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Barcelona rename training pitch 'Camp Tito Vilanova'

Barcelona today renamed their first team training pitch after Tito Vilanova, their former manager who passed away from cancer in July 2014.

Barcelona have renamed their first team training pitch after Vilanova. Credit: fcbarcelona.com

Vilanova's wife, Montse Chaure, and his two children, Carlota and Adria, attended the ceremony on pitch number one this morning.

The club's president Josep Maria Bartomeu explained: "From now on, all generations that come to train at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper will know who Tito Vilanova was."

Vilanova guided the Catalans to their 22nd La Liga title after taking over from Pep Guardiola in 2012, but was forced to step aside for surgery in December and later resigned in June 2013 when he suffered a relapse.

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Barcelona star set to leave on a free in summer

Barcelona full-back Dani Alves is set to leave the Nou Camp when his contract expires in the summer, the Brazilian's agent has announced.

The defender has been linked with a move to Manchester United in recent weeks, which could become a reality after the Catalans failed to open talks with Alves' representatives over a new deal.

Dani Alves is on his way out. Credit: PA

"They (Barca) have not gotten in touch with us," Alves' agent Dinorah Santana told Spanish radio station Cadena Ser. "Hence, we interpret that Barca does not want Alves to continue so we will find another club."

Alves expected to remain with the Catalan giants after the summer considering Barca cannot sign any players in 2015 after being banned by FIFA for breaking the rules concerning under-age player transfers.

"It's strange that they would let him (Alves) leave on a free transfer," Santana said. "But if they have not said anything up to now, I believe they do not want to renew Alves' contract."

Barcelona through despite Torres first minute strike

Neymar was on the scoresheet. Credit: Reuters

Barcelona fought back strongly to win 3-2 at Atletico Madrid after Fernando Torres had scored a goal within a minute.

The result sent the Catalans through to the Copa del Rey semi-finals 4-2 on aggregate.

Barcelona levelled on 10 minutes when Lionel Messi linked up with Luis Suarez to put Neymar through to cancel out Torres' strike.

Raul Garcia edged Atletico back in front with with a 30th minute penalty before an own goal by Miranda and a second for Neymar.

Atletico midfielder Gabi was sent off in the 45th minute, and following the restart Arda Turan was booked after throwing his boot in the direction on an official after not winning a foul ..

Mario Suarez also saw red six minutes before the final whistle after his second bookable offence.

Barcelona consider changing sponsors over 'social and political issues' in Qatar

Josep Maria Bartomeu pictured on the left when Barcelona signed Neymar. Credit: PA

Josep Maria Bartomeu believes "social and political issues" may force Barcelona to seek new sponsors next year.

The Spanish giants agreed a five-year deal with Qatar Sports Investment in 2011 worth a whopping £125m.

Club president Bartomeu expressed his gratitude for the substantial investment during an interview with Catalan radio station RAC1, but admits the political landscape has changed since the Gulf state was controversially awarded the 2022 World Cup.

Qatar is an issue where we are looking at other options. Their contract finishes in 2016 and then it could be them or another sponsor.

We're not insensitive to the current situation in Qatar because there are social and political issues there that didn't exist in 2010 and we're sensitive to them.

As a sponsor we're happy and they make a contribution to the club, but we are also looking at other options. It wasn't a bad idea. Qatar have helped us improve the club economically.

– Josep Maria Bartomeu

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Enrique: Barcelona without Messi is unthinkable

Reports suggest Enrique and Messi have a strained relationship. Credit: PA

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique says the thought of having a team without Lionel Messi is "not even something we contemplate".

The future of the Argentina forward as been the subject of much speculation recently, following reports that he had fallen out with Enrique.

Messi has been linked with a move to Barclays Premier League champions Manchester City and leaders Chelsea, but Enrique does not want to see the four-time former world player of the year leave the Nou Camp.

I don't know what the future holds for us. We all think that Messi will be at Barca in the next few years and that is what all the cules (Barca fans) want.

The thought of having a team without Messi is not even something we contemplate.

– Barcelona manager Luis Enrique

Messi not leaving Barcelona - Busquets

Sergio Busquets has reassured Barcelona fans that Lionel Messi has no intentions of leaving the club.

Busquets spoke out following reports which suggested the Argentinian had fallen out with manager Luis Enrique.

Sergio Busquets, left, reckons Leo Messi, right, will stay. Credit: PA

"He controls his future and he has said he has no intention of leaving - and that's very important for us," the Catalan told Barcelona's website.

"All he was saying yesterday was the typical cliche that you never know what might happen in the future.

"People usually only know what they are told by the press but I think everyone has now had a chance to speak. We just want to be united, to be as one, and for the fans to be behind us."

Messi opens door to leaving Barcelona

Barcelona star Leo Messi has hinted at a willingness to leave the Nou Camp in the summer.

Rumours of a rift with the hierarchy at the Catalan club has seen the Argentine forward linked with potential moves to Premier League clubs Chelsea and Manchester City.

Leo Messi might leave Barcelona. Credit: PA

Messi, who is nominated for the Ballon d'Or, has now fanned the flames of speculation, by saying he is unsure about his playing future, whereas previously he had planned to stay with Barcelona until the end of his career.

Messi said: "I'm not sure where I'll be next year. I've always said I'd like to end my career at Barcelona, but as Cristiano [Ronaldo] says only God knows the future."

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