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"Jesus" signs for 5 years

Firstly, some other transfer news:

» Txiki confirmed Gudjohnsen will be joining Monaco. EDIT: OFFICIAL
» Henrique was sent out on loan once again but to Racing Santander this time.


Dmytro Chygrynskiy has signed a five-year contract with Barcelona after the club agreed a €25million fee with Shakhtar Donetsk. The central defender's deal will include a buy-out clause worth €100million.


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pre-match news: Malaga v Barca

I apologise for my lax posting lately: it's exam time. Look for an increase in about a week's time.

+ An understrength Barca team beat third division Benidorm 0-1 with a strike from Bojan in their round of 32 first leg Copa del Rey game. The return leg is at the Camp Nou. Anyone want to guess how many people will turn up to that one? 3,000?

+ Bad injury new first: worryingly, Abidal has a knee problem that will rule him out for at least a week and might require surgery if it doesn't improve after that.

+ Good injury news: Guddy and Pedro both have medical clearance! They haven't been included in Pep's squad for Malaga, but look for at least Guddy to make a comeback against Basle midweek. Keita is running again as well, which is very encouraging.

+ Speaking of which, the squad:

Goalkeepers: Valdes, Pinto

Defenders: Marquez, Pique, Puyol, Caceres, Sylvinho

Midfielders: Xavi, Toure, Sergio B

Forwards: Henry, Bojan, Eto'o, Messi

*Swiss army knives: Iniesta, Hleb, Alves, Victor Sanchez


The new category there is for people who can play in a variety of positions across the pitch, leaving me unsure as to how I'm supposed to classify them.

+ Pep says we need to be careful. He's right - Malaga are a good side, only 4 places below Barca in the table, having just beaten Sevilla away [not many teams can do that] and on a 4-game winning streak. Any complacency will be punished.

+ He also says that Xavi is going nowhere, so feel free to continue laughing at the desperate attempts of publications such as Tuttosport to drum up rumours about half the Barca midfield.

+ Some news on the work of the FC Barcelona Foundation.
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Post international break update

+ Injury news first: Aleks now has medical clearance, so he'll be fit to play in Bilbao. Dani's probably going to be okay too, after missing the Atletico game as a precaution.

That's the good news. The bad news: Pedro broke in training with the Spanish U21s, and he's out for a month, Guddy got an injury playing for Iceland and will be out for at least a week, and Yaya's got some sort of knock from playing for the Ivory Coast which is not terribly serious but might be enough to rule him out for the Athletic game.

+ Quick international highlights round-up: Titi and Andres both scored fantastic goals for France and Spain respectively [both definitely worth watching], Leo now has 8 goals in his last 9 games, Sammy has now scored 10 goals in his last 11, Puyol saved the day for Spain (and scored a goal in their other game) and Sergi Busquets made his debut for the Spanish U21 side with a goal.

+ the Fundacion FC Barcelona's collaboration with UNICEF is expanding to cover projects in Malawi and Angola as well as Swaziland. The article also details the good work that's been done in Swaziland already.

+ Leo made his official first team debut four years ago. Seems like longer, to be honest. So much has happened.

+ On the contract extension front, talks for Sergi Busquets' new contract have begun. There's a lot of BS flying around about other clubs poaching him, but I wouldn't worry. Firstly, he's a cule who is the son of a cule who works at the club. Secondly, he shares an agent with Guardiola and said agent has a record of dealing well with the club. As long as Barca don't screw him over economically, we should be fine.

+ Further contract news: it has now emerged that the club sneakily signed a new contract with Leo a couple of months back and just didn't tell anybody. There's no extension involved - it still goes until 2014 - and the buyout clause is still an astronomical 150 million euros, he's just earning a lot more money now. No one's sure as to the figure, but the rumour that was floated a while ago was 8 million euros + up to 4 million euros in performance-dependent bonuses per year.

[This is Leo's fourth professional contract, which just goes to show how careful Barca are about keeping him, even though neither him nor his dad (who acts as his agent) have ever come out and publicly demanded anything of the club.]