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FC Barcelona News: 12 June 2011; Happiness is Key, Afellay Improves, Thiago Misunderstood

Look how happy he is.
Look how happy he is.

Baresi believes happiness to be the Barça secret | FCBarcelona
Legendary Barça defender Milan, Franco Baresi, has declared himself an admirer of Barça. He feels the key to Pep Guardiola’s success is that "he encourages the players, and gets everybody participating, making them happy when they play".

Afellay: constant progression | FCBarcelona
Afellay made his official debut in the Copa del Rey, the day that Abidal scored his first goal for Barça. Since then the Dutchman has been a regular part of the FCB squad, showing humility, effort and adaptation to his club, for which he appeared in 28 official matches.

I would like to follow Luis Enrique to Roma - Barcelona B's Jonathan Soriano | Goal
When asked by La Gazzetta dello Sport if he wished to team up the former midfielder again at the capital club, the 24-year-old Soriano remarked: "Of course. For the past and for the future, for what we did together in these two years, and for the club he has joined, [and] also for the way he is."

Spain's Thiago Alcantara: I did not belittle England | Goal
The Barcelona midfielder has now fought his corner by issuing a statement on his official Twitter page. "Once again words have been misunderstood," the statement reads. "At no time did I belittle the English team - I even mentioned that they have a fantastic squad."

Villarreal want Senna stay | Sky Sports
Villarreal president Fernando Roig claims Swansea target Marcos Senna remains a key player and could be offered a new contract. The experienced Spain international has emerged as a shock target for Premier League new boys Swansea City, with manager Brendan Rodgers keen to add an old head to his squad.

Lyon confirm talks with Malaga for transfer of Jeremy Toulalan | Goal
"Olympique Lyonnais confirm that discussions with Spanish club Malaga have taken place over the possible transfer of Jeremy Toulalan but deny the transfer fees quotes by the press," the statement read. L'Equipe had reported that the club rejected a bid of €9 million, as they are holding out for €15m although the club denied two days ago that an official offer had been lodged.

Granada eliminate Celta | LFP
Granada booked their place in the final of the Play Offs for promotion to the Liga BBVA after beating Celta in a tie that ended all square and had to be settled from the penalty spot.

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