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FC Barcelona News; 11 August 2013: Barca Reportedly Interested In Laurent Koscielny, Defeat Malaysia XI

Barca ended pre-season with a 3-1 win over the Malaysia XI yesterday, and according to reports in the media, are also interested in signing Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny

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Spanish giants Barcelona wrapped up their Asian tour with another comprehensive victory Saturday, beating a Malaysian XI 3-1 at the Shah Alam Stadium in Kuala Lumpur. With World Player of the Year Lionel Messi on the bench over injury concerns, Brazilian wonderkid Neymar was the star of a tight first half, showcasing his talents to make one goal and score another.

Barça wrapped up the 2013/14 Asia Tour with this afternoon’s match against Malaysia XI, which was won 1-3 by Tata Martino’s men. After the game, the Argentinian manager said: "We didn’t see the best version of the team, but we’re ready for the start of La Liga." Martino went on to evaluate the Tour, which took the team to Palestine, Israel, Thailand and Malaysia. "In terms of football it’s been a good tour. Despite the time change and the Club’s commitments, we’ve been able to prepare the team well," he said.

Piqué: "We’re adapting to what the boss wants" | FC Barcelona

Piqué, who scored one of the goals for Barça, evaluated the match: "We’re adapting to what the boss wants, today was difficult to adapt to the conditions, but we played a good match." When asked about the rumours that Barça might sign another centre back, Piqué said that "that’s the work of the technical secretary" before adding: "The players who are here now are good enough to defend the team throughout the season."

Cesc ankle sprain confirmed | FC Barcelona

Cesc Fàbregas had a number of tests this morning after arriving back from Malaysia to measure the extent of the ankle injury he picked up in Saturday’s match. It has subsequently been confirmed that the player has sprained a ligament in his right ankle. Club doctors have contacted the Spanish FA to recommend that the player should not join the national squad for the friendly against Ecuador so that he can undergo treatment in Barcelona.

Barcelona Target Arsenal Centre-Back Laurent Koscielny | CaughtOffside

Both the Nou Camp side and Bayern Munich said to be monitoring the Emirates Stadium defender. Bayern Munich and Barcelona are both said to be interested in Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny according to a report on ESPN.

Players land in Barcelona | FC Barcelona

The Barça party arrived back at El Prat airport early on Sunday morning after a 12-hour flight from Kuala Lumpur, the capital de Malaysia. They set off for Barcelona immediately after the last friendly of the tour against a Malaysia XI on Saturday.

Real Madrid whips Inter Milan 3-0 - Yahoo! Sports

Real Madrid got another highlight goal from Cristiano Ronaldo and was dominant in its preseason finale with a 3-0 victory over Inter Milan on Saturday. Attendance of 54,184 was the largest ever for a soccer game in St. Louis, though about 13,000 shy of capacity at the Edward Jones Dome. It topped standing-room attendance of more than 48,000 in May for Manchester City's 4-3 come-from-behind victory over Chelsea at Busch Stadium

Tottenham Hotspur 1 Espanyol 1: match report - Telegraph

Soldado opened his account with a side-footed penalty after a foul on Danny Rose. But on the stroke of half-time, David Lopez snuck in between Soldado and Sigurdsson to headed a corner ball past the diving Hugo Lloris and the grimacing Fryers. One of those four, surely, should have dealt with matters. But a certain feyness when defending set pieces continues to plague Tottenham. The decision to let Steven Caulker leave makes less and less sense with every passing game.

Aston Villa 3 Malaga 2 - Mat Kendrick's full time report with picture gallery - Birmingham Mail

Christian Benteke was in seventh heaven as Aston Villa rounded off a productive pre-season by beating Malaga in front of 22,150 fans at Villa Park. Benteke’s first half double took him to seven goals for the summer after celebrating his transfer turnaround with an exciting scoring streak. Ron Vlaar was also on target before the break as Villa made light work of their La Liga opponents in their final warm-up match of the summer.

Hull City 3 Real Betis 0: Tigers comfortably beat La Liga side in Dawson's testimonial | Mail Online

Hull City rounded off their pre-season campaign with a comprehensive 3-0 win over Real Betis at the KC Stadium. Goals from Danny Graham, Sone Aluko and George Boyd sealed victory for Steve Bruce's side in the testimonial fixture for long-serving defender Andy Dawson.

Di Maria and Pepe rule out Real Madrid exits -

Angel Di Maria and Pepe have insisted they will both be Real Madrid players next season, despite continued reports linking them with a move to the Premier League. "I'm staying in Madrid, because I have three years left on his contract and I'm very happy here," the 25-year-old told journalists following the side’s 3-0 friendly win over Inter. "I have signed a contract with Madrid, my future is an issue for the president," Pepe said. "I just train hard and try to give my best for the team. I am ready to fight for my place."

Valencia keen on Chelsea duo Demba Ba and Romelu Lukaku | Mail Online

Valencia are keen to take either Demba Ba or Romelu Lukaku on loan as they look to replace Roberto Soldado. Fernado Torres has previously been discussed, but it seems the Spanish side will look beyond the Chelsea striker and aim for his team-mates instead.

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