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FC Barcelona News: 22 July 2014; Rafinha Resumes Full Training, Xavi Close to Joining New York City FC

Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno

Xavi Hernández reportedly inching closer to New York City FC | ProSoccerTalk
After months of speculation linking him with moves to both Qatar and Major League Soccer, FC Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernández appears to be inching closer to the United States. According to reports out of Spain, the 34-year-old playmaker is set to "imminently" leave the only club he’s ever know, with 2015 Major League Soccer expansion franchise New York City FC his expected destination.

Sergi Roberto: "We're all starting from zero" | FC Barcelona
Sergi Roberto has now spent his first week in the first team under manager Luis Enrique and says "a new coach makes you keen to train. We’re all starting from zero. We all have to give it one hundred per cent. And the youngsters a little bit more".

Rafinha passed fit and trains with squad | FC Barcelona
The young midfielder has spent the last few days training apart afyer injuring a toe. Luis Enrique Martínez took nine first team players and fifteen B team youngsters through training this morning.

First double session of the week completed | FC Barcelona
The same 8 first team players (Ter Stegen, Montoya, Sergi Roberto, Deulofeu, Afellay and Bojan) and 15 Barça B players (Patric, Bagnack, Edgar Ié, Lucas, Grimaldo, Samper, Diagne, Halilovi, Babunski, Cámara, Munir, Sandro, Dani Nieto, Joan Roman and Adama) that participated in this morning’s session took part in this evening’s session as well.

Halilovic and Adama Traoré, young and active | FC Barcelona
Both players featured in the first 45 minutes of the 1-0 win at the Nuevo Colombino. Barça dominated that first half and had several chances, but the solid home defence made sure that it was still goalless at the break.

Rodrigo close to Valencia | Football Espana
Valencia are expected to today confirm the signing of Spain Under-21 international Rodrigo Moreno from Benfica. AS report the former Real Madrid forward could be a Valencia player in time to train under Nuno this evening. He is understood to be in Valencia and has passed a medical, and when he puts pen-to-paper on his contract, will join his new teammates.

Real Madrid to unveil James Rodriguez on Tuesday -
James Rodriguez will be unveiled as a Real Madrid player at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday. The European champions made the Colombia international their principle transfer target on the back of the 23-year-old's stellar performances for his country at this summer's World Cup in Brazil, with the attacking midfielder winning the Golden Boot after netting six times in just five games.

Chelsea target Tiago Mendes signs new Atletico Madrid deal | Sky Sports
Portuguese midfielder Tiago Mendes has re-signed with Spanish champions Atletico Madrid for another two years. The 33-year-old, who played for Chelsea under compatriot Jose Mourinho in the 2004-05 season, became a free agent in June and was reportedly prepared to move back to Stamford Bridge while entertaining various rival offers from around the world.

Ricardo Costa leaves Valencia by mutual consent | Sky Sports
Portugal defender Ricardo Costa has left Valencia after his contract was terminated by mutual consent. The 33-year-old former Porto and Wolfsburg centre-back joined Valencia in 2010 and went on to captain Los Che while making a total of 84 league appearances for the club.

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