Your Spanish football morning headlines for Thursday 24 December.
Burgess leaves Madrid
Paul Burgess has been groundsman at Real Madrid for the past 12 years but he has finally called time on his spell with the club.
The Englishman arrived in the Spanish capital from Arsenal in 2009 and has been conditioning the pitches at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu and at Valdebebas for the last 12 seasons.
Great to end my career with a win and top of the table, Hala Madrid pic.twitter.com/eBLyspouUL
— Paul Burgess CSFM (@paul_pburgess) December 23, 2020
Barca beat Madrid and Atleti to Araujo
In quotes carried by Marca, the player’s former coach Sergio Cabrera in Uruguay claimed Ramon Planes rushed the signing in order to beat competition from the club’s two rivals.
La Liga table set for Christmas
It is the first time since Sevilla in 2006 that a side other than Madrid or Barcelona has topped the standings at Christmas.
Real Betis and Alaves recorded home wins over Cadiz and Eibar respectively to finalise the table ahead of Christmas day.