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FC Barcelona News: 24 December 2013; Marc Bartra Close to Renewing, Eight Called up by Catalan National Team

Denis Doyle

Eight from FC Barcelona to face Cape Verde | FC Barcelona
Martín Montoya, Gerard Piqué, Jordi Alba, Marc Bartra, Sergio Busquets, Cesc Fàbregas, Sergi Roberto and Cristian Tello have all been named by Catalonia manager Gerard López for the game on Monday December 30 against Cape Verde (19.00).

FC Barcelona Christmas break on social media | FC Barcelona
Do you know what the first team players are doing on their Christmas break?

Bartra renewal ‘imminent’ | Football Espana
The young centre-back has been in ongoing talks with the Catalans over a renewal since the summer, with his current deal expiring at the end of the season. Whilst approaching the month of January with increasing speculation over his future, Mundo Deportivo are reporting this week that an agreement on an extension is imminent.

FC Barcelona players try the new Xbox One | FC Barcelona
From the pitch to the television screen. From reality to fiction. A couple days ago, Cesc, Piqué, Alexis, Adriano, Bartra, Neymar Jr, Tello and Montoya tried out EA SPORTS FIFA 14 on the new gaming console Xbox One. The players, who organised themselves into teams of two, played against each other in a tournament. The tournament was won when Tello and Montoya defeated Piqué and Cesc in the final.

2013 Summary: This was June at FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
The Liga won with 100 points, Abidal says goodbye to the Camp Nou, and Neymar becomes the big name of the moth. Check out our interactive look at the month.

Barcelona's Andoni Zubizarreta finds positives in Lionel Messi row - ESPN FC
"What is said is already said," Zubizarreta said. "What we have to do is not focus on that, but all that we have done in 2013, looking at the good and the bad things. We are a club with a great capacity to learn, and to turn these things into a positive. What Messi said is there, and it is not for me to analyse it."

Napoli looking to lure Song away from Barca - Yahoo Eurosport UK
The Cameroon international has struggled for consistent game-time during the first 18 months of his career with the Catalans and as such, Rafa Benitez’s side are listed as seeing him ‘attainable’ this winter. The Serie A outfit are described in various outlets as at least waiting for a response on the player’s availability from Barca, whilst Sport Mediaset assert that a deal is already close to being agreed.

Valencia president Amadeo Salvo encourages Peter Lim offer - ESPN FC
Salvo did not provide any exact figures when talking to reporters at a surprise news conference on Sunday afternoon, but suggested that Lim would pay off all the club’s various debts of over 300 million euros and also immediately provide 30 to 50 million euros for new players.

Pedro Geromel heads home to link up with Gremio | Sky Sports
Gremio have announced the capture of Pedro Geromel from Real Mallorca on a deal until 2016. The 28-year-old centre-half heads home on a loan agreement which will take him through to the end of his contract in Spain. Geromel is due in Porto Alegre next week to complete a medical and complete the necessary paperwork.

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