Miralem Pjanić has already arrived at Barcelona and today, he’s the focus of the local papers. The Bosnian is now officially in Catalonia and should begin training with his new teammates shortly.
SPORT say he arrived yesterday and has also passed the PCR test so he’s eligible to train. Today, he should join Ronald Koeman and the others at Ciutat Esportiva.
The outlet also quote him saying: ‘I’m excited to meet my teammates. I’ve come to Barça to win‘. And the new coach has the exact same thing in mind as SPORT say he’s working hard on his tactics as well.
Mundo Deportivo are focusing on mostly the same things. They talk about ‘Arrivals and exits‘ on their cover.
Of course, Pjanić has already arrived at Barcelona so he is the one they’re welcoming to the Camp Nou. On the other hand, Luis Suárez and Arturo Vidal are the ones expected to leave in the immediate future.
All that remains now is to solve the remaining years of their contracts but that could also be easier said than done. It seems that Barcelona could indeed lose money in these operations as they try to set the players free.
But at the end of the day, that’s the price of poor planning. They will just have to deal with it.
Griezmann jokes when asked about his future following Copa championship: “Ask the president”
After being starved of trophies for two years, Barcelona have won silverware, defeating Athletic Bilbao in the final of the Copa del Rey by four goals to nothing. Lionel Messi was on target twice, while Frenkie de Jong and Antoine Griezmann got a goal each as Barça cruise to victory.
Following the game, Griezmann, who opened the scoring for Barcelona, spoke to the media, including about his future. He jokingly replied to that question by saying, “Ask the president.”
He said that he was very proud of the team and how they have managed to turn around the season, “Proud of the team and the work. We know that the season is very long and there are good and bad times. Keep enjoying the team and in the end the reward will come.”
He ended the presser on a celebratory note, saying, “We have to celebrate this title and enjoy it as a result of the work we’ve done.”
The Frenchman has been in excellent form throughout the Copa del Rey campaign and spearheaded the comeback against Granada in the Quarter-finals. He also assisted Gerard Pique for a last minute equaliser against Sevilla when all seemed lost, and has now been rewarded with the first Copa del Rey win of his career. Onto bigger and better things, hopefully.