Barcelona game in USA: La Liga make proposal but Real Madrid boss disagrees
That is according to Spansh radio station Cadena SER, who claim the Nu Camp club could be exposed to the USA for the first La Liga game abroad.
Spanish football clubs are reeling after La Liga signed a 15-year agreement with a US company Relevent, which effectively indicates plans to stage matches abroad.
Players from all 20 La Liga clubs voiced their opposition to the idea at a meeting earlier this week.
Further player meetings are scheduled for later in the year but La Liga may still go ahead with their plans, despite threats of a strike.
According to Candea SER, it is Barcelona’s away fixture with Girona that has been earmarked for the USA.
The January 27 fixture will fall between the first and second legs of the Copa del Rey quarter-finals, which Barca will expect to be in.
Barcelona – along with rivals Real Madrid – are of course the big draw for a La Liga fixture abroad and one of the club’s was always expected to be included in the first deal this season.
La Liga has supposedly presented the proposal to Girona, who are relative minnows compared to Barca.
Yet Barcelona may get support from Real in the determination NOT to move fixtures out of Spain.
Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui was asked about a proposed foreign fixture.
He said: “Without being very experienced because we are in other things, for what has come to me I am absolutely aligned with the players.
“They have arguments and reasons and think what they think with passion.
“I do not see it (to play in the United States), but it is an opinion.
“Those who have to decide will do it, but I am aligned with the feelings of the players.”
Real Madrid play Girona in La Liga on Sunday (9.15pm) as they seek to keep apace with league leaders Barcelona.
Barca made it two wins from two games on Saturday when edging Valladolid 1-0 away.
Ousmane Dembele scored the winner 57 minutes into the clash as Barca seek to stake an early claim for the title.