Real Madrid ‘have buy-back clause’ for Arsenal’s Ozil – Reports


Real Madrid have a buy-back clause in their transfer agreement with Arsenal for Mesut Ozil, leaked transfer documents have claimed. A contract on the Football Leaks website claims the Gunners must notify Real if they ever intend to sell the World Cup winner to another Spanish club. The financial terms of the offer received for the Germany international would have ...

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Atletico Madrid lodge appeal against FIFA-imposed transfer ban


Atletico Madrid have lodged an appeal against a two-window FIFA-imposed transfer ban over their dealing in under-age players. The ban, which has also been handed to Madrid rivals Real, is set to commence in July before being lifted at the end of the January transfer window in 2017. Atletico were fined 900,000 Swiss francs (£623,464) and Real 360,000 (£249,385). However, ...

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Levante 3-2 Las Palmas: Levante grab La Liga lifeline


Basement boys Levante grabbed a La Liga lifeline by beating fellow strugglers Las Palmas 3-2 at Ciutat de Valencia. With new signing Giuseppe Rossi watching on before making a late cameo, winger Jose Luis Morales scored in each half and Deyverson – sent off at the death – notched Levante’s third. Eighteenth-placed Las Palmas kept it interesting by twice slashing ...

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Malaga 1-2 Barcelona: Lionel Messi downs spirited Malaga


Lionel Messi scored a stunning winner as Barcelona returned to the top of La Liga with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over a spirited Malaga side on Saturday. Barca got off the the perfect start at La Rosaleda Stadium as Luis Suarez set up Munir El Haddadi – in for the injured Neymar – for the opener inside two minutes. Having ...

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Barca waiting on Suarez appeal

Luis Suarez (Image credit: EPA)

Luis Suarez could be involved in Barcelona’s Copa del Rey game at Athletic Bilbao later as his appeal is heard by the Sports Administrative Tribunal [TAD]. Marca confirms Barca have appealed the second game of the Uruguayan’s two-match ban from the Copa win over Espanyol. Suarez was suspended for alleged comments made after the first leg of the Catalan derby, ...

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Lionel Messi given all clear after Barcelona scan


Barcelona have received a boost with confirmation that the leg problem which forced Lionel Messi to leave Sunday’s match with Athletic Bilbao is nothing serious. Messi was replaced at half-time of Barca’s 6-0 win as a precaution after suffering what looked to be a hamstring injury and the newly-crowned FIFA Ballon d’Or winner underwent tests on Monday morning. However, the ...

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Ronaldo, Benzema and Bale net for five-star Real Madrid


Real Madrid’s second straight five-goal display under new boss Zinedine Zidane to dispatch Sporting Gijon 5-1 was marred by injuries to Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema. The hosts produced a dominant display in Sunday’s La Liga clash at the Bernabeu, scoring four goals in the opening 18 minutes with Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Benzema all getting on the scoresheet before ...

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Suarez, Messi, Neymar score as Barca hit Bilbao for 6


Luis Suarez scored a hat-trick to help Barcelona secure a 6-0 win over 10-man Athletic Bilbao at the Nou Camp on Sunday. Lionel Messi, Ivan Rakitic and Neymar scored the other three goals, with the Ballon d’Or winner only needed for 45 minutes as Enrique’s side romped to their biggest La Liga win of the season. Bilbao were forced to ...

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Real, Atletico to appeal Fifa ban


Spanish giants Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid reacted angrily to being slapped with a one-year ban on registering new players by Fifa on Thursday, announcing their intention to appeal. Both clubs were sanctioned for their transfer dealings in foreign players under the age of 18. “Real Madrid will appeal this decision by Fifa to all sports authorities, considering it absolutely ...

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Lionel Messi rules out Premier League move


Lionel Messi has ruled out a move to the Premier League and insists he intends to finish his career at Barcelona. The 28-year-old Argentina international picked up his fifth Ballon d’Or awardin Zurich on Monday, maintaining his supremacy over rival Cristiano Ronaldo. Newspapers in both Spain and England have previously reported that he could potentially leave the Catalan club, with ...

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