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FC Barcelona News: 17 July 2014; Adriano Sidelined for 4 to 6 Weeks, Rafinha Undergoes Treatment on Bruised Toe

Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno

Training session with 8 first team players and 15 Barça B players | FC Barcelona
Barça returned to training this Wednesday afternoon after this morning’s session at the Ciutat Esportiva. The team trained under the watchful eye of Luis Enrique with 8 first team player and 15 Barça B players. Just as in this morning’s session, Ter Stegen, Masip, Montoya, Bartra, Sergi Roberto, Deulofeu, Afellay and Bojan were present.

Training with 22 players | FC Barcelona
The first team players were Ter Stegen, Masip, Montoya, Bartra, Sergi Roberto, Deulofeu, Afellay and Bojan, while Adriano once again remained in the gym. Tello was excused for a trip to Porto, where he is negotiating his future, while Rafinha, with a bruised toe, was also absent.

Adriano Correia, out for 4 to 6 weeks | FC Barcelona
According to the Club’s Medical Services, Adriano Correia has undergone an electrophysiological study in order to treat the abnormal heart rhythm discovered during his medical on Monday. He will be sidelined for four to six weeks. The player will undergo physical training during this time.

Rafinha to undergo treatment on bruised toe | FC Barcelona
Rafinha Alcántara has bruising on his left big toe and will require special treatment over the next few days. As announced by the Medical Services, his presence at training this week depends on how things develop.

Why Barcelona fans will welcome flawed genius Suarez | Pitchside - Eurosport
His answers in Spanish would have raised eyebrows among Liverpool fans seeking assurances that he wanted to stay in England. In a cover interview with FourFourTwo magazine two months earlier, he'd given the firm impression that he was going nowhere.

Luis Enrique reveals plans for new-look FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
Asked what kind of team he is putting together, he replied that "I want a team that is faithful to everything that has won it so much before, a team that scores goals, that defends well, that has playing resources, that plays the same at home and away … I don’t just want results, I also want to win playing nice football".

Luis Enrique on individual players | FC Barcelona
Luis Enrique has discussed various matters on his third day as first team manager, and mentioned several specific players, including those that were competing at the World Cup, those in the reserves that are hoping to play first team football some day very soon, the status of the three goalkeepers, and the different options in attack. He’s clearly going to have plenty to think about over the next few weeks

Zubizarreta announces downsized squad | FC Barcelona
He couldn’t give an exact number, but said they were looking at somewhere between 21 and 23 players. "This is partly because so many Barça B players last year were still a bit too young" he explained. "But after such a great season in the second division, several of them are now ready to play at the higher level at any time."

€15m & Afellay for Mathieu? | Football Espana
Barcelona are looking for ways of signing Valencia’s Jeremy Mathieu without paying his release clause and the latest includes Ibrahim Afellay. Mundo Deportivo reports that all the Mathieu transfer is missing is an agreement between the clubs as Mathieu wants to move to Camp Nou. Valencia insist that Mathieu will only go for the €20m stipulated in his contract but Barca hope to tempt Los Che by offering €15m and Afellay.

Cristian Tello loaned to Porto | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona and Porto FC have reached an agreement for the loan of striker Cristian Tello for the next two seasons, with the latter having an option to buy. The loan will operate on a payment basis, and FC Barcelona withhold the right to cancel the option to buy as well as the loan agreement itself at the end of the first season.

Man United down to third in Forbes rich list, Real Madrid first, Barcelona second - ESPN FC
Manchester United have dropped a place in Forbes' top-50 list of the most valuable sports teams for the second year in a row, while Arsenal fall out of the top 10. Just 12 months ago United were worth more than any other team, before being overtaken by Real Madrid in the 2013 report. Now they dip to third with Barcelona moving up into second.

Tony Kroos moves to Real Madrid from Bayern Munich | Sky Sports
Germany international Toni Kroos has signed a six-year contract with Real Madrid, according to a statement from Bayern Munich. The 24-year-old played in all of his country’s matches in the World Cup in Brazil, as Germany claimed the trophy for the fourth time.

Atletico replace Courtois with Oblak -
Atletico Madrid has confirmed the signing of Jan Oblak on a six-year deal in an attempt to fill the void left by Thibaut Courtois' return to parent club Chelsea. Jose Mourinho has publicly insisted that the Belgian shot-stopper will not be loaned out for a fourth successive season to the Vicente Calderon by the Blues and the signing of the Slovenian goalkeeper suggests that Diego Simeone is ready to move on.

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