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Will we see Messi's name written in Chinese on his shirt for Real clash?

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Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona during the La Liga Santander match between FC Barcelona v Valencia at the Camp Nou on February 2, 2019 in Barcelona Spain

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ByKevin Coulson
06/02/2019 at 09:11 | Updated 06/02/2019 at 10:22
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It’s Chinese New Year, don’t you know?

Barcelona do. And they will be celebrating it in style on Wednesday night against Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey.

They will wear special shirts to celebrated the occasion, with their names written in Chinese – the first time they have broken with tradition – before travelling to China and Japan in the summer.

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Whether Lionel Messi’s name will be seen in Chinese is still unclear.

The forward is in the Catalan club’s squad for the semi-final first leg but manager Ernesto Valverde will make a late decision.

"It is true that sometimes we have had doubts with players and we have waited until the last moment," he said.

"It's the same with Messi."

Real Madrid's will be without defender Jesus Vallejo in an otherwise fully fit squad. The second leg takes place on February 27.

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