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“There need to be arse-kicking women, who don’t behave like men, but are doing a really good job and save the day. I think women are discouraged from a young age. As a male, you can aspire to have a successful professional life and also having a satisfying personal life, which is the message young men receive. Women don’t receive that same message, their message is that if they want both, at best it’s going to be difficult, at worst it is going to be a disaster and it’s not going to work. We need to change that message, that actually it is possible. A message where we don’t discourage people. Women are interested in doing these jobs, our job is to not discourage them and saying that it is indeed possible, not only is it possible but your presence will actually improve the results.” - Eva Carneiro

I’ll retire at Barça. I don’t know when - the older I’ll be, the better. I’m sure about that; I can’t see myself wearing any other shirt. If I see that next year I’m not up to scratch, I’ll hang my boots up at 29 years of age. I don’t associate this sport with anything except Barcelona.
—  Gerard Piqué
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Fangirl Challenge: [2/5] Female Celebrities → Jenna Coleman
↳ “I’m the kind of girl who doesn’t like roller coasters you know, I’m a little bit of a scaredy cat really. I’ve convinced myself that I’m this really cool, fully trained stunt person, do my own stunts kind of thing, but really I’m falling backwards off mat.”

Club news as of 27 May

SQUAD

  • Xavi’s (35) entourage denies report on possible loan to PSG next season. The player will join Al Sadd and doesn’t plan a loan move to PSG. [e3]
  • Barcelona don’t plan to improve the renewal offer made to right back Dani Alves (32) whose contract expires in June. [rac1 ser]
  • The board wanted to look for an exit for right back Douglas (24) but Luis Enrique wants him to stay for another season. [ara]
  • According to his contract, Barcelona B player Alen Halilović (18) has to be promoted to the first team this summer, although he could leave on loan. [ara]

INTERNATIONAL DUTIES

  • Gerard Piqué, Marc Bartra, Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets, Andrés Iniesta, and Pedro have been called up by Spain for a friendly against Costa Rica and a Euro qualifier against Belarus on 11 and 14 June.
  • Ivan Rakitić and Halilović have been called up by Croatia for a Euro qualifier against Italy on 12 June. Halilović will also play a friendly against Gibraltar on 7 June.

INJURIES

  • Luis Suárez, who has thigh muscle discomfort, will be available for the two upcoming finals. He felt good during workout on Tuesday. [rac1]
  • Suárez, who has been working individually because of thigh muscle discomfort, is training normally with the group this morning.

LOAN WATCH

  • Barcelona have rejected Porto’s offer for Cristian Tello (23) who is now on two-year loan at the Portuguese club. They offered less than 8M buy option. [weloba]
  • Barcelona and Porto agreed that Tello will continue on loan. No return, no use of buy option. [md]

POSSIBLE TRANSFERS & SIGNINGS MILL

  • Third goalkeeper Jordi Masip (26) will almost certainly leave this summer. He will be replaced by a Barcelona B player. [ara]
  • Right back Martín Montoya (24) could leave this summer if a good offer comes. [ara]
  • Winger Pedro (27), whose contract expires in 2016, can leave in the summer if he wants. [ara]
  • Benfica are monitoring the situation of Barcelona B left back Alejandro Grimaldo (19) who has a 12M buyout fee.
  • Manchester United and Manchester City are monitoring the situation of Alves. [mirror]
  • Manchester United have placed Alves on their transfer short-list but he’s not a priority signing for now. [telegraph dmail]
  • Inter Milan are interested in Pedro. Barcelona are only willing to sell for at least 20M. [cm]
  • Barcelona transfer chief Braida had lunch in Milan with Juventus Director Marotta and Inter Milan sports director Ausilio to discuss midfielder Paul Pogba (22) and Pedro. [md]
  • Barcelona sources confirm they are interested in Pogba but no bid has been made so far. Juventus ask 90M. [cope]
  • Pogba has told Juventus he wants to stay this summer, which could be linked to Barcelona’s transfer ban. [gazzetta md]
  • 11 right back options for Barcelona: Piszczek (29, Dortmund), Fabian Johnson (27, Mönchengladbach), Aleix Vidal (25, Sevilla), Matteo Darmian (25, Torino), Mario Gaspar (24, Villarreal), Šime Vrsaljko (23, Sassuolo), Cédric Soares (23, Sporting), Serge Aurier (22, PSG), Javier Manquillo (21, Liverpool), Fabinho (21, Monaco), Héctor Bellerín (20, Arsenal)
  • Barcelona have pre-deals for two right backs: Sporting’s Soares for 7M and Sevilla’s Vidal for 10M, Denis Suárez, and a Halilović loan. [sport]
  • Barcelona are following Sevilla player Vidal with a 25M buyout fee as one of the options to replace Alves. Sevilla have postponed talks until after the Europa League final.

CLUB & STAFF

  • Barcelona team doctor Pruna has offers from the Qatari national team and an English club and needs to make a decision in coming weeks. [ser]
  • The new Mini Estadi, home of Barcelona B, will have 6000 seats. The stadium will be built at the training centre. [fcb]