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Barcelona star hospitalized with concussion in 3-1 win

Barcelona defender Ronald Araujo has been hospitalized after suffering a concussion in the club's 3-1 win over Celta Vigo on Tuesday. (Author: Gardener)

BarcelonaBarcelona's players watch as Ronald Araujo is carried off the field. Barcelona defender Ronald Araujo has been hospitalized after suffering a concussion in the club's 3-1 win over Celta Vigo on Tuesday. Araujo left the field in the 67th minute after colliding with team-mate Gavi and was taken to hospital to undergo further tests. The win saw Barça solidify their grip on second place in La Liga by seven points clear of third-placed Sevilla. Memphis Depay opened the scoring after a brilliant display from Ousmane Dembélé and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang doubled Barcelona's lead just before half-time - despite being overplayed a great deal in the first half. Just after the break, Aubameyang struck again from another Dembélé assist, but a misplaced pass from goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen then allowed Iago Aspas to pull one back for Celta. A lengthy break in play followed as Araujo received treatment before being rushed off the field in an ambulance and replaced by Clément Lenglet. Maybe the first half was a bit complicated but the second was much better," said Aubameyang. Asked about Araujo's condition after the game, Barcelona coach Xavi said the defender was 'okay' and would stay in hospital overnight. Barcelona have two league games left this season - on Sunday against Getafe and next week against Villarreal Aubameyang (right) celebrates his goal against Celta.

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Barcelona are ready to give Azpilicueta a pay rise to leave Chelsea

Barcelona are ready to increase Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta's salary in a bid to convince the defender to sign for La Liga in the summer. (Author: Gardener)

ChelseaBarcelona are ready to increase Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta's salary in a bid to convince the defender to sign for La Liga in the summer. According to Goal, Barcelona are still interested in Azpilicueta and are ready to give him a salary increase and a two-year contract with an option for an extra year to convince him to move. The report says they have informed the defender he can earn £11million a season at the Camp Nou if he decides to leave. However, Barcelona would not be able to pay a significant transfer fee due to financial fair play, meaning Chelsea would have to accept a reduced fee for him to leave. It has previously been reported that Azpilicueta will speak to Chelsea's directors to 'find a solution' as the Spain international has been clear for some time that he wants to play for the Catalan side next season. It remains to be seen what the future holds for Azpilicueta, but with Barcelona offering a two-year deal with an option for the third, his long-term future would be more secure than staying at Chelsea and earning year-on-year extensions.

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'I couldn't sleep' - Former Barcelona midfielder Arda Turan opens up about mental health issues during his playing career

Former Barcelona player Arda Turan has opened up about his mental health issues, with the former Turkey international admitting he's been suffering from insomnia "for years". (Author: Gardener)

Arda TuranFormer Barcelona player Arda Turan has opened up about his mental health issues, with the former Turkey international admitting he's been suffering from insomnia "for years". The 35-year-old, back at first club Galatasaray, spent almost a decade in La Liga, first at Atletico Madrid and then at the Blaugrana, capping a clean domestic title victory between the two. But now he has spoken about his struggles with his mindset and how his time in Spain has helped him to cope more than in his home country. "But I've had trouble sleeping for years, I couldn't sleep well. It would be a confession, but I couldn't take good care of myself. was] on a diet, I [would] break it off after 10 days. "I took better care of myself in Spain because I felt free. I felt complete in my Spanish adventure. They were good days. The attacking midfielder, who first promoted to Galatasaray's senior team in 2005, spent the next half decade in his home country before joining Atletico in 2011. There he became a key figure in Diego Simeone's Rojiblancos revolution, winning the Europa League, Copa del Rey and La Liga in consecutive seasons until 2014. That form brought him eventually made a move to Barcelona, ​​but he struggled to establish himself as a regular at the Camp Nou despite another La Liga triumph, playing just 55 games in total before being loaned home to İstanbul Basaksehir in 2018, followed by a full-time -Return to Galatasaray in 2020.

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Barcelona issue an update on Araujo after he was hospitalized with a head injury

Barcelona's Ronald Araujo was involved in a nauseating headbutt with team-mate Gavi in ​​the 3-1 win over Celta Vigo, which resulted in the defender being taken to hospital by ambulance (Author: Gardener)

BarcelonaBarcelona's Ronald Araujo was involved in a sickening headbutt with team-mate Gavi in ​​the 3-1 win over Celta Vigo, which resulted in the defender being taken to hospital in an ambulance. Ronald Araujo hospitalized in an ambulance after suffering a head injury Barcelona defender Ronald Araujo has been discharged from hospital after sustaining a head injury that marred the 3-1 win over Celta Vigo. The 23-year-old was involved in a disgusting headbutt with team-mate Gavi during Tuesday's game and was taken to hospital in an ambulance that arrived on the Camp Nou pitch. Araujo and the Spain international fought for a looping ball in the 62nd minute and while Gavi went down immediately, the Uruguayan first raced back into position before suddenly falling to the ground. Manager Xavi Hernandez confirmed after the game that Araujo was out of danger and Barcelona have since issued an official statement confirming the good news that he has been sacked. "Supplementary tests on Ronald Araujo, first-team player, have been successful and he has been discharged from hospital," the club tweeted on Wednesday. While Gavi was able to continue and complete the game, which included 11 minutes of stoppage time, the fans in the stands chanted "U-RU-GUAYO" as the focus shifted from football to Araujo's worrying condition. The score was 3-1 when the incident happened, with two goals from former Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and one from Memphis Depay, giving the hosts the three points. Celta talisman Iago Aspas equalized for the visitors in the second half but their hopes of coming out of Catalonia with more than one defeat were dashed when defender Jeison Murillo was sent off for an ill-timed last clash. As the full-time whistle blew and supporters prayed for a positive update on Araujo, Xavi gratefully told reporters, “The doctor told us he was conscious. He'll spend the night in the hospital, but he's out of danger. The doctor said we should not worry that he will spend the night in hospital as a precaution, nothing more." An ambulance came on the field to take Araujo to Aubameyang hospital and Dutch midfielder Frenkie de Jong also spoke the situation in their post-match interviews."We were afraid of the accident," admitted Aubameyang, who joined Blaugrana in January after leaving Arsenal.It's always worrying when a player is out that Barca fans are excited about the team because we return to Barca DNA and have a solid base of young and experienced players.

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Raheem Sterling to Barcelona or Arsenal makes sense; These are not steps down

Erling Haaland's arrival at Manchester City will have implications and for Raheem Sterling it could mean a very big decision to make. (Author: Gardener)

Raheem SterlingErling Haaland's arrival at Manchester City will have implications and for Raheem Sterling it could mean a very big decision to make. Ivan Drago will enter Manchester City's building and help form a conga line for the Premier League's summer transfer that could dance all the way to Barcelona in the next few months. Erling Haaland's arrival at Manchester City should fill the void left by Gabriel Jesus, who has already confirmed he wants to leave the club and is expected to join Arsenal in the latter part of the season. However, later reports suggest Arsenal are now looking very closely at the possibility of signing Raheem Sterling. It's not entirely clear whether that means Jesus instead of Gabriel or alongside him (reports are conflicting), but the appeal of moving to Sterling seems obvious. It can be argued that leaving Manchester City would be a 'resignation' for Sterling, but if Arsenal can hold onto fourth place in the Premier League he would have the appeal of Champions League football and play in front of a crowd of 60,000, moved back to London (where he grew up from the age of five) and reunited with Mikel Arteta, who he worked with at Manchester City. It has been reported that Sterling could potentially end his contract with Manchester City, which has one year left, should he not sign off in the summer. This circumstance will affect Sterling's value in the transfer market quite drastically, so there might not even have to be an either/or situation in relation to Gabriel Jesus, but this would not change the fact that wages for the Bring in These two players would probably also be very expensive. Arsenal have lost Pierre-Emerick Abuameyang from their payroll and will also lose Alexandre Lacazette by the end of the season, but it seems unlikely Gabriel and Sterling would come in cheaper than those two. It was widely reported that Sterling was keen on a loan move to Barcelona in January and it has since been confirmed that Barca's interest in him hasn't waned. Barcelona will also offer Champions League football next season and the opportunity to play home games at the Camp Nou is an opportunity for any player to be part of one of the central pillars of world football. Nketiah was the band-aid applied after Aubmeyang was transferred to Barcelona and not replaced, and his popularity increased over the course of the second half of the season, with two goals at Chelsea in early April and two goals at the end of the month he left Leeds in his crucial last game was a timely reminder of his potential. He's 22 and a local, his contract expires at the end of this season, and West Ham United lurk in the shadows with a net at the end of a long stick, although they are also said to be interested in Aston Villa's Price Ollie Watkins. Arteta would like to keep Nketiah, but it would be understandable if he were a little upset about entering Arsenal contract negotiations while the club are actively pursuing players likely to jump into the first-team ahead of him. It would be somewhat ironic for the player who scored the goal to secure Arsenal a return to the Champions League without playing in the competition he qualified them for because he was ousted by players whose decisions got him there to switch, may have been directly influenced by his goal. And as if to wrap all of this up in a nice neat bundle, Nketiah could be seen as a player too similar to Gabriel to expect a big throwback should this transfer be confirmed. Raheem Sterling can of course also play as a winger. At 27, this could be Raheem Sterling's last major contract so it's a decision he needs to get right. Both Arsenal and Barcelona could have an understandable appeal. A move to Arsenal would bring a player who grew up in the shadow of Wembley back to his hometown. But Barcelona have a sentimental appeal to the football-obsessed kid in all of us. There may well be a realization among players Sterling's age that Barcelona have weathered what is likely the worst of the financial crisis and that they are preparing to return to the top of European football. The early skirmishes in the transfer market point to a busy summer and the knock-on effects of Haaland's move to Manchester City so early - even before the previous season is over - could well have repercussions for the Premier League and possibly beyond. But for Raheem Sterling, this feels like a turning point in his career. He's fortunate to have potential options that don't require a huge 'resignation' from Manchester City. If he signs Gabriel Jesus at Arsenal, their attacking options will be significantly improved. Playing for Barcelona could be a dream job for any professional footballer.

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Barcelona star Ronald Araujo has been hospitalized with a concussion in the 3-1 win over Celta Vigo

Barcelona defender Ronald Araujo has been hospitalized after suffering a concussion in the club's 3-1 win over Celta Vigo on Tuesday. (Author: Gardener)

Ronald AraujoBarcelona star Ronald Araujo hospitalized with concussion in 3-1 win over Celta Vigo The Barcelona players watch as Ronald Araujo is transported off the field. FC Barcelona defender Ronald Araujo has been taken to hospital after suffering a concussion in the club's 3-1 win over Celta Vigo on Tuesday. The win saw Barça solidify their grip on second place in La Liga by seven points clear of third-placed Sevilla. Memphis Depay opened the scoring after a brilliant display from Ousmane Dembélé and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang doubled Barcelona's lead just before half-time - despite being overplayed a great deal in the first half. Just after the break, Aubameyang scored again from another Dembélé assist, but a misplaced pass from goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen then allowed Iago Aspas to pull one back for Celta. However, hopes of a comeback were soon dashed when Jeison Murillo was sent off for a tackle on Depay. Then there was a lengthy break in play as Araujo received treatment before being taken off the field in an ambulance and replaced by Clément Lenglet. "It's positive for us to keep fighting for that second place." For more news, videos and features, visit CNN.com/sport. Asked about Araujo's condition after the game, Barcelona coach Xavi said the defender was 'okay' and would stay in hospital overnight. Barcelona have two league games left this season - against Getafe on Sunday and against Villarreal next week.

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Barcelona star Ronald Araujo has been hospitalized with a concussion in the 3-1 win over Celta Vigo

Barcelona defender Ronald Araujo has been hospitalized after suffering a concussion in the club's 3-1 win over Celta Vigo on Tuesday. (Author: Gardener)

Ronald AraujoBarcelona star Ronald Araujo hospitalized with concussion in 3-1 win over Celta Vigo The Barcelona players watch as Ronald Araujo is transported off the field. FC Barcelona defender Ronald Araujo has been taken to hospital after suffering a concussion in the club's 3-1 win over Celta Vigo on Tuesday. The win saw Barça solidify their grip on second place in La Liga by seven points clear of third-placed Sevilla. Memphis Depay opened the scoring after a brilliant display from Ousmane Dembélé and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang doubled Barcelona's lead just before half-time - despite being overplayed a great deal in the first half. Just after the break, Aubameyang scored again from another Dembélé assist, but a misplaced pass from goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen then allowed Iago Aspas to pull one back for Celta. However, hopes of a comeback were soon dashed when Jeison Murillo was sent off for a tackle on Depay. Then there was a lengthy break in play as Araujo received treatment before being taken off the field in an ambulance and replaced by Clément Lenglet. "It's positive for us to keep fighting for that second place." For more news, videos and features, visit CNN.com/sport. Asked about Araujo's condition after the game, Barcelona coach Xavi said the defender was 'okay' and would stay in hospital overnight. Barcelona have two league games left this season - against Getafe on Sunday and against Villarreal next week.

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Barcelona win marred by Ronald Araujo's injury

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice as Barcelona cemented second place in La Liga with a 3-1 home win over Celta Vigo on Tuesday. (Author: Gardener)

BarcelonaMADRID: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice as Barcelona cemented second place in La Liga with a 3-1 home win over Celta Vigo on Tuesday. However, Barca's victory was marred by a serious head injury to defender Ronald Araujo, who had to be taken away by ambulance in the 64th minute of the game. Araujo was lifted into the ambulance on a stretcher wearing a neck brace. Barcelona confirmed the 23-year-old "suffered a concussion and was taken to hospital to undergo further tests". After the game, Barca coach Xavi Hernandez said: "The doctor told us that he is conscious. The doctor said not to worry that he will spend the night in hospital as a precaution, nothing more." The Uruguayan was placed in the recovery position and after a few minutes he was lifted into an ambulance that had rolled onto the pitch.Aubameyang's brace on either side of half-time came after Memphis Depay scored the first goal at the Camp Nou.Celta drew Aspas but one behind Any hopes of a comeback were dashed when Jeison Murillo was sent off just before the hour mark: "We were effective but we didn't play well," said Xavi. Barca are seven points ahead of Sevilla and eight ahead of Atletico Madrid Sevilla and Atletico meet at the Wanda Metropolitano on Sunday Real Madrid, already crowned champions, are nine points clear of Xavi Hernandez's side at the top of the table with a game in hand . Stitched up one by one The win came courtesy of Aubameyang, the 32-year-old scoring his 12th and 13th goals since joining Barcelona from Arsenal in January. Aubameyang's early electric form has slowed somewhat in recent weeks but it's hard to imagine a Barca player who has made a bigger contribution to their resurgence in the second half of the season. Depay's playing time has suffered from Aubameyang's form but both started against Celta and it was Depay who put the hosts ahead in the 30th minute after scoring a superb run down the right flank from Ousmane Dembele. Depay then became the assist for Aubameyang's first when he latched on to Jordi Alba's through ball and crossed to his Gabonese team-mate four minutes from half-time to finish in the turn. Three minutes into the restart it was three as Dembele repeated his earlier trick, going down right and rolling left, this time for the sprinting Aubameyang to steer into the corner. But eight minutes later, Murillo was sent off for preventing Depay from getting through and Celta's momentum was gone. Real Betis had previously kept their top-four hopes alive by earning a 3-0 win at Valencia. Willian Jose, Sergio Canales and Borja Iglesias all scored in the second half. Betis closed the gap to fourth-place Atletico Madrid to three points, with Atletico playing a game-in-hand game in Elche on Wednesday.

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Barcelona win after Araújo was pulled off the field in an ambulance

MADRID (AP) -- Barcelona took a step closer to second place in the Spanish league by beating 10-man Celta Vigo 3-1 on Tuesday, despite defender Ronald Araújo leaving the field in an ambulance with a head injury after collided with a teammate. (Author: Gardener)

BarcelonaMADRID (AP) -- Barcelona took a step closer to second place in the Spanish league by beating 10-man Celta Vigo 3-1 on Tuesday, despite defender Ronald Araújo leaving the field in an ambulance with a head injury after collided with a teammate. Barcelona said Araújo "suffered a concussion and was taken to hospital to undergo further tests" after he and Gavi Páez met in the 61. "It's scary when something like that happens," said striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang , who scored two goals for Barcelona. The game was suspended for almost eight minutes as Araújo received medical attention and the ambulance was rushed onto the field to take him to the hospital. "It looked bad at first when he was put on a stretcher," said Celta striker Iago Aspas. Memphis Depay put Barcelona ahead in the 30th minute and Aubameyang added to the lead in the 41st and 48th minutes. The goal came after Araújo misplayed a pass from goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen, allowing Celta to steal the ball. Celta defender Jeison Murillo was sent off for a foul in the 58th to stop a Barcelona breakaway. The win left Barcelona seven points ahead of Sevilla ahead of their rivals' home game against relegation-threatened Mallorca on Wednesday. The Catalan club were eight points clear of fourth-placed Atlético Madrid, who visit Elche on Wednesday. Second place is important because it guarantees a place in the lucrative Spanish Supercup in Saudi Arabia. Real Madrid, who host Levante on Thursday, clinched the title two rounds ago. Real Betis defeated Valencia 3-0 to end a four-game winning streak and keep their hopes of qualifying for next season's Champions League alive. Willian José, Sergio Canales and Borja Iglesias each scored in the second half to put fifth-placed Betis within three points of Atlético and four of city rivals Sevilla. Manuel Pellegrini's Betis have been close to the top for most of the season but recently lost ground as they focused on the final stages of the Copa del Rey. Their last four league games have seen two defeats and two draws, including a 2-1 home loss to Barcelona after conceding four minutes in added time. Betis last played in the Champions League in 2005/06 after finishing fourth in the Spanish league. It finished sixth in the league in two of the last four seasons, with the only title coming in 1934–35. Granada defeated midfielder Athletic Bilbao 1-0 to move five points clear of the relegation zone ahead of their other games of the week. Álex Collado scored a 35th-minute winner as 16th-placed Granada beat 18th-placed Mallorca 6-2. Granada are unbeaten in four games since a 4-1 home defeat by Levante in April. Athletic were one man down from 85th in eighth place after Mikel Vesga was sent off with a second yellow card.

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Raheem Sterling to Barcelona or Arsenal makes sense; These are not steps down

Erling Haaland's arrival at Manchester City will have implications and for Raheem Sterling it could mean a very big decision to make. (Author: Gardener)

Raheem SterlingErling Haaland's arrival at Manchester City will have implications and for Raheem Sterling it could mean a very big decision to make. Ivan Drago will enter Manchester City's building and help form a conga line for the Premier League's summer transfer that could dance all the way to Barcelona in the next few months. Erling Haaland's arrival at Manchester City should fill the void left by Gabriel Jesus, who has already confirmed he wants to leave the club and is expected to join Arsenal in the latter part of the season. However, later reports suggest Arsenal are now looking very closely at the possibility of signing Raheem Sterling. It's not entirely clear whether that means Jesus instead of Gabriel or alongside him (reports have been conflicting), but the appeal of moving to Sterling seems obvious. It can be argued that leaving Manchester City would be a 'resignation' for Sterling, but if Arsenal can hold onto fourth place in the Premier League he would have the appeal of Champions League football and play in front of a crowd of 60,000, moved back to London (where he grew up from the age of five) and reunited with Mikel Arteta, who he worked with at Manchester City. It has been reported that Sterling could potentially end his contract with Manchester City, which has one year left, should he not sign off in the summer. This circumstance will affect Sterling's value in the transfer market quite drastically, so there might not even have to be an either/or situation in relation to Gabriel Jesus, but this would not change the fact that wages for the Bring in These two players would probably also be very expensive. Arsenal have lost Pierre-Emerick Abuameyang from their payroll and will also lose Alexandre Lacazette by the end of the season, but it seems unlikely Gabriel and Sterling would come in cheaper than those two. It was widely reported that Sterling was keen on a loan move to Barcelona in January and it has since been confirmed that Barca's interest in him hasn't waned. Barcelona will also offer Champions League football next season and the opportunity to play home games at the Camp Nou is an opportunity for any player to be part of one of the central pillars of world football. Nketiah was the band-aid applied after Aubmeyang was transferred to Barcelona and not replaced, and his popularity increased over the course of the second half of the season, with two goals at Chelsea in early April and two goals at the end of the month he left Leeds in his crucial last game was a timely reminder of his potential. He's 22 and a local, his contract expires at the end of this season, and West Ham United lurk in the shadows with a net at the end of a long stick, although they are also said to be interested in Aston Villa's Price Ollie Watkins. Arteta would like to keep Nketiah, but it would be understandable if he were a little upset about entering Arsenal contract negotiations while the club are actively pursuing players likely to jump into the first-team ahead of him. It would be somewhat ironic for the player who scored the goal to secure Arsenal a return to the Champions League without playing in the competition he qualified them for because he was ousted by players whose decisions got him there to switch, may have been directly influenced by his goal. And as if to wrap all of this up in a nice neat bundle, Nketiah could be seen as a player too similar to Gabriel to expect a big throwback should this transfer be confirmed. Raheem Sterling can of course also play as a winger. At 27, this could be Raheem Sterling's last major contract so it's a decision he needs to get right. Both Arsenal and Barcelona could have an understandable appeal. A move to Arsenal would bring a player who grew up in the shadow of Wembley back to his hometown. But Barcelona have a sentimental appeal to the football-obsessed kid in all of us. There may well be a realization among players Sterling's age that Barcelona have weathered what is likely the worst of the financial crisis and that they are preparing to return to the top of European football. The early skirmishes in the transfer market point to a busy summer and the knock-on effects of Haaland's move to Manchester City so early - even before the previous season is over - could well have repercussions for the Premier League and possibly beyond. But for Raheem Sterling, this feels like a turning point in his career. He's fortunate to have potential options that don't require a huge 'resignation' from Manchester City. If he signs Gabriel Jesus at Arsenal, their attacking options will be significantly improved. Playing for Barcelona could be a dream job for any professional footballer. The Raheem Sterling article on Barcelona or Arsenal makes sense; These are not steps down, appeared first on Football365.com.

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