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FC Barcelona News: 16 July 2013; Sergio Busquets Extends Contract, Rafinha Leaves on Loan to Celta Vigo

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Sergio Busquets renews until 2018 | FC Barcelona
Sergio Busquets has been given the perfect birthday present. The director of the football area, Andoni Zubizarreta, has told a press conference on Tuesday that the midfielder will be staying at Barça until June 30 of the 2017/18 season with the option to an additional year. The 25 year old’s buyout clause stays at 150 million euros.

The silent balance | FC Barcelona
Sergio Busquets burst onto the scene and almost overnight became one of the world’s most respected midfielders. In 2007/08, he was playing for Barça B in the third division before following manager Pep Guardiola into the first team. He was the major breakthrough of the treble winning campaign and by the end of the season was starting in the Champions League Final in Rome.

Rafinha loaned to Celta Vigo | FC Barcelona
Rafael Alcántara, born on 12 March of 1993 in Sao Paulo (Brazil), will play under the managerial direction of Luis Enrique, Celta’s new manager. The midfielder, 20 years old, was one of Eusebio’s go-to men throughout the 2012/13 season, where he played a total of 36 matches in the league, 35 of which as a starter. He scored 10 goals for Barça B.

FC Barcelona confirm three-year Panasonic deal - Sports Sponsorship news - SportsPro Media
The Japanese audiovisual technology company has signed a three-year deal to become an official partner of the reigning La Liga champions, entitling it to associate its brand with the team and use the Barça image in its future marketing.

Changes in Barça first team squad | FC Barcelona
Today saw the start of the 2013/14 pre-season with the players’ regular medical checkups and we look below at the transfer activity at the Club so far this summer – with one signing, five players moving on and three sent out on loan.

Rosell: "No one is better than Messi" | FC Barcelona
Sandro Rosell praised Messi in an interview conducted by Josep Cuní on 8tv. "No one is better than Messi. He’s the best footballer in the history of the Club and for me, he’s the best player in the history of the sport. He’s the only rooster in the henhouse," he said in reference to FC Barcelona’s 2013/14 roster.

First training of the season | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona trained on Tuesday morning for the first time in the 2013/14 season. The venue was field one at the Ciudad Deportiva and 12 players were present (Pinto, Oier, Montoya, Bartra, Mascherano, Adriano, Song, Sergi Roberto, Dos Santos, Messi, Tello and Alexis).

Real Madrid terminate Aitor Karanka's contract - report - ESPN FC
Aitor Karanka, Jose Mourinho's assistant manager at Real Madrid, has had his contract rescinded by Los Blancos according to Spanish daily AS. Karanka, who also spent five years at the Santiago Bernabeu as a player, decided not to take up Mourinho's offer and follow the Portuguese manager to Chelsea this summer. Instead, the 39-year-old hoped to be offered another coaching role at Madrid.

Spanish transfer news: Man City 'agree Negredo fee' - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Despite President Jose Maria del Nido’s assertion yesterday afternoon that Atletico Madrid were closer to matching the Andalucians’ valuation of the 27-year-old than City, it is believed that the Premier League side are on the verge of completing a deal. Estadio Deportivo report that an initial €25m fee has been agreed for Manuel Pellegrini’s side to pick up Negredo this summer, with a further €3m then due in variables.

Reading midfielder Daniel Carrico set to join Sevilla on loan | Sky Sports
Reading have confirmed that Daniel Carrico has arrived in Spain to undergo a medical ahead of completing a loan move to Sevilla. Carrico only joined Reading in January on a contract until 2015 from Sporting Lisbon, but he struggled to make an impact at the Madejski Stadium.

Crystal Palace are poised to sign Sevilla midfielder Jose Campana | Sky Sports
The Spanish club have given Campana permission to hold talks and undergo a medical at Palace after agreeing a €2million (£1.7m) fee for his services. Campana impressed for Spain at the recent Under-20 World Cup and his arrival at Selhurst Park will be something of a coup for Ian Holloway as the player is highly rated in Spain.

Betis confirm Steinhofer deal - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
The versatile right-sided defender, who can also play in midfield, has passed a medical for Los Beticos and today has now been confirmed as having completed a move from Basel. Betis were reported as closing in on the 27-year-old at the weekend and have now signed the German to a three-year contract.

Transfer news: Real Betis move a "dream come true" for Guillermo Sara | Sky Sports
The 25-year-old has spent his entire career with Atletico Rafaela back in his native Argentina but has now moved to Betis on a season-long loan. Betis had originally hoped to tie up a permanent deal for Sara but both clubs eventually opted for an initial loan deal.

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