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  • Sergi Roberto backs Unzue for Barcelona ...

    Sergi Roberto has backed Juan Carlos Unzue to succeed Luis Enrique at Barcelona and predicted he would be a "great coach" for the La Liga champions. Luis Enrique will stand down at the end of the season with his current assistant Unzue, Athletic Bilbao boss Ernesto Valverde and ...

    Sergi Roberto backs Unzue for Barcelona job

    Sergi Roberto has backed Juan Carlos Unzue to succeed Luis Enrique at Barcelona and predicted he would be a "great coach" for the La Liga champions. Luis Enrique will stand down at the end of the season with his current assistant Unzue, Athletic Bilbao boss Ernesto Valverde and Real Sociedad coach Eusebio Sacristan leading the race to take over at Camp Nou. Roberto, the Barca hero in their dramatic 6-1 Champions League win over Paris Saint-Germain earlier this month, came through the ranks at La Masia and believes Unzue's ascent to the top job would be good for continuity purposes. Wenger: Suarez wanted to join Arsenal! The Spain midfielder told TV3: "It would be a great way of maintaining Barcelona's philosophy. We have a great relationship with him. "Even though he is technically in charge of strategy, he always gives us very good tips overall. "He would be a great coach for Barcelona." Barca will face Juventus in the Champions League last eight after their 6-5 aggregate defeat of PSG and Roberto accepts it is another tough assignment. "As your typical Italian side, they are a stout defensive team," he said. "Moreover, their attacking players are incredibly skilled, so we know that advancing to the semi-final will be far from easy. "Winning another Champions League would be very exciting, there is no doubt about it. "I wouldn't say it is a priority for us, but it would mean a lot to win it after the comeback."

  • Iniesta and Suarez want 'incredible' Isc...

    Andres Iniesta has described Isco as "incredible" while Denis Suarez says the Real Madrid star would be welcome at Barcelona. Isco has been strongly linked with a sensational move from Madrid to Barca, with his contract due to expire in 2018 and talks over a renewal on hold unti...

    Iniesta and Suarez want 'incredible' Isco at Barcelona

    Andres Iniesta has described Isco as "incredible" while Denis Suarez says the Real Madrid star would be welcome at Barcelona. Isco has been strongly linked with a sensational move from Madrid to Barca, with his contract due to expire in 2018 and talks over a renewal on hold until the end of the season. Reports in Spain this week have suggested Barca would pay the 24-year-old a huge signing-on fee if he ran down his deal at Santiago Bernabeu and then moved to Camp Nou on a free transfer. Messi rescues apathetic Aguero And Iniesta, who is with the Spain squad for the games against Israel and France along with Isco, praised his international team-mate's quality. "He is a fantastic player, with an incredible talent," Iniesta told reporters. "For many years he has been doing things very well and he is playing for one of the best teams in the world. "He is an important player not just in the national team but in his club. He is young and has many years to grow and improve." Suarez, meanwhile, feels Isco would be a welcome addition to Barca but urged caution with any deal still a long way from coming to fruition. "Of course I would like to have Isco as a team-mate, all good players are welcome in our team," he said to Cadena Ser. "Isco has an incredible talent but right now he is under contract with Real.  "We have to wait and see what happens. If he doesn't sign a contract extension, then we can talk." The last player to move directly from Real Madrid to Barcelona was Luis Enrique in 1996, while the likes of Luis Figo and Javier Saviola have moved in the opposite direction. Isco has only started 13 LaLiga matches this season and has suggested he may have to leave Madrid to get more minutes, despite being happy at the club.

  • Wenger 'convinced' that Suarez wanted Ar...

    Arsene Wenger is “convinced” that Luis Suarez wanted to join Arsenal a year before leaving Liverpool for Barcelona. The Gunners famously lodged a bid of £40,000,001 for the Uruguayan in the summer of 2013 in an effort to trigger a release clause. Messi and Suarez in toilet admi...

    Wenger 'convinced' that Suarez wanted Arsenal move in 2013

    Arsene Wenger is “convinced” that Luis Suarez wanted to join Arsenal a year before leaving Liverpool for Barcelona. The Gunners famously lodged a bid of £40,000,001 for the Uruguayan in the summer of 2013 in an effort to trigger a release clause. Messi and Suarez in toilet admission Liverpool, though, remained unmoved and refused to enter into negotiations with a Premier League rival. Suarez, though, was eager to make the switch, with the South American looking for a way out of Anfield on the back of a biting incident involving Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic. He was eventually convinced to stay put and after enjoying a standout 2013/14 campaign, in which he was named PFA Player of the Year, a big-money transfer was completed to La Liga giants Barcelona. Wenger, though, insists that Suarez could just as easily have been turning on the style at the Emirates as Camp Nou. Iwobi: Wenger deserves more respect He told beIN Sports: “He was very close [to signing for Arsenal]. We had an agreement with the player. We had been wrongly advised that he had a clause, with a minimal clause, but we had an agreement with the player. You can ask him. “I'm convinced he wanted to join us and then they sold him. They kept him one more year, improved his contract and promised to sell him the year later to a club abroad." Suarez had been involved in another biting saga by the time he left England for Catalonia – at the 2014 World Cup – but Wenger feels the 30-year-old frontman deserves credit for having put the troubles of his past behind him and focused on becoming a world-class talent. He added: “It's not normal. You cannot accept that. He had some behaviours that were shocking but I think as well you don't see them anymore since two, three years. Arsenal's top five teenage stars “He got rid of all the things that were a handicap for him and today you don't see that anymore. He's still on borderline with what the strikers do well, you know, go down in the penalty box but you want that from an intelligent striker. “Overall I think he got rid of all the rest and rightly so and he deserved to be punished before and now you don't even expect it anymore from him."​

  • 'Suarez is not a biter any more, he’s a ...

    Eric Cantona has branded Luis Suarez “a diver”, but saluted the efforts of Barcelona in a Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain which resembled “football porn”. The Uruguayan frontman played a prominent role for Barca in one of the most astonishing comebacks in footbal...

    'Suarez is not a biter any more, he’s a diver' - Cantona reflects on Barcelona-PSG 'football porn'

    Eric Cantona has branded Luis Suarez “a diver”, but saluted the efforts of Barcelona in a Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain which resembled “football porn”. The Uruguayan frontman played a prominent role for Barca in one of the most astonishing comebacks in football history. Five teenage stars to watch at Barca Trailing 4-0 from the first leg of their last-16 encounter, Luis Enrique’s side stormed back at Camp Nou to prevail 6-1 on the night and 6-5 on aggregate. Suarez opened the scoring and won a late penalty in that contest, although his theatrics inside the box have drawn criticism from Manchester United legend Cantona. He told Eurosport in his self-appointed role as the Commissioner of Football: “Suarez is not a biter any more, he’s a diver. Not a very good one, way too dramatic. Cruyff's legacy must not be forgotten “Such blatant cheating with this hand on the throat, look of agony, bullshit! “This is football porn. Kids should not be allowed to watch.” While he was no too enamoured with Suarez’s exploits against PSG, Cantona was impressed by Barca as a collective, with Neymar in particular proving to be a shining light for the La Liga giants. He added: “For some, it was a miracle on grass. Neymar: PSG comeback meant the most “For others it was the heist of the century. Either way, it was epic. “There were only 12 people on the field who actually believed in the possibility of Barca qualifying: Neymar...and the 11 players of Paris.” Barcelona’s reward for edging out PSG is a quarter-final showdown with Italian champions Juventus, with the two-legged contest set to pitch the 2015 finalists into direct competition once again.

  • Coutinho can be Iniesta's successor at B...

    Philippe Coutinho is considered to be a natural successor to Andres Iniesta at Barcelona by former Liverpool forward Luis Garcia. The Brazilian has been heavily linked with a move to Camp Nou, with his creative ability making him a natural target for a club that prides itself on...

    Coutinho can be Iniesta's successor at Barcelona, says former Liverpool forward Luis Garica

    Philippe Coutinho is considered to be a natural successor to Andres Iniesta at Barcelona by former Liverpool forward Luis Garcia. The Brazilian has been heavily linked with a move to Camp Nou, with his creative ability making him a natural target for a club that prides itself on a ball-playing philosophy. Current Barca star Neymar has also been quick to talk up such a move, with that stance reiterated during a recent quizzing on his fellow countryman. Klopp: Coutinho lacking consistency For now, though, Coutinho is committed to the long-term contract he signed at Anfield in January. Luis Garcia believes staying put is the right decision, but a man who moved in the opposite direction during his playing days feels a role could open up in Catalonia once an iconic playmaker steps aside. The 2005 Champions League winner told talkSPORT: "It is not the first time he has been linked to Barcelona and it would be a tough call for him, but hopefully he decides to stay at Liverpool. "Coutinho is a very important player for Liverpool and, as a former player from both teams and the love I have for both of them, I would like to see Coutinho for a few more years in a red shirt.  "Coutinho is still a very young player. Iniesta is maybe going to be in the first team for two of three more years and with the quality and technique that Coutinho has got it would be a brilliant time for the team [for him to join]." 'Coutinho has lost his magic' Barca’s interest in Coutinho intensified after seeing the 24-year-old make a bright start to the 2016-17 campaign. An untimely injury halted his progress and he is still searching for that level of consistency since returning from an ankle complaint. He has, however, managed seven goals in all competitions for Liverpool and remains a key figure in Jurgen Klopp’s plans. 

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