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FC Barcelona News: 12 December 2014; Martin Montoya Announces Intention to Leave, Bartomeu Welcomes Eric Abidal Back

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Defender Martin Montoya wants to leave Barcelona in January agent says - ESPN FC
Juan de Dios Carrasco met Barca sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta on Thursday for talks, with Montoya apparently upset after being left out of the squad for Wednesday's 3-1 Champions League win over Paris Saint-Germain despite first-choice Dani Alves being suspended.

10 facts about Barça's Champions League group stage | FC Barcelona
Gerard Piqué had a 99% passing rate. The FC Barcelona central defender attempted a total of 216 passes, of which 214 were successful, good enough for third among defenders. Although it must be noted that the top two were Michael Heylen of Anderlecht and Kostas Giannoulis of Olympiakos who, despite having achieved a 100% passing rate, played a total of just six minutes between the two. Piqué, on the other hand, played 360 minutes.

By the numbers: FC Barcelona's big win over PSG | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona have created quite a stir all across Europe after beating Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 at Camp Nou on Wednesday night to vault to first place in Group F and a trip to the round of sixteen where they will take on a yet to be disclosed opponent.

Barcelona damaged, not broken, in face of Real Madrid dominance | Eurosport
They can't sign players until 2016 and while Luis Suarez, the biggest summer signing and club record transfer fee, is likely to come good as he settles into an all-South American frontline with Messi and Neymar, the signing of the largely unknown Brazilian Douglas and the injured Thomas Vermaelen didn't inspire socios.

Eric Abidal is welcome back at Barcelona when he retires, says president - ESPN FC
"I don't know if he'll come back to the club. You'll have to ask him," he said. "He left an incredible impression with us. He's a player with great values, a player who works a lot. "We have always told him that if one day he leaves football, Barca will open its doors to him. He knows that. He has many things to do off the pitch. If Eric decides to do that, he will always find a door open at Barca."

Bartomeu: Douglas was not signed for the current season " Inside Spanish Football
"The technical direction of the club and the manager felt that we were missing a right-sided defender if we weren’t able to sign one the following year. Douglas was not signed for this season. He’s come now to acclimatise and get into the dynamic of the team ready for next season."

Cristiano Ronaldo among Real Madrid stars to undergo 'surprise' doping test - ESPN FC
UEFA doping testers have made a surprise visit to Real Madrid's training session to take urine and blood samples from players including Cristiano Ronaldo. Madrid club sources told news agency EFE that 10 players were selected at random, and all gave both urine and blood samples at Madrid's Valdebebas training ground on Thursday before passing the test.

Real Madrid win streak threatened by injuries | Eurosport
Ancelotti's side have been in blistering form and a 4-0 victory over Ludogorets in the Champions League on Tuesday set a new Spanish record of 19 wins in all competitions.Injuries are becoming a concern, however, with James Rodriguez going off against Celta Vigo last weekend to join Luka Modric and Sami Khedira in the treatment room.

Correa finally joins Atleti | Football Espana
Angel Correa is finally an Atletico Madrid player after being given the all-clear to complete his cut-price €5.6m transfer to the Spanish champions. The 19-year-old agreed a five-year contract with Los Rojiblancos in June but was soon diagnosed with a benign tumour in the ventricle of his heart and had to undergo surgery in New York to correct the problem.

Valencia target PSG's Lavezzi | Football Espana
Valencia are reportedly following Ezequiel Lavezzi with a view to potentially signing the Paris Saint-Germain forward next year. Superdeporte claims Los Che directors Francisco Rufete and Roberto Ayala have kept tabs on the Argentine's progress in the French capital. However, the newspaper adds that the club will have a better chance of landing the 29-year-old at the end of the season rather than in January.

Almeria name Juan Martinez as new coach | Eurosport
Francisco Rodriguez was sacked on Tuesday following a heavy 5-2 defeat by newly promoted Eibar that left the Andalusian side just outside of the relegation zone on goal difference."Juan Ignacio Martinez has signed as the new trainer of Almeria until the end of this season," read a statement on the club website.

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