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  • Real Madrid star James wants to stay put...

    James Rodriguez is happy at Real Madrid and wants to remain in the Spanish capital, according to the midfielder's wife Daniela Ospina. Manchester United and Chelsea have emerged as possible destinations for James, who has found regular minutes hard to come by under Madrid head c...

    Real Madrid star James wants to stay put despite reported Premier League interest, says wife

    James Rodriguez is happy at Real Madrid and wants to remain in the Spanish capital, according to the midfielder's wife Daniela Ospina. Manchester United and Chelsea have emerged as possible destinations for James, who has found regular minutes hard to come by under Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane. James - who came off the bench and netted the equaliser in Sunday's Clasico only for Barcelona's Lionel Messi score an injury-time winner - has made 17 LaLiga appearances this season but only nine have been as a starter, adding to the 25-year-old's frustrations at the Santiago Bernabeu. Man United star Herrera as good as Kante Despite the situation, James is keen to continue at the Champions League titleholders. "James is very focused, it is a very personal decision," Ospina said via AS Diario and Marca. "He is happy, but when he has to make the decision, he will do so. "I cannot promise anything, but James wants to continue with Real Madrid and I love Madrid too, I am really happy in Spain and I want to stay here. "He is super happy, always working and trying to improve himself, to do what he has to do. "Obviously I want him to play more, to say that wouldn't be a lie." James and Madrid are away to Deportivo La Coruna on Wednesday as they look to wrestle top spot back from bitter rivals Barca.

  • Ronaldo left out of Real Madrid squad fo...

    Cristiano Ronaldo has been left out of Real Madrid's squad for their La Liga game with Deportivo La Coruna. Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane has named his 19-man panel for the game, with Gareth Bale also ruled out due to injury. Real can't wait for Messi to retire Bale picked...

    Ronaldo left out of Real Madrid squad for Deportivo clash

    Cristiano Ronaldo has been left out of Real Madrid's squad for their La Liga game with Deportivo La Coruna. Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane has named his 19-man panel for the game, with Gareth Bale also ruled out due to injury. Real can't wait for Messi to retire Bale picked up a calf injury at the weekend, lasting just 35 minutes of the defeat to Barcelona, and has been sidelined for three weeks. With both Ronaldo and Bale absent, Zidane will likely call upon Karim Benzema and Alvaro Morata to provide firepower up front. Sergio Ramos misses out due to his red card against rivals Barcelona on Sunday. The defender was sent off as Barcelona won El Clasico 3-2 in stoppage time thanks to Lionel Messi's 500th competitive goal for the Catalan side. Ramos is likely to return on Saturday as Real Madrid host Valencia after being handed just a one-match suspension for his challenge on Messi during El Clasico. Capello slams Ramos tackle Barcelona currently sit at the top of the table, level on 75 points with Madrid, but Zidane's side have a game-in-hand over their title rivals. Luis Enrique's team host Osasuna on Wednesday, with the match finishing before Real's away game with Deportivo kicks off.

  • Simeone admits Atletico have 'four final...

    Diego Simeone said Atletico Madrid have four finals in their pursuit of Champions League qualification after going down to Villarreal. Atletico suffered a rare home defeat, stunned 1-0 by visiting Villarreal at the Vicente Calderon on Tuesday. Roberto Soriano broke the deadlock...

    Simeone admits Atletico have 'four finals' after Villarreal loss

    Diego Simeone said Atletico Madrid have four finals in their pursuit of Champions League qualification after going down to Villarreal. Atletico suffered a rare home defeat, stunned 1-0 by visiting Villarreal at the Vicente Calderon on Tuesday. Roberto Soriano broke the deadlock in the 82nd minute as Atletico's 11-match unbeaten run in all competitions came to an end after Andres Fernandez made a series of saves to deny Antoine Griezmann, Nico Gaitan and Angel Correa. Carrasco suffers collarbone injury The loss left third-placed Atletico just three points ahead of Sevilla, who have a game in hand and head coach Simeone said: "We have to wait for future results we do not have to rush. "We are in four finals and we will see what happens." He continued: "I'm going with the sensations of football, football is this, a lot of times we win like that, it's part of the game. The ball did not want to go in. "We were not fine for the last pass, they took advantage of the situation they had." Of Villarreal, Simeone added: "We've had three or four games at Calderon that we do not give them goals and it also costs us, it's a team that are prepared to fight for the top positions. 'Griezmann is perfect for Man Utd' "We've had chances in every game, we've won against a team that plays very well on the defensive side." While Atletico struggled in front of goal, Simeone denied his team missed a forward like former star Diego Costa - now at Chelsea. "I could answer so many things and I have so much respect for the question that I'm going to say no," the Argentine boss said.

  • Herrera reveals he wanted Man Utd move t...

    Ander Herrera has revealed that he knew he wanted to join Manchester United the moment he first stepped foot on the Old Trafford turf. The Spanish midfielder took in a meeting with the Red Devils while with Athletic Bilbao in March 2012. He emerged victorious in that Europa Lea...

    Herrera reveals he wanted Man Utd move two years before deal was done

    Ander Herrera has revealed that he knew he wanted to join Manchester United the moment he first stepped foot on the Old Trafford turf. The Spanish midfielder took in a meeting with the Red Devils while with Athletic Bilbao in March 2012. He emerged victorious in that Europa League fixture, helping to secure a 3-2 win, but was only too happy to swap sides when the opportunity presented itself two years later. Herrera talks up derby importance Herrera told Unscriptd: "We were all so happy, we were coming to the biggest stadium in England. "The most historic stadium in front of the fans that have seen the best football, a lot of titles a lot of great players. "I remember I saw the rest of the stadium and I thought - I didn't say to anyone - 'must be good to play in front of these fans every weekend'. "And then I played a fantastic game, maybe one of the best in my career and we beat United 3-2 at Old Trafford. "That day I realised one day that was going to happen, I was going to put the red shirt on and enjoy Old Trafford." “And then the next time I played in Old Trafford was already with a red badge playing for United as a United player. Neville picks Man Utd dream team “I remember it was a pre-season game, friendly game against Valencia, a Spanish side, and the feelings were amazing. I was already a United player. After a long summer, waiting for that moment, that moment came and I was playing for United so it was fantastic.” Herrera completed a £29 million move to United after a protracted chase. He quickly settled in English football and has gone from strength to strength with the Red Devils, earning senior international recognition with Spain and plenty of plaudits for the improvement he is made in a game which now has him regarded as one of the finest holding midfielders in the Premier League.

  • 'Xavi is my enemy' - Spurs boss Pochetti...

    Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino has shrugged off comments from “enemy” Xavi regarding a possible move to Manchester City for Dele Alli. The Barcelona legend has suggested that a big-money bid from the Etihad Stadium could arrive this summer, with Pep Guardiola said to b...

    'Xavi is my enemy' - Spurs boss Pochettino hits back at Alli to Man City claims from Barca legend

    Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino has shrugged off comments from “enemy” Xavi regarding a possible move to Manchester City for Dele Alli. The Barcelona legend has suggested that a big-money bid from the Etihad Stadium could arrive this summer, with Pep Guardiola said to be a big fan of a “special player”. Pochettino, though, has made it clear that he has no intention of parting with any of his prized assets. 'Eriksen good enough for Barca' He has also accused Xavi, a former rival from his days at Catalan rivals Espanyol, of talking too much. "Xavi is in a period where he loves to talk. He is working for Manchester City, maybe," smiled Pochettino, clearly half-joking. "He is playing in Qatar and he was a Barcelona player, he's my enemy. He tried to destroy our focus to win because he hates me. He's Barcelona – a player, a fan, you know. "I remember the game when Xavi fell down [in 2009], it wasn't a penalty, but the referee awarded it. Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored the penalty and Barcelona won the game. Xavi fell and said ‘penalty!’ and it was given. "On the replays, it was very funny because nobody touched him. At Tottenham we are doing things and the club has a lot of potential, so there is focus on a talented player." Pochettino added on his desire to keep an exciting Spurs squad together as it chases down the Premier League title once again: "My relationship with [chairman] Daniel Levy is very close. We have a plan to improve and we will deliver it when we finish the season. Poch: No guarantee that Alli stays "The players we want to keep, we will keep, because the chairman said to me: 'We don’t need the money.' "If we sell some players, it is because we want to. We will sell players because of the players we want to sign. "For our fans, it is so clear that all the decisions we take are to try to improve the team, try to be more competitive next season."

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