VILLARREAL NEWS

Villarreal are interested in a deal to sign Cruz Azul midfielder Ivan Marcone with a view to a €20m deal next summer, say ESPN.
Villarreal president Fernando Roig has thanked former boss Javier Calleja and added he would remain ‘loved by everyone’ at the club.
New Villarreal Coach Luis Garcia Plaza insists his first task is to ‘change the dynamic’ at the club after replacing Javier Calleja.
Former Villarreal boss Javier Calleja ‘understands’ why the club have dismissed him but has revealed the decision has ‘killed’ him.
Villarreal have sacked Coach Javier Calleja with the club sitting just one place above the relegation zone.
Javi Calleja accepts Villarreal deserved to lose 3-2 to Celta Vigo on Saturday as ‘they scored two goals and knocked us down’.
Villarreal forward Samuel Chukwueze has admitted his surprise at his fast rise to prominence after netting in each of his last La Liga appearances.
Barcelona will turn to Villarreal midfielder Pablo Fornals as an affordable alternative to other transfer targets, according to Marca.
Sevilla moved top of La Liga in Week 13 as Valencia won again, Villarreal finally triumphed at home and Athletic Bilbao slipped into the relegation zone.
Real Sociedad are set to cut short Sando Ramirez’s season-long loan spell from Everton six months early, according to a report in Spain.
Marca are the latest outlet to report on Arsenal’s interest in Villarreal midfielder Pablo Fornals, who is said to be high on Unai Emery’s wanted list.
Arsenal have earmarked the signing of Villarreal midfielder Pablo Fornals to replace the outgoing Aaron Ramsey, according to reports.
Villarreal defender and reported Real Madrid target Alfonso Pedraza has explained how his spell playing in England helped him ‘grow up’.
Villarreal midfielder Pablo Fornals has rejected approaches from West Ham United and Fulham, say reports in the Spanish press.
Villarreal boss Javier Calleja admitted that there is a possibility the club will sack him following his side’s 2-2 draw at Rayo Vallecano.
Villarreal playmaker Santi Cazorla took time to honour Rayo Vallecano fan Jorge Muñoz, who died earlier this week aged 14.
Sevilla and Alaves both won to keep the pressure on leaders Barcelona in La Liga Week 12, while there was finally some respite for Valencia.
Villarreal boss Javier Calleja believes his side ‘have to correct’ their second-half performances after their 0-0 draw with Rapid Vienna.
Real Madrid have identified Villarreal defender Alfonso Pedraza as a potential transfer target, according to Radio Marca.
Real Betis Coach Quique Setien is confident his side can win away at Barcelona and Villarreal ‘to get out of trouble’.
Under-pressure Villarreal Coach Javi Calleja admitted Sunday’s late defeat to a ‘dubious foul’ at Alaves was ‘painful’.
Diego Simeone hailed La Liga as an ‘extraordinary’ division, despite Atletico Madrid dropping points to Villarreal on Saturday.
Relations at boardroom level between Villarreal and Atletico Madrid have become strained after the latter signed a youth player, say reports in Spain.
Real Betis won their first European game in five years but Sevilla lost in Russia and Villarreal needed a late comeback draw in Moscow.
Valencia finally won their first game of the season in La Liga Week 7, while Real Betis needed a late goal to beat Leganes.
Sevilla hit Levante for six in the second half of La Liga’s Week 5 action, but there was more misery for Valencia.
Villarreal midfielder Santi Cazorla has noted Glasgow Rangers boss Steven Gerrard as his ‘role model’ ahead of Thursday’s Europa League clash.
Villarreal boss Javier Calleja has drawn comparisons between Glasgow Rangers and Leganes: “They will take advantage of set pieces.”
Villarreal have agreed a deal to sign Huesca midfielder Gonzalo Melero next summer as a free agent, the club have confirmed.
Getafe condemned Sevilla to successive defeats in La Liga Week 4, but there were winning returns for Villarreal and Espanyol.
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