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FC Barcelona News: 22 July 2012; David Villa Close to Full Form, Lionel Messi Praised by NBA Stars

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Nice to have you back David.
Nice to have you back David.

Villa close to full form in first week of preseason | FC Barcelona
The Spanish striker, who broke his leg in December, has started the preseason with a lot of excitement.

An intense week of training | FC Barcelona
Pre-season preparations began on Monday with a medical but the rest of the week has been characterised by an intense rhythm of training with double sessions on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, as well as the presence of players from Barça B. A total of eight sessions have taken place this week.

Intense week including first two friendlies of the preseason | FC Barcelona
Match practice begins this week for FC Barcelona and Tito Vilanova. After the first week back together, they have two more training sessions on Monday and then fly to Germany on Tuesday, where they have a friendly the same day at 18.00 in Hamburg. That will be their first game of the preseason.

LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant praise Leo Messi | FC Barcelona
The USA basketball team is in Barcelona finalizing preparations for their upcoming debut in the London Olympic Games. The NBA stars, who will face Argentina on the 22nd at the Palau Sant Jordi, sat down with the Spanish press agency EFE in the Catalan capital before tomorrow’s match against their South American counterparts.

Barcelona cannot afford to surpass transfer budget again, admits vice-president - Goal.com
"Last year we surpassed our transfer budget with the signings of Cesc Fabregas and Alexis Sanchez," Faus stated in the end-of-year financial report. "We cannot overspend our budget by €20 or 30 million each year. It would put our business plan at risk. It would not be sustainable.

Real Madrid slap €40million release clause on Jese Rodriguez - Goal.com
"Jese last year signed a contract until 2014 and a buyout clause of 40 million euros. In addition, Madrid does not intend to sell him. He is untouchable." Carvajal was quoted as saying by AS. The report in AS states that Jese will continue featuring for Real Madrid Castilla for the time being, eventually being developed for a first-team place later in the season.

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone rules out Adrian exit - ESPN Soccernet
Adrian, 24, signed for Atletico from Deportivo La Coruna last summer, but reports suggest he is attracting interest from Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur. It is suggested that the player has an €18 million (£14 million) release clause in his contract but Simeone says there is no possibility he will move on.

Diego makes unpaid wages complaint against Atletico Madrid - report - Goal.com
Diego has reportedly angered Atletico Madrid by filing an unpaid wages complaint with the Liga de Futbol Profesional (LFP) and Asociacion de Futbolistas Espanoles' (AFE) joint committee. According to Spanish media, the Brazil international, who spent last season on loan to the Rojiblancos from Wolfsburg, claims that he is owed €59,000 by the capital club.

Paulo Assuncao swaps Atletico Madrid for Sao Paulo - ESPN Soccernet
Sao Paulo have snapped up Brazilian midfielder Paulo Assuncao after his contract with Atletico Madrid was terminated by mutual consent. Assuncao, 32, returns to play in his homeland for the first time in eight years, having enjoyed spells with Porto, AEK Athens and Atletico since leaving Nacional in 2004.

Osasuna star returns to Iran - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
The 31-year-old Iran captain was Osasuna's highest paid player and according to Spanish media the team has received nothing from his buy-out clause of 2.5 million euros. Nekounam joined Osasuna in 2006 and played 149 matches for them, scoring 24 goals.