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FC Barcelona News: 22 April 2014; Lionel Messi Set for New Deal, Andre Villas-Boas Denies Barça Link

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Barcelona forward Lionel Messi set to be offered improved deal | Football News | Sky Sports
Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu insists Lionel Messi will be offered a new contract to keep him with the Catalan giants. The Argentinian superstar has been linked with a move away from the Nou Camp after an injury-hit campaign has seen Messi fail to reach the heights of previous seasons.

Leo Messi closing in on Ronaldo and Costa | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi is one of three main contenders for La Liga’s leading goalscorer trophy, known as the Pichichi. Despite missing seven games when he was out through injury (Malaga, Valladolid, Granada, Bilbao, Villarreal, Getafe and Elche), the Argentinian has made up for the lost ground.

Leo Messi reveals his musical tastes on the program ‘Ve a por tus sueños’ | FC Barcelona
Messi revealed that he prefers music from Argentina, cumbia and reggae. He also said that one of his favourite. songs is ‘Hijo’ by Los Cafres. He also revealed that he enjoys playing the guitar: "I really like it but I still don’t know much about it. It relaxes me and it allows me to disconnect from everything."

Ten years of wins against Bilbao | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona have beaten Athletic Bilbao on each of the Basques’ last ten league visits to the Camp Nou.The last time Bilbao got points at FCB was in the 2003/04 season (1-1) and they haven’t won at the Camp Nou since the 2-1 win in 2001/02 (1-2).

Barca look to Laporte | Football Espana
Barcelona will look to sign Aymeric Laporte once their transfer ban is over, according to reports. The Blaugrana are set to serve a two-window ban after breaking FIFA rules over signing under-18 players. But that hasn’t stopped the Camp Nou outfit targeting the Athletic Bilbao youngster, Mundo Deportivo claim.

Zenit St Petersburg boss Andre Villas-Boas plays down Barcelona link | Football News | Sky Sports
"All the rumours about my negotiations with Barcelona are completely groundless," Villas-Boas said. "I've signed the contract with Zenit and I'm set to stay here until its expiry date. My work with Zenit is my top priority."

Malaga claim 2-0 Villarreal victory | ESPNFC.com
Ten-man Malaga climbed into the top half of the Primera Division table with a comfortable 2-0 home win over Villarreal. The Yellow Submarine are chasing a Europa League berth but failed to compete properly for any points from La Rosaleda, where Roque Santa Cruz boosted the hosts into an early lead.