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la_liga_logoReal Madrid’s search for a return to form will be severely tested when the La Liga leaders travel to face an Athletic Bilbao side still high from reaching the Copa del Rey final on Saturday.

Madrid saw their advantage over Barcelona at the top of the table cut to two points after being held 1-1 at home by Villarreal last weekend. Los Blancos have dropped seven points in their 10 La Liga matches since ending a trophy-laden 2014 on a 22-game winning run.

Mestalla-StadiumIt looks like the 2015 Copa del Rey final between Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao will be held at Valencia’s Mestalla stadium as Real Madrid will not offer the Bernabeu as an option.

Barcelona and Athletic have both indicated that the 81,000-seater Bernabeu would be ideal as it would allow the largest number of fans to attend the game on Saturday May 30.

However, Madrid president Florentino Perez would prefer not to have thousands of Catalan and Basque fans inside the Bernabeu in what is Spain’s end-of-season showpiece occasion.

Santiago-BernabeuMarca is reporting that Real Madrid and Porto have reached an agreement over the summer transfer of Danilo, and that the 23-year-old right back will cost €20 million.

Porto had been hoping to get closer to €40 million for the Brazilian, but despite interest from other clubs, including Manchester United, Danilo insisted that he would only sign for Real Madrid. Considering that his contract is up next year and the player, and that he could walk for free in 20i6, left Porto little from to negotiate.

After a slow start, that had fans wondering why Barcelona had paid €81 million to pry him from Liverpool, Luis Suarez appears to be finally adjusting to life at the Camp Nou. And Barca fans are seeing why Suarez is one of the best strikers in the world.

When you look at the comparison of Suarez’s first 15 La Liga and Champions League games for Barca, versus his last 5 matches his improvement is easy to see.

FC Barcelona's Xavi answers questions atThere have been rumors for months that Barcelona and Spain superstar Xavi Hernandez was coming to Major League Soccer, and that move has now been confirmed. The 35-year-old midfielder, who has played more games than any player in Barca’s history and won every honour possible, will join New York City FC at the end of the La Liga season.

Spanish radio station Cadena SER reported on Wednesday that the player, his father Joaquín and his agent Ivan Corretja met with a representative from the club at the L’Arrosseria Xàtiva restaurant in Barcelona just a stone’s throw from the Nou Camp to negotiate his move to the US.

Copa Del ReyNeymar scored twice s Barcelona reached the final of the Copa del Rey for the fourth time in five years where they will face Athletic Bilbao following a 3-1 (6-2 aggregate) victory over ten-man Villarreal at Estadio El Madrigal.

Leading 3-1 from the first leg at the Camp Nou three weeks ago, Barça opened the scoring early on as Neymar scooped the ball over home goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo from close-range to put his side 1-0 up on the night.

dani-alvesAccording to Sport, Dani Alves’ agent Dinorah Santana has confirmed that the Barcelona fullback is close to signing for another club.

The 31-year-old Alves has been at Barcelona since 2008 where he has won four league titles, two Champions Leagues, two FIFA Club World Cups, two UEFA Super Cups and two Copa del Reys.

However, his time with the Catalan outfit appears to be nearing it’s end, his agent has revealed that he is close to joining a new club.

“We are close to signing for another club, talks are underway. Dani [Alves] is still available, but we will not wait much longer,” Alves’ agent Dinorah Santana said.

A statistical look the performances of Real Madrid’s defenders this season and how Carlo Ancelotti’s seems to be having a calming influence on Pepe.

ronaldo-benzema-jonesAnother weekend and another twist in the title race as Real Madrid missed the chance to move four points clear of Barcelona at the top of La Liga after being held to a 1-1 draw by Villarreal.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s early second-half penalty looked to have Madrid on course for a fourth consecutive win, but Gerard Moreno’s thunderous equaliser 26 minutes from time earned the visitors a deserved point.

Champions Atletico Madrid failed to gain any ground on the leaders as they battled to a 0-0 draw at Sevilla. Fourth-placed Valencia are now just a point adrift of Atletico after they were comfortable 2-0 winners over David Moyes’s Real Sociedad thanks to a double from Pablo Piatti.

suarez-neymar-messiBarcelona turned up the heat on Spanish La Liga leaders Real Madrid with a 3-1 win at Granada. Ivan Rakitic opened the scoring after 25 minutes and Luis Suarez struck at the start of the second period, grabbing his third goal in four days.

Fran Rico pulled one back for the hosts from the penalty spot, but Suarez then set up Lionel Messi to seal the victory. The win moved second-placed Barça a point behind Madrid, who host Villarreal on Sunday.