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FC Barcelona News: 21 September 2012; Jordi Alba Returns To Training, Cristian Tello Close To Signing New Contract

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Jordi Alba back in full swing | FC Barcelona
Jordi Alba has spent the past few days training separately from the main group as part of his recovery process from flu and missed out on the wins against Getafe and Spartak. On Thursday he was back alongside his team-mates.

Cristian Tello poised to sign new Barcelona deal -
Cristian Tello has revealed that his agent is in advanced talks with Barcelona over a new and improved contract. The versatile attacker's current deal is due to expire in the summer 2013, and Tello has reportedly attracted the interest of a number of foreign clubs.

Cesc: "I’m feeling better and better" | FC Barcelona
Cesc Fabregas is a happy man. He’s featured in the starting line-up in the last three matches and feels that he’s getting back to his best form: "I’m feeling better and better. I’ve been at a high level ever since the start of the season and I’m hoping to maintain that for a long time. And the team is functioning well, which is what is most important".

Third comeback of the season | FC Barcelona
It was the third time this season that Barça has come from behind to win. In the first leg of the Super Cup against Real Madrid, Barça conceded the opening goal and then went on to win 3-2. In the league, Barça also fell behind to Osasuna in Pamplona but hit back with two goals to take all three points.

Barca plan new Messi deal | Sky Sports
"It finishes in 2016, but it would be irresponsible to not improve his contract," Rosell told Catalunya Radio. "You have to think about such things. Right now there is nothing scheduled, but this is a machine that is constantly in motion and things can change at any moment."

Xavi plays down Pique & Puyol absences -
"It’s clear that it would be good to get them back before the Clasico, but we have a good team. [Sergio] Busquets, [Alex] Song, who played a good game, [Javier] Mascherano... all of them can play in the centre-back position. "We’re focusing on Saturday’s match. Before the Clasico there are two more league games and another Champions League fixture."

Sergio Busquets just one of the squad | FC Barcelona
"We knew it wouldn’t be easy. It’s a very important win and the draw between Celtic and Benfica makes it even more valuable". Last season, Barça started the group stage with a draw against Milan, a setback which influenced the rest of the group stage: "If we can qualify when there are still one or two games left it would be great for the team to be able to rest".

Messi, all-time top goalscorer for Barça in official matches | FC Barcelona
On March 20th 2012, Leo Messi became FC Barcelona’s all-time top goalscorer in official matches after breaking César Rodríguez’s record of 232 goals. The game against Granada, on week 29 of La Liga, will be remembered for this extraordinary feat: a hat-trick by the three-time Ballon d’Or winner that took his all-time tally to 234 goals, two more than the illustrious ‘Pelucas.’

Real to test strength of their recovery at Rayo - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Real Madrid will find out whether they have turned the corner when they travel across the capital to face neighbours Rayo Vallecano in their intimate stadium on Sunday. The Spanish football champions have yet to win on the road this term and suffered surprise defeats at Getafe last month and at Sevilla last weekend. Real lost only twice in securing the league title last season.

Bilbao miss host of chances in draw | Football Espana
Athletic Bilbao got their Europa League campaign off to a shaky start on Thursday, as they could only draw 1-1 with Hapoel Kiryat Shmona. An early goal at San Mames from Adrian Rochet was cancelled out by Markel Susaeta, but Los Leones were made to rue a host of missed chances against the Israeli champions.

Levante begin group stage with win | Football Espana
After an initial burst at the start from the home side, the game dissipated into a closed affair, with only one attempt at goal, from the Swedes, recorded in the first half hour of play. However, it soon picked up after that, with Levante surging forward to eventually open the scoring five minutes before the break, through Juanfran, who benefited from Michel’s quick free-kick to fire into the bottom corner.

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