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FC Barcelona News: 17 May 2012; Dani Alves Breaks Collarbone, Javier Mascherano Expected to Extend Contract

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Alves has been ruled out of the Copa del Rey Final.
Alves has been ruled out of the Copa del Rey Final.

Alves misses final with broken collarbone - Yahoo! Eurosport
"Dani fell after colliding with another player and fractured his collarbone," Barca doctor Ricard Pruna said. "The recovery period is six to eight weeks, with four weeks completely immobilised, so he will miss the King's Cup final Athletic Bilbao at the Vicente Calderon on May 25, as well as the upcoming friendlies with Brazil.

In with the Nou | Sky Sports
It's going to be fascinating to see how Vilanova and any future manager handles Lionel Messi and manages his role in the team. The mutual respect and adoration that Pep and Messi have for each other is self evident in the way they behave towards each other in public and just by looking at them together its clear to see that they share a very strong bond.

Mascherano: I don't want to leave Barcelona - Goal.com
"I have no intention to leave Barcelona. I am very happy with the way things are going here," Mascherano was quoted as saying on the club's official website. The versatile Argentine then went on to stress that he does not think his contract should be upgraded, but added that he is ready to ink a new deal if the opportunity comes up.

Bidding starts around 90 million for Brazil's Neymar - ESPN
I have spoken with Guardiola. But it was nothing like it was reported or like what people imagine. It was more to give him my compliments and to speak with a guy you see only on TV. He's a very important figure in world soccer. I wanted to congratulate them and that's it. But to say I went there and asked him to do this or that is totally wrong.

Real Madrid defeats Kuwait national team 2-0 in friendly - Goal.com
Spanish champions Real Madrid have defeated the Kuwait national team 2-0 in a friendly at a packed Al-Kuwait Sports Club stadium in Kaifan on Wednesday evening. Angel Di Maria opened the scoring on 26 minutes with a powerful drive, before Cristiano Ronaldo added the second with a close-range header on 31 minutes.

Roma expected to sign Fernando Gago from Real Madrid - ESPN Soccernet
Roma are expected to tie up a permanent deal for Real Madrid midfielder Fernando Gago this summer. Argentina international Gago, 26, signed for Roma on loan last summer and, while manager Luis Enrique has now departed the club, the Giallorossi remain keen to keep him long-term.

Philippe Montanier staying as Real Sociedad manager - ESPN Soccernet
Real Sociedad have confirmed that manager Philippe Montanier will remain at the club next season after he guided the Basque side to 12th place in the Primera Division. Montanier, 47, took over at Sociedad last summer after two seasons with Valenciennes and the former Nantes and Toulouse goalkeeper helped steer the club to a mid-table finish.

Lotina Sacked | LFP
"The club has let me know that they are going to change coach and I can’t see any possibility of going on. And I think it is a good thing, as when you go down a league you need to inspire the team. And I think that one of the best ways of doing this is with a new coach."

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