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Live Barcelona Blog: Antoine Griezmann opens up on why he turned down Barca

Keep it here with us today as we bring you all the news, gossip and features regarding Barcelona

Sport360 staff 2018/09/07

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8:30pm – Antoine Griezmann opens up on why he turned down Barca

The Atletico Madrid striker has revealed why he didn’t sign for the La Liga champions in the summer. Read more on that story here.

7:15pm – Spanish Federation chief hits back at staging La Liga games abroad

Luis Rubiales has slammed La Liga president Javier Tebas for signing a contract to stage La Liga matches abroad. Barcelona are set to play Girona in Las Vegas in January but Rubiales says he’s not a fan of ‘invading’ a country. Read more on that story here.

Not a fan: Luis Manuel Rubiales

2:38pm – Date and kick-off time announced for first Clasico of 2018/19 season

The first Clasico of the La Liga season has been announced, with Barcelona hosting Real Madrid next month.

Find out full details right here.

12:07pm – Barcelona icon Diego Maradona named technical director of Mexican second tier side

Diego Maradona has taken a new job in football after being confirmed as the technical director of Dorados de Sinaloa.

Earlier the Mexican club announced it had parted company with Francisco Ramirez Gamez, and rumours began to swirl that former Barcelona star Maradona would step into the role.

Read the full story here.

10:24am – Argentina coach says leave Lionel Messi in peace

Interim Argentina boss Lionel Scaloni says Lionel Messi must be left in peace and not pressured to return to action with the national team.

Barcelona star Messi has been left out of La Albiceleste’s squad for games against Guatemala and Colombia, and his international future is unclear.

Read more on this right here.

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