–In the “great news!” category, Carles Puyol has reached an agreement in principle for a renewal until 2013. Final details are yet to be hammered out but as you can imagine, his negotiating position was immensely enhanced by Marquez’ performance against Rubin Kazan.
But even before that, this dude deserves to retire with the club. He started here, he grew up here, and any notions that he would be happy anywhere else, or that any self-respecting cule would be happy seeing him somewhere else are the purest insanity.
Everybody and their mamas gave our Capitan a standing ovation at word of the news, as do I.
—Danny? Really? The Portuguese member of the all-potential team is said to be on our transfer docket, via loan with option, in January. He’s recovering from a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament injury, so the hope is that he will be able to get through El Prat without the aid of a wheelchair. (Just kidding.) When on form, the midfielder is a bigger crack than J. Lo. He’s presently with Zenit, and is looking to get some new life for his career. We could be just the thing for this talented attacking midfielder.
—Txignasty is in the house, as our latest acquisition was given the green light from our medical staff to play this weekend. And not a moment too soon, as Captain Caveman will slide over to right back, to replace the injured Dani Alves. When reached for comment, Txigrinski said “I will smash. I will smash them all.”
In other news of the knocked, Thierry Henry practiced normally, and could be included in Sunday’s lineup, one that will, by the by, be seen in glorious HD on ESPN2. Yay!
–Oh, yeah …. rumors. January pushes are being claimed for Cesc Fabregas and Franck Ribery. This despite the other rumor, propagated just the other day, that we have all but given up on Fabregas. Who knows, who cares? Oh, and EMD says that Flo-Flo is looking to steal Fabregas right from under our noses. And you can see that, right? After all, the EE needs midfielders, right?
Flo-Flo is said to be talking directly to Fabregas’ family, telling them things like “Of course I will sit Kaka in favor of your son. No question. I only signed the Brazilian to keep his spot warm. Perhaps Cesc would like the sangria concession at the Bernabeu? We can arrange that. And by the by, I have in this box the souls of the last men who tried to refuse me my wishes. I am just saying. That’s all.”
–What I do care about is that Jonathan dos Santos will be offered a real deal by us in January. Negotiations are all but done, and Johnny Two-Time should be part of our squad for some time to come. This makes me so happy, as what we have seen of the kid is that he is the definite business, maybe even more so than the highly touted Gai Assulin.
–Finally, the players are doing good by being bad. The club donated the almost 25,000 Euros raised in fines from various player transgressions, to Sant Joan de Deu hospital. The funds will go toward research and development.