FC Barcelona News: 26 July 2012; Mascherano's Renewal Very Near, Sergio Araujo's Signing Complete

Puyol started to take some training drills with the team this morning.

Messi back training | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi was back training normally this morning. After missing the trip to Hamburg with a calf injury, it was life as usual for the Argentinian after spending working out in isolation on Wednesday. There was another welcome return this morning, with Carles Puyol able to participate in some of the training drills along with the rest of his team-mates.

Barcelona contract renewal almost done, says Mascherano - Goal.com
Javier Mascherano has revealed that he is close to signing a contract extension with Barcelona. "My contract renewal is almost done. Perhaps there will be more news this week, or the next. I’m very calm about the whole thing," Mascherano stated to reporters.

Alves tells Barcelona fans: My problems with the club have been solved - Goal.com
Barca coach Tito Vilanova later took the time to address the issue, insisting he was unaware of Alves' state of mind, and the former Sevilla stopper has now indicated that the problem is water under the bridge now. "We have solved it," Alves told TV3. "What I wanted was to express my dissatisfaction, that is what I said that. "Now we have talked about it and this issue is settled."

Alexis Sanchez hoping for a consistent season with Barcelona - Goal.com
"Thanks to all those who worked with me, I now know my body better," Sanchez told El Mundo Deportivo. "This year, I hope not to get hurt so often and so give better performances. I hope to be more regular and consistent."

Barça B close two-year loan deal for Sergio Araujo | FC Barcelona
Sergio Araujo is officially a new Barça B player. The Argentine, who is on loan from Boca Juniors, will wear the Azulgrana colours for the next two seasons. Barça reserve the right to purchase Argentine at the conclusion of his two-year loan deal.

Galliani hints at Kaka return | Sky Sports
The Brazilian playmaker has struggled for consistency at Real since he left the San Siro for £50.7million in 2009. The Ballon d'Or winner was on the sidelines as Los Merengues beat Real Oviedo 5-1 on Tuesday in a pre-season friendly, and having also failed to make the squad for a tour of the USA, speculation is now rife over his long-term future at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Cazorla plays down Arsenal claims - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Cazorla has used his Twitter account to deny that a move to the Emirates Stadium is imminent. He said: "I am 27 years old...I’m a player for Malaga FC and the Spanish national team and I AM VERY HAPPY TO BE WITH THESE GREAT TEAMS!"

Escude leaves Sevilla for Turkey - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
The 32-year-old, who won the last of his 13 international caps in 2009, has signed a two-year contract ahead of his move to Istanbul. Escude's exit brings to an end his successful six-year spell at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, during which time he earned two winner's medals in both the Copa del Rey and UEFA Cup.

Wigan confirm £4 million bid for Mallorca's Ivan Ramis - ESPN Soccernet
Whelan told ESPN: "We have made a bid in the region of £4 million, and we are waiting to see if it will be accepted." The 27-year-old defender has plenty of experience in La Liga, having played almost 200 games for Mallorca and Valladolid.

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