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La Liga News: 22 May 2015; Ernesto Valverde Sings New Contract, Rafael Benitez on Real Madrid's Radar

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La Liga relegation drama by Sid Lowe - ESPN FC
Cordoba's final journey will be a long and punishing one, and that's exactly the way it was supposed to be. This weekend, the last of the league season, they travel to Eibar, 797 kilometers -- almost 500 miles -- to the north, and they will do so by bus. No flights for these footballers, no trains either; they don't deserve it. That's the verdict of the club, at least. The directors have decided that they'll do this trip by road, almost from one end of Spain to the other. That way, it won't cost so much. For the players, this is punishment.

Real Madrid's Karim Benzema sidelined by torn thigh muscle | Sky Sports
Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema's season at club level is over after the La Liga side confirmed on Thursday that he had torn a thigh muscle in his right leg. French international Benzema hobbled off after an hour of Madrid's 4-1 win at Espanyol last weekend, but Los Blancos' meeting with Getafe on Sunday was rendered meaningless as Barcelona sealed the La Liga title with victory at Atletico Madrid.

Rafael Benitez backed to be next Real Madrid manager | Sky Sports
Current Real manager Carlo Ancelotti is widely expected to depart this summer after failing to retain the Champions League or regain the La Liga title. Jurgen Klopp, Zinedine Zidane and Fernando Hierro have also been linked with the post but it is Benitez who is attracting overwhelming backing for the job according to the bookmakers, with Ancelotti 6/1 to still be in charge come the start of the season.

Arda Turan a doubt for Atletico Madrid’s clash with Granada
Arda Turan is a doubt for Atletico Madrid’s clash with Granada in the Spanish Primera División. The Turkish international suffered an injury during training and was taken to hospital for an inspection. Arda was given the all clear but manager Diego Simeone may decide not to risk the 28-year-old.

Valverde signs new Bilbao contract | FourFourTwo
Athletic Bilbao coach Ernesto Valverde has signed a new one-year deal with the Liga club. Valverde took over for a second stint in charge of Bilbao back in 2013 and led the Basque club to fourth place as well as a spot in the UEFA Champions League in his first season back at the helm.

Granada pay Perez-Atleti clause | Football Espana
Ruben Perez will be allowed to play against Atletico Madrid on Sunday after Granada paid a monetary sum to the midfielder’s parent club. The 26-year-old cut short his loan deal with Torino to join the Andalucians for the rest of the season in January, but on the basis that he could not feature against Los Colchoneros.

Dnipro v Sevilla final: reporter's view - UEFA Europa League - News -
If you had to sum up Unai Emery's Sevilla FC in one word, it would be 'strength'. Finalists for the second season in succession, the Blanquirrojos head to the National Stadium in Warsaw with a record of W10 D3 L1 in this season's UEFA Europa League, Emery's men having hit their peak in the knockout phase, where they have won seven and drawn one – 2-2 against FC Zenit in Russia.

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