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FC Barcelona News: 29 March 2015; Lionel Messi Misses Argentina Match with Swolen Foot, Ivan Rakitić Helps Croatia Beat Norway

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Tata explains Messi absence | Football Espana
"Messi didn't play because his foot was swollen," he said after the game. "He tried [to prove his fitness] in the last training season but was unable to do so. Therefore, it was decided that he wouldn't play. The doctors' images didn't show any damage, but when he began to train, his foot swelled up."

Rakitić and Croatia rout Norway 5–1 | FC Barcelona
Ivan Rakitić and Croatia continue to lead their qualifying group for UEFA Euro 2016, winning 5-1 over Norway on Saturday in a game that saw the Barça midfielder play the first 76 minutes until being replaced by Gordon Schildenfeld when it was still just a 3–0 match.

Dani Alves yet to agree move away from Barcelona with contract up - ESPN FC
Alves, who turns 32 before the end of the season, has been at the Camp Nou for seven years after moving from Sevilla for a fee in the region of £23 million. The Brazil international could be set to move on with both Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain linked. He insists he is happy at Barca, though he knows the club are very much in control of his future.

Paris Saint-Germain's road to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona’s coming quarter-final opponent in the UEFA Champions League are tough. At least tough enough to get to the quarters by knocking out Chelsea. In Paris, the Blues secured a 1–1 draw on the back of great goalkeeping by Thibaut Courtois, putting PSG at a certain disadvantage going into the return leg at Stamford Bridge.

Pepe to renew until 2018? | Football Espana
Pepe is set to renew his contract with Real Madrid for a further two years, according to AS. The 32-year-old has regained his first-choice centre-back status under Carlo Ancelotti and is only a few small details away from signing an extension until 2018.

'Man United will target Bale' | News | Sunday Supplement | Sky Sports
Manchester United are likely to be on red alert should signing Gareth Bale become even the slightest possibility this summer, Andy Dunn told the Sunday Supplement. The winger scored twice and set up the other as Wales won 3-0 in Saturday's European 2016 qualifier in Israel, but has become a target for the boo-boys at the Santiago Bernabeu following some below-par performances for Real Madrid this season.

Odegaard shows that he is not ready for Real Madrid yet -
All eyes were on Martin Odegaard on Saturday. The teenage wonderkid lined up for Norway in its Euro 2016 qualifier against Croatia - his first competitive start for his country. The attacking midfielder has been tipped for greatness following his highly publicized 4 million euro transfer to Real Madrid this January from Stromsgodset. At the age of just 16, he is already earning over 100,000 euros a week.

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