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FC Barcelona News: 22 October 2016; Squad for Valencia Match Named, Neymar Signs New Contract

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Match preview: FC Barcelona v Valencia CF | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona face a testing away game against Valencia on Saturday at 4.15pm CET at the Mestalla stadium. The Catalans travel in high spirits having seen off Manchester City with panache in an enthralling game against the English team. However, the turnaround between games has been tight with only two days between games leaving very little time to prepare for this fixture.

Who's in, who's out of FC Barcelona's squad for Saturday's match at Valencia | FC Barcelona
The coach, who appeared before the press prior to the afternoon workout, had to deal with a pair of last-minute changes, as midfielders Arda Turan (left elbow bruise) and Rafinha (bruised ribs) fell out of the running for this weekend’s squad. In addition, the team will be without defenders Gerard Piqué (ankle) and Jordi Alba (hamstring) — who were injured in Barça’s 4–0 rout of Manchester City on Wednesday night in the UEFA Champions League (Match Report, Highlights) — as well as the injured goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen (ankle).

Ahead of FC Barcelona v Valencia, Luis Enrique says if Messi is Messi, 'we're good to go' | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona manager Luis Enrique Martínez, who spoke ahead of Saturday's La Liga game away to Valencia following Wednesday's sparkling performance against Manchester City, was eager to highlight Lionel Messi's scintillating play, popping a rhetorical question — and then a rhetorical answer: "Do any managers know how to stop Messi? Pep Guardiola knows him quite well and yet he still scored three goals."

Neymar Jr signs contract extension to 2021 | FC Barcelona
Neymar Jr extended his deal with FC Barcelona on Friday afternoon, putting pen-to-paper on his contract at the club’s facilities in the presence of president Josep Maria Bartomeu. As the club announced, Neymar has signed a five-year deal which will keep him at Barça until 30 June 2021.

Neymar Jr feels at home with FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
Neymar Jr has signed a contract extension with FC Barcelona until 2021 and the Brazilian star, who arrived from Santos four seasons ago, is happy to commit his future to the club. "I'm happy on and off the pitch and the players are incredible. It is a shock to see how good these players, who have won everything, have been to me and how humble they are." Watch the video to find out more about Neymar Jr's decision to stay with the Catalan club!

Barcelona play down talk of approach for Valencia's Joao Cancelo -
Barcelona have sought to distance themselves from reports suggesting that negotiations have been opened with Valencia regarding a possible deal for Joao Cancelo. With Aleix Vidal’s future at Camp Nou being called into question, Barca are reported to be in the market for a replacement at right-back.

Juventus Paulo Dybala - Barcelona had offer rejected for me in the summer - ESPN FC
Juventus striker Paulo Dybala has confirmed that Barcelona tried to sign him in the summer. It was reported throughout the transfer window that Barca were searching for another forward, with Gabriel Jesus, Kevin Gameiro and Luciano Vietto among those linked with the club before they eventually signed Paco Alcacer from Valencia.

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