Barcelona Impossible for Barcelona to replace Iniesta, says Abidal Stephen Creek Last updated 1 year ago 21:03 6/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Barcelona Primera División Antoine Griezmann Transfers The midfielder ended a glorious spell at Camp Nou to continue his career in Japan, leaving the Catalans with an unfillable hole in the squad Newly appointed Barcelona technical director Eric Abidal admitted that Andres Iniesta is irreplaceable at Camp Nou.Abidal, who made 125 league appearances for the club between 2007 and 2013, replaced Robert Hernandez after the Spaniard’s contract expired and will work alongside head coach Ernesto Valverde in the 2018-19 season.Barca have been linked with the likes of Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan and Frenkie de Jong of Ajax as potential midfield signings this summer, but Abidal feels that no one can fill the void of the man who broke Catalan hearts when he left for Japanese club Vissel Kobe at the end of the season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move “We will make the decisions according to the needs of the team,” the former Monaco and Lyon defender said at his presentation to the media.”But we cannot replace Iniesta with a player of the same quality, that’s impossible.”Abidal was asked about his young compatriot Ousmane Dembele, who has faced criticism in the wake of an uncertain debut season following a big-money move from Borussia Dortmund.However, the ex-France international is confident the 21-year-old’s form will pick up next season.”We want Dembele to have a brilliant World Cup, after that he can rest and then return here.”We are looking forward to bringing the best out of him.”Abidal refused to be drawn into the discussion about Antoine Griezmann, or whether the club’s failure to sign the Frenchman left them searching for other strikers.Griezmann committed his future to Atletico Madrid shortly before the World Cup, ending weeks of speculation over a possible move to Barcelona.”Griezmann’s decision is his and I do not want to enter this debate. The most important thing is the planning of next season and the future of the team.”We will have to talk internally. I talked to Valverde but we did not talk about players because he was on vacation.”
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If youâ€™re looking to compete in the richest Touch Football knockout in Australia, travelling to, playing in and staying at the event and location just got a whole lot easier!Touch Football Australia and Queensland Touch Football have partnered with local travel and accommodation operators making it easier and more affordable for you and your team to not only play in this yearâ€™s Bundaberg Cup, but also stay and enjoy the great tourism destination options synonymous with the Southern Great Barrier Reef region.The more streamlined process to get to and compete in the event has been made possible through the great support and collaboration of event partners, Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ), Bundaberg North Burnett Tourism, Bundaberg Regional Council and Queensland Rail. Following the success of the inaugural Bundaberg Cup in 2015, teams from around the country are registering now in pursuit of the $20,000 prize purse across menâ€™s, womenâ€™s, mixed and junior divisions. The event will be held at the Greg Duncan Touch Fields on the weekend of 19 and 20 November 2016.With less than 50 days to go, check out the top 50 things to do in location in coming weeks: see 41-50 of the best tourism experiences in the Bundaberg-North Burnett region on the event website and to continue up to the event date. We will provide you with the hottest tips on things to do and places to stay while you are participating and for all your friends and family to consider as well. Event Ambassador and ex-NRL star, Scott Prince will be in location sampling the local tourism sights and delights on Tuesday, 18 October to give you an insiderâ€™s view of the best attractions on offer. With an exciting event format planning for this second instalment of the Bundy Cup, Prince is looking forward to returning to Bundaberg to compete in the eventâ€¦and stay for a few days. â€œIâ€™m really excited to be returning to Bundaberg to not only take part in the Bundaberg Cup but also to re-visit what the Bundaberg and North Burnett Region has to offer,â€ he said. â€œit’s a great time of year as the turtles are coming to shore to lay their eggs – a moment the family and I and Iâ€™m sure others would love to see,” Prince said.â€œThe prizemoney on offer is outstanding which should see the best of the best in town but also a strong social contingent as well. â€œI am hopeful that our team can go back-to-back,â€ Prince added.The Bundaberg Cup is supported by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland in partnership with the Bundaberg Regional Council, Bundaberg and North Burnett Tourism and promoted as part of the Itâ€™s Live! in Queensland event calendar.To register your team and take advantage of the many accommodation and travel offers, download the Bundaberg Cup Offers PDF here , or visit the Official Bundaberg Cup website. Hurry, registrations close soon, and this touch tournament is not one to miss! Discover 50-41 top tourist attractions in Bundaberg now!Related LinksBundaberg Cup