TOP 5 Barca: Umtiti renewal, Vidal exit, Xavi, Zidane, Messi


Samuel Umtiti's contract renewal, absolute priority at Barcelona | Sport

Ernesto Valverde was thrilled with Samuel Umtiti's superb performance against Valencia. He's one of the defenders in the best form in the world and his price - 60m euros release clause - has not gone unobserved by Europe's big sides, who are willing to splash the cash on defenders - especially left footed ones.

Now Barcelona's main priority is giving the Frenchman a new deal. There is no rush but informal contact has begun and the idea is the deal is done before the Russia World Cup. More here.

It’s painful to see Zidane at Real Madrid – Xavi | Goal

Barcelona legend Xavi has admitted that it is tough to watch Real Madrid under Zinedine Zidane - a man he admires so greatly.

“Of course I admire Zidane because he was an extraordinary footballer. It was wonderful to watch him play. My pain has been to suffer him at Real Madrid. It's a real shame. Everyone has admired Zidane and continues to admire him. Not just as a player; he is a gentleman, a sensible, noble person, known by the entire world of football. He's an example to follow.” More here.

How can Barcelona break down teams who park the bus? | The Barcelona Podcast

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Atletico Madrid will wait until June for Aleix Vidal | Sport

Aleix did not leave because no club would pay the 12m euros Barcelona were asking for. Sevilla and Napoli tried to sign him on loan, with the Italians offering 10m in June but they did not reach a deal.

Barcelona did not want to let him go cheap, given the demand for him. Aleix stays at barcelona and by June, Barcelona will be willing to sell for 10m euros, and it is expected Atletico Madrid and Valencia will come in for him. More here.

'It's a spectacle watching him' - Valverde asks for room to breathe for Messi | Goal

Speaking about Messi post-match, Barca head coach Valverde told reporters: "When Messi plays the ball, everybody expects many things from him. Sometimes it's too much because we have to let Messi breathe a bit. It's true he is an awesome player as we have said many, many times. It's a spectacle watching him every day."

"Winning a match is really difficult and we did. Valencia didn't score, so we have to think that 0-0 is good for us at Mestalla but we won't go there looking to draw the match. We will go for trying to win it." More here.

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