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FC Barcelona News: 9 July 2012; Players Bid Farewell To Keita, Tello Wants to Stay in Barcelona

After lifting the trophy with <em>La Furia Roja</em> Xavi in now the Spanish player with the most trophies won
After lifting the trophy with La Furia Roja Xavi in now the Spanish player with the most trophies won

Why Javi Martinez, not Neymar or Van Persie, should be Barca's main target | ESPN Soccernet
Javi Martinez is the missing piece in Barcelona's puzzle ahead of the 2012/13 season. I believe that adding the 24-year-old Basque midfielder to our squad would be sufficient to challenge for all titles next season. Especially after completing the transfer of speedy left-back Jordi Alba for a mere €14 million, which was an absolute bargain!

Farewell to a model professional | FC Barcelona
The first signing of the Guardiola era has bid farewell to the Club as the coach also steps aside. The two have always had a strong bond and Guardiola once said of him "whilst I am coach, there will always be a place for Keita in my squad" and as the Catalan coach bows out, his Mali midfielder is following suit.

Barcelona players bid farewell to Seydou Keita -
"Seydou Keita, it was a pleasure to share two wonderful year with you. All the best, my friend," said Javier Mascherano. "It has been a luxury sharing a dressing room with you for four years. Seydou Keita, a model on and off the pitch. Good luck friend!" added Gerard Pique.

Xavi – a record title winner | FC Barcelona
The Euro 2012 title won last weekend means that Xavi has now lifted more trophies than any other Spanish player -23- one more than the legendary Paco Gento and his fellow Barça teammate Iniesta. The ex-Madrid star Gento had held the record for 41 years, but the Barça playmaker has now overtaken him and at 32, he’s still hungry for more titles next season under Tito Villanova.

Cristian Tello pledges to remain at Barcelona - ESPN Soccernet
Barcelona youngster Cristian Tello has insisted his long-term future remains at the Camp Nou, despite rumours linking him with a move away this summer. Tello, 20, enjoyed a fine debut season for Barcelona, scoring seven times in 22 appearances and earning himself a place in Spain's Olympic squad for this summer's tournament.

Barça pre-season details | FC Barcelona
The details of the team’s final summer friendly were revealed on Friday and Tito Villanova will have five pre-season friendlies between 24 July and 11 August, ahead of the La Liga kick off on the weekend of 18/19 August- The five games will be played in five different countries as the new coach works on his plans for the 2012/13 campaign.

Ruben Mino: Barcelona had no trust in me -
Mino made just one appearance for the first team during the eight years he was at Barcelona, after starting at La Masia at the age of 15. "I did not notice them do anything to make me stay. They did not trust me," explained the goalkeeper.

Real Madrid coach Mourinho in amazing bust-up with two Barcelona fans |
El Mundo Deportivo reports Mourinho took issue with one fan while flying back to Lisbon from Miami. The fan passed Mourinho as they boarded the plane and declared 'forca Barca'. When the plane arrived in Lisbon, Mourinho and his entourage are alleged to have confronted 'Anna and Xavier', who were returning from their honeymoon. They claim Mourinho turned the air blue when he saw them, making all sorts of threats.

Real Madrid reject English offer for Granero - report -
Real Madrid have reportedly rejected an offer from an English side for midfielder Esteban Granero. According to MARCA, a Premier League club submitted a sizeable bid for the 25-year-old Madrid native, who made just 17 appearances in last season's Liga-winning campaign.

Atletico duo agree new deals | Sky Sports
Midfielder Koke, who has come through the youth ranks at the Vicente Calderon, has signed a new deal - but his does not extend the duration of his contract which runs until 2016. "It is a dream, I've always wanted to stay at Atletico - it is my home," he said.

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