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FC Barcelona News: 8 June 2013: Barca Win Fair-Play Award, Josimar Quintero Joins Chelsea

Barcelona have won the Fair-Play Award for a third successive season, and Isaac Cuenca has been ruled out of action for the next four months after undergoing knee surgery

Get well soon Isaac!
Get well soon Isaac!
David Ramos

As well as taking the Spanish League title with a record equalling 100 points, Barça have also won the league’s Fair Play Award for the third straight season FC Barcelona. With just 74 points, Barça received the fewest penalty points in the league - given out for cards and suspensions throughout the season -ahead of Valladolid (88 points) and Real Sociedad (102).

Eric Abidal has admitted that he is "upset" with Barcelona`s decision to release him on a free transfer. "I do not understand it. I`ve fought for them and I`m in great shape. I feel better than two years ago. They gave me no reason, other than it was a `professional` decision," he told Radio Montecarlo. Inevitably, [the decision to release me] calls into question my ability to continue playing football. I am the first person to judge my form."

It turns out that Chelsea's first acquisition of the summer isn't an Edinson Cavani or Andre Schurrle or even a Lazar Markovic. Instead, the Blues have gone a-raiding Barcelona for young winger Josimar Quintero, part of a Camp Nou exodus that sees three talented youngsters moving to England.

Isaac Cuenca has undergone an operation on his right knee and will be out of action for between three and four month. The Catalan winger has been on loan at Ajax since last January. Cuenca burst onto the scene in the 2011/12 season, when he played 30 games for the first team and scored 4 goals.

David Moyes is ready to outgun Arsenal in a £40million bidding war for Cesc Fabregas. Manchester United’s new boss refuses to give up on signing the former Gunners skipper who is out of favour at Barcelona.

The Club presented the 2013/14 FC Barcelona kits this Thursday afternoon at the Palau de la Generalitat. The President of Catalunya, Artur Mas, was presented with both the home and away kits during the event. He received the gift with the following words: "Once in a while there are things that make your life longs and this is one of them. The fact that an important Club like Barça have made this decision fills us with pride, we like it a lot and it makes us give thanks from the bottom of our hearts. This is an act of service for the country. The essence of Barça is sport, the city and the country. They are a great ambassador"

Highly-rated defender Marquinhos insisted he is only thinking of his Roma future despite speculation linking him with a move elsewhere. "I want to respect my deal with Roma," he told Globo Esporte. I still have four years on my contract and I don't think about the market."

Athletic Bilbao will be looking for a new manager after not offering Marcelo Bielsa a contract extension. Athletic president Josu Urrutia announced at a press conference tonight they had opted not to offer the 57-year-old former Argentina boss a contract for next season, saying the board had unanimously taken the decision in the "best interests" of the club.

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo is confident he will reach a deal to renew his contract with the La Liga club. "I am well, calm and not worried about it. I know we will reach a deal," Ronaldo told reporters on Friday. Club president Florentino Perez has described Ronaldo as "priceless" and said he would stay and help Real win the 10th European crown they have been chasing since their last continental success in 2002.

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