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FC Barcelona News: 16 January 2014; Busquets, Iniesta Left out of 18-man Squad, Bartra Agrees to 3-Year Extension

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Marc Bartra set to extend contract until 2017 | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona have agreed to renew Marc Bartra’s contract until June 30, 2017. The player’s buy-out clause will be set at 25 million euros. Bartra will sign his new contract in the upcoming weeks.

Tata Martino reveals 18-man squad for Getafe clash | FC Barcelona
Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino revealed his squad for the second leg of the round of 16 of the Copa del Rey scheduled for this Thursday away to Getafe (10:00 PM CET, TV3 and Antena 3). The Argentinian manager named 18 men to the team – the players not selected for the Cup tie are Sergio Busquets, Jordi Alba, Afellay, Cuenca, Dos Santos, Oier and Iniesta.

Tata Martino is wary of Getafe despite 4-0 advantage | FC Barcelona
"We have never hidden behind the result of a previous match. We will play as if the tie was at 0-0," said the manager in the pre-match press conference. When asked if his players are thinking about the Cup tie in 2007 when Getafe fought back to a 4-0 victory after losing 5-2 at the Camp Nou, Martino said, "even if that hadn’t happened, football is full of surprises and we have to do what we can to avoid them."

Neymar Jr eyes Champions League success | FC Barcelona
Neymar Jr, who attended the 2013 FIFA Ballon d’Or Gala on Monday, sat down with the Catalan press (Mundo Deportivo and Sport) upon his return to Barcelona to talk about the Ballon d’Or, his goals for the season, and his World Cup aspirations.

Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez rules out New York link - ESPN FC
"Nobody has made me any proposition," he said. "I know nothing else about New York apart from that it is very cold there. Henry has not called me, nor have I spoken with him. I do not have his telephone number." The Catalan playmaker did, though, admit that he almost joined Bayern Munich in 2008, only for Pep Guardiola -- having just taken over as Barcelona coach -- to persuade him to stay at the Camp Nou.

Ruthless Manchester City cruise in the FA Cup (5-0) | FC Barcelona
Manchester City were ruthless in their FC Cup third round replay match against Blackburn Rovers this evening. FC Barcelona’s rival in Champions League crushed the Championship side team thanks to goals from Negredo (2), Dzeko (2) and Agüero, who made his return to competitive play after recovering from injury.

Cristiano Ronaldo scores as Real Madrid ease through to quarter-finals | Sky Sports
Cristiano Ronaldo was on the scoresheet as Real Madrid eased into the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey with a 2-0 win over Osasuna on Wednesday night. Last season's beaten finalists held a 2-0 lead from the first leg and Ronaldo, fresh from claiming the Ballon d'Or award earlier in the week, extended the advantage in the 21st minute.

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