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neymar-barcelonaAccording to the Barcelona-based newspaper Sport, Barca are interested in extending Neymar’s current deal, which expires in June 2018, by a further two years.

Conversations with the 22-year-old’s father were initiated a while ago at the express wish of club president Josep Maria Bartomeu.

Neymar’s basic salary is thought to have signed a five-year deal when he joined Barca for €6 million a year, with bonuses for winning trophies and meeting certain individual targets. That amount does not take into consideration the massive €60 million in various commission and signing-on fees paid to Neymar and his father to facilitate his transfer from Santos.

simeoneAtlético Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann hit a second half hat-trick as the champions came from behind to win 4-1 at Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.

Atlético showed the fighting spirit that won them the title last season as they came out on top after a Mikel Rico header had deservedly given the home side the lead in the 17th minute.

Griezmann nodded in the equaliser straight after the break and seven minutes later Raúl García converted a penalty after Mikel San José was adjudged to have fouled Tiago Cardosa.

When Real Madrid beat San Lorenzo 2-0 on Saturday to become Club World Cup champions, skipper Iker Casillas made history.

By lifting the golden trophy after his 700th game for Real, Casillas became the first captain to win eight major trophies – the Club World Cup, La Liga, Copa del Rey, Spanish Super Cup, European Super Cup, Champions League, World Cup and the European Championships.

The 33-year-old can now also claim to have won every competition he has ever played in after goals from Sergio Ramos and Gareth Bale secured victory in Marrakesh.

real-world-championsReal Madrid won the FIFA Club World Cup Morocco 2014 after defeating San Lorenzo 2-0 in the final in Marrakech.

The UEFA Champions League winners scored on either side of the half thanks to goals from defender Sergio Ramos and winger Gareth Bale. The win now brings Carlo Ancelotti’s side to 22 consecutive wins in all competitive matches.

Real Madrid head coach Ancelotti made one change from the side that defeated Cruz Azul 4-0 in the semi-final with FIFA World Cup™ star James Rodriguez replacing Asier Illarramendi in midfield.

suarez-barcaLuis Suarez was delighted to score his first league goal for Barcelona, but claimed the victory was more important. Suarez had scored twice in the UEFA Champions League but, before the 5-0 win over Cordoba on Saturday, the 27-year-old had yet to find the net in the Spanish La Liga following his summer move from Liverpool.

The Uruguayan did not make his debut until late October because of a four-month ban for biting, but had played seven matches without finding the net.

luis-suarez-barcelonaLuis Suarez scored his first Primera Division goal and Lionel Messi hit a late double as Barcelona rounded off a difficult 2014 by thrashing Cordoba 5-0.

Pedro got Barcelona off to a dream start by netting in the second minute and then provided the pass for Suarez to double the lead early in the second half, with Gerard Pique and Messi scoring the final goals all in the last ten minutes. The Catalans are now one point behind league leaders Real Madrid, but have played one game more than Carlo Ancelotti’s side, who won the FIFA Club World Cup Morocco 2014 after a 2-0 win over San Lorenzo in the final in Marrakech.

Santiago-BernabeuLucas Silva is unlikely to join Real Madrid in January with the Spanish giants not planning to make any moves in the winter transfer market.

The Cruzeiro midfielder has been strongly linked with a transfer to the Bernabeu in recent months.

However, the Brazil Under-21 starlet, who has a 15million euro (£11.8million) price tag, will have to wait until the summer if he is to join the European champions.

“Unless there are extraordinary circumstances, we will not bring reinforcements in the winter transfer market,” Real Madrid president Florentino Perez told Spanish radio station Cadena Ser. “Right now there are none.

Ancelotti-real-madridReal Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti is almost certain to be offered a contract extension this summer, according to club president Florentino Perez.

The Italian tactician’s current deal expires in June 2016 and Real have indicated they want Ancelotti to continue in charge.

“We will be delighted to renew Ancelotti’s contract,” Perez told Spanish radio station Cadena Ser. “I’m sure there will be no problem with Ancelotti’s renewal, but this will be negotiated at the end of the season.

“We only speak about renewing contracts at the start or at the end of the season.”

atleti-madrid-championsManchester United target Diego Godin has dealt the club a big blow after revealing he has no intentions to leave Atletico Madrid in the near future.

Louis van Gaal had been hoping to snap the 28-year-old up to add some more muscle to his defence after the Uruguayan impressed for Diego Simone’s side. However, speaking to reporters, Godin claims he wants to stay with Atleti:

“At this point, I feel that I’m in the best time of my career and I still see my retirement very far. I would like to stay many years here (at Atletico Madrid).

copa-del-reyVillarreal emphatically booked their spot in the last 16 of the Copa del Rey after a 3-0 victory over Cadiz lifted them to a 5-1 aggregate triumph on Wednesday.

Lower league Cadiz would still have had hope of upsetting the odds when they went into half-time of their second leg encounter goalless. But that was snuffed out by Manuel Trigueros’ 56th-minute strike while Gerard Moreno’s late brace put an impressive stamp on proceedings.

It was a fifth consecutive win in all competitions for the Yellow Submarine, who were joined in the next round by Getafe, Granada, Real Sociedad, Espanyol and Levante.