World Cup 2014
‘We must improve for Atletico’
Sofiane Feghouli has warned Valencia that a repeat of yesterday’s performance against Kuban will not be good enough to face Atletico Madrid with.
‘We’re going to Barca to win’
Marcelino Garcia Toral has outlined Villarreal’s ambition to cause Barcelona trouble and to try and defeat them on Saturday.
Di Maria: Mourinho made me grow
Angel di Maria has mused this week on the impact he believes Jose Mourinho has had on his development as a player at Real Madrid.
‘Madrid’s technical level surprised us’
Paul Clement has remarked at how the technical level of the players at Real Madrid has surprised both him and Carlo Ancelotti.
‘Barca blocked Arsenal move, but…’
David Villa has conceded that Barcelona did indeed block a January 2013 transfer to Arsenal, before ‘easing’ a summer exit to Atletico Madrid.
Bilbao ‘may host Spain at Euro 2020’
UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino has said that should Bilbao be a host city at the European Championships in 2020, they may host Spain.
Inigo shrugs off Madrid talk
Inigo Martinez has reflected that there is nothing to rumours of a move from Real Sociedad to Real Madrid, although he is flattered.
Round 16 La Liga predictions
Following a two-week break due to the Copa del Rey, all 20 teams return to action in the Primera Division as we head into another crucial round of fixtures at the top and bottom of the table.
‘Madrid at their best, but…’
Javi Gracia has acknowledged that Osasuna host a Real Madrid side in their best moment of the season, but does not shy away from his side’s ambition.
Martino: Aim is to play better
Tata Martino says he wishes he could shoulder more of the pressure put on Neymar, as he muses Barcelona’s targets to the end of 2013.
Barca list 18 for Villarreal
Barcelona have named their matchday squad to welcome Villarreal on Saturday, with Cesc Fabregas returning, Adriano suspended and Dani Alves still out.
‘Players not obligated to lift shirts’
Barcelona and Intel have commented that their sponsorship agreement does not oblige the team’s players to lift their shirts when celebrating goals.
‘We can beat Real Madrid’
Andres Fernandez has surmised that Osasuna are capable of defeating Real Madrid this weekend in La Liga.
Gio not after Barca revenge
Giovani dos Santos has asserted he is not after revenge against Barcelona, but does believe his Villarreal may be able to take a result in Week 16.
Varane set for tests
Raphael Varane will reportedly undergo tests in the coming days to assess the next steps taken to handle his problematic knee.
Zubi to reassure Messi
Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta will fly out to Argentina next week, reportedly to reassure Lionel Messi of his status at the club.
‘Madrid’s transfer policy unfair’
Ottmar Hitzfeld has criticised Real Madrid’s ability to sign players despite holding a sizable debt as ‘incomprehensible’ and ‘unfair’.
Ronaldo is World Soccer’s best
World Soccer magazine have voted Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo as their Player of the Year for 2013.
Garrido: I know Betis can improve
Juan Carlos Garrido praised his Real Betis players’ efforts against Rijeka, but has determined that there is room for improvement.
Emery: Sevilla continue to grow
Unai Emery remarked on the value for Sevilla having defeated Freiburg and topped their Europa League group on Thursday.
Djukic: Valencia lost control
Miroslav Djukic regretted Valencia’s late collapse against Kuban Krasnodar, which saw the Russians equalise and Victor Ruiz sent off.
What the papers say...
Today's front-page headlines from Marca, AS and Mundo Deportivo.
Euro 2020 at San Mames?
Athletic Bilbao’s new San Mames is reportedly in line to be Spain’s host city at the European Championships in 2020.
Iniesta to renew to 2020?
Andres Iniesta has reportedly agreed a five-year extension to his Barcelona contract, to see him become the second highest paid player at the club.
Del Bosque explains Ballon vote
Vicente del Bosque has said why he voted for Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez in the Ballon d’Or, and mused on Spain’s mentality for the World Cup.
Bidders must cover Valencia debt
Bankia are reportedly aware of Amadeo Salvo’s bid to lead a takeover at Valencia, but are keen that any buyer can cover the club’s combined debts.
New Camp Nou to cost €1,200m?
Barcelona’s directors have reportedly been told construction of a new Camp Nou may cost around €1,200m, as the local university throws plans into doubt.
‘Various clubs want Di Maria’
One of Angel di Maria’s agents has commented on interest in the Real Madrid player and hinted at a ‘presidential theme’ to his situation.
Casillas considering Arsenal
Iker Casillas is reportedly looking favourably at the prospect of Arsenal being his next club, should he leave Real Madrid in the summer.
Rosell: No new Messi deal, but…
Sandro Rosell has confirmed that Barcelona are not intending to renew Lionel Messi’s contract at the moment, but nor are they planning to sell.
Athletic confirm Ibai renewal
Athletic Bilbao have confirmed that they have signed Ibai Gomez to a new contract, committing him to the club until June 2017.
Alves, Afellay up recovery
Barcelona duo Dani Alves and Ibrahim Afellay stepped up respective recoveries from injury today by returning to field work at training.
Pedro doesn’t want Arsenal, City
Pedro Rodriguez has earmarked Arsenal and Manchester City as the sides Barcelona would prefer to avoid in the Last 16 of the Champions League.
Spurs to loan Lamela to Atleti?
Reports in England are that Tottenham Hotspur are preparing to loan Erik Lamela out to Atletico Madrid in January.
Alonso-Madrid talks ‘step by step’
Xabi Alonso has reportedly indicated to Real Madrid that he will only talk through a new contract ‘step by step’, but that there is cause for optimism.
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