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FC Barcelona News: 17 July 2017; Nelson Semedo Opens Up, Ander Herrera Plays Down Rumors

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A busy week begins at FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
And so begins another week at FC Barcelona, and another busy schedule of training sessions under new manager Ernesto Valverde. But this week is very much a week with a difference, with the squad heading across the Atlantic on Wednesday to embark on their three-match tour of the United States.

Nélson Semedo, from the streets of Mira-Sintra to Barça | FC Barcelona
Nélson Semedo finds himself with a chance to move his career forward, something he has done throughout his development as a player, but now he can do it at FC Barcelona. Little would he have imagined as a 15 years old still player street football in the Portuguese capital of Lisbon that he would end up at Barça, the team he always chose playing video games with his friends because he “always thought they are the best team in the world.”

Valverde relieved to have 'unique' Messi on his team | FourFourTwo
Ernesto Valverde says it will be a relief to have the "unique" Lionel Messi on his side, rather than coming up with plans to stop the Barcelona superstar. Barca did the double over Valverde's Athletic Bilbao in LaLiga last season, while Messi also curled in a free-kick winner to knock Athletic out of the Copa Del Rey in January.

Rakitic, Gomes in Valverde's plans at Barcelona | FourFourTwo
Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde says he has no plans to sell Ivan Rakitic or Andre Gomes. Reports in Spain have suggested Barca will look to cash in on one of the midfielders to fund a concerted effort to sign Marco Verratti from Paris Saint-Germain.

Manchester United's Ander Herrera plays down Barcelona link | ESPN
Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera has played down speculation linking him with a move to Barcelona. Herrera's former Athletic Bilbao coach Ernesto Valverde has taken charge at Camp Nou, leading to the speculation, but he says he is happy at Old Trafford.

The biggest stories of the week at FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
Check out what has been happening over the last seven days at Can Barça.

Jordi Moix: We will have a more comfortable home in which Barça fans will feel proud | FC Barcelona
The Espai Barça project received the green light from the Committee of Ecology, Urban Planning and Mobility of the Barcelona City Council. "The initial approval of the urban modification to boost the Espai Barça project is the result of seven years of intense work and, now, we have to continue with the corresponding administrative process,” Espai Barça commissioner Jordi Moix said.

The NBA's Draymond Green and the NFL's Andre Branch visit FC Barcelona training | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona are already getting in the mood for their trip to the USA. With 48 hours to go before the preseason tour to the United States starts, the first team were visited on Monday morning by two famous sportspeople from the NBA and the NFL. They were Draymond Green, of the Golden State Warriors, and Andre Branch, of the Miami Dolphins.

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