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La Liga News: 18 April 2015; Karim Benzema to Miss Malaga Game, Levante Move Out of Relegation Zone

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Real Madrid's Karim Benzema out of La Liga clash with Malaga -
Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that Real Madrid will be without the services of Karim Benzema for Saturday's La Liga game with Malaga, although the striker will return for the second leg of his side's UEFA Champions League quarterfinal against Atletico Madrid. Reports in Spain claimed that the France international - who was pictured with heavy strapping to his right leg - was forced to withdraw from Friday's training session due to a knee complaint.

Real Madrid need weekend focus for test vs. a talented and pesky Malaga - ESPN FC
For some time in La Liga, Malaga have fulfilled the honorary role of many people's choice of second team. When The Anchovies met Real Madrid in La Rosaleda last season, the issue of who exactly would be the most supported side on the day was a thorny one: the Andalusian city is something of a hotbed of second-side syndrome with almost as many people professing themselves fans of the Bernabeu club as fried boquerones.

Ancelotti: I’ll be at Madrid next year | Football Espana
Carlo Ancelotti has moved to quash any new doubts over his future at Real Madrid by insisting he will be at the club next season. "I see myself here next season, with Casillas and with everyone who is doing well now," the Italian said at a Press conference prior to the game against Malaga, AS reports.

Manchester United star agrees to join Real Madrid – report | MLSGB
Manchester United goalkeeper, David De Gea, has verbally agreed to join Real Madrid and only an agreement between the clubs is lacking, according to the Mirror. De Gea, arguably United’s best player this season, has been nominated for the PFA Player of the Year award and is known to be on Real Madrid’s radar.

Stoke boss Mark Hughes dismisses Asmir Begovic transfer reports - ESPN FC
There has been fresh talk this week of Real Madrid being interested in the goalkeeper, with it even being suggested in Spain that talks had opened between the club, Begovic's representatives and his current employers. But, at his news conference to preview Saturday's Premier League home clash with Southampton, Hughes said: "There will be a lot of stories bandied about, but I would take that one with a pinch of salt to be perfectly honest. I don't think that is true."

Agent confirms Dybala-Atleti talks | Football Espana
An agent of Paulo Dybala claims he has spoken to Atletico Madrid about the possibility of Palermo striker moving to the Vicente Calderon this summer. The 21-year-old is expected to leave the Serie A side at the end of the season after refusing to extend his contract beyond 2016, but there are believed to be no shortage of suitors for his services.

Almeria repeating last year's mistakes | Football Espana
The importance of Almeria’s recent win over Granada cannot be understated. In what has been a wretched couple of months this has been the best news yet, but perhaps also as good as it is going to get this season. Their 3-0 win on Saturday was their biggest this season and their biggest in La Liga since last season, when they beat Granada by the same score line. If they could face Granada every week, they may not be in the situation they are in now.

Levante out of relegation zone after 2-2 draw with Espanyol | Sky Sports Football
Victor salvaged a late leveller against Espanyol to lift Levante out of the Primera Division relegation zone with a point from a 2-2 draw. The Frogs were second best throughout at the Ciutat de Valencia but had enough about them to twice peg back Espanyol.

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