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FC Barcelona News: 27 June 2011; A Look Into La Masia, Thiago Does Not Want to Leave

"Where the magic happens"
"Where the magic happens"

La Masia is where the magic happens | ESPN
La Masia is a place where art and science are fused together to create the finished product you see on the pitch each week during the season. It's a pretty guarded place when it comes to media intrusion, and you won't get too much detail out of the school's coaches about their training techniques.

Barça set to clock up the miles in pre-season | FCBarcelona
In three weeks time, Barça begin their pre-season with the prospect of more than 20,000 kilometres of travel ahead of them, including visits to Split, Munich, Washington, Miami and Dallas.

Thiago Alcantara: I do not want to leave Barcelona | Goal
Thiago Alcantara has insisted he has no intention of leaving Barcelona this summer, after playing a key role in Spain's European Under-21 Championship win. His sensational goal helped to defeat Switzerland 2-0 in the final in Denmark, and while his future is rosy at international level, reports have linked him with a move away from Camp Nou in the close season.

Barcelona Reject £15m Manchester United Bid For Starlet Sensation | CaughtOffside
Barcelona have turned down a £15million offer from Manchester United for midfielder Thiago Alcantara. The 20-year-old has caught the eye of the United boss Sir Alex Ferguson as he starred in Sapin’s Euro U21 Championship victory, scoring a stunning 45-yard free-kick in the final.

Barcelona keeping tabs on Internacional's Oscar - report | Goal
Highly-rated young midfielder Oscar has caught the attention of Spanish champions Barcelona with his superb performances for Internacional and Brazil's under-20 side in the past few months, publication Sport reports. The Camp Nou giants are keeping tabs on a number of emerging talents as they prepare for the future, and reportedly see the 19-year-old as a potential long-term replacement for Andres Iniesta.

Benzema feels Madrid can topple Barca | ESPN
Despite investing heavily since the return of president Florentino Perez in 2009, Madrid have remained in Barca's shadow and even the arrival of Mourinho last summer could not halt their rivals' success in La Liga and the Champions League.

Ramos open to leaving Real | Eurosport
Clubs have approached Real Madrid for defender Sergio Ramos after the defender's contract talks broke down. The Spanish World Cup-winner is unhappy at Real's refusal to hand him a bumper new deal, alerting Chelsea and Manchester City.

Villarreal's Santi Cazorla a target for Malaga - report | Goal
Malaga are looking to make Villarreal's Santi Cazorla their latest summer signing, according to reports from AS. Spanish media are reporting that the club have already tabled an offer of €15 million for Cazorla, and would be willing to pay upto €20m for the attacking midfielder.

Arsenal launch bid for Mata | ESPN
Arsenal have reportedly placed a club record £18 million bid for Valencia midfielder Juan Mata. Mata starred in Spain's title-winning European Under-21 tilt and, with that tournament now complete, both the Daily Mail and The Sun claim the playmaker is ready to begin talks with the Gunners.

Giovani close to Spurs exit | Sky Sports
Giovani impressed on loan at La Liga side Racing Santander in the tail end of last season and is hopeful of earning a permanent switch away from England, with Sevilla and Real Zaragoza leading the chase for his signature.

Betis shun Emana offer | Sky Sports
Real Betis have confirmed they have rejected an offer for Cameroon star Achille Emana. The midfield ace played a major role in helping Betis back into La Liga, but the Seville outfit look to have a battle on their hands to keep the talented 29-year-old.

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