Gareth Bale: Real Madrid exit talk ridiculous, says agent Jonathan Barnett

Gareth Bale's Real Madrid faced Manchester United in a pre-season friendly in California this month (Image credit: Getty Images)

Speculation linking Gareth Bale with a move away from Real Madrid is “ridiculous” and “stupid”, according to the Wales forward’s agent. Real manager Zinedine Zidane has said he cannot guarantee Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema will stay at the Bernabeu this summer. That has prompted reports Manchester United could rekindle their long-standing interest in the 28-year-old. “It’s a ridiculous, stupid story,” agent Jonathan ...

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Angel Maria Villar: Suspended Spanish FA boss resigns from Uefa and Fifa

Angel Maria Villar was reprimanded by Fifa for not cooperating with an inquiry (Image credit: Getty Images)

Suspended Spanish Football Federation president Angel Maria Villar has resigned from his roles as vice-president of Uefa and Fifa. He and his son Gorka were arrested earlier this month as part of a corruption investigation. Villar, who denied all the allegations, has been suspended for one year by the Spanish football federation. “Villar will no longer have any official functions at our ...

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Barcelona confident of signing Coutinho from Liverpool


Barcelona are increasingly confident they will be able to sign Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool – especially if Neymar leaves, Sky sources understand. The Catalan giants believe Liverpool would find it difficult to turn down an offer in the region of £89m (€100m). Barca also believe that although Coutinho loves Liverpool, a Brazilian player would find it difficult to turn down ...

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Barca certain Neymar will stay


Barcelona vice-president Jordi Mestre insisted on Tuesday that Brazilian star Neymar will be staying in Spain despite rumours linking him with a move to Paris Saint-Germain. Asked during a press conference if he could confirm Neymar would remain at Barca ahead of the 2017-18 season, Mestre replied: “200 percent”. Reports in Spain have suggested PSG are looking to lure the ...

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Spain football chief Angel Maria Villar Llona arrested


The president of the Spanish Football Federation and his son have been held as part of a corruption investigation, police in Spain say. Angel María Villar Llona was arrested on suspicion of embezzling funds, El Pais and Efe news agency reported. Mr Villar, a former Spain international footballer, has been president of the association since 1988. His son Gorka was ...

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Nolito joins Sevilla from Manchester City


Spain winger Nolito has joined La Liga side Sevilla from Manchester City after failing to settle in England, the Premier League club said on Sunday. Nolito was signed for City by manager Pep Guardiola from Spanish side Celta Vigo last July and made 30 appearances last season, scoring six goals. City announced his departure in a brief statement on their ...

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Nelson Semedo: Barcelona agree deal for Benfica right-back


Barcelona have agreed a deal to sign Benfica defender Nelson Semedo for a reported 35m euros (£30.8m). The 23-year-old Portugal right-back, who has won six caps for his country, will have a medical in Barcelona on Friday. Semedo played 63 times for Benfica after joining from Sintrense in 2012. He was part of the Portugal side that finished third at ...

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Mathieu joins Sporting after Barcelona contract is terminated


French defender Jeremy Mathieu has had his Barcelona contract terminated and joined Sporting Lisbon on a two-year deal. The 33-year-old centre-back leaves the Nou Camp after three seasons, in which he made 91 appearances and scored four goals, and has agreed a deal with the Portuguese club which includes a €60m release clause. Mathieu was one of Luis Enrique’s first ...

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Sevilla start the summer by splashing the cash


The Monchi era is over at Sevilla and the Andalusian club is currently navigating their first transfer window in 17 years without the former sporting director. As they do so, they have been spending big and 43 million euros has been shelled out on their first four arrivals of the summer. Luis Muriel’s fee makes up a major chunk of ...

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Barcelona announce Lionel Messi will stay until 2021


Barcelona have handed Lionel Messi a new contract, tying the Argentinian wizard to the club for four more years and pumping his weekly wage up to an eye-watering £500,000. Messi had left Barca supporters nervously trying to read the signs coming out of his camp as his current deal was allowed to run down to June 2018. But that wait ...

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