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bale-trophyGareth Bale would said that we would like to stay at Real Madrid, but he and his agents appear to be in no rush to sign a new deal with the Champions League holders.

With a FIFA transfer ban hanging over their head, the Spanish giants have been busy recently signing new deals with their stars.

Luka Modric and Toni Kroos have recently renewed their contracts, committing their future to the club until 2020 and 2022 respectively while Cristiano Ronaldo is reported to have also agreed to a contract extension too.

neymar-barcelonaNeymar signed his new five-year contract at Barcelona on Friday with a buy-out clause that will eventually rise to £225m.

The 24-year-old sat down with Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu to put pen to paper on an agreement that keeps him at the club until 2021.

His buyout clause was set at £171m on his original deal but now rises to £180m in the first year, £200m in the second and £225m for the last three years.

With the deal’s completion Barcelona hope they have finally managed to ward off interest from Paris Saint-Germain and the Premier League.

Champions League trophyAtletico Madrid maintained their 100 per cent record in the Champions League this season to stay top of Group D following a 1-0 victory over Rostov in Russia.

The La Liga leaders are yet to concede a goal in the competition, following identical 1-0 wins over PSV Eindhoven and Bayern Munich, and entered the game on the back of a 7-1 victory over Granada on Saturday.

The Russian’s defence held firm in the opening half before in-form Yannick Carrasco – who scored a hat-trick at the weekend – broke the deadlock with a close range volley from Juanfran’s cross to make it three wins from three.

bale-celebratesReal Madrid put five past Legia Warsaw, to take a giant step towards qualification in Group F, all that was missing was a goal from Cristiano Ronaldo.

The competition’s all-time leading scorer was frustrated by visiting keeper Arkadiusz Malarz but laid on two goals as Real took Legia apart with Gareth Bale scoring the all important opener.

No one expected much from Legia but they had two chances in the first 10 minutes. Tomasz Jodlowiec shot weakly after being gifted possession after a mistake by Toni Kroos in midfield and Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe hit a post.

isco-real-madrid‘I’m not a magician,’ said Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane before the game. But his team played like they had been touched by a magic wand, ending their run of four consecutive draws in spectacular fashion, with Real Betis the victims.

They had dropped points against Villarreal, Las Palmas, Borussia Dortmund and Eibar in their most recent matches, with pressure mounting on Zidane to stop the rot and bring Madrid back to winning ways.

The coach himself had lamented how his team never seemed to start games well, believing it to be a psychological issue, but they began this match at the Benito Villamarin as they meant to go on.

atleti-fans-champions-leagueAtletico Madrid maintained top spot in La Liga after hammering Granada 7-1 at the Estadio Vicente Calderon on Saturday.

They lead city rivals Real, who ended a run of four successive draws by beating Real Betis 6-1 in Seville, on goal difference, while Barcelona sit two points further back after they were 4-0 winners at home to Deportivo La Coruna.

It started badly for Diego Simeone’s Atletico side as Isaac Cuenca gave rock-bottom Granada a shock lead with a smart 18th-minute volley.

Messi-PricelessIt took three minutes and three touches, and substitute Lionel Messi was back in the old routine a month after his last game and just in time to take on Manchester City on Wednesday.

Barcelona’s fit again No 10 got their fourth goal in a 4-0 win over Deportivo in which Luis Suarez also scored. While City had to roll their sleeves up against Everton, Barca strolled through this one.

Messi came on at minute 55 to the loudest cheer of the afternoon. He took a couple of easy touches deep in midfield and then ventured into the area for the first time. Neymar played him into space and he shot past German Lux. It was as simple as the victory itself.

new-bernebeuReal Madrid’s famous Santiago Bernabeu stadium will finally get its much-anticipated €400m makeover when work begins at the end of this season.

The retractable roof and state-of-the-art encasing of the stadium have been retained from original plans. The proposed hotel and commercial area are still to be negotiated. What is clear is that Madrid will look for a sponsor to part fund the project and with the sponsor having their name tagged on the end of the Santiago Bernabeu stadium name.

pique-world-cupBarcelona star Gerard Pique has stunned fans in Spain by announcing that he will stop playing for his country after the 2018 World Cup in Russia because he feels he is not wanted in the national team by some.

The Barcelona defender made the announcement after Spain’s 2-0 win at Albania on Sunday in European qualifying for the World Cup. Spain currently top Group G, with only first place giving automatic qualification.

“I always give everything I have on the field, but there are people who think it’s better if I’m not here,” Pique said.

barcelona-la-liga-titleSpanish football clubs have slashed their tax debts to around a third of their 650 million euros ($720 million) apex from three years ago, La Liga officials said on Tuesday.

First and second division clubs have a cumulative 230-million-euro debt to the Spanish government, with six clubs — Atletico Madrid and Espanyol of La Liga and Valladolid, Mallorca, Zaragoza and Elche of the second tier — responsible for over 70 percent of that sum.

In addition to aiming at shortening the deficit in 79m euros more by the end of the 2016/17 season, the professional football clubs in Spain are targeting 2020 as the date to be debt-free as a whole.