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Wednesday January 15 2020
La Liga relegation battle too tough to call

WIth no team cut adrift at the foot of La Liga and seven teams either in or within touching distance of the drop zone, Alex Fitzpatrick analyses the situation.

Leganes against Celta Vigo

19 games have passed, and the half time whistle has been blown on the battle to beat the drop. The race to maintain La Liga status is on and with 10 points covering the bottom seven teams, there is plenty to play for in the second half of the season.

Rock bottom but set to rise

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Sunday January 12 2020
Real Valladolid cut short Andriy Lunin's loan from Real Madrid

Real Madrid goal keeper Andriy Lunin is set to return to the club from La Liga side Real Valladolid on loan in the coming days.

The Ukrainian international joined Sergio Gonzalez's side on a season long loan deal at the start of the 2019-20 campaign, as back up to first choice keeper Jordi Masip.

However, despite being aware that he would be second choice, he has not actually played a single minute of La Liga football so far this season, with his only appearances coming in the Copa del Rey, against Tolosa and Marbella.

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Friday January 3 2020
Southampton eye Real Valladolid defender Mohammed Salisu

Southampton are keen on a deal to land Real Valladolid defender Mohammed Salisu, according to a report in Sky Sports.

It follows a report in Diario de Valladolid from November that claims the defender had emerged as a transfer target for Manchester United.

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Thursday December 19 2019
Real Madrid to recall goalkeeper Andriy Lunin and loan to Almeria

Real Madrid are set to recall Andriy Lunin from Real Valladolid and send him to Segunda side Almeria, say Cadena Ser.

Lunin has yet to play in La Liga on loan at Real Valladolid as he has not been able to place the club’s number one goalkeeper Jordi Masip.

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Tuesday December 10 2019
Valladolid duo Andriy Lunin, Javi Sanchez to return to Real Madrid

Real Madrid will recall Andriy Lunin (goalkeeper) and Javi Sanchez from loan stints at Real Valladolid, according to a report in Diario AS.

Neither player has featured in a minute of La Liga action this campaign for Valladolid, who they both joined on season-long loan deals this summer.

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Friday November 29 2019
Vinicius Junior staying at Real Madrid - Zidane

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has ruled out Vinicius Junior leaving the club on loan: “His time will come and he will stay.”

The teenage Brazilian forward arrived at the outgoing European champions last summer and made an exciting impression in his debut season for the club.

“It's true that he hasn't played much,” Zidane admitted in a pre-match press conference, as cited by Marca.

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Monday November 25 2019
Manchester United target Real Valladolid defender Mohammed Salisu

Real Valladolid defender Mohammed Salisu has emerged as a transfer target for Manchester United, report Diario de Valladolid.

The player’s agent is the father of United playmaker Juan Mata and the Red Devils have been alerted to his €12m release clause - viewed as affordable, and the club have extensively scouted the 20-year-old.

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Thursday November 21 2019
Real Madrid: Vinicius Junior wanted by Real Valladolid

Real Valladolid owner Ronaldo Nazario has admitted he would love to sign Real Madrid forward Vinicius Junior on loan.

The teenage Brazilian forward arrived at the outgoing European champions last summer and made an exciting impression in his debut season for the club.

“I would love to have Vinicius, last season he saved Real Madrid from a great failure,” Ronaldo told Fox in Brazil, as cited by Cadena Cope.

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Wednesday November 6 2019
Valladolid president Ronaldo Nazario: I want to buy a Portuguese team

Real Valladolid owner Ronaldo Nazario has confirmed he is looking to buy a team in Portugal but will not invest in an English club.

The former Brazil international took charge at the Spanish side at the beginning of last season while Valladolid have since re-established their position in the top flight.

The former Barcelona and Real Madrid striker bought 51% of the club’s shares in a €30m deal replacing Carlos Suarez – who has remained on the club’s board – in the role.

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Friday November 1 2019
Five things to watch in La Liga this weekend

The third round of La Liga action in the space of a week means the league table is taking shape amid multiple fascinating encounters, writes Alex Fitzpatrick.

Barcelona star Lionel Messi

Midweek madness

The TV scheduling for the midweek fixtures in La Liga means that several clubs have a very small turnaround between games this weekend. For example, Mallorca - whose game finished at 9pm on Thursday night - face a midday Sunday start away at Real Valladolid. Transit and tiredness means that if we haven’t already then we may see rotations from a number of clubs in this gameweek. Remember, in Spanish football playing three games in a week is unusual unless you are competing in European football.

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