FC Barcelona News: 18 July 2013; 11 Barça Youngsters Join First Team in Training, Messi, Montoya Talk To Press

David Ramos

Leo Messi looking forward to new season | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi was the first player to give a press conference in the 2013/14 season, which officially starts in a month’s time. He says he’s looking forward to it, and that "like at the start of any preseason, I’m very much hoping we can achieve all of our objectives."

Montoya: "If I work hard I should get minutes" | FC Barcelona
The second player to give a press conference this preseason was Martín Montoya. The right back spoke about his aims for the coming campaign, saying "I want to be a threat to Dani Alves and fight every day for a place. It won’t be easy but with hard work and enthusiasm I hope to get some playing time".

In depth look at the 11 reservists training with the senior side | FC Barcelona
Tito Vilanova will fill out his roster with 11 Barça B youngsters until the first team player who featured in the Confederations Cup return to Barcelona. The following is an overview of the Barça B players currently training with the senior side:

Second day of training follows the same plan | FC Barcelona
Second day of training at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. The 12 available first team members, under the orders of Tito Vilanova and his coaching staff, continued with a highly physical session that also included ball work as well as the usual warm-up drills.

Third day of training, with 23 players | FC Barcelona
The 12 available first team members, plus 11 from Barça B, trained on Thursday morning at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper in a session run by Tito Vilanova and his coaching staff. After two days with morning and evening sessions, the coaches decided that they are free on Thursday evening and needn’t report back for work until Friday.

Raphael Varane returns to Real Madrid training - ESPN FC
Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane was back in training alongside his team-mates on Wednesday for the first time since mid-May, after recovering from surgery on a meniscus tear. Varane, 20, who made huge progress with Los Blancos last season, picked up the knee injury against Espanyol in a 1-1 draw at Cornella-El Prat.

Ballon d’Eurosport – No.2: Cristiano Ronaldo | Pitchside Europe - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Undoubtedly one of the greatest players of his generation, Ronaldo is the rarest of breeds: a complete forward player, a freak of nature who manages to blend brute strength, an incredible physique, astounding athleticism, blistering pace and an abundance of skill in a heady cocktail that often leaves opposition defenders befuddled - and onlookers bewitched.

Sevilla confirm Negredo will join Manchester City - Goal.com
"It's official: Alvaro Negredo is a Manchester City player, short of doing the medical tests," read the statement. "Sevilla has organised a farewell gathering for the player at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan this evening at 18.30BST, so that those who have been his team-mates can say goodbye before leaving for (the pre-season tour of) South America.

Sevilla defender Federico Fazio has signed a four-year contract extension | Sky Sports
Sevilla defender Federico Fazio has signed a four-year contract extension with the Primera Division club. The 26-year-old Argentina international's contract in Seville was set to expire next year but, after meeting club president Jose Maria del Nido today, he has committed his future to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan until 2018.

Crystal Palace sign Spanish midfielder Jose Campana | Sky Sports
Crystal Palace have signed Spain U20 midfielder Jose Campana on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee. Campana has been with Sevilla since the age of seven, progressing to their senior side in 2011. He played only five times in La Liga last season, ending the season on the injured list after suffering a fracture in his foot.

Malaga almost excluded from League - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Last summer saw the Anchovies’ financial situation worsen amid owner Sheikh Abdullah Al-Thani’s withdrawal of funding, with money owed to players and other clubs. Whilst it has ultimately resulted in a number of players leaving and the club being banned for next season from European competition, Cardenal has revealed that it could have been even worse this time last year.

Elche sign Ruben Perez on a season-long loan from Atletico Madrid | Sky Sports
Newly promoted Primera Division side Elche have signed Atletico Madrid midfielder Ruben Perez on a season-long loan deal. The 24-year-old Andalusian has spent the last three years on loan with Deportivo La Coruna, Getafe and then Real Betis, where he made 25 league appearances and scored one goal in the 2012-13 campaign.

Almeria complete Ustari deal - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
The 27-year-old has been snapped up from Boca Juniors and becomes the Andalusian club’s sixth signing of the summer following the arrivals of defender Sebastian Dubarbier, midfielders Marcos Tebar and Sudo, and forwards Rodri and Cesar Diaz. Ustari is no stranger to La Liga, having played for Getafe between between 2007 and 2012 after a €4m move from Independiente.

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