Valverde optimistic over Dembele

Ernesto Valverde confirms Ousmane Dembele is close to returning as Gerard Deulofeu and Nelson Semedo are dropped for Barcelona’s visit of Celta Vigo.
Dembele has been out of action since tearing his hamstring on his Liga debut three months ago, but he is back training with Barca’s first team and Valverde suggested there was the possibility that the winger could play again before Christmas.
“Although past games don’t help us much, they show us that we’ll have to be vigilant,” the Coach said at a Press conference.
“Unzue’s a student of the game and the fact that he knows us so well makes this game dangerous for us.
“His internal knowledge of Barca is an advantage for them and a disadvantage for us. The fact Unzue is their Coach means they have a very clear way of playing,
“They want to be the team on top and they’ll also want to be at Camp Nou.
“Dembele? His recovery is going very well, although we won’t run any risks with him, taking into account the time he’s been out inured.
“In principle, we’ll have him back after Christmas, but we’ll see how the days shape up and when he can re-join the group.
“Rafinha? We must go carefully with him, but he feels good and wants to return to the team.”
Deulofeu and Semedo will not be part of Barca squad against Celta, despite neither carrying any physical problems, and Valverde was specifically asked about the forward.
“Deulofeu? We have a big squad and often some come in and go out,” added the Basque.
“He’s expressed an insistence on trying to unbalance a match with his playing style and being decisive in attack.”
Barca squad for Celta: Ter Stegen, Cillessen, Pique, Rakitic, Busquets, Denis, Iniesta, Suarez, Messi, Paulinho, Alcacer, Alba, Digne, Sergi Roberto, Gomes, Vidal, Umtiti, Vermaelen

Real Madrid confirm they rejected Spurs midfielder bid

Tottenham made a bid for Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic last summer, according to the La Liga club.
The Croatian schemer started Tuesday’s Copa del Rey draw with CF Fuenlabrada and played 81 minutes – his first start since seriously injuring his kneecap in September.
Real Madrid CEO Jose Angel Sanchez has revealed the club received many offers for the 23-year-old Kovacic last summer, but turned them all away.
“Kovacic is not for sale, we will never sell him” Sanchez told Sportske Novosti.
“If there are any offers for him in January, we will reject them. Last summer there were a lot of offers and questions about him.
“Juventus and AC Milan didn’t send offers, but Inter must have sent one. There was one from England, it was Tottenham.”
Kovacic, who signed from Inter for £27million in August 2015, is under contract until 2021.

Zidane, Del Piero, Alonso and Kaka meet in Russia for the 2018 World Cup

Russia has been the scenario chosen for a particular meeting of gamers. With Zidane at the helm, the presentation of the new ball for the 2018 World Cup in Russia has been the perfect excuse for this meeting that has led Real Madrid coach Xabi Alonso, Kaka and Del Piero.

The Brazilian has been in charge of immortalizing the moment with a selfie he has shared through social networks. “Does anyone play a pachanga?” Kaka joked next to the snapshot. The four, with the World Cup in their palms with their respective teams and also with the Champions, have traveled to Moscow to present together with Adidas, the brand that will still be the image, with which the World Cup will be played. Russian country.

Russia will be awaiting

Eight days, nine tickets and 20 teams fighting to go to the World Cup in Russia 2018. Start today, with Croatia-Greece and the Northern Ireland-Switzerland (20.45 hours) a crucial week, in which the table will be completed: there are four European places to be allocated, two intercontinental playoffs and decisive matches in groups A, C and D of Africa. Repescas and dramatic days arrive. Go to Russia or abandon the World Cup dream. There are many stars in danger.

In Italy, Italy, he was queued to join the Spanish team at juega ante Suecia. La leyenda azzurra Buffon ha participado en cinco Mundiales – since 1998 hasta la última en Brasil 2014-y si va a Rusia 2018 sería el único jugador en la istoria en acudir a seis fases finales. “It is not that which is fiendish to the external press, that it is not true, and that is what the Sabbath shall be.” No hay a mundial to Italy since 1958.

Abren at jornada Croatia-Greece is Ireland del Norte-Suiza. Los Croatas son un condo poderoso con una gran calidad en sus filas, pero han pecado de irregularidad. Modric y Rakitic leader and su seleccion ante Greece, que de volte à la élite.