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La Liga News: 21 April 2015; Karim Benzema Ruled Out of Atletico Clash, Eibar Move Furher from Relegation Zone

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Official: Benzema out of Atleti game | Football Espana
Medical tests carried out on Tuesday morning have confirmed that Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema will miss Wednesday’s game with Atletico Madrid. The Frenchman was ruled out of the Champions League quarter-final second-leg clash at the Santiago Bernabeu after it was revealed he has sprained a ligament in his right knee, and will therefore be unavailable for the game.

Luka Modric hopes to play for Real Madrid again this season - ESPN FC
The 29-year-old told Sportske Novosti, in quotes reported by AS, that the he had known straight away that the injury was a serious one, but he was now focusing on recovering as quickly as possible in the hope of contributing to the end of Madrid's La Liga season.

Atleti eye Turkish star | Football Espana
Atletico Madrid are set to step up their pursuit of Bursaspor wonderkid Ozan Tufan, according to AS. It is understood Los Rojiblancos have already held a meeting in the Spanish capital with Ahmed Bulut, the player’s agent and a Bursaspor intermediary, who informed the La Liga giants that any potential bidding would start at €10m.

Chelsea offer Filipe Luís for Koke -
Chelsea have their eyes locked on Atletico Madrid’s Koke and are willing to allow Filipe Luís a return to Madrid in order to get him. 23 year old Koke has been in terrific form over the past two seasons and there are many admiring glances from across Europe. Chelsea are determined to get to him first especially as Oscar may well leave the club this summer.

Bacca changed for the better at Sevilla -
Among the scorers as Sevilla FC beat SL Benfica on penalties in last season's UEFA Europa League final, Colombian forward Carlos Bacca has lost none of his hunger for success in the competition. Last week's equaliser at home to FC Zenit helped the Spanish side to an eventual 2-1 win.

City to step up Laporte interest | Football Espana
Manchester City are set to step up their interest in Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte with a bid of €42m. According to AS, the Blues have already made their interest in the 20-year-old centre-back known and are ready to go head-to-head with Arsenal and Chelsea to secure his services this summer.

Valencia track Marseille midfielder | Football Espana
Valencia could be ready to make a bid for Marseille midfielder Florian Thauvin, provided they qualify for 2015-16 Champions League. Los Che have been tracking the progress of the 22-year-old France Under-21 international and, according to, will prepare an offer of around €14m should they qualify for Europe’s premier club competition next season.

Elche beat Real Sociedad to move six clear of the drop | Sky Sports Football
Jonathas de Jesus again proved his worth to Elche by scoring the only goal as his side beat Real Sociedad 1-0 at home to move six points away from the relegation zone. The Brazilian pounced on an error by Markel Bergara in the 18th minute to score his 10th goal of the season and David Moyes' side were unable to respond against a determined Elche side who played with more energy and intensity than the visitors throughout.

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