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FC Barcelona News: 8 August 2013: Barca Arrive In Malaysia, David Luiz Bid Rejected

Barcelona have arrived in Kuala Lumpur as they prepare for their final match of pre-season on Saturday, while their reported £35 million bid for David Luiz has been rejected by Chelsea

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Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas has finally ended speculation about a move to Manchester United by stating that he wants to stay in Spain. Fabregas said: 'My dream has always been to play at Barça and nothing has changed. I'm very, very happy here and I never thought about leaving.

In Kuala Lumpur, the capital of the country on the coast of the Malaya Peninsula, Barça have a friendly on Saturday against a local combination. It’s the first time that FC Barcelona have ever visited the country. The delay means today’s schedule is going to be especially tight. Leo Messi and Cesc Fàbregas will be speaking to the press in the One World Hotel. After that, the full squad will be going to the Shah Alam Stadium for a training session behind closed doors.

Chelsea have instantly rejected a £35m bid from Barcelona for David Luiz. The La Liga champions lodged the offer for the 26-year-old late on Tuesday but José Mourinho has told them to forget about signing the Brazilian or anyone else from Stamford Bridge.

"We all performed well and we got what we wanted. We will try to be on the best form possible at the start of the league," said Pedro, who picked up a knock at the end of the match: "I noticed a sharp pain in my calf muscle, I hope it isn’t anything serious. But it is pretty painful." The player is doubtful for the match scheduled for this Saturday in Kuala Lumpur.

Chelsea to resist Barcelona despite rumour of £40m bid for defender David Luiz - Transfers - Football - The Independent

Chelsea are privately insistent that they will not sell David Luiz, despite the current interest in the defender from Barcelona and a potential £40m bid in the next few days. There is an acceptance at the club that their players will attract attention from the leading sides in Europe and that Barça must be getting encouragement from some quarter in this current pursuit. Yet there are no fears at Chelsea that Luiz, while no doubt enjoying being a target for the La Liga side, will try to engineer a departure.

Barcelona coach Martino lauds Neymar & Messi 'connection' -

Martino was pleased to see his marquee players showing fine form in pre-season, irrespective of the opposition's quality, and claims the clash further encouraged him as La Liga creeps nearer to kicking off. "Messi and Neymar combined well and played in different areas of the pitch," he told reporters after the match. "The connection between Neymar and Leo was the most interesting thing about the game and they played as well as we expected. They combined well and scored goals, but they also combined with other players, which is what you expect at this level."

Chelsea 1 Real Madrid 3 - Cristiano Ronaldo scores twice as Jose Mourinho's men lose Champions Cup final - Telegraph

The Portuguese duo became embroiled in a war of words before this final of the inaugural Guinness International Champions Cup yet, after scoring two expertly-taken strikes, it was the Real Madrid winger who was walking tall and shouting loudest. A brilliant free-kick and a superb run and header either side of half-time ensured Madrid, ahead through Marcelo before Ramires instantly leveled, emerged victorious to dent Mourinho's 100 per cent start to his second coming at Chelsea.

Tottenham and Real Madrid remain £18million apart as Gareth Bale transfer saga drags on - Telegraph

Tottenham and Real Madrid have held a fresh round of talks over a proposed world record transfer deal for Gareth Bale, although the two clubs remain £18  million apart in their respective valuations. Perez slightly upped his initial offer to £86 million (€100 million) but Levy reiterated his valuation of £104 million. Either fee would shatter the existing world record transfer fee of £80 million that was paid by Real Madrid to Manchester United for Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009.

Transfer news: Atletico Madrid refuse to sell Diego Costa despite £21m Liverpool bid - Transfers - Football - The Independent

Atletico Madrid have reaffirmed their commitment to keeping hold of Diego Costa despite interest from Liverpool. Atletico's sporting director Jose Luis Caminero has reiterated the club's stance on the 24-year-old, who scored 20 goals in all competitions last season. Speaking to AS, Caminero said: "Diego Costa is a very important player for Atletico, we value him very highly and we are convinced that this year he is going to score a lot of goals with Atletico. He is an idol for the fans."

Arsenal Linked With Mammoth £39m Bid for Real Madrid Star | CaughtOffside

Arsenal are reportedly lining up a €46m (£39m) bid for Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema as Arsene Wenger desperately looks to bring in a prolific forward to spearhead his Gunners attack according to French source Le10Sport.

Liga - Spain and Valencia veteran Albelda retires - Yahoo! Eurosport UK

According to Onda Cero and confirmed by EFE sources close to the player, Albelda has decided not to accept any of the offers he received this summer following his release by Valencia and has opted to hang up his boots.

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