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FC Barcelona News: 16 December 2023; All set for Valencia trip, Robert Lewandowski planning to stay at Barça

A round-up of the latest Barcelona news and rumors

Royal Antwerp FC v FC Barcelona: Group H - UEFA Champions League 2023/24 Photo by Koji Watanabe/Getty Images

The lowdown on Valencia CF - FC Barcelona
After three games in a row at the Estadi Olimpic, Barça now make the relatively short trip south to take on Valencia. Here’s our lowdown on the club they call Los Che.

The squad for Valencia v Barça - FC Barcelona
Time for FC Barcelona to put the last two defeats against Girona and Royal Antwerp behind them and the first opportunity to do so comes with an away trip to the Mestalla stadium to face hosts Valencia.

Xavi: 'We have to stick together more than ever' - FC Barcelona
Two key games incoming for Barça before the festive break in the league schedule, the first against Valencia on Saturday. The blaugrana coach has given his pre-match press conference in which he highlighted the importance of a game he considers a "final".

Aitana receives the Aldo Rovira Memorial award for the 2022/23 season - FC Barcelona
Friday saw Aitana Bonmatí collect the Aldo Rovira Memorial Award for best player from the 2022/23 season.

Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez confirms interest in 17-year-old starlet - Football España
Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez has confirmed that they are tracking 17-year-old Argentine talent Claudio Echeverri. The River Plate starlet is the subject of interest from an array of Europe’s top clubs, and is likely to move in either the January transfer window, or in the summer, as his contract expires in December of 2024.

Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez - 'I don't understand the environment or the noise here' - Football España
Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez has asked the Barcelona-based media to unite behind him, amid a poor run of form. Defeat to Royal Antwerp made it four losses in nine matches for Barcelona, and their league position means that another bad result could put them three games back on Real Madrid.

Anna Lewandowska drops clues for future path of struggling Barcelona forward Robert Lewandowski - Football España
Barcelona’s star striker Robert Lewandowski is not enjoying this season as much as the last one, with the Blaugrana under heavy pressure. While he is not the only one underperforming, the fact he is one of the faces of the side and has just three goals since September is weighing both individually and collectively. With Lewandowski now 35, there has been open speculation as to whether he should be dropped, and ultimately moved on at the end of the season.

AC Milan join Bayern Munich in race for Clément Lenglet - Football España
Barcelona are still in financial difficulties following the pandemic and out of control spending, but they may finally be able to bring in some money for one of their high earners. Clement Lenglet has been out of favour for some time, spending last season on loan at Tottenham Hostpur and this one at Aston Villa. He could end his loan at Villa this January though, with Bayern Munich keen to bring in cover.

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