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FC Barcelona News: 31 December 2017; Looking Back at 2017 as Training Resumes

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First session after the Christmas holidays | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona's first team returned to training this Saturday. After a week of rest for the Christmas holidays, Ernesto Valverde oversaw a session with the players available on pitch number three of the Ciutat Esportiva. The coach, who also had Barça B’s Arnaiz and Aleñá join in, greeted every player one by one. They didn’t include Messi, Suárez and Mascherano, who are not due back until January 2.

VIDEO: Goals from the first team players when they were children | FC Barcelona
Ever since they were at La Masia, some of the current first team squad at FC Barcelona have shown great quality. And in this video, the likes of Leo Messi, Gerard Piqué and Andrés Iniesta are seen scoring goals in the days long before they were household names around the world.

Barca plan Umtiti renewal? | Football Espana
Barcelona are reportedly planning to offer Samuel Umtiti a new contract in order to ward off any interest from Premier League clubs. The English Press reported on Saturday that both Manchester United and Manchester City were ready to activate Umtiti’s €60m release clause.

Vermaelen: Not made of glass! | Football Espana
Thomas Vermaelen believes his recent resurgence for Barcelona has proved he is not “made of glass”. Vermaelen put three years of playing as a backup and struggling with injuries to start Barca’s last six games following an injury to Samuel Umtiti.

Did Nike leak Coutinho's move from Liverpool to Barcelona? | Goal
Barcelona are seemingly preparing for the arrival of Philippe Coutinho as Nike appeared to confirm the Liverpool star's signing on its website on Saturday night. Liverpool fans were left sweating when the giant sportswear manufacturer and Barcelona apparel sponsor appeared to leak the blockbuster transfer via its online store.

Angel Di Maria to Barcelona talk grows but ex-Real Madrid man is not needed | ESPN
Coutinho, as both Diario Sport and Mundo Deportivo scream at us every day, is still the club's priority. Arsenal's Mesut Ozil, out of contract in the summer, is a "low-cost" option, too. But Di Maria is still lingering, with some reports suggesting Barca will go to €45m initially and are prepared to top that fee up with €15m more in add-ons in the case they don't land their other objectives.

Top stories of 2017: Neymar to PSG, Ronaldo beats Messi, World Cup shocks | ESPN
Usually, when a megastar moves from one mega-club to another for a mega-fee, the deal is months or even years in the making and by the time the contract is signed it is old news. But when Neymar was unveiled as a Paris Saint-Germain player on Aug. 4 -- and spoke to ESPN FC about the move beside the Parc des Princes pitch -- it was just 18 days after the first news about the transfer had emerged and the football world was still in disbelief.

FC Barcelona's 2017 in stats | FC Barcelona
Some top stats and figures from the year that is just coming to an end with Leo Messi as top scorer and top assist provider.

The best training moves from 2017 | FC Barcelona
We’ve reached the end of the year and it’s time to take a look back at the most outstanding moves from the first-team’s training sessions. Some are actions that we don’t normally see, but which demonstrate the great individual quality of Ernesto Valverde’s men. Incredible nutmegs, back heels and a great atmosphere are the highlights of this video. Don’t miss out on the fun!

Top ten most watched videos of 2017 on YouTube | FC Barcelona
We take a look at the most popular FC Barcelona videos on YouTube.

The 10 most liked posts of the year on Facebook | FC Barcelona
We take a look at what the most popular FC Barcelona posts were for users on this social media platform.

The most liked Instagram posts of 2017 | FC Barcelona
See what the most popular photos were on the Blaugrana's official profile this year.