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De Jong will be back in training soon

Dhaiwat Pandya

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On June 18, FC Barcelona officially announced that their star midfielder Frenkie De Jong was suffering from a muscle injury.

According to the AS and Catalunya Radio journalist Javi Miguel, the Dutch midfielder’s recovery has been going well, and he will join his teammates in training later this week.

During his first season at the Camp Nou, the 23-year-old has made 38 appearances for Barça in all competitions. He has been nothing less than a key player for the Catalans. His timely arrival to the squad will definitely prove to be a massive boost for Barça during the business end of the season.

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Lautaro Martínez talks about the summer rumours of playing alongside Messi

Domagoj Kostanjšak

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It has been quite a while since we’ve last heard about any concrete rumours of Lautaro Martínez potentially joining Barcelona. The Argentine striker was previously a hot target for the Catalans but following a long hassling period with Inter, and some untimely financial issues, the Azulgranas had to abandon their quest.

Now, other players seem to take priority over the young star as Ronald Koeman looks to strengthen the squad even further. However, back in Italy where Martínez is currently playing, the media seem to still have some interest in that particular story.

Recently, the Argentine was asked about the summer rumours of him wanting to play alongside his compatriot, Lionel Messi. The quotes were given to Gazzetta dello Sport but were relayed by Calciomercato.

“It [playing with Messi] was a dream for me too, of course, because playing with him is fantastic. He is the best player in the world. I am lucky enough to play in the national team with him. We, young people, look up to him,” said Lautaro.

These statements don’t come as a particularly big surprise to many. As he mentions himself, young players look up to Leo and who wouldn’t want to share the pitch with him?

Seeing Martínez at the Camp Nou, however, would be extremely difficult given the club’s current circumstances and Inter’s unwillingness to lower their asking price. He is a talent, though, and that much has to be said.

Maybe the transfer can happen further down the line but at the moment, playing with Messi, apart from the national team, could remain a distant dream for the young Argentine star.

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