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'Laporte wouldn't be considered if...'
Aymeric Laporte would not be considered by Spain if he played his club football in Germany, according to Borussia Monchengladbach defender Alvaro Dominguez.
Del Bosque: Laporte? He’s excellent…
Vicente Del Bosque refused to be drawn on the suggestion Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte could switch allegiances and represent Spain.
Tebas: La Liga games played abroad
LFP President Javier Tebas has revealed plans to play Copa del Rey and Primera fixtures outside Spain in the future.
Laporte: Spain switch? We’ll see…
Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte isn’t ruling out switching international allegiance to Spain despite being captain of the France Under-21 side.
Etxeita ‘surprised by Spain call’
Xabier Etxeita admits he was ‘surprised’ to be called into the Spain squad but the Athletic Bilbao defender believes he has worked hard for the recognition.
Nuno: Valencia lacked edge
Nuno Santo conceded Valencia lacked the power and directness of their opponents Athletic Bilbao during Sunday’s 3-1 defeat at San Mames.
Nuno ‘obsessed’ with stopping Aduriz
Nuno Santo has claimed that stopping Aritz Aduriz will be the key to Valencia leaving Athletic Bilbao with a win on Sunday.
Valverde rues 'incredible' defeat
Ernesto Valverde lamented Athletic Bilbao's “incredible” 2-1 Europa League defeat to AZ on Thursday in light of the chances they missed.
‘League Athletic’s priority, EL a fantasy’
Ernesto Valverde says La Liga is Athletic Bilbao’s priority and the Europa League is ‘a fantasy’ but he still wants to beat AZ Alkmaar.
Valencia's Abdennour to miss Athletic?
Valencia could be without Aymen Abdennour when they play Athletic Bilbao on Sunday after the defender suffered a hamstring injury.
Valverde: Penalty a turning point
Ernesto Valverde lamented the decision not to award Athletic Bilbao a penalty for Asier Illarramendi’s handball in Sunday’s Basque derby with Real Sociedad.
Moyes reflects on ‘British’ derby
Real Sociedad boss David Moyes felt Sunday’s goalless draw with Athletic Bilbao in the Basque derby was contested “in a British style”.
Valverde expecting ‘spicy’ derby
Ernesto Valverde believes Athletic Bilbao’s lowly position will “spice” up Sunday’s Basque derby against Real Sociedad in La Liga.
Illarra: Athletic wanted me
Real Sociedad midfielder Asier Illarramendi has revealed that he rejected an offer from Athletic Bilbao in order to be back “where I wanted to be”.
Tebas denies ‘personal’ rights win
LPF President Javier Tebas denies the vote to include centralised television rights in the League’s statutes is a win for him personally.
‘San Jose’s mistake is part of football’
Sabin Merino insisted no one at Athletic Bilbao blames Mikel San Jose for his error against Real Madrid. ‘Things like that are part of football.’
Valverde regrets Athletic ‘step back’
Ernesto Valverde was at a loss to explain why his Athletic Bilbao side ‘took a step back’ after drawing level against Real Madrid.
Benitez: Madrid like a chameleon
Rafa Benitez likened Real Madrid to a chameleon changing its colours following Wednesday’s 2-1 victory over Athletic Bilbao in La Liga....
Varane hails Madrid resilience
Raphael Varane praised Real Madrid for “suffering as a team” during Wednesday’s 2-1 victory over Athletic Bilbao in La Liga.
Benzema brace downs Athletic
Karim Benzema’s prolific start to the season continued with another two goals as Real Madrid defeated Athletic Bilbao 2-1 in La Liga on Wednesday.
Real Madrid hand a first start to Mateo Kovacic for tonight’s La Liga encounter with Athletic Bilbao, who make five changes of their own.
Celta-Barca, Athletic-Madrid - Live!
Welcome to Football Espana’s live coverage of the midweek round of La Liga fixtures, including Celta Vigo-Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao-Real Madrid.
‘Madrid a big, complicated challenge’
Athletic Bilbao Coach Ernesto Valverde admits facing Real Madrid is a ‘big, complicated’ challenge and admits concerns over his team’s form.
Benitez calls for ‘intense’ Madrid
Rafa Benitez has told his Real Madrid players they need to have ‘intensity’ if they’re to beat Athletic Bilbao at San Mames.
Ramos expected to miss Athletic
Sergio Ramos isn’t expected to be fit to play for Real Madrid against Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday night.
Marcelino: Villarreal wanted it more
Marcelino has claimed that Villarreal showed more desire than Athletic Bilbao during their 3-1 La Liga victory at El Madrigal on Sunday.
Valverde: Athletic lacking goals
Ernesto Valverde felt a lack of firepower in attack was to blame for Athletic Bilbao’s 3-1 defeat to Villarreal on Sunday.
Valverde: Changes won’t affect Athletic
Ernesto Valverde is confident that his much-changed Athletic Bilbao will not lose their competitive edge when they travel to Villarreal on Sunday.
Valverde ‘delighted’ with Athletic response
Ernesto Valverde said he was “delighted” with Athletic Bilbao’s attitude during their 3-1 victory over Augsburg in the Europa League on Thursday.
Laporte wants long EL run
Aymeric Laporte hopes Athletic Bilbao go far in the Europa League, but knows Thursday’s opponents Augsburg will be tricky.
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