Varane out for a month?
Raphael Varane could be facing a month on the sidelines after sustaining a hamstring injury in Real Madrid’s 4-3 win at Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday.
Enrique: Barca need signings
Luis Enrique has reiterated Barcelona’s need for new blood in January after making it clear that his current squad lack depth.
Enrique: Messi the best example
Luis Enrique believes “the best players in the world should have Lionel Messi’s mentality” ahead of Barcelona’s match against Real Sociedad on Saturday.
Simeone wants ‘annoying’ Atleti
Diego Simeone has admitted that he is enjoying his “annoying” Atletico Madrid ahead of Saturday’s match against Espanyol in La Liga.
Sergi out of La Real clash
Sergi Roberto will miss Barcelona’s match against Real Sociedad on Saturday with an ankle injury.
‘Benzema will save his image’
The lawyer of Karim Benzema has insisted that the Real Madrid will save his image in the wake of Mathieu Valbuena breaking his silence.
Braida: Bravo happy at Barca
Ariedo Braida has rubbished talk that Claudio Bravo wants to leave Barcelona after growing unhappy with his lack of Champions League participation.
‘Bale can compete with Messi, if...’
Former Real Madrid boss John Toshack claims Gareth Bale “can compete with Lionel Messi” for the Ballon d’Or – but only if he plays in his natural position.
Valverde: Not vintage Athletic, but...
Ernesto Valverde admitted Athletic Bilbao “weren’t brilliant” against Augsburg but was happy enough to secure Europa League progression with a 3-2 win.
Marcelino: Mission accomplished
Marcelino praised his Villarreal players for achieving “what we wanted” after Thursday’s 1-0 win against Rapid Vienna in the Europa League.
Vermaelen hails Barca ‘atmosphere’
Thomas Vermaelen believes a “very good atmosphere in the dressing room” is the key to Barcelona’s recent surge in form.
FIFA delay Madrid transfer ban?
FIFA has reportedly hit Real Madrid with a transfer ban for some time but not yet applied the punishment for reasons unknown.
Valbuena slams ‘indefensible’ Benzema
Mathieu Valbuena has slammed Karim Benzema for treating him like his “worst enemy” in his first interview since the Real Madrid striker was charged.
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Bellerin flattered by Spain talk
Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin welcomes suggestions he’s in the running for a Spain place, and discussed Celta Vigo forward Nolito.
Adrian: Best time to play Madrid
Eibar midfielder Adrian Gonzalez believes Real Madrid’s mixed form and the home advantage of Ipurua means it’s the best time to play Los Blancos.
‘Barca the same under Enrique as Pep’
Marc Bartra sees Luis Enrique’s Barcelona as similar to that of Pep Guardiola, and isn’t concerned at being left out of the Clasico squad.
Tebas: Clasico hard for us Madrid fans
La Liga President Javier Tebas admitted finding it hard to watch Barcelona win the Clasico ‘as a Real Madrid fan.’
Sporting working on a right-back
Abelardo wants Sporting Gijon to sign a right-back in January but the situation is complicated by their transfer embargo.
Rubi wants ‘stubborn’ Levante
Rubi hopes his Levante side continue to be ‘stubborn’ but warned of the danger Real Betis pose when they’re away from home.
Marseille, Milan, Benfica want De Paul
Marseille are leading the way for Valencia’s Rodrigo De Paul but Milan and Benfica are also considering the Argentine.
Laudrup: Iniesta is spectacular
Former Barcelona midfielder Michael Laudrup describes Andres Iniesta as ‘spectacular,’ the trident as ‘extraordinary’ and Sergio Busquets as crucial.
FIFPro XI shortlist announced
There is heavy La Liga and Spain representation on the 55-man shortlist to make FIFPro’s team of the year.
‘Villarreal have the will to win’
Marcelino expects a difficult game against Europa League rivals Rapid Vienna but believes Villarreal have ‘the will to win.’
Valverde: Think like we need to win
Ernesto Valverde has told Athletic Bilbao to approach the Europa League game with Augsburg as is it is a must-win match.
‘La Real have to stand up to Barca’
Yuri Berchiche wants to see Real Sociedad stand up to Barcelona when the sides meet this weekend but acknowledges the fierce form of the Catalans.
‘Benitez has to adapt to Madrid stars’
Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard warns Rafa Benitez the big names in the Real Madrid squad won’t change to suit his methods.
‘Sevilla CL exit a big disappointment’
Sevilla players Adil Rami and Ever Banega were in agreement over the team’s Champions League exit. ‘It’s a big disappointment.’
Isco ‘not proud’ of Clasico red
Isco admits to feelings of shame regarding his red card in the Clasico and admits Real Madrid’s leaky defence ‘isn’t normal.’
Casemiro: The Clasico is gone
Casemiro wants an end to talk about the Clasico, preferring to focus on Real Madrid’s next game, away at Eibar.
Ronaldo: Madrid have confidence
Cristiano Ronaldo insists there’s a good feeling in the Real Madrid squad despite losing the Clasico and nearly blowing it against Shakhtar Donetsk.
What the papers say...
Today's front-page headlines from Marca, AS and Mundo Deportivo...
Benitez: Madrid great for 78 minutes…
Rafa Benitez felt Real Madrid played very well against Shakhtar Donetsk - for 78 minutes, before the Ukrainians got back into the tie.
‘Atleti going to Benfica to win’
Diego Simeone won’t send Atletico Madrid to Benfica to take a point in what is now a straight shootout to top Champions League Group C.
Emery ‘wanted more’ from CL
Unai Emery admits to ‘wanting more’ from the Champions League as Sevilla bowed out at the group stage with defeat to Borussia Monchengladbach.
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