Live Barcelona Blog: Jordi Alba left out of Spain squad

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Hello Blaugrana fans!

David Cooper here bringing you the latest Barcelona news on Friday.

It’s transfer deadline day in La Liga so will there be any late incomings for the Catalan giants?

Barca are back in league action on Sunday, where they face minnows Huesca.

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5pm – Blaugrana reaction to Champions League draw

Barca representative Guillermo Amor reacts to who the Catalan giants will face in Europe:

4pm – Barcelona in training today

3.20pm – Alba omitted from Enrique’s La Roja squad

Surprise omission: Jordi Alba.

Surprise omission: Jordi Alba.

Jordi Alba is a high-profile omission from Luis Enrique’s first Spain squad as La Roja prepare to face England in the Nations League.

Read more, here.

2pm – Rafinha switch to Betis unlikely

Rafinha featured for Barcelona during pre-season.

Rafinha featured for Barcelona during pre-season.

Barcelona‘s hopes of shifting unwanted midfielder Rafinha before the La Liga transfer window slams shut in Spain on Friday appear all but over.

Read the full story, here.

10am – Lionel Messi in fire on training!

9am – Barca learn Champions League group stage draw fate

In case you missed it, Barcelona have been drawn in a challenging Group B – featuring Tottenham, PSV and Inter Milan.

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Barcelona star Jordi Alba left out of Luis Enrique's first Spain squad

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Surprise omission: Jordi Alba.

Jordi Alba is a high-profile omission from Luis Enrique’s first Spain squad as La Roja prepare to face England in the Nations League.

The Barcelona full-back has won 66 caps for his country and was a regular in the side that won Euro 2012 as well as featuring in Spain’s unsuccessful World Cup campaign this summer.

Alba was critical of Enrique’s spell in charge at the Nou Camp so it is perhaps no surprise that Jose Gaya of Valencia has been preferred in the 23-man squad that will take on England at Wembley and then Croatia.

Gerard Pique, David Silva and Andres Iniesta have all retired from international duty, while Koke and Iago Aspas are two other notable absentees.

Five Premier League players have been named, with the Chelsea quartet of Kepa Arrizabalaga, Cesar Azpilicueta, Alvaro Morata all included along with the returning Marcos Alonso, while David de Gea is expected to retain the number one shirt despite enduring an indifferent time in Russia.

Squad in full:

Goalkeepers: De Gea, Kepa, Pau Lopez

Defenders: Carvajal, Azpilicueta, Albiol, D. Llorente, Nacho, Ramos, I. Martinez, M. Alonso, Gaya

Midfielders: Busquets, S. Roberto, Rodri, Saul, Thiago, Ceballos

Attack: Isco, Asensio, Morata, Costa, Suso, Rodrigo

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Rafinha set to stay at Barcelona as Real Betis loan talks break down

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Rafinha featured for Barcelona during pre-season.

Barcelona‘s hopes of shifting unwanted midfielder Rafinha before the La Liga transfer window slams shut in Spain on Friday appear all but over.

Blaugrana have been trying to move the Brazilian on this summer but talks with rumoured suitor Real Betis have broken down, according to Marca.

The 25-year-old, who signed for Barcelona in 2011 but struggled to nail down regular first-team football – spending part of last season on loan at Inter Milan, now looks to be staying put at the Camp Nou.

It had been suggested that Betis wanted to take Rafinha on a season-long loan arrangement, but Barca are keen to recoup some cash and offload him permanently.

Benfica were apparently also in the running to acquire the La Masia graduate’s signature, however, the Portuguese giants have stalled on their initial interest.

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