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FC Barcelona News: 1 August 2012; David Villa Given Medical Clearance, Javier Mascherano Signs Contract

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Next step for David is to get physically ready to play.
Next step for David is to get physically ready to play.

Mascherano: "I'll be here for many years if I do things well" | FC Barcelona
Javier Mascherano has renewed his contract with FC Barcelona until June 30, 2012, and the buyout clause has been raised to 100 million euros. He signed the papers at midday today in the Club offices in the presence of his agent, as well as President Sandro Rosell, vice president for sport Josep Maria Bartomeu and director of football Andoni Zubizarreta.

Medical all clear for David Villa | FC Barcelona
David Villa was given the medical all clear this Tuesday. According to doctors Cugar and Pruna, the player, who’s still not fit enough to play, can now increase his work rate and concentrate on his physical conditioning. The doctors noted that "one thing is getting the medical all clear and another is to be physically ready to play."

Carles Puyol closing in on new Barcelona deal - ESPN Soccernet
"It will not be difficult," Puyol said on Monday. "There will be no problems, we will speak again and that will be that. I intend to finish up here. I have always felt very valued by the club and its fans. I have the motivation to keep playing, which is the most important, and if the club want me I will stay."

Puyol’s tough summer bears fruit | FC Barcelona
"I feel fine, better every day. I’ve trained a lot. It has been a tough summer but it has given fruit and I’m delighted to have been declared fit. Now I’ll try to give it all I’ve got … I have to get my fitness back and I hope my knee responds well".

Marc Muniesa could be back in February | FC Barcelona
Marc Muniesa underwent surgery, in collaboration with Mútua Egarsat, by doctors Ramon Cugat and Ricard Pruna involving arthroscopy on torn ligaments in the anterior cruciate of his right knee sustained in the recent friendly in Hamburg. Once the operation was over, they both appeared before the media to explain how the surgery had gone and to explain that the player should take some six months to recover.

Four B team players in training | FC Barcelona
After training twice on Tuesday – morning and afternoon – the squad had a single session this morning, starting at nine o’clock at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. All 19 squad members available, plus four youngsters from the B team -Oier, Sergi Roberto, Planas and Rafinha- trained.

Gabriel’s passion | FC Barcelona
The campus organised by the Club in Rio in July was a great success with more than 90 children taking part and also provided the opportunity for Gabriel, a young Brazilian who was born with no feet, to enjoy the event. Gabriel is 11 years old and is a big Barça fan and although he was born without feet, he took an active part in the campus.

Real Madrid's Jose Mourinho: I don't care what other people think - ESPN Soccernet
On Monday night, Mourinho spoke to 150 coaches from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), at an event held at UCLA during the Spanish club's pre-season tour of the US. He told the group that he sometimes had to assume a negative image for the good of the team.

Arbeloa extends Real Madrid contract - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
"I am delighted that the club still has faith in me and I hope to be able to continue enjoying my playing career," Arbeloa said on Real's website. "Today's players have longer careers and I hope it's not my last contract extension with Real Madrid," added the 29-year-old fullback.

Valencia seal Didac Vila loan from AC Milan - ESPN Soccernet
Vila, 23, returned to Espanyol on loan last summer after making just one appearance in his first six months at AC Milan and will now join Valencia as they look to replace the departed Jordi Alba. The deal is subject to the player passing a medical at the Mestalla.