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La Liga News: 16 October 2015; Real Madrid Legend Raul Set to Retire, Dani Ceballos Extends Real Betis Contract

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Real Madrid not planning Ronaldo contract talks - Goal.com
Real Madrid is not considering the prospect of extending Cristiano Ronaldo’s contract after the forward claimed he could potentially play until he is 40. The 30-year-old last signed a revised deal with Madrid in September 2013 and currently has three years remaining on that contract.

Former Real Madrid great Raul to retire from football - ESPN FC
Raul is to retire from football next month after finishing the current season with the New York Cosmos. The former Spain striker, 38, joined the Cosmos of the North American Soccer League, a level below Major League Soccer, in December but has decided to call it a day after a single campaign.

Madrid to target LB in January? | Football Espana
It’s reported Real Madrid will target cover for Marcelo in the January window as there are no other left-backs available to Rafa Benitez. Marca reports Benitez stopped the signing of a left-back after Fabio Coentrao was loaned to Monaco as he didn’t want to have to deal with a new player settling in to the squad.

Gareth Bale agent denies sacking amid Ronaldo underwear row - ESPN FC
Gareth Bale's agent Jonathan Barnett has reacted angrily to Spanish media stories that he is about to be sacked by the Real Madrid star. Barnett has become a well-known figure in Spain due to his regular comments regarding Bale and especially the relationship between the Wales international and fellow galactico Cristiano Ronaldo.

Madrid players unhappy with Rafa? | Football Espana
The Real Madrid squad are reportedly unhappy with Rafa Benitez’s perceived attempts to erase the legacy left behind at the club by Carlo Ancelotti. The 55-year-old has endured a testing start to his career at the Santiago Bernabeu since replacing the Italian this summer, and Marca claims the difficulties continue to transpire, with the dressing room still allies of their previous boss.

Real Madrid manager Rafa Benitez with little room for error - ESPN FC
Manager Rafa Benitez won't be taking any chances this weekend when Real Madrid host Levante. As so often is the case at Real, where the Valdebebas training complex is practically deserted during international breaks, the so-called FIFA virus has stricken the Spaniard's squad.

Ceballos renewal confirmed | Football Espana
As expected, Spain Under-21 starlet Dani Ceballos has officially extended his contract with Real Betis until 2020. Talks between the two parties had been ongoing for the past year but reportedly escalated last week, resulting in the midfielder becoming one of the Andalucians’ best-paid players, although a significant portion of his earnings are conditional.

Negredo: Valencia need patience | Football Espana
Alvaro Negredo believes Valencia need patience to turn their form around but admits a return to a more direct style could help. Los Che have struggled for consistency in La Liga and the Champions League, and Negredo has spoken to Marca about the season so far.

Rayo Vallecano a source of neighbourhood pride and a paradigm of good will | FC Barcelona
Rayo Vallecano make for a refreshing change. Although they are currently enjoying their fifth successive season rubbing shoulders with the some of the most glittery and glamorous clubs in world football, the essence of the club is still very much more that of a working class district team.

Villar named UEFA interim? | Football Espana
RFEF President Angel Maria Villar has reportedly taken interim charge of UEFA following Michel Platini’s implication in the FIFA scandal. The 65-year-old is the highest-ranking Vice-President of European football’s governing body, and AS reports he has been promoted while the former Juventus star bids to clear his name.