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FC Barcelona News: 25 June 2011; Gago Confirms Barca Supremacy, Thiago Praised

Thiago is making a name for himself
Thiago is making a name for himself

Villa wants to retire at Barca | ESPN
Chelsea and Manchester City have been linked to the striker this summer, as transfer speculation swelled following his recent on-field success. However, Villa quashed those rumours on Friday: "All that's been said hasn't bothered me because it isn't rumours or speculation, it's a lie.

Real Madrid's Fernando Gago: Barcelona are the best club ever and our fans don't want to admit it | Goal
Real Madrid midfielder Fernando Gago appears to have moved closer to a summer exit after claiming his side's fiercest rivals, Barcelona, are way ahead of his team. "Barcelona are the best team in history," he told ESPN Argentina. "They are well above Real Madrid and the fans do not want to admit it. Last season, the fans thought we could finish above them, but it was impossible."

Spain U-21's Iker Muniain believes Thiago Alcantara can become the best midfielder in the world | Goal
"From the first moment I saw him, I knew he would be a great footballer," said Muniain in an interview with Efe. "You do not have to understand much to know that Thiago does magic with the ball." ""What he does is simply different, it's within the reach of very few and without doubt in just a few years we'll be talking about him as the number one."

Mata shrugs off speculation | Sky Sports
Reports suggest he could be the next high-profile departure from Valencia, following the sales of David Villa and David Silva last summer. The likes of Liverpool and Barcelona are reported to have expressed an interest, but for now the talented playmaker is keen to put transfer talk firmly to one side.

Real Madrid ready to ship out Kaka - report | Goal
Real Madrid are expected to part company with former Ballon d'Or winner Kaka this summer, according to Marca. The ex-AC Milan playmaker has failed to live up to his then record breaking price tag of nearly €70 million and the Spanish club have ran out of patience since purchasing him in the summer of 2009.

Rodriguez joins Getafe | ESPN
Getafe have confirmed the signing of former Deportivo La Coruna midfielder Juan Rodriguez. The 29-year-old has agreed a four-year contract with Getafe after leaving relegated Depor, who he joined in 2006 having previously played for home-town club Malaga.

Official: Real Betis sign Fabricio Agosto Ramirez from Real Valladolid | Goal
Real Betis have secured the services of Real Valladolid's Fabricio Agosto Ramirez. The goalkeeper, who played on loan at Recreativo Huelva last season, has signed a contract that will keep him at the recently promoted Spanish side until 2014.

Valladolid snap up Fran No | LFP
Fran No Rodríguez, a central defender who has come up through Betis' youth teams, has committed to Valladolid for the next three seasons, although the verdiblancos have inserted a buy-back clause in the contract which would allow them to recover the player within the next two.

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