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FC Barcelona News: 6 November 2011; Barça Play Athletic Bilbao, Youngsters on European Giants' Radar

Pep has more important things to think about than Ibraflop.
Pep has more important things to think about than Ibraflop.

From Barcelona to the Basque Country - why Pep Guardiola is set to coach Athletic Bilbao one day -
Pep Guardiola lives and breathes FC Barcelona. The charismatic coach emerged as a fine young talent from the club's astonishing academy, La Masia, and lived the dream as he went on to captain the team as their midfield lynchpin. Now, he is their leader, the architect of this side being talked about as the best ever. Pep embodies the Catalan club - he's Mr. Barca.

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has 'nothing to say' about Zlatan Ibrahimovic quotes and denies rift between David Villa & Lionel Messi -
Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has refuted claims that David Villa and Lionel Messi have fallen out while also stating he 'has nothing to say' on Zlatan Ibrahimovic's autobiography which criticises the 40-year-old.

Lionel Messi not concerned by 'world's best' tag - ESPN Soccernet
Lionel Messi claims that he is not bothered by being dubbed "the best in the world" and says that wants to be remembered for the titles he has won. Messi, 24, is favourite to win the 2011 FIFA Ballon d'Or and could become the second player in history to win a consecutive treble after Michel Platini, should he claim the accolade again.

Arsenal & Chelsea Battle For £4m Barcelona Youngster | Football Talk
The Daily Mail says Arsenal and Chelsea are tracking the youngster after the 17-year old refused to sign a contract extension at the Camp Nou. Deulofeu has a £3.75million release clause but is unsure about signing a new contract unless he gets assurances about featuring in the first team soon.

John Toshack scouted David Babunski | Macedonian
Both John Toshack and Boban Babunski, David's father, were in attendance as the match was played in Barcelona. Keep in mind that both Toshack and the Babunski family live in Barcelona so they attended the game to scout and watch the development of David Babunski. David had a solid game but will now turn his attention to the Macedonian U19 national team.

Jose Mourinho: Real Madrid do not need to sign anyone in January -
The Portuguese coach has led the Santiago Bernabeu outfit to the top of La Liga and Champions League Group D this term in unrelenting fashion, winning their last nine games in a row. With strength in depth in almost every position, the ex-Chelsea trainer has stated that there will be no new faces in the new year.

Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho targets group win - ESPN Soccernet
Jose Mourinho challenged his players to go on and win their group after joining rivals Barcelona in the knockout stages of this year's Champions League. Two goals from Cristiano Ronaldo - which brought up his century for the club - gave Madrid a 2-0 win over Lyon at Stade Gerland to ensure they are certain to qualify from Group D.

Real Madrid to begin negotiations with Santos' Neymar - report -
Real Madrid representatives will begin negotiations with Santos for the transfer of Brazilian international Neymar, according to reports from O Estado. The striker has been heavily linked with a move to Europe for months, with the Madrid club and their rivals Barcelona believes to be leading the chase.

Real Madrid's Kaka ruled out of Brazil's Gabon & Egypt friendlies - report -
Real Madrid playmaker Kaka will not take part in Brazil's upcoming friendlies against Gabon and Egypt, Globoesporte reports. The 29-year-old is currently nursing a muscular problem which saw him miss Wednesday's Champions League match against Lyon and will rule him out of Sunday's La Liga match against Osasuna.

La Liga: Valencia beat Levante, Malaga held - ESPN Soccernet
Valencia climbed above city rivals Levante to third in the Primera Division thanks to a comfortable 2-0 victory in the derby. Unfancied Levante had been top of the table before suffering their first league defeat away to Osasuna last weekend, a reverse that ended a seven-game winning run that included victory over Real Madrid.


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