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New Barcelona signings Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal will not be loaned to other clubs even though neither player will be able to play an official game for the Catalan giants until next year.

Vidal and Turan joined Barca from Sevilla and Atletico Madrid, respectively, this summer but the European champions are unable to field any new players until January 2016. That is when the club’s transfer ban, imposed by FIFA for breaching rules regarding the signing of under-age players, comes to an end.

ronaldo-portugalIt has been an preseason of drama at Real Madrid. From the firing of the popular Carlo Ancelotti to the seedy way on which club Iker Casillas was shown the door to the ongoing transfer saga of David de Gea.

But those stories could all be dwarfed by the rumblings out of Madrid about how unhappy Cristiano Ronaldo is with the Rafa Benitez.

Ronaldo has a huge ego, although if you score 314 goals in 300 games for the club you probably deserve one. The Portuguese star has been the focal point of Real Madrid since he arrived from Manchester United six years ago. The team has been built around him and he has delivered.

Barca-ChampionsBarcelona have landed in the USA for their preseason and this is the information I have on where they will be staying and open practices. Note that you will need a match ticket in order to get into the open practices.

Los Angeles: 19-21 July
Hotel: Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Marina del Rey
Open Practice: Monday, 20 July at 6:30 at StubHub Center

San Francisco: 22-25 July
Hotel: Hotel St. Regis
Open Practice: Friday, 24 July at 6:30 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara

Washington DC: 26-28 July
Hotel: W Hotel in Washington DC.
Open Practice: Monday, 27 July at 6:30 at FedExField in Landover, MD

Perez-real-madridFlorentino Perez has sensationally been accused of disliking black players by Iker Casillas’ agent Santos Marquez, who insists the Real Madrid president ‘is not racist’, expects Perez to leave Real over the saga of
Casillas’ departure and has hit out at his behaviour in an interview with Spanish paper AS.

Marquez, who also confirmed that Casillas turned down a number of Premier League offers to join Porto, accuses the president of having not ‘utter[ed] one single truth in many years’ in an ugly conclusion to his client’s long Bernabeu career.

ronaldo-portugalThe new Madrid boss must not have gotten the memo about how fragile Cristiano Ronaldo’s ego is as he made a point of not labelling him the world’s best at a press conference in Australia.

The new Madrid boss was facing the press in Australia as part of the Spanish giants’ pre-season tour when he claimed that Ronaldo was “one of the world’s best.”

But when the press corps – surprised that he hadn’t backed his own player in the ongoing debate with Lionel Messi – pushed him for more, Benitez made a point of not claiming Ronaldo was number 1.

suarez-neymar-messiThe Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) have announced that the most watched rivalry in world football will see Real host defending champions Barca on November 8 at the Bernabeu.

The reverse league fixture falls in the spring of 2016, with Barcelona hosting Real in a potentially crucial April 3 tie, with merely seven games before the end of the season.

Barca will not have new signings Aleix Vidal and Arda Turan available for the big game in Madrid, but both players will be eligible for selection in the reverse fixture at the Camp Nou on April 3.

Barca-ChampionsBarcelona and Real Madrid will meet in La Liga’s latest Clasico clashes in November and April after the 2015/16 Spanish top-flight fixtures were announced on Tuesday.

The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) confirmed the first of the highly-anticipated matches will see Real host defending champions Barca on 8 November at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium.

Barça will not have new signings Aleix Vidal and Arda Turan available for the big game in Madrid but both players will be eligible for selection in the reverse fixture at the Camp Nou on 3 April.

iker-casillasUnder pressure Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has hit back at his critics by declaring that Iker Casillas chose to leave the club and was not forced out.

The 34-year-old goalkeeper was under contract with Real for another two seasons but decided to leave this summer for Porto amid constant speculation that Manchester United’s David de Gea will eventually join the Spanish giants.

Perez held a press conference at the Bernabeu stadium alongside Casillas on Monday to clarify his position on the keeper, who had been with the club for 25 years.

turan-barcelonaArda Turan says that he is champing at the bit to play alongside his “idol” at Barcelona, Andres Iniesta.

The Spanish champions unveiled their big summer signing on Friday morning following his 34million euro transfer from Atletico Madrid.

“I always said (Leo) Messi is the best,” Turan said to the Spanish press at the Camp Nou. “But my idol is Iniesta. I can’t wait to play with him.”

One player Turan will not go into battle with is Xavi Hernandez because the long-time captain left Barca last month for Qatari side Al Sadd after 24 years with the Catalan giants.

marcello-real-madridReal Madrid have extended the contract of Brazilian left-back Marcelo for two further seasons, the Spanish giants have announced.

The move sees Marcelo tied down to the Bernabeu stadium until 2020. A statement from Real Madrid read:

“Real Madrid announces it has extended the contract of Marcelo until June 30, 2020, for the next five seasons.”

The 27-year-old joined Real in a €6m transfer from Brazilian club Fluminense in January 2007 and is the third most veteran player at the club, behind team captain Iker Casillas and vice-captain Sergio Ramos. The Brazil international has made 320 appearances for Real in his nine years at the club.