ALAVES NEWS

Wantaway defender Sime Vrsajlko is expected to start for Atletico Madrid when they take on a resurgent Alaves this Saturday.
Basque sides took over La Liga Week 15 as Alaves continued their revival and Athletic Bilbao ended their slump, but Real Sociedad were stunned by Malaga.
Alaves Coach Abelardo Fernandez believes his side’s match against Las Palmas on Friday night is ‘important but not decisive’ in the relegation fight.
One-time Spain international Munir El Haddadi has confirmed that “I’d like to play for Morocco at the World Cup.”
A hat-trick from Ibai Gomez in the last 20 minutes saw Alaves lift themselves off the bottom of La Liga against Girona, in Abelardo Fernandez’s first game in charge.
Girona Coach Pablo Machin admits he is wary of the threat from Alaves in Abelardo Fernandez’s first match in charge.
Bojan Krkic believes he ‘needed’ his first goal for Alaves in their Copa Del Rey victory over Getafe on Thursday in a victory the fans ‘deserved’.
Abelardo Fernandez believes ‘it is a privilege’ to have been appointed Alaves Coach and has stated the club and its fans ‘deserve more’.
Paco Jemez has revealed he has rejected an approach from Las Palmas as it is ‘not the right time’ but is ‘certain’ he will join the club in the future.
Former Sporting Gijon boss Abelardo Fernandez is the new favourite for the Alaves managerial position after Paco Jemez rejected an approach, say reports.
Manager-less Alaves are in talks with former Rayo Vallecano and Granda Coach Paco Jemez after he left Mexican club Cruz Azul.
Gianni De Biasi has criticised the decision from Alaves to sack him after just eight matches in charge, condemning a ‘lack of trust’ from the club.
Watford defender Kiko Femenia has drawn comparisons between his current team and the success he enjoyed at Alaves last season.
Former Rayo Vallecano and Granada Coach Paco Jemez has departed Mexican club Cruz Azul amid links with a return to La Liga.
Alaves are searching for their third permanent manager of the season after dismissing Gianni De Biasi just over two months after appointing him.
Las Palmas stopped the rot with a point at Real Sociedad in La Liga Week 13, while Girona extended their unbeaten run to five games.
Nolito came back to haunt Celta Vigo, Getafe smashed Alaves and Girona made it four games unbeaten in La Liga Week 12.
Getafe will be out for revenge when they face Alaves on Saturday after recently losing to the Basques in the Copa del Rey.
Morocco will attempt to persuade authorities to allow Alaves striker Munir El-Haddadi to switch allegiances from Spain, say reports.
Former Sevilla captain Coke is set to return to La Liga in January after being frozen out at Schalke, according to reports in Spain.
Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino has issued a formal complaint against former club Alaves over an alleged unpaid €500,000 bonus.
Valencia recorded their seventh straight victory in La Liga, Thomas Partey rescued Atletico Madrid again and Alaves finally won at home.
Basement boys Alaves host a resilient Espanyol side on Saturday, hoping to pick up their first home win of the season.
Atletico Madrid laboured to another draw but Sevilla bounced back against Leganes in Saturday’s La Liga action for Week 10.
Second-from-bottom meets second-from-top in La Liga as Alaves look to stun Valencia on Saturday.
Tuesday’s Copa del Rey last-32 action saw Sevilla and Valencia both win but Malaga suffer a giant-killing defeat to second-tier Numancia.
Valencia demolished Sevilla to leave Eduardo Berizzo under pressure in Saturday’s Week 9 action as Real Betis bounced back with victory over Alaves.
Real Betis will be looking to return to winning ways in La Liga when they host lowly Alaves on Saturday.
Alaves Coach Gianni De Biasi felt his side were “too heavily punished” by Real Sociedad after their 2-0 defeat on Saturday.
Alaves insist “they have fulfilled Mauricio Pellegrino’s contract in its entirety”, amidst reports the Coach is demanding up to €500,000 from the club.
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