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FC Barcelona News: 5 August 2011; FC Barcelona's Cesc Bid Rejected, Spain Call Up Thiago, Jeffren Says Goodbye

Thiago has now caught the eye of Vicente del Bosque
Thiago has now caught the eye of Vicente del Bosque

Spain call up Barca midfielder Thiago for Italy friendly - Yahoo! Eurosport
Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has called up Barcelona's promising midfielder Thiago Alcantara into his 22-man squad for next Wednesday's friendly against Italy in Bari. The 20-year-old product of the famed Barcelona youth system, who helped Spain's Under-21 team win the European championship last month, has had an impressive pre-season so far.

Open letter from Jeffren Suárez |
"The moment to sat farewell has arrived. It’s a time of mixed emotions: I naturally feel sad about saying goodbye - or maybe it’s just a "see you later" – to FC Barcelona, to this Club and this city that have given so much to me over the years since I arrived here as a child and which I now have to leave to follow the same dream that brought me here from Tenerife –to be a successful footballer.

Gunners shun latest Cesc bid | Arsenal News, Fixtures, Results, Transfers | Sky Sports
The Catalan giants have already seen two bids rejected for Fabregas this summer, and now their latest offer has seemingly been shunned. It is believed Arsenal are standing firm on their £40million (€45million) valuation of Fabregas.

Guardiola will call on reserves to cover for Milito |
"We have more than enough cover in the reserves", declared Guardiola after it was announced that Gaby Milito would be leaving the Club and with players such as Marc Bartra, Marc Muniesa or Sergi Gómez who already have experience with the first team he certainly should feel confident.

Dallas –last stop on Tour |
FC Barcelona have reached the third and final city of their US Tour, touching down in 33 degree heat in Dallas at 11.00 local time. Barça are in Dallas, a city they will be in for the next two and a half days before they fly back to Barcelona to prepare for the first official game of the season.

Muniesa out for three weeks | LFP
FC Barcelona B defender Marc Muniesa suffered an injury during the team’s friendly against Chivas in Miami this week. Muniesa, who is just one of the reserve team players involved in Barca’s US Tour, has suffered a tear to his right thigh muscle and will be out of action for the next three weeks.

La Liga - Lost in translation: Chinese brand Ronaldo 'arrogant' - Yahoo! Eurosport
Ronaldo also appeared bemused when quizzed about China’s table tennis team and if he knew any of the players. "He always seems selfish and arrogant," said Yan Qiang, vice-president of Titan Media, told AFP. "His behaviour won't help his cause in China, nor will it help that of (sponsor) Nike.

La Liga - Real Madrid loan Canales to Valencia - Yahoo! Eurosport
Real Madrid have agreed to loan attacking midfielder Sergio Canales to Valencia for the next two seasons. Valencia have the option the make the move permanent at the end of each season, which local media reported to be at a price of around 12 million euros.


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