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FC Barcelona News: 19 November 2023; Barça not worried about Ter Stegen injury, Tottenham Hotspur interested in Raphinha

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FC Barcelona v Deportivo Alaves - LaLiga EA Sports Photo by Eric Alonso/Getty Images

FC Barcelona against Mexican teams - FC Barcelona
Before taking their Christmas break, FC Barcelona are flying to Dallas for a December 21 friendly against Mexican side Club América, winners of the regular season of the current Liga MX closing tournament, and hence top seeds going into the playoffs, where they'll be hoping to win their first league title since 2018.

Inigo Martinez opens up on pressures of playing for Barcelona - "It's different" - Football España
Inigo Martinez, who joined Barcelona during the summer having spent the entirety of his career beforehand in the Basque country (at Real Sociedad and then Athletic Club), told Sport that he has not experienced this level of scrutiny before.

Inigo Martinez dismissees Barcelona 'problem' with Ilkay Gundogan - Football España
Barcelona defender Inigo Martinez has spoken firmly about Ilkay Gundogan’s critical El Clasico interview. Gundogan was frustrated at full time, as Barcelona allowed their lead to slip, and Real Madrid stormed to a late 2-1 win in Catalonia.

Kylian Mbappe believes Lionel Messi "deserved" eighth Ballon d'Or - "I knew he'd won it in December" - Football España
One of those who believes that Messi did deserve the win this year’s Ballon d’Or was Mbappe himself. Speaking ahead of France’s match against Gibraltar (via GFFN), Mbappe admitted that he knew after the World Cup final that his ex-PSG teammate would scoop the prestigious award.

Girona Sporting Director confirms interest in Oriol Romeu - "If there is an option, we would like to get him" - Football España
Xavi Hernandez has not relied on Romeu as heavily as he did Busquets, and there are already question marks over his future at Barcelona. If he were to leave after just one season, Girona would look to re-sign him, as their Sporting Director Quique Carcel told MD.

Barcelona not concerned by Ter Stegen injury picked up during international break - Football España
At this stage, Barcelona are not concerned by Ter Stegen’s injury, and he should be fit and available for the match against Rayo Vallecano next weekend. This is according to Sport, who also say that further tests will be conducted this weekend to determine the full extent of the injury.

Tottenham Hotspur have "concrete interest" in Raphinha - Football España
Barcelona are reportedly prepared to sell Raphinha next summer, having set an asking price of €70m. Among those that want the 26-year-old are Tottenham Hotspur, with FootballTransfers saying that the Premier League giants have a “concrete interest” in the winger.

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