FC Barcelona News: 26 March 2014; Tata Martino Vows to See Out Contract, Barça Look to Extend Winning Streak Against Celta

Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno

Martino vows to see out contract | FC Barcelona
Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino spoke to the media on Tuesday, a day before the home league fixture with Celta. He did so shortly after president Josep Maria Bartomeu had announced that "Martino has told us that he wants to see out his contract". The FC Barcelona manager confirmed Bartomeu’s words by saying that "I always respect my contracts".

Luis Enrique returns to the Camp Nou | FC Barcelona
Wednesday’s game between FC Barcelona and Celta Vigo (8.00 PM CET) will be a very special night for visiting manager Luis Enrique, whose last game in the Blaugrana strip was nearly a decade ago, against Racing (1-0) 16 May 2004. The game marks his first return to a club where he was hugely popular player for eight seasons, and where he also spent three seasons as manager of the reserve team.

‘Go after your dreams’, José Manuel Pinto's solidarity project | FC Barcelona
José Mari Pinto has launched a project called ‘Go after your dreams’ that fuses the desire to help and support talented individuals in the music world with the goals and objectives of different foundations and non-profit making organisations.

Cruyff: Neymar the problem at Barcelona - Yahoo Eurosport UK
Controversy over the signing of the Brazil international led to the resignation of President Sandro Rosell, while Cruyff argued the purchase has unbalanced the set-up at Camp Nou. The former Barca player and Coach is quoted by AS as saying that despite Neymar’s talent, to pay him more than players already at the club is a mistake.

Real Madrid continue to appeal Sergio Ramos dismissal vs. Barcelona - ESPN FC
Real Madrid are to continue their appeal against the one-match ban handed out to Sergio Ramos for his clasico sending off in a bid to free the defender to play in Wednesday's La Liga game at Sevilla.

Simeone laughs at Madrid referee claims - Yahoo Eurosport UK
Sergio Ramos and Cristiano Ronaldo claimed there was a conspiracy to ensure that Los Blancos lost against Barcelona on Sunday. "The allegations made by Madrid made me laugh a lot," Simeone said at a press conference today. The Argentine tactician also stressed that despite his side’s new status as league leaders, his side remained third favourites in the title race.

Real Madrid star Jese Rodriguez escapes house fire - ESPN FC
Real Madrid's Jese Rodriguez had to be rescued by firemen as a fire in his luxury apartment building led to three people being hospitalised on Monday night. AS reported that the fire started in the car park of the building, where the three people were working. The three were all taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation, with one also having serious burns.

Athletic Bilbao captain Carlos Gurpegui out for season due to knee injury | Sky Sports
Athletic Bilbao have confirmed midfielder Carlos Gurpegui will miss the remainder of the season as he needs knee surgery. The Bilbao skipper was injured during their 1-0 victory over Getafe and although the precise nature of the blow is yet to be confirmed, it is worse than expected.

Struggling Elche earn draw against Athletic Bilbao | Sky Sports Football
Athletic's capacity to break down Elche, who had not conceded any goals in their previous five home games, was made harder by the strong wind blowing over the Martinez Valera stadium, but credit must go to Fran Escriba's men for starving the Basques of proper goalscoring chances. However, it made for a turgid night of football.

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