Aleix Vidal: Barcelona sign £16m Sevilla defender despite ban

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Champions League winners Barcelona have signed Sevilla defender Aleix Vidal for a reported fee of £16m – despite their transfer ban. Barca were banned from signing players in 2015 after being found guilty of breaching Fifa’s rules on the transfer of players aged under 18. They have signed 25-year-old Vidal on a five-year deal now but he will not be ...

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De Gea tells Manchester United: I want to join Real Madrid

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David De Gea has informed Manchester United that he wishes to join Real Madrid, Goal can reveal. The Red Devils must now determine whether to sell De Gea this summer or to hold the Spain international to the final year of his contract, losing him on a free transfer at the end of next season. The attraction of playing for ...

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Xavi: To leave this way is brutal

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Record-breaker Xavi Hernandez says it will be ‘brutal’ to leave Barcelona after lifting the UEFA Champions League trophy on his final appearance in the famous shirt. The 35-year-old came on in the 78th minute to set a new record of 151 Champions League appearances in Barcelona’s 3-1 win over Juventus in the Berlin final. Having started at the Catalan giants ...

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Rafael Benitez: New Real boss ‘admires’ Raheem Sterling

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Rafael Benitez said he “admires” Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling at the news conference to confirm his appointment as Real Madrid manager. The ex-Liverpool manager has ended a two-year stint with Napoli, signing a three-year contract at the Bernabeu with the promise of “quality football” which “wins trophies”. When asked about 20-year-old England international Sterling, Benitez said: “We admire Raheem, that’s ...

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Real Madrid confirm Rafa Benitez as coach


Real Madrid have confirmed that Rafael Benitez is their new coach, replacing the sacked Carlo Ancelotti at the Santiago Bernabeu. The 55-year-old Spaniard was the overwhelming favourite to be handed the role, and he announced last week that he was to end his two-year stint with Napoli after Sunday’s final Serie A game against Lazio. Madrid vice-president Eduardo Fernandez de ...

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Rafael Benitez set to become Real Madrid manager


The 55-year-old ex-Liverpool boss ended a two-year stint with Napoli following a 4-2 home defeat by Lazio on Sunday. “I am enthusiastic and happy, although there are things that still need to be discussed,” Benitez said upon his arrival in Madrid. Madrid-born Benitez will replace Carlo Ancelotti, who was sacked last week just a year after winning the Champions League ...

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Rafa Benitez lands in Spain ahead of Real Madrid move

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Rafa Benitez has landed in Spain ahead of his expected move to Real Madrid. The former Napoli manager, who spell at the Serie A side came to end with a 4-2 defeat at home to Lazio on Sunday, is set to be handed the reins at the Bernabeu. Madrid-born Benitez has been strongly linked with Real this summer, the club ...

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Rafael Benitez: Real Madrid chief suggests appointment close

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A Real Madrid vice-president has given the strongest indication yet that Rafael Benitez is to be appointed head coach at the Spanish club. Benitez, who steps down as Napoli boss after Sunday’s last game of the season, is expected to replace Carlo Ancelotti. Speaking at a Madrid fans’ meeting on Saturday, Eduardo Fernandez de Bla said: “Carlo Ancelotti is a ...

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Barca close in on treble after beating Bilbao in cup final

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Stage two of the treble is complete as Barcelona defeated Athetic Bilbao 3-1 on Saturday to triumph in the 2015 Copa del Rey final. The designated hosts were reportedly given two-thirds of the ticket allocation for the match, which made for a significant Athletic presence at Camp Nou. Nonetheless, the Catalans moved onto eyeing up a domestic double with their ...

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Rafael Benitez confirms Napoli departure


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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