcelona seem to have found a price that would satisfy Gremio’s demands.

According to the report Manchester United were also very interested in Arthur which may increase Barcelona’s desire to have the deal wrapped up sooner rather than later.

FC Barcelona News: 22 February 2018



The Messi-Iniesta connection at Stamford Bridge | FC Barcelona
The connection between Leo Messi and Andrés Iniesta has made history again. The Argentinian got the equaliser on Tuesday night at Stamford Bridge and the goal came off a wonderful assist from the first team captain. It was a goal that broke a ‘curse’. After 730 minutes of trying, Messi had finally scored against Chelsea, and in doing so set things up nicely for the return leg at the Camp Nou.

VOTE: Who’ll go through to the quarterfinals of the Champions League? | FC Barcelona
Only eight teams will be in the next round of the biggest European club competition. Now that all the first leg games in the Round of 16 have been completed, make your prediction and tell us who you think will qualify.

Barcelona in talks over selling Nou Camp naming rights | Sky Sports
The club have confirmed they are in negotiations with two or three companies over the rights, which are thought to be worth more than £250m. It forms part of Barcelona’s plans to renovate the stadium, their home since 1957, and the surrounding area at a total cost of just under £500m.

Arthur: My Barca move is on track | Football Espana
Gremio midfielder Arthur has confirmed his move to Barcelona is on track’ but he has not yet signed a deal with the Catalan giants. The 21-year-old has made 52 first team appearances for the Brazilian club and was a key part of his side’s squad in their run to the Copa Libertadores.

FC Barcelona opens 2018 with record-breaking numbers on social media | FC Barcelona
Barça opened the new year with stunning engagement figures on social media, coming in ahead of every other sports club in the world. In the month of January, Barça’s posts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram generated 181 total engagements, which are defined as the sum of user interactions, or clicks, such as retweets, replies, follows, likes, and shares, among others.

Tired, a broken foot - what’s going on with Paulinho?



After a bright start to life at Barcelona for Paulinho, the midfielder has seen his form dip recently and he’s come in for a fair bit of criticism after his performance against Chelsea.

The Brazilian’s arrival at Barcelona was widely derided but eight La Liga goals and two assists all but shut up his critics as he helped his new team to the top of the table.

However, Paulinho has not scored since the 4-2 win over Real Sociedad in January and his form has really tailed off in the last few weeks.

(image) Photo by Zhong Zhi/Getty Images

One explanation is fatigue and that would make some sense. Paulinho came to Barcelona in the midst of a season with Guangzhou Evergrande and has played a lot of football over the last 12 months.

Another fairly interesting explanation is that Paulinho is playing with an injury. According to AS, the midfielder has a ‘mini fracture’ in his right foot that he picked up in the first leg of the Copa del Rey quarter-final against Espanyol.

(image) Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images

To help treat the injury, Paulinho has brought in his trusted physiotherapist Caio Mello as he is still feeling the problem but wants to keep on playing as we head into a decisive part of the season, and with the World Cup on the horizon.

It remains to be seen if Paulinho is playing with an injury and if he is, how problematic it is. What we do know is that he’s made 35 appearances for Barcelona in all competitions this season, and maybe he needs a breather.

Messi’s new deal won’t be his last at Barca - Bartomeu



Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu says that Lionel Messi’s latest contract will not be his last at the club.

The Argentine finally put pen to paper on a new four-year deal in November which will keep him at the club until the summer of 2022 and contains a €700 million release clause.

Messi will be 34 by the time his new deal expires but Bartomeu does not think that will signal the end of his Camp Nou career.

“We want to play good football, practice it in a unique way, and Leo Messi is our key player,” he said

”Andres Iniesta is an example. We want him here not just as a player, but as a legend. And I hope it’s the same with Messi. He has a four-year deal, but I don’t think it will be his last deal.”

Source | Sky Sports

Barcelona handed Andres Iniesta a ‘lifetime deal’ in October, designed to keep him at the club until he hangs up his boots and it sounds like they have similar plans for Messi.