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FC Barcelona News: 19 July 2016; Preseason Begins for Nine Players, Sergi Samper, Munir El Haddadi Extend Contracts

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Samper extends contract to 2019 | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona and Sergi Samper have reached an agreement to extend the deal of the young midfielder for an additional three years, until 30 June 2019, with the option of an additional year.The minimum fee release clause has been set to 50 million euros.

Munir renews until 2019 | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona and Munir El Haddadi have reached an agreement for the contract renewal of the player for the next three seasons, lasting until 30 June 2019.The minimum fee release clause has been set at 60 million euros.

FC Barcelona players ready to get back to work | FC Barcelona
It’s back-to-work time for the Barça first team. After clinching a famous double by beating Sevilla in the Copa del Rey Final on May 22, the vacations started for some the players. But for a large number of the squad, there was the not-small matter of the Copa America and Euro 2016 with their national teams. This has conditioned the dates when they are due to report back for club duty, while Neymar Jr and Rafinha still have the Olympic Games in Rio before they are back.

Nine players pass physicals on the first day the 2016/17 preseason | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona opened their preseason on Tuesday morning and, as always, the day’s events began with a series of physicals and fitness tests.Nine players were present on the first day of activity at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamer, the team’s training facility, which is located in Sant Jan Despí, just outside of Barcelona.

Messi and Suárez nominated for UEFA Best Player in Europe Award | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi and Luis Suárez have been nominated for the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award 2015/16. The winner will be announced on August 25 in Monaco at the Champions League group stage draw.The list will be reduced to just three names on August 5, with both of the Barça stars very much in the running after their brilliant contributions to the double-winning campaign. Messi has already collected this accolade twice before.

Neymar accepts Mark Zuckerberg's challenge to keepy-uppy battle - ESPN FC
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg laid down the gauntlet and challenged Neymar to beat his keep-uppy record, which currently stands at a mighty 37 juggles. Of course being a professional footballer, ordinarily Neymar could knock out 38 keepy-uppies in his sleep. But we're not talking actual, proper football juggling here, oh no. Far from it.

Barcelona and Real Madrid target Gabriel Jesus in no rush to decide future - ESPN FC
Palmeiras starlet Gabriel Jesus says he will not decide his future before the end of the Brazilian domestic season in December. Media reports in Spain have claimed that Barcelona and Real Madrid are battling frantically to sign the 19-year-old centre-forward, who has scored 10 goals in 15 league games so far this season for table-toppers Palmeiras.