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FC Barcelona News: 26 January 2011

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A step away from the final | FCBarcelona
Barça play Almeria this Wednesday night in the first leg of their cup semi final. There will be no room for over-confidence against an improving side.

No complacency for Villa | ESPN
"It will be a very tough game, and we're not thinking about that 8-0 win in the league at all,'' he said. "Almeria are now a team with a different manager. It will be very hard, because they are very enthusiastic about this, like us, especially considering they have never got this far in the competition before.''

Pep Guardiola: I Don't Want Contract Rebel Dani Alves To Be Unhappy At Barcelona | Goal
"We have talked about it with Dani, I told him how I feel, and I do not want him to stay here while he is unhappy. He deserves to ask for what he wants, and the club has the right to give it, or not. I want him to be happy here, or anywhere."

Why would Daniel Alves leave Barcelona? | Soccernews
The Brazilian international's contract expires in 2012 and he could then leave on a free transfer. Alves has played a key part in Barcelona's sensational form of the last few years.

Cruyff: Alves could be sold | ESPN
"Barca are a sensational team with or without Alves. Is it better to have him with us? Sure," Cruyff said. "City are interested, though, and it may be better to sell him than wait for his contract to end next year and leave on a free."

I Will Renew Barcelona Contract If I Can Still Compete, If Not I'll Play Golf - Eric Abidal | Goal
"I am totally open to any offer coming from Barca and I have always said that I could not leave this team to go to a higher level, because no team exists. If the club and I have the same goal, we will reach an agreement easily."

Messi fined for birthday gesture | Eurosport
Lionel Messi has been fined for lifting his shirt to reveal a vest wishing his mother a happy birthday after scoring a goal for Barcelona.

Barcelona To Appeal Fine Imposed On Lionel Messi For Birthday Message To Mum In Win Over Racing | Goal
Barcelona have submitted an appeal to the Competitions Committee after striker Lionel Messi was cautioned and handed a €2,000 fine after displaying a birthday message to his mother in the weekend defeat of Racing.

Group work for Bojan and Alves | LFP
Bojan Krkic and Dani Alves have trained with the rest of the group, after getting over their respective injuries.

Barca's Xavi turned down Real offer | Foxsports
Barcelona playmaker Xavi Hernandez revealed he turned down a chance to sign with Spanish rival Real Madrid early in his career.

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