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Urrutia: Athletic could keep Laporte
Josu Urrutia has made it clear that Athletic Bilbao could yet keep Aymeric Laporte this summer, despite heavy speculation about the defender’s future.
Llorente hoping for Sevilla ‘luck’
Fernando Llorente is hoping “luck” is on Sevilla’s side when they contest the Copa del Rey and Europa League finals later this month.
Copa to get final four makeover?
A plan to revamp the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey, inspired by basketball’s final four, has reportedly been discussed.
Tebas: La Liga is watching
Javier Tebas assures La Liga is paying close attention to every game to make sure the season ends without any favours.
‘Valeron a great player and person’
Quique Setien paid tribute to Juan Carlos Valeron after the veteran played his last home game for Las Palmas.
La Liga final day set
The dates and times of La Liga’s final round have been confirmed as the title race and relegation fight go to the wire.
LIVEBLOG: La Liga Week 37
Live coverage of the penultimate round of the 2015-16 La Liga season as Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid fight for the title.
La Liga set for penultimate round
The destination of the title could be decided today while the relegation picture can change in La Liga’s penultimate round of fixtures.
‘Laporte is still our player…’
Ernesto Valverde hopes Aymeric Laporte stays at Athletic Bilbao as he looks toward the end of the season.
Laporte commits to Athletic
Aymeric Laporte has refuted speculation that Manchester City are closing in on his signature as “my loyalty and profound respect for Athletic Bilbao is full”.
City ‘to meet Laporte clause’
Basque television claims Manchester City will activate Aymeric Laporte’s €50m buyout clause this summer as Athletic Bilbao are resigned to the defender’s exit.
Valverde: Cabral helped Athletic
Ernesto Valverde admitted Gustavo Cabral’s three minutes of madness helped Athletic Bilbao in their 2-1 win against Celta Vigo on Sunday.
Valverde: Athletic want fifth
Ernesto Valverde has insisted that Athletic Bilbao “are going for fifth” in La Liga to avoid any summer qualifiers ahead of Sunday’s trip to Celta Vigo.
Maldini ‘has always admired Athletic’
Paolo Maldini has spoken of his ‘admiration’ for Athletic Bilbao after receiving the One Club Man award from the Basques.
Bailly emerging as Barca target?
Villarreal defender Eric Bailly has reportedly emerged as Barcelona’s alternative to Jose Gimenez, Aymeric Laporte and Marquinhos.
‘Athletic weren’t superior to Levante’
Ernesto Valverde conceded Athletic Bilbao “weren’t superior” to Levante in Sunday’s dramatic 2-2 draw and questioned the “fairness” of his side’s comeback.
Valverde eyes quick Aduriz return
Athletic Bilbao will be without Aritz Aduriz for Sunday’s trip to Levante, but Ernesto Valverde is optimistic of a speedy recovery from injury for the striker.
Valverde: Key game for us
Ernesto Valverde reminds that Atletico Madrid aren’t the only side with objectives as they go to Athletic Bilbao’s San Mames.
Valverde hails ‘incredible heart’
Ernesto Valverde hailed Athletic Bilbao’s “incredible heart” as Sunday’s 1-0 win at Malaga moved them up to fifth in La Liga.
Valverde: Europa teams are victims
Ernesto Valverde accused La Liga of “victimising” its Europa League representatives as Athletic Bilbao prepare for an early kick-off against Malaga.
Aduriz boost for Athletic
Athletic Bilbao have been dealt a fitness boost as Aritz Aduriz’s injury against Sevilla on Thursday is not bad as first feared.
‘Benat best player despite penalty miss’
Ernesto Valverde sympathised with Benat Etxeberria after the midfielder missed the decisive penalty in Athletic Bilbao’s quarter-final defeat to Sevilla on Thursday.
Emery: You make your own luck
Unai Emery dismissed suggestions Sevilla were fortunate to overcome Athletic Bilbao in the Europa League quarter-finals as “luck has to be earned”.
‘Athletic comeback is possible’
Raul Garcia believes Athletic Bilbao can recover their Europa League quarter-final against Sevilla. ‘We’re very clear what we have to do.’
‘Sevilla like a basketball team!’
Ernesto Valverde is concerned by Sevilla’s set-piece threat as Athletic Bilbao go to Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in the Europa League.
‘Sevilla ready for 90 minutes or more’
Kevin Gameiro tells Sevilla to be prepared for extra time in the Europa League quarter-final with Athletic Bilbao. ‘We know a lot can happen.’
Emery: Sevilla have great opportunity
Unai Emery sees the Europa League quarter-final second leg with Athletic Bilbao as a ‘great opportunity’ for Sevilla but stressed the need to focus.
Williams out of Sevilla-Athletic
Athletic Bilbao go to Sevilla in the Europa League quarter-final second leg without Inaki Williams, who has a muscular injury.
Valverde: Luck has returned
Ernesto Valverde admitted Athletic Bilbao’s luck had returned after Sunday’s narrow 1-0 victory over Rayo Vallecano in La Liga.
Valverde eyeing Athletic ‘compensation’
Ernesto Valverde says Athletic Bilbao are looking for “compensation” when they welcome Rayo Vallecano to San Mames on Sunday.
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