Valverde wants to keep his squad focused on football

Recently, Spain has politically undergone a string of changes and events that affect the entire nation as a whole and this also includes the football national side of the country as well, but ciach Valverde is hoping he can get his players to concentrate on their football, ather than the political turmoil taking place in Catalonia.

For the past few weeks, there has been a division and a number of things being done involving Catalonia wanting to establish an independent republic. With referenduums, political leades fleeing the country, and mass protests, it’s no wonder people don’t seem to be as switched on to the football as they would be normally! The crisis also potentially affects the Spanish national side – if Catalonia‚Äôs ultimate goal of being independent from Spain is achieved then this would rule out a number of players from playing for the Rioja, as well as the likes of Barcelona and Espanyol, who ae both based in Catalonia, and might find their space in the Primera Liga brought into question. Continue reading Valverde wants to keep his squad focused on football

Barcelona going after Premier League defenders

Barcelona are in the market for a new defender, and it is reported that they might be making their choice among the Premier League defenders. Indeed, with Dani Alves likely going to Juventus in the summer, Barcelona might be looking for a capable replacement.

One commonly cited player is Hector Bellerin. The Spanish player was trained at the Barcelona academy and will be the most obvious choice for that post. However, they might find it difficult to convince Arsene Wenger to let one of this best players leave the team. The French manager has recently stated that Arsenal is not a selling club anymore and that they will hold on to their best players.

Barcelona still want to believe that they can convince Hector Bellerin to join them by promising him that he will be able to win trophies there. It will all depend on how Arsenal strengthen their team this season and whether they will be able to challenge for silverware next season.

If ever the deal for Bellerin does not work out; it is believed that Barcelona might make a move for Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta. However, they might find competition from other clubs especially Manchester United. Indeed, it is reported that Jose Mourinho might be interested in bringing his former player at Old Trafford as he attempts to improve a defence that has been quite leaky during the past seasons. Bayern Munich are also reported to have made inquiries for the player, but they have yet to make any offer.

Cesar Azpilicueta is a versatile player that can play on both side of defence and in this aspect, he is much more useful that Bellerin. But Barcelona will believe that it will be easier to tempt an Arsenal player rather than a Chelsea player especially when they have successfully done it in the past.