Miralem Pjanic said he never doubted he would end up playing with Lionel Messi at FC Barcelona this season, when he was presented as the club’s new player on Tuesday.FC Barcelona signed Pjanic from Juventus at the end of June, but Messi’s flirtation with a departure from the club had placed their future as team-mates in jeopardy. But the Bosnia international told reporters, “I couldn’t see Messi with another shirt. I thought it was impossible for things not to be sorted out.“My desire was to play with him. I have been lucky enough to play alongside players such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Francesco Totti.“Messi’s history with the club has been incredible. He is a great champion and a winner.“I think this is his home. He is the greatest player of all time. And we will try to win trophies with him.”The 30-year-old Pjanic signed his four-year contract at the Camp Nou on Tuesday and showed off his new number eight shirt. His presentation had been delayed because he tested positive for COVID-19 in August.He said: “It’s impossible to know where you catch the virus. I have worked at home in Turin since.“I would have preferred to be here, but I had to respect the rules. I have worked hard at home and now I will join the group.“I feel good and want to speak the language as soon as possible to communicate with my team-mates.”FC Barcelona need to move players out before the window shuts on Oct. 5. However, in spite of having told Luis Suarez he is surplus to requirements, he remains at the club with one year left on his contract.The club’s technical secretary Ramon Planes said: “Suarez is an important player. We have to respect the players who have given so much.“We have to respect them and their contracts. The market closes on Oct. 5 and a lot can happen between now and then.”Asked about Arturo Vidal who is understood to be close to joining Inter Milan in Italy, Planes added: “The negotiation is advanced.RelatedPosts Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Barca president Bartomeu says he won’t go to war anymore with Messi “I want to thank him for what he has given us these two years. He is a player with a big heart.”Planes also admitted the club would try to sign Manchester City defender Eric Garcia this summer if they could.“It’s true that we are looking for someone to help us in defence,” said Planes.“Eric Garcia is a great player, made in Barcelona, who loves the club. But whether or not he can join depends on the market.”FC Barcelona will try to see defenders Samuel Umtiti and Jean-Clair Todibo to finance the move.The alternative is to wait for next summer when Garcia will be a free agent.FC Barcelona begin the season under new coach Ronald Koeman at home to Villarreal on Sept. 27.(dpa/NAN)Tags: FC BarcelonaJuventuspjanic
== At 2:30 this afternoon, as we have been doing each day, we’ll have Governor Reynolds press conference live here on KGLO and kgloam.com DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 52 additional positive cases of Iowans with COVID-19, for a total of 549 positive cases. According to IDPH, 2 additional deaths were reported; one elderly adult (81+) in Polk County, and one elderly adult (81+) in Washington County. There have been a total of 7,304 negative tests to date, which includes testing reported by the State Hygienic Lab and other labs. According to IDPH, the locations and age ranges of the 52 individuals include:Cerro Gordo County, 1 adult (18-40 years)Clayton County, 1 elderly adult (81+)Clinton County, 1 adult (18-40 years)Dallas County, 1 adult (18-40 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years)Des Moines County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)Dubuque County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)Harrison County, 1 older adult (61-80 years)Henry County, 1 adult (18-40 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years)Iowa County, 1 adult (18-40 years)Jasper County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)Johnson County, 1 adult (18-40 years), 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years)Linn County, 2 adults (18-40 years), 2 middle-age adults (41-60 years)Madison County, 1 older adult (61-80 years)Mitchell County, 2 middle-age adults (41-60 years)Muscatine County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years)O’Brien County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years)Polk County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years), 3 older adults (61-80 years), 1 elderly (81+)Pottawattamie County, 1 child (0-17 years)Poweshiek County, 1 older adult (61-80 years)Scott County, 2 middle-age adults (41-60 years), 1 adult (18-40 years)Story County, 2 older adults (61-80 years)Tama County, 1 middle age adult (41-60 years), 2 older adults (61-80 years)Van Buren County, 1 older adult (61-80 years)Warren County, 1 adult (18-40 years)Washington County, 1 adult (18-40 years), 5 middle-age adults (41-60 years), 2 older adults (61-80 years), 1 elderly adult (81+)A status report of monitoring and testing of COVID19 in Iowa is provided by IDPH and can be found here. In addition, a public hotline has been established for Iowans with questions about COVID-19. The line is available 24/7 by calling 2-1-1 or 1-800-244-7431. The state of Iowa has started sharing the number of negative tests conducted at outside labs, and is providing additional information on the conditions of those infected with COVID-19.Note: Upon further case investigation, a positive case identified as a Washington County resident was determined to be a resident of Keokuk County. Maps at the IDPH webpage and coronavirus.iowa.gov will be updated to reflect the new information. OFFICE OF THE GOVERNORGovernor Kim Reynolds ★ Lt. Governor Adam GreggFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, Apr. 1, 2020Additional COVID-19 cases in Iowa, additional deaths confirmed DES MOINES — Two more Iowans have died and 52 more positive cases of Iowans with COVID-19 have been identified. The Iowa Department of Public Health says the total number of positive coronavirus cases in the state is now 549. There have been just over 7300 negative tests to date in Iowa.The two new deaths were reported in Polk and Washington counties, both elderly adults above 80 years old.According to the new numbers, there are three more positive cases in north-central Iowa.We told you earlier today about the Mitchell County Department of Public Health reporting on Tuesday afternoon that they had their first two cases in the county, both in middle-aged adults aged 41-60.This afternoon’s state report also shows one more case in Cerro Gordo County in an adult between the ages of 18-40.That brings the total number of cases reported in our listening area to 16 — eight in Cerro Gordo, three in Hancock, two in Mitchell, and single cases in Butler, Wright and Kossuth counties. == At 3:30 this afternoon, we’ll have the weekly news conference of leaders from the Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health, MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center and the City of Mason City.