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Official: Carles Aleñá loaned out to Getafe for the remainder of the season

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As part of news that will definitely disappoint Barcelona fans, Carles Aleñá has been loaned out to Getafe, as was made official by Barcelona through a press release this afternoon. Aleñá will spend the remainder of the season there, till it wraps up in late-May.

The Spaniard was not part of Ronald Koeman’s plans for the season, and was advised to leave on loan when the season commenced in August. However, since refusing the proposal then, Aleñá has fallen off the pecking order with even Riqui Puig ahead of him as it stands.

The loan move to Getafe was in the works for no more than a week, and the Madrid outfit were Abel to wrap up the deal quickly, agreeing to pay the wages for the 23-year-old. Aleñá has followed in the footsteps of Marc Cucurella, who joined Getafe on loan in July 2019 and then joined the club permanently next year for €10 million. That said, Aleñá’s loan deal does not include that option.

The youngster, who is among the four players who have payed at each level of Barcelona’s youth system, registered no more than 46 minutes this season in the league, and 134 minutes in the UEFA Champions League, of which only one was a start.

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Just in: Neymar’s entourage confirms renewal with PSG as he ‘likes the project’

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Fabrizio Romano has broken huge news as part of Neymar’s contract situation with Paris Saint-Germain, which all but officially announces that the Brazilian will be staying in France, contrary to what has been reported recently. The report suggests that that he will sign his extension soon, which is bound to include a massive UCL bonus.

Neymar’s entourage have confirmed his decision to stay with the Paris outfit in conversation with France Football, saying, “Neymar wants to stay at PSG. He sees that the club is growing. He likes the project.”

PSG have, in fact, actually enjoyed success in Europe in the recent past. They reached the Champions League final last season, crumbling only to the unstoppable Bayern Munich by a mere one goal to nil. Since then, they have fired Thomas Tuchel, and hired Mauricio Pochettino, who inspired an incredible victory against Bayern in this season’s Champions League quarters. Spearheaded by Neymar and Mbappe, the capital-side hit the defending champions for three goals, conceding two.

Despite their lead in the UCL, they do not have a stronghold on the trophy with the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea, and Real Madrid still in the running. It becomes a lot more problematic when you realise their situation in Ligue 1.

PSG look far from comfortable in the league, which is a shocker to say the least. As it stands, Pochettino’s mean are in second place with 66 points, three adrift of Lille who top the table with one of the most impressive defensive records in Europe.

A season without either of the big trophies might force Neymar to have a change of mind, with the Barcelona project looking much more comprehensive under Joan Laporta. In fact, the new President might look at the Brazilian as the key that will allow Lionel Messi to stay at the club. We do the same rumours annually, so it is only fair if any of these ‘confirmations’ are turned on their head in the coming weeks.

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