Exciting times are ahead of Barcelona as the temporary board has confirmed the new election date to be held on 24 January. This, by all means, is the day that will decide the club’s fate and their foreseeable future, without too much exaggeration.
However, that’s far from the only thing currently happening in Catalonia. According to a report from SPORT, Neymar Jr. still wants to return to Barcelona and has even been in contact with the presidential candidates to make that happen.
Apparently, some of them would be in favour of the Brazilian re-joining the squad and with that in mind, he will refuse a contract renewal with Paris Saint-Germain. The same outlet mentions how the soon-to-be 29-year-old star’s only obstacle here is actually – money.
As we know, Barcelona are still in a dire financial situation and this could be a major factor in Neymar (not) returning to the Camp Nou. The Catalans might simply not be able to afford him, what with the pandemic still raging on across the planet.
The devastating effects of COVID-19 have also prevented the Brazilian from seeking a transfer directly through FIFA and the infamous Article 17. However, the upcoming summer will see his contract with PSG enter the last year of the deal, giving some negotiating power both to him and Barcelona.
Last year, a deal in the region of €180m was apparently on the table and if it were to Neymar, he would already be in Catalonia. But both parties can be more optimistic about a transfer in the coming summer window, if the Azulgrana really decide to go for him once more, that is.
Ousmane Dembélé talks Tuchel, Messi, Eto’o, Laporta
In an interview with BeIN Sports, Ousmane Dembele spilled beans on various topics ranging from football to personal life. The interview was conducted before yesterday’s Clásico.
The French winger is reportedly a player who the new president, Joan Laporta, admires a lot. Even during his campaign, the Catalan lawyer raised the issue of Dembele’s renewal. The club has invested heavily in Dembele and has finally started to reap results.
When asked the question about his contract renewal, Dembele explained: “My future? I still have a year left on my contract. There have been no discussions with the club, I’m happy and I feel good.
“A new president has arrived and I don’t really know him, but he is very close to the players. We’ll see how it goes.”
In all the reports that have come out and interviews given by the young players, all of them have mentioned that the club captain, Lionel Messi shares an exceptional with this new generation of players.
On the same lines the World Cup winner said: “Messi gives confidence to the young players in the team and helps us a lot. He gives me advice.”
Dembele is said to be liking his new role up top in the newly found 3-5-2 system by Koeman. He jokingly said in the interview that the dressing room now relates him to Samuel Eto’o, a former Barça legend: “As I now play up top, they call me Samuel Eto’o in the dressing room.”
The Barça winger had an excellent season at Dortmund which led to multiple European giants going into a bidding war for him.
His strike partner during his days in Germany was Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, whom the Frenchman regarded as `his favorite teammate’. He also said that `Thomas Tuchel is his favorite coach’.