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FC Barcelona News: 1 March 2011; Guardiola Hurt, Dani Alves Wants To Sign And More

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Barcelona's Pep Guardiola Set To Miss Trip To Valencia Due To Back Problem | Goal
The back injury has been causing Guardiola problems for over two weeks now, but his situation has considerably worsened in the past few days. It remains to be seen whether the Barca boss will have recovered in time to lead the Blaugrana at Mestalla on Wednesday.

Xavi and Jeffren train with the group | FCBarcelona
Josep Guardiola’s team is now fully focused on preparation for the next league match to be played this Wednesday in Valencia. With the win over Mallorca under the belt and having rested for a day, although on Sunday there was some training activity, the squad exercised for the first time this week at the Joan Gamper training ground.

Premier clubs on Bojan alert | Sky Sports
Both Tottenham and Liverpool are reportedly keen, whilst Arsenal are also said to be monitoring the situation amid claims they may consider taking him as part of any prospective deal should Cesc Fabregas end up at Camp Nou.

I Had 'Great Times' At Valencia - Barcelona's David Villa | Goal
Barcelona will travel to Valencia with a seven-point advantage over second-place Real Madrid and Unai Emery's side out of the title race, fighting for a place in the Champions League. Villa, though, has warned against complacency at the Mestalla.

"I can’t imagine Alves without Barça" | FCBarcelona
Alves made it clear that he felt "greatly valued by the team and the Club….for my part, I just try to work hard every day so the dream becomes reality…my dream and my desire are to continue with Barça." Alves admitted that negotiations "are not just about money" and that he would like the problem to be sorted out as soon as possible "so that I can relax".

Alves seeks Barca stay | Sky Sports
The Brazil international joined on a four-year deal from Sevilla in 2008 and has been a regular in the Barca side since. That contract expires at the end of next season so Alves has begun to think about his future.

David Villa Finally Beginning To Justify €40m Barcelona Price-Tag | Goal
However, whatever you way you look at it, €40m for a 28-year-old, especially to a club that carries debts in the region of €450m, remained a massive gamble despite his goalscoring pedigree. Let's not forget, too, that Villa is second only to Ibrahimovic on the list of the Catalan's giants most expensive signings in their history.

Montoya: 17th B Team player to debut | FCBarcelona
Montoya's track record in the B Team is extraordinary. Until a few weeks ago he was the most used player under Luis Enrique. The suspension of Daniel Alves opened the way for his presence in the squad for the match in Mallorca. His debut, with the game already decided, was just reward for his excellent performances as a defender in the B Team, making him the 17th player from the reserves to debut for the first team.

Barcelona President Sandro Rosell Responds To Jose Mourinho: We Must Play When We're Told | Goal
Speaking to Spanish publication AS, Rosell told them: ''I know we [Barcelona] play Tuesday and Saturday or Sunday and Tuesday. This is sport, and when you are told to play, you must play, there is no other way to deal with it. That's sport,'' he added.

Barcelona Scouts Watched Udinese's Alexis Sanchez Destroy Palermo - Report | Goal
The Blaugrana scouts were present to witness the performance of the Udinese star but officials in Italy have valued Sanchez at around €40 million.

We Cannot Afford To Lose To Barcelona - Valencia's Joaquin | Goal
Los Che are currently third in the Liga table with 51 points from 25 matches. At the weekend the former Spanish and UEFA Cup winners defeated Athletic Bilbao to move four points clear of Villarreal and midfielder Joaquin believes that they will have to gain maximum points against Barca to maintain their advantage.

Real Madrid focus on Asia | Eurosport
Spanish side Real Madrid have inked a deal with a Singapore-based football events company aimed at building their fan-base in Asia and keeping an eye on young talent in the region. The La Liga giants are considering setting up an academy in the city-state and could bring youngsters to Madrid to train under their coaches.

Kaka's father fuels Milan talk | ESPN
Rumours have persisted that he could depart the Bernabeu and, while Inter, Chelsea and Manchester City have been among the clubs linked, a return to Milan appears more likely should he decide to move on.

Malaga's Manuel Pellegrini Eagerly Anticipating Real Madrid Return | Goal
Spanish powerhouse Real Madrid host relegation candidates Malaga on Thursday in what will be a rather special game for visiting coach Manuel Pellegrini, who is looking for an appreciative response on his first visit back since leaving the club in the summer.

Pochettino: I never doubted my men | Eurosport
The Barcelona side hammered Real Sociedad 4-1 on Saturday to end a sequence of four consecutive defeats, leaving the Argentine feeling buoyant about his men's progress. "After the victory, all of the criticisms have turned into compliments," he said.

Twinges keep out Caicedo | LFP
Levante striker Felipe Caicedo was unable to take part in Monday's training session after complaining of pains to his right knee.

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