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FC Barcelona News: 4 March 2015; 18 Players Arrive in Villarreal, Dani Alves on Verge of Barcelona Exit

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18 in squad for Villarreal | FC Barcelona
Luis Enrique has called up 18 players for the Cup semi-final second leg against Villarreal: Ter Stegen, Masip, Montoya, Piqué, Rakitic, Sergio, Xavi, Pedro, Iniesta, Suárez, Messi, Neymar Jr, Rafinha, Mascherano, Jordi Alba, Adriano, Alves and Mathieu.

Squad are in Villarreal | FC Barcelona
The team have arrived in Villarreal, having taken off from Barcelona airport at eleven o’clock local time after Luis Enrique named an 18-man squad earlier in the morning. The Club party is headed by Vice-President Jordi Mestre, with President Josep Maria Bartomeu due to join up with the players in Villarreal.

Match Preview: Villarreal v FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
Barça have the advantage in their Champions League last 16 tie against Manchester City following their 2-1 win at the Etihad Stadium. Their 3-1 away victory in the league at the weekend over Granada has allowed them to cut Real Madrid’s lead at the top of the league to just two points. Now, only Villarreal stand between them and a 36th appearance in the Spanish Cup final.

Dani Alves 'on verge of exit' claims agent as Barcelona talks stall | Eurosport
Agent and ex-wife Dinorah Santana is quoted in various media outlets as saying: "We are close to signing for a new club."We are in advanced talks."Dani is still available for Barcelona to keep hold of this summer, but he will not wait for them much longer.

Juan Pablo Sorín, FC Barcelona and Villarreal | FC Barcelona
Chance has led to one of the stars of the last edition of the Revista Barça in February, was none other than Juan Pablo Sorín, a man who has played for both Villarreal and FC Barcelona who meet on Wednesday in the second leg of their Spanish Cup semi-final. The Argentine played for Barça in 2003 before moving on to the ‘Yellow Submarine’ where he enjoyed two successful seasons between the years 2004 and 2006.

First Madrid, now Barca? Meet the Atletico reject who upset Real -
Since making his debut for Valladolid's B team in 2006, Asenjo has been a familiar face in Spanish football. Seen as the future of La Roja between the sticks, the Palencia-born player represented Spain at Under-17, U-19, U-20 and U-21 level. And some 10 days after turning 20, he sealed a 5 million euro move to Atletico Madrid. Everything, it seemed, was set up for a career of prosperity and success. But sadly, injury intervened.

Marcelino says his team have to play with their 'heads' | FC Barcelona
Villarreal are optimistic with the ‘Yellow Submarine’ just 90 minutes away from their first ever Spanish Cup final. This Wednesday sees one of the most important matches in the club’s history and their coach Marcelino García Toral is only too aware of the fact: "It’s a different game because we have the chance of getting into the final. We have to know that we have a disadvantage from the first leg and we are up against a really difficult rival, but hope is the last thing we will lose."

Boateng reveals Barca snub | Football Espana
"I really don’t know exactly how Barcelona’s offer came about, but it’s true that I received an offer [from them]," the former Manchester City and Hamburg stopper told Sport Bild. "If a club like Barca show an interest in you then of course it’s a huge honour. "Today, you no longer have to go from Bayern to Barcelona if you want to win the Champions League."

Xavi in talks with New York? | Football Espana
Xavi Hernandez has reportedly entered negotiations with New York City over a 2016 transfer to the MLS new boys. According to Cadena SER, the Barcelona midfielder was spotted at a Catalan restaurant with his father Joachim, agent Ivan Corretja and a representative from Manchester City, who are the parent club of the American franchise.

Real Madrid's struggles are down to lack of midfield options, says Guillem Balague | Football News | Sky Sports
It’s no secret that they relaxed, and it was almost understandable for them to do so because they still see themselves at the top of the table. But as captain Iker Casillas revealed Real’s lull it’s not a physical thing because they finished strongly in the second-half against Villarreal. This is more of a football thing and it’s down to the lack of midfielders they have available at the moment.

Danilo says ‘yes’ to Madrid? | Football Espana
In Marca’s view of events, Los Blancos have held meetings with the player’s representatives in recent days and discovered that the 23-year-old’s preferred destination is the Santiago Bernabeu. As a result of this admission, Madrid are now confident they can land Danilo for a cut-price €20m, furthered by the fact his contract expires at the end of next season.

Sami Khedira on brink of return from injury with Real Madrid - ESPN FC
Sami Khedira has returned to training with Real Madrid and could play in Saturday's La Liga trip to Athletic Bilbao. Germany international Khedira has been troubled by a string of injuries over the last 18 months, and most recently picked up a hamstring problem in Los Blancos' 4-0 humbling at Atletico Madrid on Feb. 7.

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