FC Barcelona News: 17 July 2013; Vilanova, Zubizarreta Hold Press Conference, Barça B Win First Preseason Game

David Ramos

Tito Vilanova convinced Messi and Neymar will have understanding | FC Barcelona
Tito Vilanova spoke to the media on Tuesday in his first press conference of the 2013/14 season, after taking the first training session with the 12 players he has available. "They are all very keen and did very well. There weren’t many players but the ones that were playing in competitions will be joining us soon.

Top 10 quotes from Tito Vilanova's first press conference of the 2013/14 season | FC Barcelona
Tito Vilanova’s first press conference of the 2013/14 season took place at the Ciutat Esportiva this afternoon. Here’s an overview of what we believe to be the top 10 quotes from the manager’s conference.

Zubizarreta: "Thiago has left, our bet is on Sergi Roberto" | FC Barcelona
Zubizarreta confirmed that the Club is looking to sign a centre back, although he didn’t reveal any details on ongoing negotiations. "Thiago Silva is a PSG player," he said, and when asked about Roma’s Marquinhos, he said, "his representative does not have an offer, but he’s an interesting player."

Review Tito Vilanova and Andoni Zubizarreta press conference | FC Barcelona
Monday's press conference with the coach and sports director

Back-to-back Fair Play awards for Xavi | FC Barcelona
Xavi Hernández is the winner of the fourth edition of the Barça Players Award, which is awarded by the Barça Players Association to the first team player who demonstrated the most fair play in the previous season. The jury, who met at the Camp Nou this afternoon, picked Xavi as the winner from among the six finalists.

Messi: I know nothing about tax | Football Espana
"I am relaxed and distance myself from all that. My father and I have advisors who handle these things for us, and we trust them. "I hope it gets sorted out. I don’t understand any of it and that’s why we have lawyers," he told assembled reporters, before commenting on his partnership with new signing Neymar for the forthcoming season.

Fabregas to Manchester United? Here’s some Cesc education… | Paddy Power Betting Blog
It was as far back as early June that some Manchester United players were briefing that the Premier League champions were going on an all-out offensive to buy Cesc Fabregas. Here we are in mid July and United’s strategy remains shrouded in mystery… but it is clearly still something they believe may work.

Sociedad in for Jonathan Dos Santos - ESPN FC
The younger of the Dos Santos brothers is still with Barcelona B, where he’s been waiting for his chance to break into the first team. However, playing time has been limited and the Mexican was restricted to just six appearances for Tito Vilanova’s side last season, five times as a substitute and just once as a starter.

Agostinho Cá out of action for three months | FC Barcelona
Barça B’s Agostinho Cá, who underwent surgery this Tuesday to correct a tear of the lateral meniscus in his right knee, will be out of action for the next three months. The operation was performed by doctor Ramon Cugat at Hospital Quirón in Barcelona.

Victorious start for Barça B (0-2) | FC Barcelona
Barça B were victorious in their first match of the preseason. The team managed by Eusebio Sacristán defeated l’Escala by 2-0 in a match that was suspended after 74 minutes due to inclement weather. In the first half, two goals from Joan Román fired the Blaugrana ahead, and up to 20 players featured for Barça B before the game was called off.

Atletico hoping to sign Capoue - ESPN FC
Atletico Madrid are keen to bring French midfielder Etienne Capoue to the Vicente Calderon from Toulouse and, according to Spanish daily AS, the Rojiblancos are preparing a €5 million bid.

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