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FC Barcelona News: 31 December 2016; Players Back in Training, Jasper Cillessen Out Two Weeks

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First training session following Christmas break | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona got back to work at the Ciutat Esportiva following the Christmas holidays. The first team took part in the penultimate training session of the year in which Barça started preparing for the first game of 2017 on the 5 January against Athletic Club at San Mamés. The fixture corresponds to the first leg of the Copa del Rey round of 16 and marks the start of a testing run of fixtures in the new year.

Andres Iniesta hopes Barcelona contract talks end quickly | ESPN
Andres Iniesta has confirmed he's begun talks with Barcelona over a new contract, adding that he hopes the situation is resolved as soon as possible. Iniesta is one of five figures -- along with Luis Enrique, Lionel Messi, Ivan Rakitic and Marc-Andre ter Stegen -- who the Catalan club hope to tie down to new terms in the new year.

Jasper Cillessen injures soleus muscle in left leg | FC Barcelona
The first team player Jasper Cillessen has an injury in his soleus muscle in his left leg and the doctors have said he will be out of action for around about two weeks.

Turan dismisses China speculation | Football Espana
Media reports suggested the Turkish midfielder was the subject of interest from Chinese Super League side Guangzhou Evergrande but the 29-year-old believes this is just paper talk and he does not want to leave the Catalans.

Barca, City target Weigl | FC Barcelona
The 21-year-old has drawn comparisons to Barca’s Sergio Busquets in his deep-lying midfield role for Dortmund and AS report that both clubs have scouted the German for a while and both will attempt to work on a deal that could sign him next summer.