Diego Lopez ready to leave Real Madrid


Diego Lopez is ready to leave Real Madrid this summer because of serious concerns over a lack of regular playing time. The 32-year-old established himself as coach Carlo Ancelotti’s preferred choice for Liga games last season, only to then lose his place to Iker Casillas during the closing stages of the campaign. Madrid have had a deal in place to ...

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Busquets inherits Puyol’s No.5 shirt


Sergio Busquets will wear the No.5 jersey left by departed Barcelona skipper Carles Puyol next season – at the request of the former centre-back. The veteran Spaniard ended his playing career to take on a backroom role with the Catalan club this summer, leaving his shirt number vacant after he first took it over from Abelardo in 2002. The 36-year-old, ...

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Malaga complete deal for Ochoa

Malaga have signed Mexican World Cup star Guillermo Ochoa on a free transfer, the La Liga outfit have announced. The goalkeeper was a free agent after his contract with French side Ajaccio expired this summer and he moves to La Rosaleda on a three-year deal. “Malaga Club de Futbol has reached an agreement to sign one of the best goalkeepers ...

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Court suspends Madrid’s Bernabeu project


Real Madrid’s plans to renovate the Santiago Bernabeu have been suspended by the Spanish High Court amid an investigation by the European Commission into alleged corruption. Madrid unveiled their proposals for the spectacular stadium in January, with the all-new Bernabeu to include a shopping centre complex and a hotel in an area to cover 12,250 metres adjacent to the ground ...

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Messi tax fraud case to proceed


Barcelona forward Lionel Messi is still under investigation for tax fraud, a judge in Catalunya revealed on Monday. The Argentine has already appeared in court to answer claims of alleged tax evasion to the tune of €4.1 million between 2006 and 2009 and has long declared his innocence. Nevertheless, the player and his father Jorge Messi paid just over €5m ...

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Barcelona sign France defender Jeremy Mathieu from Valencia


Barcelona have signed France defender Jeremy Mathieu for a fee of £15.8million from Valencia. The 30-year-old, who can operate at left-back or centre-back, has signed a four-year deal with the option of a further year. There is also a £40million buy-out clause in the Frenchman’s contract. Six foot four inch Mathieu started his career with Sochaux, before joining Toulouse and ...

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Luis Suarez could make Barcelona debut against Real Madrid


Luis Suarez could make his Barcelona debut against rivals Real Madrid, with the first El Clasico of the season set for the weekend of Sunday, 26 October. Suarez, signed from Liverpool for £75m this summer, is serving a four-month ban for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during the World Cup. He was banned on 26 June but the incident took ...

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La Liga is best league in the world – Gareth Bale


Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale believes La Liga is superior to the Premier League as James Rodriguez becomes the latest big-name player to arrive in Spain. The Welshman helped Real secure the Champions League last season and will link up with Rodriguez, who completed a £63m move to the Bernabeu this week after some impressive displays for Colombia in the World ...

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Real Madrid sign James Rodriguez from Monaco

Real Madrid have signed Colombian star James Rodriguez from Monaco in a £63million deal. The 23-year-old successfully passed a medical in Madrid this morning before agreeing a six-year deal and is scheduled to be unveiled in the Spanish capital this evening. Rodriguez will join up with Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema to provide a formidable attacking threat for ...

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Toni Kroos joins Real Madrid from Bayern Munich


Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos has joined Real Madrid for an undisclosed fee on a six-year deal. Kroos, 24, was a key player in the Germany side which beat Argentina 1-0 to win the World Cup and scored two goals during the competition in Brazil. He will be presented to the Real Madrid fans at the Bernabeu on Thursday afternoon ...

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