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FC Barcelona News: 5 August 2014; Xavi Retires from International Football, Last Four Players Return from Summer Vacation

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Barcelona midfielder Xavi calls time on Spain career | Sky Sports
Barcelona midfielder Xavi has announced his retirement from international football. The 34-year-old, who was capped 133 times during a 14-year international career, was part of Spain's golden generation that saw the nation collect three major trophies.

Full squad back for week with two games | FC Barcelona
After last week’s work at St. George’s Park, Luis Enrique’s squad face another busy week with friendlies in Geneva and Helsinki and the incorporation of Messi, Mascherano, Neymar and Dani Alves. The four remaining World Cup absentees will re-join the squad for training on Tuesday morning after a series of tests and will then train alone in the evening.

Messi, Mascherano, Alves and Neymar back | FC Barcelona
Messi and Mascherano, who played in the final, and Alves and Neymar, who were with the hosts at the World Cup, back in training with the rest of the first team squad this morning after a month’s holidays. The four will be back in training this afternoon, whilst the rest of the squad have been given the afternoon off.

Neymar undergoes check up | FC Barcelona
Neymar underwent a check up on his back injury at the Club this morning , with the Club Doctors expressing their satisfaction with his recovery which will continue with a specific training programme. His recovery will be monitored before a decision is made on a full return to training.

24 players at Monday evening training | FC Barcelona
Luis Enrique’s Barça squad were back at the Ciutat Esportiva this evening for the second training session of the day. This time there were 24 players, including the eight from Barça B that have been working with the first team for the last few days.

Inter Milan rubbish links of a move for Barcelona full-back Dani Alves | Sky Sports
Inter Milan sporting director Piero Ausillo has denied reports linking the club with a move for Barcelona full-back Dani Alves. The 31-year-old, who joined from Sevilla in 2008, is into the final year of his contract at the Nou Camp and has been heavily linked with an exit this summer.

Villarreal sign Vietto | Football Espana
Villarreal have completed the signing of Argentine youngster Luciano Vietto on a five-year deal. The 20-year-old is seen as one of the most promising forwards in South America, having starred for Argentina Under 20’s. Several of Europe’s top sides were thought to have registered an interest, but the Yellow Submarine has confirmed his transfer for the next five years.

Levante to sign Real Madrid keeper Jesus Fernandez - ESPN FC
Levante and Real Madrid have confirmed that they have reached an agreement for the transfer of goalkeeper Jesus Fernandez from the Bernabeu. Fernandez, who had been Madrid's third-choice keeper, will sign a two-year contract with Levante with an option for a further two, the club said on their official website.

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