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FC Barcelona News: 24 January 2017; Andres Iniesta Wins Queen Sofia Award, Focus Back on Copa del Rey

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Andrés Iniesta collects Queen Sofia Award in Madrid | FC Barcelona
The decision was announced some time ago now but this Monday Andrés Iniesta collected the Queen Sofia Award at the ceremony for the National Sports Awards for 2015. The Barça captain travelled to Madrid for the gala accompanied by Club directors Carles Villarrubí and Javier Bordas as well as the director of professional sport, Albert Soler.

Lionel Messi's Barcelona contract talks going 'very well', according to club's technical secretary | Sky Sports
Messi's current contract runs out in 2018, having last signed an extension in the summer of 2014. Barca president Josep Bartomeu said recently the club will do "whatever it takes" to keep hold of Messi, and technical secretary Robert Fernandez insists they are not concerned about the Argentine's deal.

First training session of the week to prepare for Copa return leg | FC Barcelona
After defeating Eibar the previous night, the FC Barcelona first team players were back on the Ciutat Esportiva training field on Monday to prepare for the Copa del Rey quarter-final second leg. Also taking part in the session were U19 players: Jordi Tur, Jordi Mboula, Alasana Manneh and Oriol Rey.

Ter Stegen’s saves at Ipurua prove key | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona ended the first round of the league season with a 4-0 win at Eibar, and much of the praise had to go to the heroics of goalkeeper Marc-André Ter Stegen. While Denis Suárez, Leo Messi, Luis Suárez and Neymar Jr took the plaudits for their goals, the German stopper made a number of saves to keep Eibar at bay.

Sprained right ankle for Sergio Busquets | FC Barcelona
After the injury picked up on Sunday in Ipurua in the 4-0 victory over Eibar, Sergio Busquets has undergone tests to find out the exact extent of the problem. The midfielder left the field on a stretcher in the 8th minute of the first half after a challenge from Nicolás Escalante. Results on Monday confirm that Busquets has a sprained external lateral ligament in his right ankle. The player is out and his return will depend on his recovery.

Ivan Rakitic says he wants to play for FC Barcelona for 'many more years' | FC Barcelona
"I want to stay at Barça for years to come." Ivan Rakitic made his intentions clear when he collected the prize for the best team player at the Mundo Deportivo’s Grand Gala. "We are negotiating and I hope that it will be sorted out as soon as possible," highlighted the Croatian midfielder.

Barcelona's Luis Suarez has become world's best striker after Liverpool exit - ESPN FC
Luis Suarez's £65 million arrival at Barcelona was full of doubts. After biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, there were plenty of questions over whether he would be able to control his behaviour at Camp Nou.

Rival Watch: La Liga's top two earn hard-fought wins, as do cup opponents Real Sociedad and UCL adversaries PSG | FC Barcelona
Real Madrid bounced back from two successive defeats in league and cup respectively with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Málaga at the Santiago Bernabéu. Sergio Ramos, who scored an own goal in the defeat against Sevilla last week that ended their 40-match unbeaten run, made amends with his side’s two goals.

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