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FC Barcelona News: 25 February 2011; Depleted Squad Goes To Mallorca, Pinto Looks To Extend Contract

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Miño, Thiago and Montoya in the squad for Mallorca | FCBarcelona
Eighteen footballers will be on the plane for Palma de Mallorca to take part in the game that kicks off on Saturday at 20.00. But five of the usual FC Barcelona first team will not be among them. These are the injured Valdés, Xavi, Puyol and Jeffren, who are all receiving treatment, and also Dani Alves who was shown his fifth yellow card against Athletic Bilbao and misses the game through suspension.

Spanish Inquisition: Lionel Messi Or Carles Puyol - Who Is More Important To Barcelona? | Goal
Whilst Messi may at times seem to be a match winner alone, this is simply not the case. As well as Xavi and Iniesta, the Argentine relies on eight other team-mates to conquer his opponents – one of which, more often than not, tends to be Carles Puyol.

Arsenal And Tottenham Readying Summer Offers For Barcelona Starlet Bojan Krkic - Report | Goal
Bojan recently signed a new contract at the Camp Nou until the summer of 2015, but has managed just three league goals in 19 appearances as he struggles to displace Barca’s first-choice front three of Lionel Messi, David Villa and Pedro.

Pinto looks to extend contract next week | FCBarcelona
Pinto was clearly happy at the confidence the Club was showing in him: “we spoke to the Club about a month ago and they told us they intended to extend the contract for another year. I’m very happy here and I think we will be able to officially confirm my new deal within a few days”.

Exclusive: Barcelona Join Race For Fiorentina's Juan Manuel Vargas | Goal
The 27-year-old, who moved to the Viola in 2008 from Catania, has previously drawn the attention of Real Madrid, but Guardiola feels that Vargas is a less expensive alternative to Tottenham’s Gareth Bale, who they have previously been linked with.

Barcelona Star David Villa: We Can Overturn Arsenal's Advantage | Goal
"I think that if we do things like we did in London, we will be on the right track," he said, according to Sky Sports. "We will go through to the next round, I'm sure, because we were far superior in everything except for the result.

Barcelona Join Juventus In The Chase For Milan's Andrea Pirlo - Report | Goal
The experienced Italian international's contract is set to expire in the summer and both Barcelona and Juventus are ready to step in to lure Pirlo next month if the Rossoneri fail to renew his deal.

Team news: Ronaldo set to start | Eurosport
Cristiano Ronaldo has recovered from a bruised ankle and is expected to start when second-placed Real Madrid visit Deportivo Coruna on Saturday. Jose Mourinho's team have only won once at the Riazor in their last 18 league visits.

Jose wants Benzema improvement | Sky Sports
But while Mourinho acknowledges the 23-year-old is on the right track, the Portuguese boss wants to see improvement in his football. "Everyone knows his potential which is impressive," Mourinho told sports daily AS.

River Plate's Erik Lamela A Target For Atletico Madrid - Report | Goal
River Plate prodigy Erik Lamela is reportedly a target for Atletico Madrid, who are lining up a replacement for Argentine star Sergio Aguero in case 'El Kun' seeks a move elsewhere.

Forlán in the hands of the physios | LFP
Atlético forward Diego Forlán spent Thursday morning's training session with the club physiotherapists owing to the sprain he sustained in his left ankle during training on Wednesday.

Leo Franco sidelined | LFP
The Argentine shot-stopper has been unable to get over the muscular problems that have been dogging him all week and the club doctors have recommended rest so that the problem does not get any worse.

Hercules Striker David Trezeguet Linked With Fenerbahce Switch - Report | Goal
Trezeguet currently has a contract with the Blanquiazules until June 2012 after moving across from Juventus last summer. The hitman has already scored 10 goals in 20 league matches.