I realize that it’s Clásico week. I don’t know if you noticed that I have been posting some things about it. Don’t think that’ll stop, but here’ a quick News Hit for today, before I return to my turkey and family.
–The Yaya has returned to training after recovering from the super bug ebola-leukemia-Swine. Obviously he defeated it by thinking up a cure for this awful disease that has afflicted, well, just The Yaya because any mere mortal who caught it would be immediately incinerated. He was cleared by the medical staff and returned to full participation.
-Three players trained individually with trainers: Alves for an ankle knock he sustained against Inter and Ibra and Messi for their respective injuries. No word yet on their expected fitness levels for Sunday, but I imagine they’ll both start since they were on the bench against Inter.
–Abidal renewed his contract, extending it through June 30, 2012 and upping his buyout clause to €90million. Congratulation, Le Greyhound!
-The club has apparently agreed to a contract extension with Don Andres Iniesta. EMD reports that the deal will last through June 30, 2015 and will have a buyout clause of €200million. Two hundred million euros. Holy…Make of that what you will, of course, but €200million? That’s a large amount of money…
-Both of these contract renewals bring me to the inevitable question of why hasn’t The Yaya renewed? Is he asking for too much money? Are we no offering enough? Are there even negotiations going on? I want to know, dammit!
–Xavi points out the obvious: RM is a victim of Barça’s successes last year, meaning they, RM, have had to spend astronomically in an attempt to reach our level. Whether they have or not is apparently debatable, though in my world, I agree with Johann Cruyff that Barça plays a thousand times better. Damn right, The Johann.
-Remember, I’ve extended the deadline of the Logo and Banner Design Contest until Thursday, December 3. I’ve received some great submissions, but I’m sure there are a lot of great ideas left out there (cough Corrine cough).