FC Barcelona News: 9 June 2012; Villa Working Hard on Recovery, Pique Praises Jordi Alba

Villa hopes to finish next season without any injuries.

Busquets admits difficulty in befriending Spain team-mates - Goal.com
Sergio Busquets claims it has not been easy for Barcelona and Real Madrid players to unite in the Spain camp ahead of Euro 2012. "Here we are all striving for the same and [any problem] must be left outside when you play. Everyone wants the best." the 23-year-old told Marca.

Piqué laments Villa and Puyol absence in the 2012 Euro | FC Barcelona
"I’m obviously going to miss Puyol, he’s almost a brother. However, there are quality players that can fill his absence." Piqué is aware that the absences of the Barça captain and David Villa, both of whom are injured, are significant for the team managed by Vicente del Bosque. "We're going to miss Puyol and Villa because they are important players for the national team."

Villa: "The new season will be a new challenge" | FC Barcelona
On June 15, it will be six months since David Villa fractured his tibia in the semi finals of the Clubs World Cup in Japan. Half a year later, and the player senses it is nearly time to resume the old routine of training, travelling and playing alongside his Barça team mates. In an interview with Barça TV, Villa admitted that his target had been to be ready in time to play at Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine.

Maradona: Ronaldo is Portugal's only threat - Goal.com
Diego Maradona has asserted his belief that Portugal will struggle to make an impact at this summer's European Championship."Portugal just about won a qualification playoff to get to the tournament," Maradona told Times of India. They recently were booed at home, losing to Turkey. This is despite having the best player on the planet in Cristiano Ronaldo. "

Xabi Alonso: Racism is a tricky issue for players to deal with - Goal.com
Spain midfielder Xabi Alonso has admitted that racism in football is a "tricky" issue for players to deal with and has urged the footballing authorities to be "as strict as possible" in the measures aimed at eradicating it from the game.

Flano, staying at the club | LFP
Miguel Flano, the Osasuna player, has extended his contract until June 2017 with Osasuna. The footballer from Pamplona has signed up for four more years with the club of his city, his previous contract being set to finish on June 30th 2013.

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