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Barcelona reveal they are preparing for Messi’s exit

Barcelona president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, has admitted that the club’s recent transfer activity, has been with the retirement of Lionel Messi in mind.

The Spanish champions agreed a £65million deal to sign 21-year-old Ajax midfielder Frenkie De Jong last month, as well as teenage defender Jean-Clair Todibo.

Brazilian duo Arthur (22) and Malcom (21) were also signed in the summer.

Bartomeu says their additions is to prepare the squad for the day that Messi decides to leave.

Speaking to journalist Guillem Balague on BBC Radio Five Live’s Football Daily Podcast, he said: “I know one day Lionel will say he’s retiring.

“We have to prepare the club for the future.

“We are bringing great young players to the team because we need to continue this era of success. That’s our responsibility.

“My mandate will be finished in two seasons. So I need to leave the club in a great position and tell the new president ‘that’s our legacy’.”

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Zidane lists conditions to replace Sarri as Chelsea manager

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Former Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane, is interested in becoming Chelsea’s manager, providing the club can give him certain assurances, the UK Sun reports.

Current manager Maurizio Sarri is under pressure, after what has been a difficult first season and Zidane is keen to talk to the club about coming in to replace him.

However, the Frenchman would need the Blues to guarantee that star man Eden Hazard, would not be sold.

Zidane would also need a transfer kitty in the region of £200m to improve the squad and to have a major say in players’ recruitment.

The 46-year-old has been out of job, since he walked away from Madrid last year, after winning a third consecutive Champions League title.

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House of Barcelona star robbed while playing against Valladolid, loses £250k valuables

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Barcelona star Kevin Prince Boateng had his mansion broken by burglars on Saturday night, February 16, while playing against Real Valladolid in La Liga game.

The house which is in the upmarket neighborhood of Sarria was robbed by yet to be identified hoodlums in which £250,000 of valuables and cash were stolen.

According to the report by UK Sun, Police have confirmed that the house of the African football star was robbed, but no arrest has been made.

”We are investigating a burglary at a property in the Sarria area of Barcelona which has been reported to us,” spokesman for the police confirmed according to the report.

Boateng made his home debut for Barcelona at Nou Camp last night as he was named in the starting line-up and played 60 minutes before being substituted.

The 31-year-old Ghanaian star discovered the break-in when he returned home after the match which ended 1-0 in favor of Barcelona as Lionel Messi scored the goal.

Kevin Boateng is currently playing for Barcelona on loan from Italian side Sassuolo and will be there till the end of the season.

Barcelona are currently topping the Spanish La Liga standings with 54 points after 24 games played this season.

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UEFA set to ban Di Maria for return leg against Manchester United

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Paris Saint-Germain winger, Angel Di Maria, could miss the return leg of their Champions League round of 16 clash against Manchester United, if UEFA decides he breached their rules.

Di Maria is risking a one-match suspension under UEFA Article 15, after “provoking supporters” last night, RMC reports.

The Argentine appeared to shout “f*** off” at United fans, moments after PSG took the lead at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

Di Maria, who used to play for the Red Devils, received some mild jeering from his former fans on the night and decided to respond after Presnel Kimpembe opened the scoring.

The 30-year-old set up both goals, as the Ligue 1 champions took a 2-0 lead ahead of the second leg on March 6.

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