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FC Barcelona News: 7 January 2024; All set for Copa del Rey debut, Barça Femení score nine in first game of 2024

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FC Barcelona v FC Rosengard: Group A - UEFA Women’s Champions League 2023/24 Photo by Pedro Salado/Getty Images

De Mesa: 'I always want Barça to win, except on Sunday' - FC Barcelona
With 31 wins to date, Barça are clearly the Copa Kings, and Sunday sees the start of the journey that will hopefully end with trophy 32 in the cabinet. They first have to get past Unión Deportiva Barbastro, a side from the province of Huesca in Aragon who currently sit ninth in Group 2 of the Segunda RFEF division (fourth tier of Spanish football).

Barça 9-1 Levante Las Planas: Goalfest to start the year - FC Barcelona
Barça Women kicked off 2024 in the best possible way with a 9-1 victory over Levante Las Planes in the league. There was a festival atmosphere in the Estadi Johan Cruyff with 6 January being ain important public holiday in Catalonia.

Xavi Hernandez urges Barcelona to make contract offer to Sergi Roberto - "He's important" - Football España
It has perhaps been no coincidence that the Catalans’ form has picked up when Sergi Roberto has returned to the line-up. The club captain has been a bit-part player this season, but due to injuries for Gavi and Pedri, he has been drafted in for the last two matches – he was even the match-winner against Almeria, scoring twice in a 3-2 victory.

Lamine Yamal ruled out of Copa del Rey clash as prior suspension comes into effect - Football España
The match should allow Xavi to make significant changes to his side ahead of next week’s Spanish Super Cup, meaning that fringe players and youngsters could be given the chance to impress. However, one player that will not be able to play against Barbastro is Lamine Yamal.

Napoli preparing to make offer for Clément Lenglet, Barcelona keen to reach agreement with Aston Villa - Football España
Clement Lenglet’s future has the subject of significant speculation over the last few weeks, with interest growing in the on-loan Aston Villa defender, who – outside of the last couple of weeks – has struggled for regular playing time in the Premier League this season.

Barcelona opt against Pablo Torre recall from Girona loan - Football España
Barcelona are assessing their options in the January transfer window but they will not be bringing Pablo Torre back to the club. La Blaugrana are likely to bring in at least one player in the mid-season market with Xavi Hernandez rumoured to be targeting a midfielder. However, despite the option to end Torre’s eye catching loan early, the Spain U21 international will remain at Girona.

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