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FC Barcelona News: 28 October 2015; 16 Players Make Copa del Rey Trip, Lionel Messi Set for Contract Talks

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Match Preview: Villanovense v FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
The club from the town of Villanueva de la Serena face the biggest day in their 23 year history and have increased the capacity of their Romero Cuerda Stadium from 3,000 to 11,000 especially for the visit of the blaugranes for the game which kicks off on Wednesday at 8.30pm CET.

Team flying to Badajoz | FC Barcelona
Barça are on their way to Vilanueva de la Serena. Their flight left El Prat Airport in Barcelona at 10.00am CET and is expected to land in Badajoz at around 11.30am CET. The players are being joined on the trip by president Josep Maria Bartomeu and directors Javier Bordas and Pau Vilanova.

Luis Enrique says there are plenty of hurdles throughout the season | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona are ready to defend the Copa del Rey. Head coach Luis Enrique, who earlier Tuesday had announced a 16-man squad list for Wednesday's last 32 first leg at Villanovense, spoke to the press about the game, which pits his team against a foe from the Second Division.

Squad list announced for match at Villanovense | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique has released the names of 16 players who will travel to the town of Villanueva de la Serena in Extremadura for Wednesday's Copa del Rey match against Villanovense. The coaching staff has called on twelve first team players plus four from Barça B: Gerard Gumbau, Sergi Samper, Aitor Cantalapiedra and Kaptoum.

When and where to watch Villanovense - FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona will face Villanovense on Wednesday 28 October at 8.30pm CET in the Romero Cuerda stadium. The game is the first leg of their last 32 tie in the Copa del Rey with Luis Enrique’s team beginning the defence of the title that they won last season. The game can be seen in various countries on YouTube and you can follow the game on the Club’s official social networks and Radio Barça.

Barcelona blasts Messi transfer rumors - Goal.com
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has responded angrily to reports suggesting Lionel Messi will leave the club, insisting that the reports are "embarrassing." Argentine forward Messi, who is currently sidelined with a knee injury, has been linked with a Camp Nou exit, with newspaper reports suggesting that he is considering his options at Barca and would be interested in a move to the Premier League.

Lionel Messi and Barcelona contract intrigue - ESPN FC
Given that we're still in 2015, there may be some -- particularly those lucky enough just to enjoy Messi's talents rather than plan for how to retain them -- who haven't seen the need to think ahead. His contract with Barcelona runs until June 2018, which may seem a long time away but is a blink of an eye in terms of strategic and financial planning.

Messi renewal ‘on Barca agenda’ | Football Espana
Barcelona have on their agenda a new contract for Lionel Messi and while there’s no rush, reports say the Argentine is next in line for renegotiations after Neymar. Sport claim Barca are looking at Messi’s contract, which expires in 2018, with a view to extending it so he will be at Camp Nou until retirement.

Villanovense v FC Barcelona in Copa del Rey to be broadcast internationally on YouTube | FC Barcelona
For the very first time, international viewers will be able to watch Barça live on YouTube, which will broadcast Wednesday's Copa del Rey match between FC Barcelona and Villanovense. Kick off is set for 8.30pm CET. La Liga and Mediapro have reached an agreement to broadcast Copa del Rey matches outside Spain. The platform chosen was YouTube.

An engagement at Camp Nou ends in a wedding two years on | FC Barcelona
Do you remember two seasons a young Chinese fans asked his girlfriend to marry him? Liu Shutong presented Liu Panqiu with an engagement ring on the sidelines of the pitch at Camp Nou as part of a prize from ‘Action Barcelona’, a competition put on in China by Catalunya Turisme and FC Barcelona that began several years ago.

‘Barca in Ligue 1? There’s Monaco…’ | Football Espana
Prime Minister of France Manuel Valls has suggested Barcelona could play in Ligue 1 should Catalonia become independent from Spain. Barcelona-born Valls was speaking in an interview with Challenges magazine and his comments have been picked up by AS, who report the politician welcomed the idea of La Blaugrana entering the French football system.

‘Barca in Ligue 1? Absurd…’ | Football Espana
Secretary of State for Sport Miguel Cardenal can’t envisage Barcelona playing in France’s Ligue 1 after comments from the French Prime Minister. Barca-born and supporting Manuel Valls told a French magazine that he could see La Blaugrana joining the French system if Catalonia won its independence, pointing to Monaco’s presence in Ligue 1, but Cardenal told AS it’s not likely to happen.

Best goals of the weekend from the youth teams at FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
As every week the Barça TV programme ‘Next Generation’ takes a look at the best five goals from the youth teams during last weekend’s matches. Top this week is a strike from Eric Montes from the U19 A side, a well placed effort to beat the Girona keeper.