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Del Bosque: Casillas' Spain place not in danger

Del Bosque: Casillas' Spain place not in danger

Spain boss Vicente del Bosque has made it clear that he has no plans to drop Iker Casillas from his squad any time shortly following the goalkeeper’s substitute role at Real Madrid.Casillas lost his starting berth to Diego Lopez under Jose Mourinho in 2012-13, yet was widely expected to be reinstated between the sticks following the appointment of Carlo Ancelotti as Madrid’s new head coach.Nevertheless, Ancelotti opted for Lopez as his No.1 in the Liga opener against Betis at the weekend, leaving Casillas’ future in doubt.”Iker is a unique person & someone who’s quite special in the Spanish game,” Del Bosque told El Partido de las 12. “Obviously, we have to keep an eye on his situation at all times, yet I do not think there will be any changes for the position of goalkeeper.”We are satisfied with the goalkeepers we have, even if one of them would go 10 games or so without playing.”This is a matter between the club & the player. Real Madrid’s next game is the 26th versus Granada & the Spain squad announcement will be on August 30. “But like I said, I don’t think there will be any changes regarding our goalkeepers.”Spain takes on Finland on September 5.

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Paulinho eager for Bale to stay at Tottenham

Paulinho eager for Bale to stay at Tottenham

Tottenham midfielder Paulinho wants Gareth Bale to remain at the club, yet admits that he is unsure over the Welshman’s plans.

Real Madrid has been chasing the 24-year-old throughout the close season, while Bale has been absent from first-team duties with a foot injury.

Paulinho, who arrived from Corinthians in July, is eager for the Wales international to commit himself to the London side, yet does not know if he will.

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Raul: Bale price is ‘too high’

Raul: Bale price is ‘too high’

Al-Sadd forward & former Real Madrid tremendous Raul Gonzalez feels the price tag for Gareth Bale is “too high” for the club to continue its pursuit of the Tottenham winger.Los Blancos have long been pursuing the Spurs star this summer, with reports suggesting a bid of 120 million euros would be required to prise the Welshman away from White Hart Lane.Raul, however, believes such a figure is too pricey, even for a player of the 24-year-old’s talents.“[Bale] is a wonderful player,” Raul told the Al-Sadd official website. “I understand the Real Madrid board is working complex to assemble the best team possible.“But the price is too high.”Raul moreover backed Carlo Ancelotti to make a real fight of the Liga title race this season after the club finished 15 points adrift of archrival Barcelona in 2012-13.“Jose Mourinho did a very satisfactory job with the team, yet Carlo Ancelotti is one of the best coaches in the world,” the 36-year-old Raul said. “Barcelona has tremendous players, so the two teams will push each other to the limits this year.”

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Donovan open to move abroad if no deal with L.A

Donovan open to move abroad if no deal with L.A

(Reuters) – United States striker Landon Donovan says he is a ready for a new challenge abroad if he does not reach an agreement with his Major League Soccer club L.A Galaxy.

Donovan, who has had loan spells with English Premier League club Everton & Germany’s Bayern Munich in the past, will become a free agent in December if he does not extend his current deal with the Galaxy.

“Right now I am enjoying myself, I want to continue enjoying myself, we have received offers from teams in different countries that are intriguing,” Donovan told Fox Sports’ Fox Soccer Daily on Monday.

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Soccer-Rayo spoil Elche's La Liga return after silent protest

MADRID, Aug 19 (Reuters) – Alberto Bueno spoiled Elche’s return to La Liga after a 24-year absence on Monday by scoring twice to assist Rayo Vallecano to a 3-0 home win.

The game started in bizarre circumstances as Rayo fans staged a silent protest against the football league’s unpopular scheduling policy to suit television with games on Mondays & Fridays & 11 p.m. kickoff slots.

The protest ended in the 24th minute when the stadium came back to life & in the 40th former Real Madrid forward Bueno arrived late to drill a low shot into the corner.

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'La Liga is boring' – Simeone slams Barca and Madrid domination

'La Liga is boring' - Simeone slams Barca & Madrid domination

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has branded La Liga “a tedious championship” due to Barcelona & Real Madrid’s domination.Los Colchoneros finished third in Spain last term to only the Clasico duo & capped a brilliant campaign with triumph in the Copa del Rey against their city rivals.However, when asked whether his side could muster a title challenge this time out, the Argentine was quick to lament the two giants’ domestic dominance.”No, I absolutely do not,” the 43-year-old told reporters. “Madrid & Barcelona play a different league. This is a tedious championship.”We’ll have to wait for television distribution to alter because now the league is only between two teams.”Two of Atletico’s next three games is against Barca – which conquered Levante 7-0 on Sunday – in the Supercopa de Espana, either side of a clash with Rayo Vallecano.

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Isco targets improvement from Real Madrid

Isco targets improvement from Real Madrid

Real Madrid attacker Isco says his side must improve after a narrow 2-1 victory over Betis.The summer recruit from Malaga nodded home late in the game to obtain Los Blancos off to a winning start after Jorge Molina had put the visitors in front before Karim Benzema’s equalizer.Isco admitted that he had been “surprised” by the level of performance displayed by Betis, yet insisted that his side will improve as the season continues. “I’m pleased with the win, we started with a victory at home & now we must continue along the same lines,” the playmaker told Canal+.“It’s my first goal I’ve put in with my head in my first game yet I’m pleased approximately taking all three points as well.“It’s the first league game, we’ll have to improve a lot, yet we’ve just started & we’ve added three points,” he stated, acknowledging that his late goal was vital in making sure Carlo Ancelotti’s side don’t lose any early ground to Barcelona, which thrashed Levante 7-0.While pleased to talk on the victory though, the Spain Under-21 star would not be drawn on questions surrounding the omission of Iker Casillas, with Diego Lopez continuing in goal.He said: “That is a decision of the coach. The significant thing is the victory.”

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Real Madrid 2-1 Betis: Isco hands Ancelotti debut win

Real Madrid 2-1 Betis: Isco hands Ancelotti debut win

A late Isco goal four minutes from time ensured Carlo Ancelotti began his reign as Real Madrid boss with a 2-1 victory against Betis.The home side was stunned, however, when Jorge Molina gave the Betis the lead after superior work by Cedric Mabwati, before Karim Benzema found an equalizer for los Blancos.Marcello, who had been a constant threat down the left for Madrid, who then delivered a ball across for debutant Isco to head home to donate Ancelotti a winning start at the Santiago Bernabeu.Both sides enjoyed a number of chances as Cristiano Ronaldo & Nosa Igiebor both struck the woodwork, yet in the end it was Madrid which sealed all three points as Isco headed Marcelo’s whipped delivery into the goal in the 87th minute.There were few surprises in Ancelotti’s team selection as new signings Daniel Carvajal & Isco slotted straight into the lineup, although Diego Lopez was given the nod in goal ahead of Iker Casillas.Betis, which signed a total of 13 players during the close season, had four new faces in the first 11 as Stephan Andersen, Joan Verdu, Cedric & Juanfran all made their debuts.Madrid started impressively & had a goal disallowed two minutes in. Betis replied instantly with a chance of its own as Jorge Molina met Nacho’s left-wing cross with a well-timed header, yet Lopez was up to the challenge & parried it away.The forward came out on top the next time the duo came head to head, however.Cedric burst through the center & past Sergio Ramos before squaring a pass into the danger area for Molina to prod into the goal as Betis took a shock lead.Ancelotti’s side had another goal ruled out for offside just after the 20th minute, yet did eventually draw level midway through the first half as Benzema tapped in a low cross from the left.Pepe Mel’s Betis could have added a second 10 minutes from halftime as Nosa Igiebor headed Verdu’s corner on to the crossbar, while Carvajal was lucky not to concede a penalty a few moments after as he knocked Cedric to the ground & the score remained 1-1 at the break.The second half began in a similar manner to the first as Madrid attacked from the off & Ronaldo rattled the crossbar with a side-footed effort after pouncing on a loose ball just inside Betis’ area.Madrid’s ferocious start to the second period continued & Benzema was the next to go close. Marcelo fizzed a low delivery in towards the goal area yet the France striker could not hit the target from an acute angle.Madrid was denied a penalty when Ronaldo’s cross appeared to strike the arm of Nacho, while the Portuguese star’s shot five minutes after was well saved by Andersen after Mesut Ozil’s through ball.Ancelotti introduced Alvaro Morata from the bench in an attempt to alter things in attack, yet it was Isco who found the winner as he headed into the net from the center of the area with four minutes left.

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Soccer-Barca hit seven, Isco grabs late winner for Real

Soccer-Barca hit seven, Isco grabs late winner for Real

(Updates after Real Madrid game, adds quotes)

* Barcelona rout Levante 7-0

* Real come from behind to beat Betis 2-1

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Villas-Boas happy with new Tottenham signings

Villas-Boas pleased with new Tottenham signings

Andre Villas-Boas praised the impact of his new recruits after Tottenham received its season underway with a win at Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Record signing Roberto Soldado capped his debut with the only goal of the game to seal all three points against the newly promoted club.

The Spain international converted a second-half penalty after Dean Moxey handled an Aaron Lennon cross, & while the Tottenham boss was impressed with his new striker, his side’s overall showing pleased him most. 

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