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FC Barcelona News: 28 July 2013: Barca Thrash Valerenga, Real Madrid Defeat PSG

Barcelona secured their first win of pre-season last night with a 7-0 win over Valerenga, while La Liga rivals Real Madrid saw off Paris Saint-Germain thanks to a goal from Karim Benzema

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Soldado is edging ever closer to a move away from La Liga
Soldado is edging ever closer to a move away from La Liga
Manuel Queimadelos Alonso

FC Barcelona cruised to victory against Valerenga in the second game of the 2013/14 preseason. First half goals from Alexis, Tello, Messi and Dos Santos and from Dongou (2) and Joan Román in the second brought FCB their first win of the preseason, and a major boost to their confidence after the 2-0 reverse in Munich on Wednesday. The new Barça manager, Tata Martino, was watching from the stands in the Ullevaal Stadium.

Manchester United manager David Moyes does not know whether the club will make a third bid for Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas. The Premier League champions have seen two bids for the former Arsenal captain rejected by Barcelona, and speaking on United's pre-season tour of Asia from Hong Kong, Moyes is not certain whether the Red Devils will continue their pursuit of the Spaniard. "I couldn't tell you if there will be another bid. Obviously we will take stock of it and consider what we are going to do next," he said.

Jean Marie Dongou hopes that he has impressed new Barcelona boss Gerardo Martino after scoring twice in their 7-0 demolition of Valerenga on Saturday. "It was very special to score goals with the best team in the world. I'm very happy," Dongou enthused to reporters. "It is always important to play well in the first team. I am aware of [Martino's] commitment to the grassroots. Now up to us to prove to him that we are capable of playing [in the first team]."

Questions were asked and answered in Real Madrid's 1-0 victory over Paris Saint-Germain in Gothenburg on Saturday evening, but with the traveling Castilla contingent confined to the bench for the duration, some of the foundations of Carlo Ancelotti's first-team blueprint for the upcoming season were on display.

PSG 0 Real Madrid 1: Ibrahimovic shows off new strip after Ancelotti beats former side | Mail Online

A fine strike from French striker Karim Benzema ensured new Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti enjoyed a victory against his former club Paris Saint-Germain in Sweden on Saturday. The Italian coach, who led PSG to their first French title since 1994 before leaving for the Spanish capital in the summer, saw his side claim a morale-boosting victory in the pre-season friendly.

Valencia 1-2 AC Milan: De Jong scores screamer in Guinness International Champions Cup opener -

AC Milan kicked off the Guinness International Champions Cup tournament with a narrow win over Valencia in a pulsating clash at the Estadio Mestalla. Robinho made amends to put the Rossoneri ahead following a first-half penalty miss before Nigel de Jong placed an exquisite curling shot beyond Vicente Guaita to double Milan's lead. Valencia pulled a goal back early in the second half as Dani Parejo netted from close range. However, despite their persistence, los Che could not find an equaliser.

Montoya: "Tata gave us a very good first impression" | FC Barcelona

The Blaugrana closed out their preseason tour of Munich and Oslo with a 0-7 drubbing of Valerenga this afternoon. Martín Montoya, who started both matches, said, "our sensations are good. The match against Bayern was a bit more complicated because they’ve been training longer than we have, but our evaluation of the matches are very positive." When asked about the new FC Barcelona manager, Tata Martino, the defender said: "He’s given us a really good first impression. I’m sure we’ll all adapt well, things will work out great with Tata."

FC Barcelona finalise Peace Tour arrangements | FC Barcelona

On Saturday August 3rd, the day following the Joan Gamper Trophy between Barça and Santos, an official FC Barcelona delegation will travel to Palestine and Israel for a historic trip to strengthen institutional ties with the leaders of the two communities and build bridges of dialogue for peace.

Tottenham Hotspur sign Valencia striker Roberto Soldado: reports

Valencia striker Roberto Soldado has signed on the dotted line for Tottenham Hotspur for a club record fee of £26 million, Spanish radio station Cadena SER has reported. Soldado returned from holiday on Saturday morning, after which the move was confirmed following Spurs' decision to pay the £26m release clause.

Andre Villas-Boas refuses to deny Real Madrid bid for Gareth Bale and that player has asked to leave - Telegraph

Spanish giants Real are understood to have to lodged a formal bid of €60 million (£51.8 million) for the 24 year-old, with reports in Spain suggesting that the player is determined to move to the Bernabeu as a result of alleged "broken promises" by Spurs chairman Daniel Levy. Bale sat out Tottenham’s 6-0 victory against South China in the Barclays Asia Trophy due to a muscle strain that also forced him to miss the midweek defeat against Sunderland in the same tournament.

Transfer news: Atletico Madrid have sealed a deal for Jose Maria Gimenez | Atletico Madrid News, Fixtures, Results, Table | Sky Sports

Atletico Madrid have wrapped up the signing of promising defender Jose Maria Gimenez from Danubio FC. The 18-year-old was officially unveiled as the La Liga club's latest acquisition on Wednesday, as he penned a five-year contract.

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