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FC Barcelona News: 17 May 2011; Interview With Eric Abidal, Transfer Rumors Start to Pick Up

Abidal wants another trophy.
Abidal wants another trophy.

Calm Abidal keen to integrate | FCBarcelona
Once he was diagnosed, Abidal watched the first Barça game on the internet and he well remembers the fans spontaneous applause on 22 minutes: "I felt that I had the fans behind me and every time I felt that applause –even when I was sat in the stands –it gave me more strength to come back"

Barcelona celebrate title by throwing peppers | Eurosport
The Catalan giants sealed a third successive league crown last week and were presented the trophy after Sunday night's home clash with Deportivo La Coruna. Rather than merely lifting the trophy and bouncing around excitedly, the players pulled out fresh red peppers and started throwing them at their fans.

Keita plays most games | FCBarcelona
Keita has only missed 5 of the team’s 60 games so far this season - the European games against Panathinaikos (5-1) and both the games against Rubin Kazan (1-1 and 2-0), as well as the two home league games against Seville (5-0) and Malaga (4-1).

Baptista doubtful for Barça clash | LFP
The Brazilian sustained the injury in Sunday's meeting with Athletic Club. Baptista joins a list of selection worries which includes injured Venezuelan striker José Salomón Rondón and Argentine defender Martín Demichelis, who must serve a one-match ban after being sent off against the Bilbaínos.

Barcelona star unlikely to move to Liverpool | SportNews Ireland
Though Kenny Dalglish has reportedly been set aside £50 million with which to launch an assault on the transfer market this summer, it seems that Barcelona youngster Jeffren will not be one of those making the move to Anfield.

Barcelona Ponder Mamadou Sakho and Gervinho | Insidefutbol
Report from Spain suggest that Barcelona added two new names from the French football to their list of summer transfer targets - Mamadou Sakho and Gervinho. The Catalan side are pondering how to bolster their squad for next season and the duo have emerged as serious targets.

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi is not as good as Johan Cruyff, Michel Platini or Alfredo Di Stefano – Pele | Goal
According to Chilean newspaper La Tercera, the former Santos forward has once again raised his concern on the hype surrounding Messi and is quoted as saying: "People like to compare but they seem to have forgotten [Johan] Cruyff, [Michel] Platini and [Alfredo] Di Stefano, who were better than [Lionel] Messi."

Sergio Ramos signs new Real Madrid deal until 2017 - report | Goal
Real Madrid have successfully concluded negotiations with defender Sergio Ramos over a contract extension, AS reports. The Spanish international stopper's previous deal expired in 2016, but he has now allegedly signed an improved contract until June 2017.

Real Madrid's Iker Casillas less than impressed with Uefa's decison to allow Barcelona's Sergio Busquets to play in Champions League final following Marcelo incident | Goal
The governing body opened up an inquiry, but took no further action. Casillas was not impressed by the decision, insisting Busquets made some kind of remark toward the goalkeeper's team-mate. "Everyone saw," a frustrated Casillas told.

Agent rejects Forlan talk | Sky Sports
Diego Forlan's agent has rubbished claims that the Atletico Madrid striker has reached a deal to join Besiktas in the summer. Reports in the Turkish media have indicated the Uruguay star, who turns 32 on Thursday, has agreed a move to the Istanbul giants at the end of the season.

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