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FC Barcelona News: 3 January 2014; Lionel Messi Rejoins Team in Training, Victor Valdes Cleared to Play

David Ramos

Leo Messi trains with the team | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi landed in Barcelona this afternoon and went directly to the Ciutat Esportiva to meet up with his teammates and get fitted for new boots ahead of the team’s training session. It’s been a month since the Argentinian player, who picked up an injury on November 29, trained on the pitch of Sant Joan Despí. Messi, who has yet to be declared match fit, took part in the team’s second training session of the day.

Víctor Valdes gets medical all-clear | FC Barcelona
Today is full of good news for FC Barcelona. After this afternoon’s training session Víctor Valdés was given the green light to return to competitive football. Therefore, he’s available for selection for this Sunday’s league match at the Camp Nou against Elche.

Andrés Iniesta hoping for a winning year | FC Barcelona
"A good new year for us means winning everything" said the midfielder in Thursday’s press conference, "when you have the chance to reach the top, you have to fight hard, and that’s the kind of ambition that we hope will take us into April and May in contention … The team is playing well, and we need to grow from here. The squad is good enough to carry on winning".

Gerard Piqué approaching 250 games for FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
Gerard Piqué could start 2014 by making his 250th appearance for FC Barcelona on Sunday at the Camp Nou against Elche (16.00). So far, he has featured in 152 league games, 26 in the Copa del Rey, 58 in the Champions League, 9 in the Spanish Supercup, 1 in the European Supercup and 3 in the Clubs World Cup.

United or Chelsea for Barca friendly | Football Espana
Barcelona will reportedly face either Manchester United or Chelsea in a friendly to be played in Doha, Qatar, this February. The Catalans have confirmed that as part of their sponsorship agreement with Qatar Sports Investments, a friendly will be played in Qatar during the first quarter of 2014.

50 million of us on Facebook! | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona now has 50 million fans on Facebook, the biggest social network in the world, and one of the seven different networks in which the club is present. Barça is the worldwide leader in terms of sports teams, with more followers than any other club or franchise on the planet.

Real Madrid edge out Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 in Doha | Sky Sports Football
Billed as another showdown between Real's Cristiano Ronaldo and PSG's Zlatan Ibrahimovic, it was instead 19-year-old Rodriguez who settled the contest with a low right-footed finish in the 19th minute after being played in by Alvaro Morata, who has been linked with Arsenal.

Liga - Real Madrid not planning to buy or sell in January - Yahoo Eurosport UK
"There is nothing new on that issue," Ancelotti told a news conference after Real beat Paris St Germain 1-0 in an exhibition match in Doha. "No players will leave, nor will we sign anyone," added the Italian. "For us, the market is closed."

Can Atletico Madrid topple the big two in 2014? | Pitchside - Yahoo Eurosport UK
Almost all the Primera Liga players are back in training, often in front of big crowds as clubs opened their gates during the festive period. Over 14,000 watched Atletico Madrid train on Tuesday, while 6,000 filled the Alfredo di Stefano stadium at Real Madrid’s ciudad deportivo.

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