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News From Spain: Oriol Romeu: “If you listen to too many people or opinions, you can lose who you are”

It’s easy to see why Girona signed Oriol Romeu. Moving into his thirties, a Premier League staple for seven years with Southampton, he still moves well on the pitch. Perhaps he only measures five feet ten inches (182cm), but he plays like he’s six foot something. Sporting a deliberately shaved head for as long as …

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News From Spain: Analysis: Should Real Madrid consider buying back Takefusa Kubo from Real Sociedad

Real Madrid peppered the Real Sociedad goal with shots on Sunday night and could not find the breakthrough in their 0-0 stalemate at the Santiago Bernabeu. That is not to say the tie was entirely one-sided though, as La Real had their chances too. Their biggest threat went by the name of Takefusa Kubo. The …

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News From Spain: Lionel Messi on the World Cup: ‘It’s over, it’s complete – I’ve achieved everything’

Lionel Messi has done it all. Aside from the Coupe de la Ligue and the Coupe de France, Lionel Messi has won every competition he has competed in and of course, the one that matters most – the World Cup. Messi has spoken publicly for the first time since his crowning moment, having returned to …

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News From Spain: Lionel Messi admits to regretting behaviour in Argentina-Netherlands World Cup win

Lionel Messi has given his first interview since winning the World Cup and has admitted that perhaps he wasn’t quite the role model he wanted to be during Argentina’s quarter-final against the Netherlands. The first controversial Messi moment was after his second goal, when he cupped his ears and stood defiantly looking at Netherlands coach …

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News From Spain: Atletico Madrid defender being pursued by two teams for late January deal

Atletico Madrid are not blessed with considerable depth in defence, but it looks as if they may be about to lose a defender before the end of the window. According to Fabrizio Romano, Brazilian centre-back Felipe is on the verge of an exit, with two interested parties. Nottingham Forest were initially the side showing the …

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News From Spain: Barcelona and Valencia accused in Juventus-style corruption case for swap deal

Barcelona and Valencia are facing serious charges after a former Vice-President of Los Che has accused the the pair of false accounting, the same charge which led to Juventus being docked 15 points in Serie A. The matter relates to two deals between the clubs in 2019, when Neto Murara moved from Valencia to Barcelona …

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News From Spain: Atletico Madrid get go ahead from Barcelona target for summer move

Atletico Madrid are ahead in the race to sign one of Spanish football’s brightest defensive talents. According to Matteo Moretto, Girona right-back Arnau Martinez has given his blessing to a move to the Civitas Metropolitano in the summer. Martinez, 19, has been in fine form this season, standing up to the likes of Vinicius Junior …

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News From Spain: Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund to miss out on Spanish wonderkid

Despite intense speculation, it looks as if Ivan Fresneda will not be moving to Arsenal or Borussia Dortmund this January. The talented 18-year-old right-back has been heavily linked with a move away from Real Valladolid this winter after exploding onto the scene this season, with the pair of giants linked with a move for him. …

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News From Spain: ‘Would love to be a cule’ – Benjamin Pavard lets Barcelona know he wants to join

Barcelona are looking for a right-back sooner or later, and it appears they may have found one. For several months they have been looking at Bayern Munich defender Benjamin Pavard. The French World Cup-winner is out of contract in 2024, and after falling out with the Bayern manager Julian Nagelsmann, looks set to leave in …

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News From Spain: Javier Tebas undertaking ‘smear campaign’ against Barcelona President Joan Laporta

Barcelona and La Liga have been at war for some time over various issues, but it appears that battle is step up a notch. According to a well-informed source, La Liga President Javier Tebas is set to leak out information on Barcelona President Joan Laporta as part of a smear campaign against him. The two …

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News From Spain: La Liga spending in the negative with less than 48 hours to go in the transfer window

La Liga looks set to make a profit from the January transfer window, amid fierce debate about the financial health and quality of the game. Since the pandemic, La Liga’s salary limits have bitten hard, preventing clubs from investing any more than their means allow in a bid to secure economic stability for the league. …

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News From Spain: Javier Mascherano to keep Argentina under-20s job despite disastrous tournament

There are high hopes surrounding Javier Mascherano and his coaching career, but those hopes were brought back down to earth at the recent under-20 Copa America. In charge of Argentina, the Albiceleste did not make it past the group stages, losing three of their four games. It marked a dramatic failure for Argentina, who despite …

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News From Spain: Barcelona won’t replace defender in case of departure in January transfer window

Barcelona will not make any moves in the transfer market before the end of the window, even if Hector Bellerin does leave the club. Over the last 24 hours, the rumours that the former Arsenal defender will depart the club for Sporting CP have grown. The Catalan has been a bit-part player for Barcelona so …

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News From Spain: “I will accept whatever comes” – Dani Alves calm about future in Barcelona prison

It appears that one thing the Dani Alves case will not be is quiet. A consistent stream of news and leaks about the Brazilian’s fate, both from his actual state in prison and regarding the case itself make their way into the public forum. The most decorated footballer in history stands accused of sexual assault …

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News From Spain: Fabrizio Romano confirms Villarreal agreement for Ben Brereton Diaz

Villarreal will complete a summer move to sign Blackburn Rovers star Ben Brereton Diaz. The Yellow Submarine are unlikely to bring in any major new faces ahead of the end of the January transfer window but they are already planning for 2023/24. The Chilean international has been linked with a departure from Ewood Park when …

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News From Spain: Manchester City to challenge Barcelona for Arnau Martinez

Barcelona could be challenged in their summer race for Girona defender Arnau Martinez with Manchester City also interested in him. Xavi is weighing up a possible move to bring Martinez back to the club in 2023 following an impressive first 12 months as a La Liga player. La Blaugrana scouts have been impressed by Martinez’s performances this …

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News From Spain: Carlo Ancelotti is confident of Real Madrid’s La Liga title defence

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti is not panicking over their La Liga title defence. Los Blancos have struggled for consistency in league action since the start of 2023 and they end the weekend trailing leaders Barcelona by five points. A 0-0 draw at home to third place Real Sociedad has disrupted their progress further this …

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News From Spain: Atletico Madrid target Marseille star as Felipe edges closer to Premier League switch

Atletico Madrid could move for Marseille defender Jonathan Clauss as part of a busy end to the transfer window. Los Rojiblancos are expected to complete deals for new faces and departures in the coming days as Diego Simeone plans for the second half of the season. Spanish international Saul Niguez has been heavily linked with …

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News From Spain: Arsenal target Ivan Fresneda left out of Real Valladolid squad

Real Valladolid defender Ivan Fresneda appears to be edging closer to a transfer exit from the club this month. The 18-year-old right back has risen to prominence in the last 12 months after being drafted into the Valladolid first team at the start of 2022/23. According to previous reports from The Athletic, via Caught Offside, …

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