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Spain government to recover state aid?
Real Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and Athletic Bilbao are among the clubs who could be asked to repay state aid wrongly paid out.
Aduriz: There’s no secret
Aritz Aduriz insists there’s no secret to his longevity as the Athletic Bilbao striker approaches his 35th birthday.
Laporte denies Barca rejection
Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte has denied suggesting that he would reject an offer from Barcelona.
Marcelino: More than a point
Marcelino hailed Villarreal’s 0-0 draw at Athletic Bilbao on Saturday as “more than a point” due to their superior head-to-head record.
Laporte: I would reject Barca
Aymeric Laporte has claimed that he “would reject” an offer from Barcelona after pledging his loyalty to Athletic Bilbao.
Valverde: Villarreal game crucial
Ernesto Valverde believes Athletic Bilbao’s visit of Villarreal in La Liga on Saturday is “crucial” to their unlikely Champions League hopes.
Del Bosque on Casillas, Pique, Aduriz
Vicente Del Bosque has commented on the situations of Iker Casillas, Gerard Pique and Aritz Aduriz regarding the Spain side and Euro 2016.
Valverde: Athletic looked tired
Ernesto Valverde admitted his “tired” Athletic Bilbao players were lucky to escape with a 1-0 win at Getafe in La Liga on Saturday.
Valverde looking for Athletic response
Ernesto Valverde admits Athletic Bilbao have a tough task in bouncing back from their Copa del Rey elimination when they travel to Getafe on Saturday.
Laporte ‘delighted’ with release clause
Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte has insisted that he does not feel priced out of the transfer market by his €50m release clause.
Valverde: Suarez should’ve been off
Ernesto Valverde felt Luis Suarez should have received a second yellow card as Barcelona dumped Athletic Bilbao out of the Copa del Rey.
Enrique: Hard to explain improvement
Luis Enrique admits he is at a loss to explain Barcelona’s second-half improvement in Wednesday’s 3-1 win against Athletic Bilbao.
Suarez: Fans are 12th man
Luis Suarez paid tribute to Barcelona’s fans as he felt the “12th man” helped the side over the line against Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday.
Late show sends Barca to semis
Barcelona needed late goals from Gerard Pique and Neymar to defeat Athletic Bilbao 3-1 on Wednesday and book their place in the Copa del Rey semi-finals.
LIVEBLOG: Barca v Athletic (2-1 agg.)
Join Football Espana this evening for LIVE coverage of the Copa del Rey quarter-final second leg between Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao at Camp Nou!
Barcelona welcome back Neymar for tonight’s Copa del Rey quarter-final second leg against Athletic Bilbao at Camp Nou, but there is no Arda Turan.
Valverde: Don’t overthink it
Ernesto Valverde advises his Athletic Bilbao players not to overthink the Copa del Rey quarter-final second leg with Barcelona.
Tebas defends third-party ownership
La Liga President Javier Tebas has travelled to Brussels to speak in defence of third-party ownership. ‘Without it, La Liga’s stars will go to the Premier League.’
Aduriz ‘flattered’ by Spain interest
Athletic Bilbao striker Aritz Aduriz has admitted that he is “flattered” by Spain boss Vicente del Bosque’s recent appraisal of his performances.
Valverde coy on Athletic future
Ernesto Valverde says “it’s too early to say” whether he will remain in charge of Athletic Bilbao next season ahead of Sunday’s Basque derby with Eibar.
Williams: Athletic are my club
Inaki Williams has made it clear that he was never close to leaving Athletic Bilbao before signing a new contract on Thursday as “this is my club”.
Williams renews with Athletic
Inaki Williams has signed a new long-term contract at Athletic Bilbao, tying the forward to Los Leones until 2021.
Robert: Tough game, Bartra stays
Barcelona technical director Robert Fernandez said after the ‘tough’ game against Athletic Bilbao that Marc Bartra won’t leave.
Valverde: Athletic have hope
Ernesto Valverde says Aritz Aduriz’s goal against Barcelona gives Athletic Bilbao hope for the Copa del Rey quarter-final second leg.
Enrique: Interesting second leg…
Luis Enrique is cautious over the Copa del Rey second leg between Athletic Bilbao and Barcelona after a 2-1 win at San Mames.
Aduriz plays down Neymar stamp
Athletic Bilbao striker Aritz Aduriz insisted his stamp on Neymar during Wednesday’s 2-1 defeat to Barcelona “was just a moment in the game”.
Neymar praises Athletic resolve
Barcelona forward Neymar admitted Athletic Bilbao were the better team in the second half of Wednesday’s Copa del Rey quarter-final first leg.
Barca brace punishes Athletic
Barcelona took control of their Copa del Rey quarter-final with a 2-1 win at Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday, despite Artiz Aduriz’s late consolation.
LIVEBLOG: Athletic v Barca
Join Football Espana for LIVE Copa del Rey coverage this evening as Athletic Bilbao and Barcelona kick-off their quarter-final tie at San Mames!
An understrength Barcelona XI take to the field in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals this evening against Athletic Bilbao, who welcome back Aritz Aduriz.
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