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FC Barcelona News: 3 May 2016; Luis Enrique to Return Next Season, Players Retun to Training

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Luis Enrique to continue at Barcelona for another year - Eurosport
Sport reports that not even Barca’s drop in form a few weeks ago, when they exited the Champions League and lost their lead at the top of La Liga, swayed Enrique to quit. His contract runs until 2017 and Lucho is said to have told family members he wants to keep going, and has talked with the squad’s ‘heavyweights’ about next season and the project of which they are part.

Preparations begin for the derby with Espanyol | FC Barcelona
The FC Barcelona first began preparations on Tuesday morning for Sunday’s derby with Espanyol at 5.00pm CET. After following 2-0 victory at Betis with two days of welcome rest, Luis Enrique and his players were at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper on a sunny morning to prepare for a game in which three points will leave them just one more win away from clinching the league trophy.

The three derbies against Espanyol by the numbers | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona and RCD Espanyol will face each at the Camp Nou on Sunday in the second-to-last game of the Liga season. It’s their fourth encounter of the campaign , after they met in the Copa de Rey (with Barça progressing en route to the final) and in a 0-0 draw at the Estadi Cornellà-El Prat in La Liga.

Rakitic the difference if Messi Suarez or Neymar misfire at Barcelona - ESPN FC
Barcelona are one win closer to the Spanish title, and for once it wasn't their front three that defined the occasion. Instead, it was Ivan Rakitic who played the key role in the Blaugrana's 2-0 victory over Real Betis. First, in taking a great first touch then going on a surging run that provoked a foul and second yellow card from defender Heiko Westermann.

Ivan Rakitic is Barça's high performance spark plug | FC Barcelona
After coming over from Sevilla prior to last season, the Croatian midfielder has solidified his place as on of Luis Enrique's go-to players. A staple in the Catalan midfield, Rakitic is sixth on the team in total minutes played this season, ahead of everyone else on the team except Luis Suárez, Neymar, Sergio Busquets, Javier Mascherano and Lionel Messi.

Five jaw-dropping moments from FC Barcelona's training sessions | FC Barcelona
With a bevy of players wielding unmatched technical skill blending lightning-like speed, feathery touch and textbook execution, FC Barcelona's playing style is instantly recognisable. And it all gets sharpened on a regular basis at the team's training centre, where a panoply of drills hammers home this melange of lethal playmaking characteristics.

Barcelona show interest in Lyon's Umtiti rather than Lacazette - Aulas - ESPN FC
Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has said Barcelona have not talked to him about Alexandre Lacazette but hinted that the opposite might be true of Samuel Umtiti. Striker Lacazette, 24, and centre-back Umtiti, 22, have both been linked with the Spanish league leaders in recent weeks.

New FCBEscola in Moscow | FC Barcelona
On Monday, the FC Barcelona board approved the creation of a new FCBEscola in Moscow and the organisation of new Soccer Camps in Sochi. The plans for the two Russian cities form part of the growth strategy to implant new FCBEscola schools around the world.

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