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FC Barcelona News: 16 May 2013; Barça Book Poland Friendly, Tottenham Pursuing David Villa

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Tottenham close to sealing deal for Barcelona striker David Villa | Metro News
Barcelona striker David Villa is close to completing a deal with Tottenham, according to reports in Spain. Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas is known to be a big fan of the Spain international and now his hopes of bringing the 31-year-old to north London could well come to fruition.

Espanyol-Barça, Sunday the 26th, at 20.00 | FC Barcelona
The Catalan derby, which corresponds to Round 37 of the league, will be the fourth match between Espanyol and FC Barcelona at Cornellà-El Prat. The record between the two sides at Espanyol’s stadium stands at one victory for Barça (1-5, 2010/11 season) and two draws (0-0 in 2009/10 and 1-1 in 2011/12).

Xavi: "This generation of players can win more titles" | FC Barcelona
Xavi Hernández spoke to the press this afternoon at the Ciutat Esportiva ahead of the team’s first training session of the week. Barça’s second captain talked about the atmosphere surrounding the Club in the days following the team’s successful bid to reclaim the league title and his personal record of seven La Liga titles.

Puyol, Piqué, Cesc, Xavi and Bartra visit FIFPro's new headquarters in the Netherlands | FC Barcelona
Carles Puyol, Gerard Piqué, Cesc Fàbregas, Xavi Hernández and Marc Bartra visited the FIFPro headquarters this Wednesday in Hoofddorp, The Netherlands, to show their support to the players’ football associations represented by the organisation.

Vilanova's absence his us hard, claims Messi - Goal.com
Lionel Messi has admitted it was hard for Barcelona to cope during Tito Vilanova's enforced absence this season. Vilanova was away from the Blaugrana bench for over three months after suffering a cancer relapse at the end of 2012 and the Argentine was thrilled that his side were able to clinch the Liga title despite the absence of their first-team coach.

Toni Freixa: "FC Barcelona will have the best possible team next season" | FC Barcelona
Club director and spokesperson Toni Freixa talked to the press about FC Barcelona’s goals when the transfer window opens this summer. "Next season we will have the best possible team to compete in all competitions," declared Freixa. "Everyone needs to be calm. We’re working hard and the planning for next season is optimal."

FC Barcelona set to play a preseason friendly in Poland on July 20 | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona will be starting the 2013/14 preseason in Poland, as announced this Wednesday by director and spokesman Toni Freixa. The first of the summer’s friendlies will be played on July 20, and will be followed by four other matches on July 24 in Munich, July 27 in Oslo, August 7 in Bangkok and August 10 in Kuala Lumpur.

The X Games land at the Ciutat Esportiva | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi, whose hamstring injury was confirmed on Tuesday, worked with the team’s physio, while Adriano, Alves and Abidal trained apart from the team. It’s worth noting that the Frenchman didn’t feature against Atlético Madrid this weekend due to injury, while Adriano and Avles were subbed off against the Colchoneros as a precautionary measure.

Gerard Deulofeu signs new contract; set to stay at FC Barcelona through 2017 | FC Barcelona
Gerard Deulofeu will be a FC Barcelona player through June 30 of 2017. The players pledged the next four years of his career to Barça when signed his new contract this Wednesday afternoon at the Club’s offices. The signing ceremony was attended by President Sandro Rosell, vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu, Barça B director Jordi Mestre and director of football Andoni Zubizarreta.

Mourinho needs Cup win to salvage season - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
A Spanish Super Cup victory over Barca back in September is his only silverware to date this season, which he himself dismissed as irrelevant, leaving the much-maligned King's Cup as his last chance to sign off with a flourish. However, a cup triumph would only paper over the cracks of a disintegrating campaign, with dressing-room divisions coming to the fore since the club's defeat to Borussia Dortmund two weeks ago.

One final flourish: Mourinho must swallow his pride and pick Pepe - Goal.com
Mourinho left Porto, Chelsea and Inter on excellent terms with almost all of his players, but the same cannot be said of Madrid. The Portuguese has fallen out with virtually each member of his squad over the last few months and a summer separation now looks to be the only option for all concerned.

Real Madrid target Ancelotti '50-50' to leave PSG - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
"I have not talked with the club yet. We have a meeting scheduled on Friday, then we'll see," he told sports daily L'Equipe. "I want to continue if it's possible to continue. "But I want to understand what happened during the season. Some things happened after our (league) defeat against Stade Rennes, then after the defeat at Nice," he added.

Liga - Athletic Bilbao 'agree deal for Benat' - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Former club Athletic had reportedly already had one offer of €8m turned down in recent weeks, whilst previous speculation has paired Arsenal, Liverpool and Wolfsburg with the 26-year-old. However, Cope Sevilla understand that a second €8m bid has been accepted, with variables included that could take the total eventual payment to as high as €12m.