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FC Barcelona News: 3 November 2015; Rafinha Extends Contract, Valencia Kickoff Time Confirmed

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Agreement to extend Rafinha's contract to 30 June 2020 | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona announced on Monday morning that an agreement has been reached with Rafael Alcántara, ‘Rafinha’, to extend his contract until 30 June 2020. His buyout clause has been set at 75 million euros, and the new contract will be signed over the next few days.

Focus switches back to the Champions League | FC Barcelona
After taking Sunday off following the win at Getafe, the FC Barcelona first team was back at work on a blustery, drizzly Monday morning at the Ciutat Esportiva, with manager Luis Enrique’s attention now switching to Wednesday’s visit of BATE Borisov for the fourth game in Champions League Group E.

Lionel Messi losing fitness battle to face Real Madrid - Goal.com
Lionel Messi is looking increasingly unlikely to be fit enough to face Real Madrid in the first El Clasico of the 2015-16 La Liga campaign, Goal Spain understands. Barcelona forward Messi suffered a knee ligament injury in the 2-1 win over Las Palmas back in September and with the crunch clash at the Bernabeu taking place Nov. 21, the Argentine is behind schedule in his bid to face Rafael Benitez's side.

No decision made yet on Lionel Messi's availability for the Clasico | Sky Sports
Barcelona showed against Getafe a much more solid version of themselves, after seven league games it was the first time they didn't concede a goal. Neymar is very comfortable being the leader of the team and Luis Suarez is finishing the actions as well - the club's last 14 La Liga goals have come from Neymar (seven) and Luis Suarez (seven). They seem to be doing well without Messi.

Barca cant use Lionel Messi absence in Clasico as an excuse - ESPN FC
Lionel Messi is not recovering as quickly as club doctors initially predicted and, as a result, is not expected to be included in Luis Enrique's starting XI in the upcoming Clasico. The Argentinean star, despite his best efforts, is struggling to keep up with his recovery schedule and feeling increasingly anxious about the slow progress his knee has made, particularly in the last fortnight.

Ten years since Leo Messi's first Champions League goal | FC Barcelona
It was on 2 November 2005 that Leo Messi scored his first goal in the Champions League. It came in the 34th minute of a group stage match against Panathinaikos at the Camp Nou. And it was no ordinary goal. With Barça already leading 2-0 on a game that ended with the Catalans scoring five, the 18-year-old Argentinian gave us a glimpse of the magic to come by flicking the ball over goalkeeper Galinovic.

How the minutes have been meted out by Luis Enrique | FC Barcelona
wo and a half months later, the team coach by Luis Enrique has already played in five different competitions — the aforementioned final in Tbilisi, the Spanish Super Cup against Athletic Club, ten games in La Liga, three Champions League duels and a Copa del Rey match — with one more, the 2015 FIFA Club World Cup, still to play this December.

Sergi Roberto’s first goal for Barça came against BATE Borisov | FC Barcelona
It was 6 December 2011, Barça were already through to the last 16 as group winners in the Champions League and coach Pep Guardiola took the opportunity to give some of the B team players a chance in the game against BATE Borisov at Camp Nou. In the starting eleven that day was one Sergi Roberto, a key member of the B squad of the time, alongside other team mates such as Rafinha and Marc Bartra.

Valencia v FC Barcelona, Saturday 5 December at 8.30pm CET | FC Barcelona
The day and time of FC Barcelona’s trip to Mestalla, home of Valencia, was announced on Monday along with the other Liga fixtures for the first weekend of December. The 14th match of the competition comes immediately after the midweek cup second leg against Villanovense and just before the Champions League game at Bayer Leverkusen, kicking off at 8.30pm CET on the night of Saturday 5.

Ones to Watch - Alen Halilovic | Eurosport
The latest name to appear in the La Liga Ones to Watch series is perhaps well known, even to those outside of Spain, as he’s been largely touted as the next big talent to emerge from Croatia. Young Alen Halilovic, who’s only 19 remember, was snapped up by Barcelona back in the summer of 2014. He’d been linked with a host of clubs prior to this move but for one reason or another they all fell through.

Barca director watches Aubameyang - africanfootball
Barcelona sporting director Ariedo Braida Barcas attended Borussia Dortmund’s 3-1 win over Werder Bremen on Saturday, with Bild claiming that he travelled to Germany to watch striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The Gabonese striker, who has scored 13 goals in the Bundesliga this season, stated recently that he is happy in Germany.