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FC Barcelona News: 19 January 2017; All set for Copa match against Real Sociedad, Leo Messi's father denies exit rumors

A wrap-up of the latest Barça news and transfer rumors

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Match Preview: Real Sociedad v FC Barcelona - FC Barcelona
While the frequent flyer miles may be piling up with relative ease as FC Barcelona prepare for their second trip to the Basque Country in a fortnight, Thursday night’s Copa del Rey quarterfinal first-leg clash at Real Sociedad presents a bevy of challenges they’ll need to overcome to continue down the path to a third straight championship.

Luis Enrique wants no repeat in Copa del Rey of league clash with Real Sociedad - FC Barcelona
On Thursday in the Copa del Rey visit to Real Sociedad, Luis Enrique is clear that he does not want a repeat of his side’s performance in the 1-1 draw in the league at Anoeta in late November when, according to the blaugrana boss, their Cup rivals “deserved to win.”

FC Barcelona are back in the Basque country - FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona are back in the Basque Country for the second time in two weeks, this time in San Sebastián, where the Catalans will face Real Sociedad in the first leg of the Copa del Rey quarterfinals at 9.15pm CET

Exclusive: Marlon Santos signs five-year deal with Barcelona | Diario Sport
By all purposes, Marlon Santos is a Barcelona player. As SPORT confirmed via sources close to the players and to Fluminense in December, the Catalan club decided to execute their option to sign the centre-back, who began the season on loan with Barça B.

Fake Messi interview: journalist says it's nothing to do with him | Diario Sport
After LMM, Leo Messi Management, released a statement to deny the authenticity of the supposed (and perhaps invented) interview with the Barça star in the outlet which had published it, the reaction from the cited media and the journalist the article had been attributed to arrived.

Enrique: 4 teams in La Liga race | Football Espana
Luis Enrique believes that any of La Liga’s top four sides can win the title this season following Real Madrid’s unbeaten run ending on Sunday.

Samper turned down Arsenal | Football Espana
The 21-year-old is currently halfway through a season-long loan spell with the struggling Andalucian club but has said his long-term ambition of breaking into the first team at Camp Nou is why he turned down Arsene Wenger’s approaches.

Rivaldo backs Coutinho to join Neymar at Barcelona | FourFourTwo
Philippe Coutinho has often been linked with Barcelona and former star Rivaldo believes signing him to play with Neymar would be wise.

No danger of Messi leaving Barcelona, says father | FourFourTwo
Speculation persists over Lionel Messi's future, but his father and agent has said he will not seek a transfer away from Barcelona.

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