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FC Barcelona News: 4 July 2014; Jordi Masip Signs Three Year Contract, Luis Suarez Ban Appealed

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Jordi Masip signs until 2017 | FC Barcelona
This Thursday, around midday, in the Club offices, Jordi Masip signed his contract that will keep him at FC Barcelona until the end of the 2016/17 season. The goalkeeper will have a buyout clause of 35 million euros, as was announced on the 20th of May. He'll wear number 25 on his shirt.

The film about Leo Messi premieres in Rio de Janeiro | FC Barcelona
This Thursday saw the premiere of the film 'Messi', which covers the life of the Barça superstar, and is directed by Álex de la Iglesia. In an event held in Rio de Janeiro, the city that will host the World Cup Final in ten days time, the makers of the film showed clips from the movie for the first time.

Ivan Rakitic, fifth FC Barcelona number 4 | FC Barcelona
During his presentation it was revealed that Ivan Rakitic will wear number 4 on his back. Since players’ shirt numbers became fixed in the Spanish League (in the 1995/96 season), five players will have worn the number 4 shirt. Here are Rakitic’s predecessors.

Ivan Rakitic: "With FC Barcelona it was love at first sight" | FC Barcelona
Ivan Rakitic (Möhlin, 1988) was presented, on Tuesday, as a new FC Barcelona player for the next five seasons. The Croatian player who will wear number 4, said in an interview with Barca TV and www.fcbarcelona.cat that he was a firm admirer of Guardiola, and he hopes, above all, to help make his teammates even better, and be part of a close group which can win titles.

Liverpool's Luis Suarez set to complete Barcelona move | Football News | Sky Sports
Talks between the clubs are ongoing, with only the fee for the striker's services the wrangling point. Liverpool are holding out for £80m for their star forward - a sum that would activate a release clause in his contract - while Barcelona hope to lure him for a figure in the region of £60m.

FIFA confirm Uruguay have appealed against Luis Suarez’s biting ban | Football News | Sky Sports
FIFA have confirmed that the Uruguayan Football Association have appealed against Luis Suarez’s biting ban. The Liverpool and Uruguay striker was banned from all football-related activity for four months for biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini during the World Cup.

Nacho Fernandez signs new six-year Real Madrid contract | Sky Sports
Real Madrid have handed breakthrough defender Nacho Fernandez a new six-year contract at the Bernabeu. The 24-year-old centre-back broke into the Real first team last season and made 12 Primera Division appearances for the capital club.

Bayern Munich ace Toni Kroos rejects Real Madrid talk | Football News | Sky Sports
Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos has rejected claims he has agreed a deal to join Real Madrid. Reports in Spain earlier this week suggested a deal to bring Kroos to the Bernabeu from Bayern was all but done and would be confirmed after the World Cup.

Valencia appoint Nuno Santo as new coach - ESPN FC
Valencia have appointed Nuno Espirito Santo as coach, despite the fact that the sale of the club to businessman Peter Lim has yet to be finalised. Lim's bid to buy the heavily indebted La Liga outfit was accepted in late May, but the deal has been put on hold as the Singapore entrepreneur reportedly hopes to change the terms that led the directors to choose his offer.