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FC Barcelona News: 1 January 2013; Del Bosque Wants Iniesta to Win Ballon d'Or, Marc Muniesa on Malaga's Radar

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I hope Iniesta wins the Ballon d'Or, says Del Bosque -
"We try to be fair, but you can never please everybody," he continued. "The complicated thing with Spain is not calling up new players, but finding space for them. For some to come in, others have to go out. Those that are in have shown that they are capable. It's not easy.

Malaga tracking Muniesa | Football Espana
Summer signing Oguchi Onyewu is seen as the squad’s only other specialist centre-back but is believed to have failed to impress the club and could find himself returning to Sporting CP this January. Subsequently, Malaga are understood by Mundo Deportivo to have picked out Barca’s youngster Muniesa as a player to go for in January. He is a versatile defender who can play both at centre-back and left-back.

La Liga midseason review: Barcelona have one hand on the trophy -
The single-biggest on the field story in La Liga so far this season, whether it should be or not, is 16 points. That's Barcelona's lead over Real Madrid in the table as the Blaugrana have made their best league start ever taking 49 out of a possible 51 points.

From marvellous Messi to the Muamba miracle - 2012 in numbers -
[Messi] often receives critics for not turning up on the international stage, but Messi's 12 goals for Argentina in 2012, which included a hat-trick against Brazil, equalled Gabriel Batistuta's record for goals in a calendar year for his country.

Alonso open to Prem return - ESPN FC
"I have not decided on my future," he said. "I will only stay at Real Madrid if I can offer the same level on the pitch as I can now and we will see what happens in the next few months. "There is always a chance I could go back to the Premier League as I always enjoyed good times there."

Arsenal table £10m offer for Adrian Lopez -
The Londoners have submitted a formal offer of around €12.5 million, which is lower than the €18m release clause in the forward's contract. understands that Arsenal opened talks with Atletico to sign the 24-year-old Spain international before Christmas and have now made their move in an attempt to capture the player in the January window.

Buonanotte’s Palermo talks confirmed | Football Espana
Diego Buonanotte’s representative has confirmed that the Malaga player is in negotiations with Palermo over a proposed mid-season transfer. The Argentine winger has struggled for playing time on the Costa del Sol and was first reported last week as in discussions, via his agent, over a proposed €3m move to Serie A side Palermo.

Sevilla agree fee for Stevanovic? | Football Espana
Sevilla are understood to have reached an agreement to sign Vojvodina’s young Bosnian attacker Miroslav Stevanovic. Reports in Serbia have the Andalucians as having reached an agreement with the player’s Serbian employers to sign the 22-year-old creative talent for a fee believed to be around the €1.2m mark.

Primera Liga: Osasuna goalkeeper Asier Riesgo suffers broken foot | Sky Sports
Osasuna goalkeeper Asier Riesgo is set to be missing for up to three months with a broken foot. Riesgo sustained the injury in his left foot during training on Sunday and, according to Osasuna's official Twitter feed, the 29-year-old is set to be out for "between two to three months".

Swansea target Iago Aspas will not be sold by Celta Vigo in January | Sky Sports
The striker is being watched by Liberty Stadium boss Michael Laudrup and has also been linked with Arsenal and Atletico Madrid. Aspas has scored six goals this season and his agent has indicated a move could happen any time after the winter transfer window opens on Tuesday.

Liga - New Deportivo boss 'convinced' of survival - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
"It is important for Depor to stay in the Primera division and for this we need the commitment of everyone," Domingos told a news conference after agreeing to take charge of La Liga's bottom club until the end of the season. "It is a tough job but I like those, and it is for that reason I am here."

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