Dutch coach Ronald Koeman has settled on Barcelona’s third friendly match in preparation for the 2021-2022 new season.
The Catalan newspaper “Sport” reported that Barcelona will face Stuttgart, Germany, in the third friendly on July 31, in preparation for the new season, at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Germany.
She added, that Barca will play two matches in the Johan Cruyff stadium against Nástek de Tarragona and Girona on July 21 and 24, respectively, before facing Stuttgart in the third friendly.
The Spanish team Barcelona continued its training in the sports city “Joan Gamper” for the second day on Tuesday evening, and joined the ranks of the Blaugrana reserve players Alejandro Balde, Qais Ruiz and Jordi Escobar.
Barcelona is scheduled to face Juventus in the Joan Jamir Cup on August 8, before the start of the season against Real Sociedad in La Liga, on August 15.
The newspaper concluded, that there is no news about the friendly meeting, which will bring Barcelona with Manchester City at the “Camp Nou” stadium, the proceeds of which will be donated to patients with amyotrophic sclerosis.
On the other hand, while Barcelona club president Joan Laporta confirmed that negotiations to renew the contract of Lionel Messi, the star of the Catalan club, are going in the right way, the Argentine star surprised everyone by visiting the American embassy in Argentina to obtain a travel visa.
Messi’s contract with the Blaugrana expired on June 30, but the club has yet to announce a renewal as they are trying to find ways to comply with La Liga financial fair play rules, and balance their books before the start of the 2021/22 season. Meanwhile, Messi won his first America’s Cup with Argentina after beating Brazil 1-0.
And Argentine reports said today, Thursday, that Lionel Messi was at the American embassy in Argentina, today, Tuesday, with his father, in order to obtain a travel visa to the United States of America.
It was previously reported that the Argentine star could end his football career at Inter Miami, owned by David Beckham.
Barcelona President Laporta said recently: “Messi’s contract renewal is progressing enough, nothing is impossible.”
He continued: “All the Catalans, Barcelona and the entire football world are happy that Lionel Messi won the Copa America.
He added: “It is very exciting to see the best player in football history so excited to win a title like this and made us all cry with joy.
The Barcelona president continued: “He is very happy, we are all happy, and I am happy for Leo who managed to win the Copa America, along with his teammates, and that Argentina are once again in the elite, and I am also happy for Sergio Aguero.