FC Barcelona News: 24 June 2011; Happy Birthday Messi, Cesc Bid Rejected, Madrid's Altintop to Have Surgery

Happy 24th birthday!

Happy Birthday Leo! | FCBarcelona
This Friday, June 24th, is Leo Messi’s birthday and he’s reached 24 years old as the world’s top player after completing a wonderful year for the Club. Below we detail the records the young Argentinean has set this season. Happy Birthday Leo!

Barca open Cesc war with £27m bid | The Sun
Barca president Sandro Rossell made the verbal offer to Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis. But the bid from the European champions was immediately rejected. Barca - having ended the phoney war - are now ready to increase their bid to £30m.

Eric Abidal wants to stay and retire at Barcelona - agent | Goal
The France international has only one more year to run on his contract with Barcelona, but has already been offered a two-year extension by the club. Venditelli has declared his charge is hoping to retire at Barcelona, telling TV3: "His wish is to continue at Barcelona and end his career as a Barca player."

Pre-season rivals (IV): Manchester United | FCBarcelona
Just two months after meeting in the Champions League final at Wembley, Manchester United and Barça will face each other again –in Washington on July 30th, in the first game of the Club’s US Tour. Pep Guardiola will take his players to the States after games against Hadjuk Split in Croatia and the Audi Cup in Munich.

Pre-season rivals (V): Chivas | FCBarcelona
The Mexican team have become a classic on US Tours and this will be the fourth time the two teams have met in pre-season games. Chivas have already begun their pre-season preparations at their Ciudad Deportiva in Verde Valle though José Luís Real is without the Mexican players at the final stages of the CONCACAF Copa de Oro.

Martin Montoya keen to stay at Barcelona despite Roma interest | Goal
Promising young defender Martin Montoya has revealed that he is eager to remain at Spanish champions Barcelona, despite the interest of several other clubs. The right-back has recently been linked with the likes of Roma, Valencia and Getafe, but has no intention of leaving Camp Nou.

Now the top kids in Europe get a Champions League of their own | Daily Mail
Manchester City will face Barcelona in the headline fixture of a Champions League-style tournament for Under 19s this season. Liverpool, Tottenham and Aston Villa are also in the tournament, dubbed the NextGen Series, which will consist of 16 clubs in four groups. City have also been paired with Celtic and Marseille.

Altintop to have back surgery | ESPN
Turkey international Altintop joined Jose Mourinho's side on a four-year deal last month from Bayern Munich, although his appearances for the German club were limited last season as he struggled for fitness. The club announced in an official statement that the problem was diagnosed as the player was suffering discomfort and making little progress in his recovery.

Malaga sign Sanchez from Sevilla | Eurosport
Malaga have added defender Sergio Sanchez to their ranks in a three million euro deal from Sevilla. Sanchez, 25, can play at right-back or in the centre of defence but failed to make an impact at the Andalusian club since joining from Espanyol in 2009.

Official: Malaga sign Valencia winger Joaquin for €4m | Goal
Malaga have announced they have completed the signing of Valencia winger Joaquin for a fee of €4 million. The Spain international has signed a three-year contract which will keep him at the club until June 2014. The announcement of Joaquin's signing comes on the same day as Malaga formally presented Jeremy Toulalan, the most expensive transfer in the history of the club at €10m.

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