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La Liga News: 13 May 2015; La Liga Still Headed for Strike, Malaga Sign Portuguese Midfielder

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Court to decide on Thursday on La Liga strike plans | Evening Times
The players' union announced last week that its members would begin industrial action indefinitely from this Saturday in protest against a new collective bargaining ruling on television rights. The league body declared that illegal and the national court sat this morning to discuss it before announcing a decision would be adjourned until tomorrow.

Will La Liga players go on strike? | Sky Sports
The end of the Spanish football season could be seriously disrupted by a players’ strike over a new TV law. The high court meets on Wednesday to determine whether the proposed strike from May 16 – which could see the cancellation or postponement of the final two La Liga matchdays and Copa del Rey final - would be legal or not.

La Liga and players' union still at impasse - ESPN FC
Luis Rubiales, president of the union (known by its Spanish acronym AFE), claimed the Spanish league (LFP) did not accept its terms over the dispute, which includes the issue of a proposed law that would force the Spanish Football Federation to sell television rights for the Primera Division collectively.

Real Madrid's Iker Casillas backed by Carlo Ancelotti over jeers from fans | Sky Sports
Sections of the Santiago Bernabeu support appeared to be unhappy with Casillas' role during Saturday's 2-2 draw against Valencia, where Real needed three goals in the second half to earn a point. It was the third straight time Madrid had conceded two in a game, following a 3-2 win over Sevilla and the 2-1 defeat to Juventus in the semi-final first leg in Turin.

Gareth Bale happy to stay at Real Madrid, says Carlo Ancelotti | Sky Sports
Bale has come under fire from sections of the media and also the Real fans for some of his performances this season, including in the wake of last week's Champions League semi-final first leg defeat to Juventus. That has led to Bale's agent Jonathan Barnett coming out in defence of his client, telling the Daily Telegraph that the former Spurs star has yet to show his full potential this term because he has not been given enough of the ball by his Real team-mates.

Is Sergio Ramos in midfield really the best solution for Real Madrid? | Football News | Sky Sports
"Within a minute of Luka Modric getting injured, I knew I would play Sergio Ramos," said Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti after seeing the defender help the team to a 1-0 Champions League quarter-final second-leg victory over Atletico Madrid in the Bernabeu last month by playing in an unfamiliar midfield role. After last week's performance in Turin, it remains unclear whether such conviction on this matter was hasty or inspired.

Valencia desperate to stop Nicolas Otamendi from leaving this summer, says Graham Hunter | Football News | Sky Sports
Valencia are determined to keep defender Nicolas Otamendi at the club this summer and are prepared to renew the player's contract to do so, according to Spanish football expert Graham Hunter. Otamendi has enjoyed an impressive debut campaign at Valencia since moving to the Mestalla from Porto last summer, helping them to the verge of next season's Champions League.

Liverpool offer £14.3million for Real Sociedad defender Inigo Martinez - reports - Mirror Online
Liverpool have offered £14.3million (€20million) for Real Sociedad defender Inigo Martinez, according to Spanish publication Marca. Reds officials reportedly flew to Spain over the weekend to watch Martinez during La Real's 2-0 defeat to Barcelona at the Nou Camp.

Malaga sign Portuguese midfielder | Football Espana
Malaga have made their first signing ahead of next season after snapping up Andre Andre from Vitoria Guimaraes. A report in AS claims the operation was sealed several weeks ago and the Costa del Sol outfit will pay around €1.5m for the 25-year-old, who has netted 13 times in all competitions this season, although 10 of them have come from the penalty spot.

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