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Rafael Benitez confirms Napoli departure

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Rafael Benitez says he will be leaving Napoli following the final game of the Italian club’s season on Sunday. The Spaniard, 55, is favourite to take over at Real Madrid, who sacked coach Carlo Ancelotti on Monday. “I want to thank the chairman, club and fans because after two years my experience here in Napoli is coming to an end,” ...

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Iker Casillas backs Carlo Ancelotti sacking

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Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas has revealed he didn’t always see eye-to-eye with former boss Carlo Ancelotti. The veteran goalkeeper was an ever-present for the Spanish giants this season, but was unhappy with Ancelotti when he chose Diego Lopez as the club’s No 1 ahead of him for the 2013-14 season. The Italian’s two-year tenure at the Bernabeu came to ...

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Real Madrid sack manager Carlo Ancelotti after disappointing season

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Real Madrid have told manager Carlo Ancelotti that he has been relieved of his duties after two seasons, club president Florentino Perez said on Monday. After winning the Champions League in his first season in charge, Ancelotti failed to claim any major trophies in 2014-15, leading the club to announce his departure two days after the end of their campaign. ...

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Real Madrid in seventh heaven

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Real Madrid 7 ( Ronaldo 13, 32, 34, Chicharito 47, James 51, Jese 71  – 3 Getafe (Escudero 22, Castro 26, Lacen 42) Cristiano Ronaldo helped himself to an eighth La Liga hat-trick of the season as Real Madrid demolished Getafe 7-3 to pull the curtain down on 2014-15. Rumours had swirled this week that President Florentino Perez would axe ...

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Ancelotti: ‘Real Madrid or year off’

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Carlo Ancelotti slammed the door on a Milan comeback. “Either I stay at Real Madrid or take a year off.” The Coach is widely expected to terminate his contract with the Merengues by mutual consent after failing to win La Liga or the Champions League. He finished the campaign with a 7-3 victory over Getafe this evening and was given ...

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‘Irreplaceable’ Xavi calls time on Barcelona career

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If you ask Barcelona and Spain fans about their most cherished footballing memories over the past decade the chances are they will involve an exquisite intervention from midfield maestro Xavi. Widely regarded as one of the best playmakers the game has produced, Xavi has been the tireless dynamo at the heart of a glittering run for his club and country, ...

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Cruyff slates ‘ridiculous’ Real Madrid for La Liga failures

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Barcelona legend Johan Cruyff has lambasted Real Madrid for their “ridiculous” record of one Liga win in their last seven attempts. Luis Enrique’s men defeated last year’s Spanish champions Atletico Madrid at the weekend to secure their fifth title since finishing third in 2007-08. Real Madrid once again have to settle for second place domestically, which is scant consolation considering ...

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Barcelona’s Xavi poised to join Qatar side Al Sadd

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Barcelona midfielder Xavi is ready to announce on Thursday he is leaving Barcelona to join Qatari side Al Sadd in a three-year deal, says his agent. Xavi, 35, has been with the Spanish club for 17 years, winning eight league titles, three Champions League trophies and several other cups. His final league game for the newly-crowned champions is set to ...

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Real Madrid perfect for Pogba – Desailly

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France legend Marcel Desailly believes that Real Madrid would be the perfect club for Juventus star Paul Pogba. The former Manchester United midfielder has become one of Europe’s most coveted stars during his time in Turin, with Madrid, Barcelona and a host of Premier League clubs linked with his signature. The 46-year-old feels that should Pogba decide to leave his ...

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