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No Baena Barca compensation, court rules

February 8, 2013
By Dermot Corrigan, Spain Correspondent

The Spanish Supreme Court has ruled that Espanyol midfielder Raul Baena does not have to pay Barcelona the €3.5 million they had wanted as compensation for him breaking a youth contract and leaving in 2007.

Baena, 23, joined Barca's La Masia youth academy in 2002 at the age of 13. But in the summer of 2007 he decided to move across the city to join Espanyol, with just €30,000 being paid in compensation.

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