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FC Barcelona News: 21 October 2017; Squad Named for Malaga Game, Barcelona B Earn Point

A round-up of the latest Barcelona news and transfer rumors

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Match preview: FC Barcelona v Málaga CF | FC Barcelona
The two sides that meet at the Camp Nou on Saturday at 8.45pm CET couldn’t be going into the game in more contrasting situations. It’s first against last as unbeaten Barça look to build on their four-point lead at the top of table, while Málaga are still looking for their first win.

The FC Barcelona squad to face Málaga | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona welcome Málaga to the Camp Nou this Saturday as La Liga action returns. The Andalusians have been a difficult opponent for Barça in recent seasons but arrive in Catalonia bottom of the table and with only one win in eight games. Ernesto Valverde and his team will be looking to take advantage in order to continue their excellent start to the 2017/18 campaign.

Valverde: Málaga good side despite poor start | FC Barcelona
Barça coach Ernesto Valverde cast his eye over Saturday La Liga opponents Málaga (8.45pm CET, Camp Nou) in his pre-game press conference on Friday at the Ciutat Esportiva. The blaugrana boss had praise for the Andalusian visitors despite their poor start to the campaign. “I have a lot of respect for Míchel [Málaga coach]. Málaga are not playing like a team who have just one point,” said Valverde.

DID YOU KNOW?: FC Barcelona v Málaga | FC Barcelona
Malaga is the sixth largest city in Spain, only topped by Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Seville and Bilbao. That makes it the largest city in the country never to have produced a Liga winning club. Malaga's highest ever finish was fourth in 2011/12.

Abel Ruiz has many suitors, but staying at Barcelona might suit him best | ESPN
Ruiz is the latest player from Barcelona's La Masia academy to attract a lot of attention. The 17-year-old scored the last-minute winning goal as Spain beat France to make the Under-17 World Cup quarterfinals earlier this week. Even before then, he was linked with a move to a number of Premier League clubs.

'I would've earned a lot more!' – Verratti reveals why he snubbed Barcelona | Goal
Marco Verratti has revealed that he cut short his summer holiday to talk with Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Antero Henrique, a discussion that ultimately led to him deciding to stay at the club. After PSG were dumped out of the Champions League and failed to retain their Ligue 1 title, their project seemed to be wavering, yet during the summer they reinforced heavily, signing the likes of Dani Alves, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar.

Valverde: Barcelona couldn't sign Mbappe | Goal
Valverde, who took over at Barca in May, said there was no chance for the La Liga giants to sign the forward. "I don't know what to say to you. There's always talk about a lot of players," he told a news conference on Friday.

CA Osasuna - FC Barcelona B: A valuable point at the league leaders (2-2) | FC Barcelona
Osasuna and Barça B drew 2-2 in a fast-paced game that could’ve gone either way until the last minute. The visitors took the lead in the first half thanks to goals from Concha and Aleñá, but the hosts grabbed a share of the spoils after Quique and Fran Mérida drew them level. Even so, it’s a very valuable point for the team coached by Gerard López, coming as it did against the current leader of the Second Division.

Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown visits Camp Nou | FC Barcelona
Taking advantage of being in the city promoting his latest book Origin, world famous author Dan Brown found time to fit in a visit to Camp Nou to his busy agenda. Board member Jordi Mestre accompanied Brown on his tour of the blaugrana as did Jordi Cardoner, vice president of the Social Area, who took time to explain to the writer the Club’s long and unique history.

Next Barça Legends game in Mumbai | FC Barcelona
Barça Legends next fixture will come in Mumbai, India following an agreement reached with the Football Next Foundation. The game will be played in January against an opponent yet to be confirmed and it will be coach Albert Ferrer’s third game in charge of the team.

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