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FC Barcelona News: 30 June 2011; Thiago Happy to Extend, Barca Lose Another Youngster to England

Unicef will remain on the shirt, but it won't be where you are used to it
Unicef will remain on the shirt, but it won't be where you are used to it

Thiago renewed until 2015: "Now time for me to prove myself" | FCBarcelona
After the renewal of his contract, which was signed on Wednesday afternoon, Thiago showed himself to be very happy both on Barça TV and : "It's a dream to continue with this team and this club. I am really happy. Now It’s time to share it with my family". He added: "I never thought about leaving. I’ve always wanted to be here".

Barca make final Sanchez offer | Eurosport
However, a formal transfer is yet to be announced and Barcelona say they will not improve on the offer made to the Italian club. "We are waiting for a response from Udinese," a spokesperson told EFE. "Barcelona made a definitive offer for the player and we will not change the parameters indicated."

Barcelona & UNICEF extend partnership: Logo to go under player number | Soccer Lens
Barcelona announced today that they have agreed to extend the partnership with UNICEF through to the 2011/2012 season. The current contract was ending in June 2011. The UNICEF logo will remain on the shirt, however, it will be shifted to below the player’s number.

Fab 'calm and optimistic' over Barca talk | ESPN
"I'm calm and I am optimistic. I have nothing to say and there is nothing to speak of," Fabregas was quoted as saying in AS. "If something happens, it is because it has to happen. "For my part, I've begun to get in shape, which is what I have to do. If a player is on the market it is because the club does not want him. I have no problems.''

Chelsea sign Barcelona youngster Gael Etock | 101 Great Goals
Spanish newspaper AS have claimed today that Chelsea have made their first signing of the Andre Vilas-Boas era: highly rated Barcelona striker Gael Etock. Etock, who was brought to Europe at 12 years of age by Samuel Eto’o's foundation, has signed a four-year deal with Chelsea, the Blues have paid a minimal fee.

Neymar 'chooses Real Madrid' | ESPN
Ribeiro has now suggested that Inter Milan may be among the clubs showing an interest in Neymar, but it appears the player has decided on a move to the Bernabeu. Marca claims the 19-year-old has told Brazil team-mate Dani Alves at the Copa America: "I don't know anything about Barcelona. I will play for Madrid next season."

Real Madrid will not offer more than €15m and a player for Benfica's Fabio Coentrao - report | Goal
Real Madrid will not offer more than €15 million and a player to sign Benfica left-back Fabio Coentrao, news daily Marca claims. The Portugal international has been linked with a switch to Real Madrid since the end of the season, but the two clubs have so far failed to come to an understanding regarding the transfer fee.

Racing Santander appoint Cuper | Eurosport
"Hector Cuper will be Racing's coach for the 2011-12 season," the top-flight club announced. Cuper, who has previously been in charge of Inter Milan and Valencia, resigned from his post at Greek Super League side Aris Salonika in January.

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