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FC Barcelona News: 13 November 2019; El Clasico Kickoff Time Confirmed, David Villa Announces Retirement

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Barça v Madrid on December 18 at 8.00pm CET | FC Barcelona
The time of the Clásico at the Camp Nou has been confirmed today as an 8.00pm CET kick-off on Wednesday 18 December. The fixture between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid was originally scheduled for October 26, but the Spanish Football Federation’s Competition Committee decided to postpone the game for what it described as “exceptional causes” in an official announcement.

Preview: FC Cartagena v Barça
A large number of the FC Barcelona first team are off on international duty this week, but that doesn’t mean a week off for the ones that are left behind. Not only is training going on as normal but the week also brings a friendly at FC Cartagena (Wednesday, kick off @ 7.00pm CET).

Rakitic: Barcelona have taken the ball away from me, I feel sad | Marca
Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic has been the latest to appear on Jorge Valdano’s TV show, where he has opened up about his frustrating season with the Blaugrana. Having been a first-team regular since joining the club, Barcelona tried using Rakitic in negotiations for Neymar this summer and, since the beginning of the season, he has had to make do with a place on the bench.

Three out and no one in: How Barcelona are planning for January | Sport
Barcelona don’t plan on making any big moves in the short-term. Instead, they expect to move three players on in January but not sign anyone. There’s interest in many Barça players and the club hope to move some on. There are already firm offers for Moussa Wague and Carles Aleña.

Exequiel Palacios: River Plate are scared that Gallardo could leave for Barcelona | Marca
Exequiel Palacios is worried by the prospect of River Plate head coach Marcelo Gallardo leaving the club. Gallardo, who guided River to the 2015 and 2018 Copa Libertadores’, is being linked with taking over from Ernesto Valverde at Barcelona.

Barcelona are monitoring Erling Haaland | Marca
Red Bull Salzburg striker Erling Haaland has truly broken onto the European scene this season, showing his clinical nature both in Austria and in the Champions League, and that has led Barcelona to take note of him. The 19-year-old has netted 26 goals in 18 games in the 2019/20 campaign, which has caused many of Europe’s biggest teams to begin following the Norwegian.

David Villa announces retirement | FC Barcelona
David Villa, currently of Vissel Kobe in Japan and who was at FC Barcelona from 2010 to 2013, has announced his retirement at the end of the season. “I have thought long and hard about the decision and discussed it extensively with my loved ones” said the 37 year old at a press conference in Kobe. “I feel good and think I’ve had a good season with Vissel but I have always said that I would rather leave football before football leaves me. I think this is the perfect time.”

Former Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano set for Estudiantes | Football Espana
Former Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano is set to leave the Chinese Super League to return to Argentina, report TyC Sports. The experienced former Argentina international has also represented River Plate, Corinthians, West Ham and Liverpool during his playing career but now wants to play for Estudiantes in his native country, says the report.