Andres Iniesta believes Barcelona's current cycle of success can continue for many years to come. Speaking in Albacete, where a new training centre has been named after him, he told RAC1: "We've had some very good years, at group level, with the titles ... The cycle continues. A cycle ends when you go years without winning. Last year, we won four titles. It's true we lost the Liga and the Champions League ... but the Barcelona cycle can continue for many years."
AC Milan midfielder Riccardo Montolivo believes his team has what it takes to get past Barcelona in the next round of the Champions League. “On paper we are disadvantaged, but this is a motivation," he told ANSA. "We know we can [get through to] the next round. But in the coming months we have to grow and become even more of a team.”
Atletico Madrid superstar striker Radamel Falcao does not expect to move clubs in the January transfer window. The Colombian has been linked with a £50million move to either Real Madrid, Manchester City or Chelsea after taking La Liga by storm. But 26-year-old Falcao thinks he will stay at Atletico until at least the end of the season.
Brazilian striker Neymar has revealed short-term transfer plans. The 20 year old striker, believed to be a future star, has confirmed he will remain with present club Santos in Brazil. "I am happy at Santos, with my family, son, friends, so it's not the moment to leave. That moment will come because I have the dream of playing in Europe since I was a kid, but that moment hasn't come yet. Today, I don't see myself playing for any other team [than Santos]," Neymar explained.
Celta Vigo forward Iago Aspas will not be leaving the La Liga club during the winter transfer window, his agent has said. "It's clear that there are a lot of clubs following Iago because of the season he is having, but right now it is impossible that he leaves for another club in January," Gende told Efe.
Barcelona are set to complete the signing of Brazilian wonderkid Cassiano Bouzon, according to reports in South America. The 11-year-old prodigy, who currently plays for local club Bahia back in his homeland, came to the attention of the Spanish giants after a video was posted on YouTube of the youngster showcasing his skills in a youth team game.
Barcelona defender Eric Abidal insists it never crossed his mind to quit football during his fight to recover from a liver transplant. "I feel good. I'm eager to fight and to return. At times it was tough when I woke up in the morning, but little by little I've trained with the aim of returning and this helped me," he said in an interview on Catalan television channel TV3. I never thought about stopping playing because football, apart from my family, is my whole life."