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FC Barcelona News: 27 January 2016; Arda Turan to Miss Athletic Bilbao Game, Luis Enrique Confident of Neymar Renewal

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Match Preview: FC Barcelona v Athletic Club | FC Barcelona
On Wednesday at 9.30pm CET at Camp Nou the final part of the Barça v Athletic trilogy will be played out, the saga coming to an end in the second leg of their last 16 Copa del Rey tie. The opening encounter a week and a half ago saw Luis Enrique’s team storm to a 6-0 win at home in the league.

FC Barcelona squad of eighteen announced for the Copa del Rey second leg | FC Barcelona
Luis Enrique has announced the following squad of 18: Ter Stegen, Masip, Piqué, Rakitic, Sergio, Dani Alves, Iniesta, Suárez, Messi, Neymar Jr, Mascherano, Bartra, Munir, Sergi Roberto, Adriano, Aleix Vidal, Vermaelen and Mathieu. That means no places for Bravo, Douglas or Sandro, while Arda Turan still has a fever and Jordi Alba and Rafinha are injured.

Michael Cox: Why trump card Turan will help Barcelona get the best out of Messi | FourFourTwo
Ahead of Barcelona’s crucial top-of-the-table clash against Atletico Madrid at Camp Nou on Saturday afternoon, coach Luis Enrique will finally be able to use his trump card. After half a season of waiting, Arda Turan is up and running – and already excelling. Turan debuted for Barça this month despite being signed last summer, because of the club's ban on registering players.

Luis Enrique expecting the same approach from Athletic | FC Barcelona
With FC Barcelona about to face Athletic Club Bilbao for the sixth time this season — they’ve played twice in the Spanish Super Cup (here and here), twice in La Liga (here and here), and once so far in the Copa del Rey (here) — one would think that there are few, if any, questions left to ask.

Neymar is very very very happy at Barcelona - Zubizarreta - ESPN FC
Former Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta says Neymar is "very, very, very happy" at the Camp Nou, amid reports of a possible package worth €400 million being planned to tempt the Brazil captain to Real Madrid. Zubizarreta was at Barca when Neymar, 23, joined from Santos two-and-a-half-years ago in a deal which remains controversial, with the price paid having grown to around €100 million.

Five cracking goals from La Masia | FC Barcelona
There are some great goals for you to enjoy in this week’s Top 5 video. The first two come from the U12 B team’s 6-3 victory over a fine La Damm side. Pol Muñoz’s great solo run down the right and another from a narrow angle converted by Narcís Costa are a delight to behold.

Former Athletic legend Julen Guerrero warns Basques will be no pushovers | FC Barcelona
Julen Guerrero is one of the most loved former Athletic Club players in the city of Bilbao after having played more than 300 games for los leones in his playing career which also included 101 goals. Ahead of the second leg of Barça’s Copa del Rey last 16 tie with Athletic, Barça TV spoke the Basque legend on the subject of what await his former club at Camp Nou on Wednesday (kick off 9.30pm CET).

Luis Enrique confident of Neymar Barcelona contract renewal - ESPN FC
Luis Enrique is confident that Neymar will renew his Barcelona contract despite speculation that Real Madrid and Manchester United are both interested in signing the Brazil captain. Neymar's father sought to end continuing speculation the Barca star could move to Madrid by telling Cuatro last week: "We have no interest."

The FC Barcelona U14A side get a visit from Xavi Hernández in Qatar | FC Barcelona
The FC Barcelona U14A side, coached by Carles Martínez, received a special visit on Tuesday during their stay in Qatar. Former Barça captain Xavi Hernández, now in the country with Al Sadd, made the trip to see the squad at the Aspire Academy in their first friendly against an Aspire Football Dreams XI.

Antoine Griezmann would fit in at Barcelona - Claudio Bravo - ESPN FC
Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo says his former Real Sociedad teammate and current Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann would fit in perfectly at the Camp Nou club. The pair spent five years together in the La Real first team, achieving Champions League qualification at the end of the 2012-13 campaign, before both leaving the San Sebastian club the following summer.

Nike could hold key to Neymar contract renewal at Barcelona -
The future of Neymar at Barcelona could inadvertently lie in the hands of Nike. The Catalans’ deal with the sportswear manufacturer is pending an annual review, yet the club has frustrated the brand due to an inability to secure a sponsor for next season, which has prevented production of the next kit to begin.

Neymar to testify on February 2 | Football Espana
The judge in the trial involving former Barcelona President Sandro Rosell, his successor Josep Maria Bartomeu and Neymar has refused a delay. AS reports Jose de la Mata was asked to postpone the original trial dates of February 1 and 2 as the lawyer for the Barca contingent has a prior commitment.

FC Barcelona and Gerard Piqué award winners at the Festival of Catalan Sport | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona and the first team footballer Gerard Piqué were the main attraction at the 19th Festival of Catalan Sport, organised by the Union of Catalan Sporting Federations (UFEC) and the newspaper ‘Sport’. At the awards ceremony which took place on Monday, Barça ran out winners in the category for ‘Best Catalan Team’, whilst Gerard Piqué took the prize for ‘Best Catalan Sportsperson’.

FC Barcelona Board of Directors' agreements | FC Barcelona
The Board of Directors, meeting this Monday at the Club’s offices, have approved the contractual process for the activities of the Espai Barça presented by the consultancy Ernst&Young at the behest of the Club. The objective is to give the process of the appointment of works and providers for the Espai Barça, the greatest transparency, objectivity and independence possible in line with the commitments made by the Board of Directors.

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