Ronald Koeman has named his squad that will fight for the Champions League this season. The team is composed of 24 first-team players mixed with five Barça B players who’ll have the chance to taste some minutes in the group stage against weaker opponents such as Ferencvàrosi or Dinamo Kyiv, granted the Culés secure qualification before.
The five youngsters registered are Konrad de la Fuente, Iñaki Peña, Arnau Tenas, Oscar Mingueza, and Ilaix Moriba. While Peña and Tenas will be the third goalkeepers in the squad and called upon whenever needed, the other three inclusions are more exciting. In fact, Ilaix Moriba’s and Konrad de la Fuente’s inclusions seem almost normal as they have been two of the most hotly-tipped youngsters at the Mini Estadi.
In Mingueza’s case, he comes in as an emergency central defender due to the shortage of centre-backs at the club right now. After Ronald Araujo’s superb rise to the t-team status, seeing another Barça B regular getting his chance, this time in Europe’s premier competition would be lovely to see for any Culé.
Source: Barcelona’s official website
David Beckham confirms Messi has been mentioned in MLS plans
During the presentation of the new Inter Miami kit, club owner and former football superstar David Beckham confirmed that he has big ambitions for his side. The Englishman has been making major headway since he founded the club, who began playing in Major League Soccer (MLS) last season.
The Miami based club unveiled their secondary jersey, named La Palma on Saturday. Beckham, during the ceremony spoke about his plans for the club, stating how important it is to attract the biggest names in football.
The former Real Madrid and Manchester United man addressed rumours about both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. He said: “I know that in Miami our fans want to see great stars. Messi and Ronaldo have been mentioned, have been at the top of their game and have been the best for the last 15 years. We want to attract the best players.”
Speaking about the talent he has already managed to attract, Beckham added: “We already have players like Higuaín and Matuidi who already bring shine and glamour, but in the future we want to have the opportunity to bring big name signings.”
Back when Messi asked to leave Barcelona last summer, the Argentine was linked however briefly to a move to the MLS. Inter Miami, being the most possible suitors. However, Messi ended up staying in Spain after a complicated transfer saga.
There is no doubt that with Beckham at the helm, Inter Miami could attract a ton of big names in the future. However, a move to the States would most certainly be a step sideways for Messi, considering he still has years left at the top in Europe.