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Neymar and Lionel Messi want Barcelona to raid Tottenham for Dele Alli

Neymar and Lionel Messi want Barcelona to raid Tottenham for Dele Alli

Barcelona star Lionel Messi on Thursday expressed hope for improved fortunes under new coach Ernesto Valverde after a disappointing year for the Catalan club.

Valverde replaces Luis Enrique, who stepped down at the end of a successful three-year spell in charge of Barca.

On Saturday marquee names Lionel Messi, Neymar, Arda Turan and Gerard Pique return to the Joan Gamper training facility after fulfilling sponsorship obligations with Rakuten in in Tokyo.

"With the new manager everything will be new", Messi said, as quoted by FourFourTwo. "I don't know what kind of manager he is, but he is a great person", Messi said of Valverde, who led Bilbao to seventh place in La Liga and Europa League qualification.

"He was with Valencia and Bilbao and we are hearing a lot about his reputation".




"Personally, I am very happy and looking forward to starting a new season".

Rakuten officially became the main global partner of FC Barcelona on July 1 through an agreement worth 55 million euros, or $62.9 million at current exchange, per year in addition to title incentives, making it one of the biggest sponsorships in soccer. Have your say in the comments section below.

"When we face each other, we try to defend our colours, but when we go with the national team we fight together", Pique said.

Neymar was also at the event, along with Gerard Pique and Arda Turan, the Brazil global batting away a question about whether he would score more goals than Messi in 2017-18. "We have the same values, the same philosophy, Futbol Club Barcelona and Rakuten, and I think that we have the same thoughts about not just playing, but having fun".


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