FC Barcelona News: 1 August 2013: Neymar, Xavi Talk To The Press, Deportivo Saved From Relegation

Adam Nurkiewicz

Barcelona stars Xavi and Neymar have been talking to press in the past day or so, with the Brazilian striker unsurprisingly revealing that he wants to win everything with his new teammates

Neymar may well make his Camp Nou debut this Friday in the Joan Gamper Trophy and he's as determined to win that as he is the other titles the team will be competing for this season. When he was asked in his press conference this morning which titles he'd most like to win in his opening season, the Brazilian was quick to respond: "all of them!"

Xavi Hernández has had a lot of changes to face up to since returning from his holiday, and spoke about them at his Wednesday lunchtime press conference. He described Tito Vilanova’s resignation as "one of the worst pieces of news of my career. It was very sad."

Deportivo La Coruna have avoided automatic relegation to Spanish football's third tier, the Segunda Division B, after a third party agreed to cover outstanding payments owed to players. The AFE, the players' union, will cover the outstanding wages, which will be reimbursed by the third-party guarantor, who has not yet been named.

Barcelona are ready to make a last-ditch effort to buy Chelsea’s £40million-rated defender David Luiz. Brazil star Luiz has been top of Barca’s wish-list all summer as they look to bring in a new centre-half. The Spanish champions' president, Sandro Rosell, has made discreet enquiries - and they will follow up with a bid if given any encouragement.

Pjanic has been linked with a move to Tottenham and PSG this summer, but, according to reports in Italy, interest from Barcelona could sway the player to contemplate a move. He told Oslobodjenje: "I've always been a fan of Real Madrid, but it would be a pleasure to play for Barcelona. Madrid have been my favourite team since I was a child, but it would be difficult to refuse an offer from Barcelona."

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti says the club are in talks to sign Tottenham star Gareth Bale. Ancelotti's comments follow reports that Real are preparing a bid in excess of the world record £80m fee they paid for Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009. Ancelotti told a news conference at Real's training camp in Los Angeles: "I believe the club is in talks to find a solution and we will see what happens."

The first team squad trained this morning at the Ciutat Esportiva, with only the injured Cristian Tello absent and set to miss this Friday's Joan Gamper Trophy against Santos with a thigh strain. Bagnack, who was also the only B team player to train with the squad on Wednesday, was again involved in the session.

Barcelona star Lionel Messi will be part of an Argentina squad to face Italy in a friendly in Rome next month to be watched by Pope Francis. Pope Francis, born Jorge Mario Bergoglio, is the former Archbishop of Buenos Aires and a lifelong supporter of Argentinian top flight club San Lorenzo.

Tottenham Hotspur have agreed a club record £26m deal to sign Valencia striker Roberto Soldado. He will sign a four-year contract to become Spurs' third summer signing once a medical is completed on Friday. Soldado, 28, who has 11 caps for Spain, scored 30 goals in 46 appearances for the La Liga club last season.

Malaga have made official the capture of Polish Under-21 international Bartlomiej Pawlowski from Widzew Lodz. The youngster flew into Malaga earlier this week and quickly passed a medical ahead of formalities on his transfer. The Anchovies have today now confirmed that the 20-year-old has completed his move, which is in the form of an initial loan deal for 2013-14.
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