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FC Barcelona News: 21 January 2019; Carlos Vela discusses transfer rumors

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Carlos Vela ‘happy’ at LAFC, refuses to rule out move to Barcelona | ESPN

Carlos Vela has addressed speculation Barcelona are interested in bringing him to the Camp Nou in January. He said: “They are issues for the clubs and agents. I’m relaxed, working on the preseason and the most important thing is to be happy in the place you are. In the future we’ll see what happens. Whatever I may decide or happens I’ll be happy because I’m loving being in Los Angeles with my team enjoying the day-to-day and I don’t have anything to lose in any case.”

Suárez now amongst top 5 Barça goalscorers of all time | FC Barcelona

Luis Suarez is now in the top five Barcelona goalscorers of all time after his goal against Leganes. The Uruguayan has 167 goals for the Blaugrana, but he’s still some way below topscorer Lionel Messi who has 577.

Busquets: Suarez gets to the ball before the goalkeeper | Marca

Sergio Busquets has spoken out about Luis Suarez’s goal against Leganes on Sunday. He said: “For Luis’ goal, he got there before the goalkeeper to shoot and with that movement, it is impossible for his leg to disappear.”

Meeting at Barcelona on Monday as No.9 search nears its end | Sport

Barcelona will have a meeting on Monday to discuss the No.9 situation. The club want to bring in another striker in January. There are plenty of options including Morata, Vela, Stuani, Ighalo, Piatek, Bakambu, Jovic and Maxi Gómez, but Valverde wants someone who can fit straight into the team.

Leganes seek explanation via RFEF complaint | Marca

Leganes have approached the RFEF to ask for an explanation as to why Luis Suarez’s goal was given. They believe Suarez fouled goalkeeper Ivan Cuellar and think VAR should have disallowed his effort.

Ernesto Valverde explains controversial Carles Alena substitution | Sport

Ernesto Valverde explained why he decided to replace Carles Alena in the second half of Barcelona’s win over Leganes. He said: “Alena had a great game, but we believed it was right to make changes at 1-1. Rakitic and Messi are used to playing together and we bet on them to turn things around. That doesn’t mean he didn’t do well though.”

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