FC Barcelona News: 18 December 2012; New Deals for Messi, Xavi and Puyol, Tello Signs New Contract

David Ramos

Spanish Liga - Messi, Xavi and Puyol agree long-term Barca deals - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
"Carles Puyol, who had a contract ending June 30, 2013, is expanding his relationship with the club until June 30, 2016. "Xavi Hernandez, who had a contract ending June 30, 2014 depending on appearances, has a contract that will finish on June 30, 2016. "Leo Messi, who had a contract ending June 30, 2016, is expanding his relationship with the club until June 30, 2018.

First team squad start last week of training for 2012 | FC Barcelona
The first team squad began this year’s last week of training before the Christmas break with their attention fixed on winning the last league game of the year, on Saturday evening away to Valladolid. Following the big win against Atletico Madrid which gave them a nine-point cushion at the top of the table, the team were back in training this morning.

Puyol: "I want to keep playing, but I’ll not be a passenger" | FC Barcelona
Carles Puyol spoke to the media this morning and explained that his aim was to keep playing till he was 40, though only if he feels physically up to it: "I want to continue playing, but I don’t want to be a passenger. The moment I don’t feel okay, I’ll stop, regardless of my contract".

Cristian Tello signs through 2016 | FC Barcelona
This Monday afternoon Cristian Tello extended his contract with FC Barcelona. He'll remain with the Club through June 30 of 2016. The player’s buyout clause is set at 10 million euros. It’s worth noting that the player and the Club agreed to terms on Thursday, the 13th.

One year ago today: FC Barcelona won the Club World Cup in Japan | FC Barcelona
One year ago today FC Barcelona claimed the Club World Cup title in Yokohama, Japan. The 0-4 victory in the semi-final against Al-Sadd and the 0-4 in the final against Neymar’s Santos saw Josep Guardiola’s team win the second Club World Cup title in FC Barcelona history.

Zaragoza clear €49m of debt | Football Espana
Real Zaragoza have announced a reduction in debt of €49m and a €20m profit for the last financial year, thanks to the Bankruptcy Act. The Aragonese were reported as having debts in the region of €110m when they entered bankruptcy proceedings in 2011, but are now improving matters.

Molina keeps Betis in hunt for Europe - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
The forward spun away from his marker and fired low into the corner nine minutes from time, sparking a desperate final charge from Celta. Betis keeper Adrian had to block a header on the line in the closing minutes and Mario Bermejo finally worked his way round the visiting custodian, only to fire his shot against the post with the goal gaping in time added on.

Deportivo remain bottom after draw | Sky Sports Football
Deportivo La Coruna continue to prop up the Primera Division standings after being held to a goalless draw at home by Real Valladolid on Monday night. A first victory in six league games would have lifted Depor out of the relegation zone but they could find no way through the Valladolid backline and had to settle for a solitary point, taking their tally up to just 12 from 16 matches.

Jose Luis Oltra hanging on to Deportivo La Coruna job - ESPN FC
"The feeling I have is the same as everyone has: dissatisfaction, above all, with the result, after a long week of work," Oltra said. "The team has improved, but we did not win. We were much more solid and defensively better, and we had some good moments. But we did not do enough to get the three points."

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