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FC Barcelona News: 13 December 2011; Barça Working on Isaac Cuenca Extension, Hleb Will Return To Barcelona

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Cuenca is the next youngster in line Barcelona want to tie down to a new contract.
Cuenca is the next youngster in line Barcelona want to tie down to a new contract.

Barcelona in talks with Isaac Cuenca to extend contract until 2014 - report - Goal.com
Barcelona are keen to keep winger Isaac Cuenca at Camp Nou and have opened talks with the Spain Under-21 international about a contract extension until the summer of 2014, Catalan daily Sport reports.

Barcelona's dazzling genius Lionel Messi puts Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo in shade - Telegraph
There were many measures of Barcelona’s supremacy. One was the willingness of their goalkeeper, Victor Valdes, to carry on passing from his penalty box after a succession of clangers, the first of which led to Benzema’s goal. Another was the gamble of playing three at the back for 80 minutes. "Our philosophy is to be courageous," boasted Xavi Hernández, their brilliant playmaker. "You can’t win at the Bernabeu without this."

Víctor Valdés epitomises Barcelona's bravery as Real Madrid falter | Sid Lowe | guardian.co.uk
Talk of "philosophy" implicitly imbues it with a kind of moral superiority that tends to irritate but they had a point. And it was not just Valdés; it was Barcelona. After the goal, Dani Alves spoke to his goalkeeper. So did Puyol. There was no ranting, no waving at row Z, no effing and blinding, no crapping in the milk or the consecrated bread, no boot it, you moron.

The best league in the world | LFP
Spanish Professional Football League (LFP) President, José Luis Astiazarán was presented with an award on Monday, to accredit Spain's Liga BBVA as the best competition in the world for 2010, according to the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS).

Barcelona's Pep Guardiola: Johan Cruyff is my biggest influence - Goal.com
Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola revealed that Blaugrana legend Johan Cruyff has been his biggest influence and also stated that he has picked up a few things from ex-Almeria coach Juan Manuel Lillo."Johan Cruyff has been my biggest influence. I spent six years with him and I learned an awful lot," Guardiola was quoted as saying on Fifa's official website.

No Wolfsburg stay for Hleb | Sky Sports
Midfielder Alexander Hleb will not have his loan deal at Wolfsburg extended into the New Year, the Bundesliga club have confirmed. Hleb joined the Wolves in August on a short-term switch from Barcelona but injuries have restricted him to four appearances.

Solidarity with children of Fukushima | FC Barcelona
The players met a group of eleven children aged between 9 and 18 years from the Fukushima area. The children were all presented with a Barça shirt with their own name on the back, namely Ryo Takahashi, Syuto Matsuzaki, Kouki Kato, Masatoshi Matsubara, Kazuki Fujita, Hirotaka Kato , Takuya Kato, Kana Ogata, Natsuki Abe, Hikaru Nitsuma and Dai Watanabe.

Barcelona's Dani Alves already focused on next task - ESPN Soccernet
However, Alves wants to look forward to the next challenge which will see Barca take on Qatari side Al-sadd in the Club World Cup semi-final on Thursday. "We will try to analyse the opponent and beat them,'' Alves told Marca. "We have concentrated on getting things right in this competition, we have done the hard work.'' Guardiola's players took part in a training session on Monday at the home stadium of the Yokohama Marinos team.

Piqué: "We can’t miss out on chances like this" | FC Barcelona
The team is continuing to prepare for the Clubs World Cup in Japan. On Tuesday evening, local time, Gerard Piqué and Javier Mascherano spoke to the press after training. "We can’t miss out on chances like this", said the former. He also said that "we haven’t yet adapted to the time change or recovered from such a long journey … We trained a bit harder today and tomorrow we’ll train even harder".

Liga - Mourinho: Madrid are not inferior - Yahoo! Eurosport
All is well with Real Madrid despite Saturday's 3-1 defeat at home to arch-rivals Barcelona, manager Jose Mourinho said on Monday, adding that he would not swap places with any other team. "There is no feeling of inferiority," Mourinho told a news conference. "I wouldn't change our situation with anyone else's.

Real Madrid's Karim Benzema gets France player of the year award - ESPN Soccernet
Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema has been voted French player of the year by France Football magazine. Benzema, 23, has enjoyed a successful 2011 during which he has blossomed under Jose Mourinho and he ended the 2010-11 season with 26 goals.

Real Madrid target Gremio's Mario Fernandes - report - Goal.com
Madrid boss Jose Mourinho wants a new right-sided defender in the January transfer window, as Sergio Ramos has been deployed in the centre, in place of the injured Ricardo Carvalho. The club's hierarchy are reportedly ready to make a move for a new defender after Fabio Coentrao's sub-par display in the 3-1 Clasico defeat against Barcelona at the weekend.

Valencia get stadium loan, to restart work - Yahoo! Eurosport
Valencia have struck a deal with Spanish lender Bankia that will allow them to work on their new stadium, halted in early 2008 because of financial problems. Construction of the 'Nueva Mestalla' should be completed within two years and the agreement with Bankia included a medium-term loan of an unspecified amount, Valencia said on their website.

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