However, employment law would lead to all-out chaos and confusion. The law dictates that games missed through strike action cannot be re-scheduled. That would mean this weekend's games would be the last of the season and the league table would stay as it is, without gameweeks 37 and 38. That would mean no Atlético vs. Barça, no Espanyol vs. Real Madrid, and a historic clash of opposing interests: Those teams currently safe from relegation could use the Spanish Constitution and the right to strike to never play their outstanding fixtures. That would mean all-out war between the league champions, those qualified for the Champions League and the Europa League, and every other team in the table. A mess of epic proportions.
Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti is confident the suspension on football will be lifted and teams will be able to see out the season. The Spanish football federation announced matches in the country will stop on 16 May in a dispute with the government, including over TV rights. "I truly believe it is going to be resolved over the coming days," Ancelotti said.
Real Madrid welcome back striker Karim Benzema into their squad as they look to stay on the coattails of La Liga leaders Barcelona with victory against Valencia on Saturday. Although the Frenchman may not be fit to start, his return will come as welcome relief to manager Carlo Ancelotti, who has been without Benzema for the last six games since he suffered a knee injury in April.
Chelsea target Antoine Griezmann has a release clause of £47.3m in his contract, according to reports in Spain. Spanish newspaper Marca believe Griezmann, who was recently named La Liga player of the month in April, will be allowed to leave for a fee just short of £50m, with the release clause unlikely to be altered.
Valencia have agreed to commit the long-term future of coveted starlet Jose Luis Gaya to the club with a new deal to raise his release clause and ward off reported interest from Chelsea, Manchester City and Real Madrid in the Spanish prodigy, the club confirmed. Having garnered a reputation as one of the most promising left-backs in Europe over the last two seasons in La Liga, the 19-year-old's future at Mestalla has been under scrutiny in recent months after it was revealed he had an €18m (£13m, $19.5m) release clause.
Former France midfielder Zinedine Zidane has been given the green light to continue his coaching career after being granted his Uefa Pro Licence. Zidane has been working as coach of Real Madrid’s Castilla ‘B’ team but was officially listed as an assistant because he had yet to complete the mandatory qualification required by the Spanish Football Association. But now the 42-year-old, who won 108 caps for France, is free to pursue his career after revealing he successfully passed the course on Friday.