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FC Barcelona News: 22 December 2018; Nelson Semedo Returns from Injury, Arthur Named in Revelations XI

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PREVIEW: FC Barcelona v Celta Vigo | FC Barcelona
When FC Barcelona play Celta Vigo, it’s normally a game that’s synonymous with goals. On Saturday, the Blaugranes will look for the three points that will keep them top of the table into the new year.

The squad for Celta | FC Barcelona
They are: Ter Stegen, N. Semedo, Piqué,I. Rakitic, Sergio, Denis Suárez, Coutinho, Arthur, Suárez, Messi, O. Dembélé, Cillessen, Lenglet, Jordi Alba, Aleñá, Vidal, Miranda and Chumi. Injuries to Rafinha, Malcom, Samper, S. Roberto, Umtiti and Vermaelen preclude them from being selected, whilst Munir has been left out because of the coach’s decision.

Murillo’s first training session | FC Barcelona
Twenty-four hours after the official agreement with Valencia for the loan of Jeison Murillo, the Colombian centre-back trained with the rest of his team mates at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper, despite the fact that he won’t be able to play this Saturday against Celta, Barça’s final match of 2018.

Arthur, in the Champions League revelations XI | Sport
Arthur Melo, Barcelona’s Brazilian centre-midfielder, was chosen as part of the ‘breakthrough’ Champions League XI for the group stages so far. He is the only Barca player in UEFA’s list. Arthur joins Rakitic in being heralded, after the Croatian’s goal at Wembley was chosen as the best so far.

Barcelona and Valencia in talks with Boca Juniors over Almendra | Goal
Barcelona and Valencia are in talks with Boca Juniors over a move for Agustin Almendra, Goal understands. The 18-year-old central midfielder is one of South America’s brightest prospects, and is currently the captain of Argentina’s U-21 side.

Ex-Barcelona star Andres Iniesta: I see myself as a Coach | Football Espana
Former Barcelona star Andres Iniesta has revealed that ‘I see myself as a Coach one day and coming back’ to Camp Nou. Iniesta ended 22 years of service to Barca last summer as he joined Japanese side Vissel Kobe, but the veteran midfielder harbours hopes of returning to the Catalan giants after he hangs up his boots.

When will Barcelona sign a left-back? | Marca
Barcelona have already agreed a deal to sign a defender in the January market, with Jeison Murillo to join on loan from Valencia, but they still have a void at backup left-back. Jordi Alba is the undisputed starter, but the only backup in that position is the 18-year-old Juan Miranda.