Atletico Madrid forward Luciano Vietto is set to be out for three to four weeks after having his appendix removed. Vietto, 21, had a slow start to his Atletico career after joining from Villarreal for €20 million in the summer, but came off the bench in last weekend's 1-1 draw with Real Madrid to score a late equaliser in what was his first goal for the club.
Aymeric Laporte would not be considered by Spain if he played his club football in Germany, according to Borussia Monchengladbach defender Alvaro Dominguez. Laporte was suggested as a defensive option following Sergio Ramos and Inigo Martinez's withdrawals from La Roja's party for games against Luxembourg and Ukraine, despite representing France at youth level, while Dominguez has not added to his two caps since leaving Atletico Madrid for the Bundesliga in 2012.
La Liga president Javier Tebas anticipates that Liga or Copa del Rey games will be played outside of Spain in the future. Bringing competitive domestic games to other countries in order to generate extra interest and revenues on a global level is a leading topic among many of Europe's top leagues -- with English Premier League chiefs having floated the idea on more than one occasion.
Former Real Madrid midfielder David Beckham has backed his old side to win the La Liga title this season, saying that Rafa Benitez is the right man to lead Los Blancos to the glory they've failed to achieve for the last three seasons. Speaking to Marca, he revealed: "My money's on Real Madrid alone this season. We're on good form with a good coach and the season is looking interesting, with other good teams up there as well. Real Madrid will always be in my heart."
Luka Modric doesn’t believe Real Madrid this season have to choose to chase either the League or the Champions League. ‘Why can’t we win both?’ Modric and fellow Madrid midfielder and Croatia international Mateo Kovacic have been interviewed by Marca while on international duty, and Modric said during the discussion that he doesn’t believe Los Blancos have to prioritise one tournament over another.
Exciting night for talented Norwich City youngsters as Villarreal are beaten at Carrow Road - Norwich City - Eastern Daily Press
City’s under-21s beat their age group rivals from Spanish side Villarreal thanks to a spectacular Louis Ramsay strike in front of more than 3,500 spectators at Carrow Road last night. That strike sealed a 1-0 win in the Premier League International Cup – despite fielding a team with an average age of just 18.