David Moyes insists Manchester United's bid for Cesc Fabregas is not dead in the water yet - despite Barcelona claiming the midfielder is going nowhere. United have seen two bids knocked back already but Moyes is still confident the club can pull off what would be a significant transfer coup. Quizzed on the status of the deal at United's press conference on Thursday in Japan, Moyes said: "It is ongoing."
Pep Guardiola took charge of Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena for the first time as the Champions League winners recorded a 2-0 friendly win over his old club Barcelona. Philipp Lahm headed Bayern in front and Mario Mandzukic scored a second with three minutes left.
Leo Messi played his first 45 minutes of the 2013/14 preseason this evening as Barça took on Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena. "Luckily, my injury is a thing of the past. I’ve completely recovered. I’m very eager to start the season," said the Argentinian. The forward then went on to talk about Tito Vilanova’s departure from the team: "We’re very sorry for what has happened but the team is strong. We have to keep on moving forward." Lastly, he was very clear that he had nothing to do with the appointment of Barça’s new manager, Gerardo Martino.
Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola spoke of a 'very special game' after seeing his side outplay and outwit Barcelona to win the Uli Hoeness Cup. 'It was a very special game for me,' he said. 'I spent my whole life as a player and coach of Barcelona. 'I'm very happy now and have nothing to complain about. I have been given a very good side with Bayern.'
Cesc Fabregas will stay at Barcelona this summer, according to his pal Alex Song. Song, who was not a regular during his first season in Spain, said: "I know Cesc is 100 per cent here. He loves Barcelona, he loves the club. He will stay here next season and give 100 per cent because I know him very well and he’ll want to fight. He’s focused on the club. He wants just to give his best for Barcelona."
Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey expects Cesc Fabregas to remain at Barcelona despite Manchester United's interest in the former Gunners playmaker. "I've seen the stories but I don't know what's going on there," Ramsey told the Daily Mail. "He's a quality player and he will be linked to a few different clubs. I don't know exactly what will happen but he's a great player and he's still at Barcelona and he said earlier in the year that he wants to stay, fight for his place and become a regular there."
Barcelona are to honour their contract with Tito Vilanova and continue to pay him the final year of his £6.5million contract as he recovers from cancer treatment for the third time. Reports suggest that when Vilanova completes his treatment in New York, where he also went after his illness flared up in 2012, he could return to the club and continue in a position with less stress.
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FC Barcelona has announced that it generated a profit after tax of €32 million for the 2012-13 season and expects to make a decision on the future of the Nou Camp by the end of the year.
Real Madrid fought back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Lyon at Stade Gerland. Although the visitors fielded three of their biggest stars - Cristiano Ronaldo, Mesut Ozil and Karim Benzema - it was the hosts who went ahead through Clement Grenier who netted with a spectacular long range effort in the 20th minute. Argentinian Lisandro Lopez added a second before Real netted twice in the closing 12 minutes. First, Alvaro Morata converted a penalty before new signing Casemillo from Brazil levelled matters on 84.
Real Madrid have confirmed that forward Jese Rodriguez has agreed a new four-year contract with the club. The 20-year-old's current deal with Los Blancos was due to expire next June - sparking reports of interest from Tottenham Hotspur - but the new agreement commits him to Real until 2017.
MK Dons edged a seven-goal thriller 4-3 against Spanish side Rayo Vallecano in their first home match of pre-season. The Dons opened the scoring through Dean Lewington but an excellent double from Rayo's Johan Mojica put the team that finished eighth in La Liga last season in the driving seat.