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La Liga News: 18 July 2015; Real Madrid Agree to Sign Kiko Casilla, Sevilla confirm Mariano arrival

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Roma beat Real on penalties | Football Italia
Roma's impressive start petered out in the second half, but Real Madrid couldn't capitalise either and the Italians won on penalties. The Giallorossi played the Spanish powerhouse in Melbourne, in the International Champions Cup tournament. Both of the teams mixed some of their more prominent stars with a small number of players that required greater testing.

Real Madrid 0-0 Roma (6-7 pens) | Video | Sky Sports
Highlights from the International Champions Cup as Real Madrid lost out to Roma on penalties.

Real signs goalkeeper Casilla to replace Casillas -
Real Madrid has acquired goalkeeper Kiko Casilla from fellow Spanish club Espanyol to replace departed talisman Iker Casillas. Espanyol president Joan Collet says, "Kiko Casilla will be transferred to Real Madrid."

Real Madrid goalkeepers Casilla Navas choice with no De Gea - ESPN FC
The name of Iker Casillas was almost pre-written onto every Madrid teamsheet between 2002 and 2012. Cesar briefly sent the recently departed shot-stopper to the bench in 2002 before Jose Mourinho infamously dropped the club legend 10 years later. It started the beginning of the end of Casillas' highly decorated time in the Spanish capital. All that came between was "San Iker" and a whole host of trophies.

Ray Hudson slams Real Madrid for 'disgraceful show of ingratitude' to Iker Casillas [Video] - 101 Great Goals
But the BeIN Sport commentator is a straight-talking shoot-from-the-hip kind of pundit. In other words, he tells it like it is. So when he saw the way that Real Madrid were treating one of their greatest ever players, Iker Casillas, Hudson couldn’t refrain from condemning the club. He blasted the way they nudged the goalkeeper out the door as disgraceful and called it a shocking show of ingratitude for the legend.

What does the new season hold for Martin Odegaard at Real Madrid? - Eurosport British
Compared to the summer trips of most 16-year-olds, Martin Odegaard’s pre-season tour with Real Madrid takes some beating. The Norwegian prodigy has trained with the first-team since work commenced a week ago, and will aim to awe new boss Rafa Benítez throughout a series of friendly matches that starts with a showdown with Roma in Melbourne on Saturday.

Benavente leaves Madrid for MK Dons | Football Espana
MK Dons have announced the signing of attacking midfielder Cristian Benavente from Real Madrid on a free transfer. The Peruvian, 21, has penned a two-year contract with the Championship new boys, with the option of a third year, and ends a 13-year association with Los Blancos.

Arsenal transfer news: Arsene Wenger plays down Karim Benzema reports - Eurosport British
Arsene Wenger has played down speculation that Arsenal are considering a move for Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema. The back page of Friday’s Sun claimed Arsenal were ready to offer £40 million for the France international, who is said to be available this summer.

Spain honour Iker Casillas and Xavi with sports merit award - ESPN FC
The Spanish government has honoured Iker Casillas and Xavi Hernandez for their long and successful careers at Real Madrid and Barcelona that ended this summer. The government says it inducted the goalkeeper and midfielder into Spain's Royal Order of Sports Merit.

Espanyol confirm Asensio interest | Football Espana
Joan Collet has confirmed Espanyol’s interest in signing Real Madrid starlet Marco Asensio following Kiko Casilla’s move the other way on Friday. The attacking midfielder, 19, played a starring role in Spain Under-19’s run to the European U19 Championship final, scoring a late brace in La Roja’s 2-0 win against France on Thursday, but has yet to make his debut for Los Blancos since joining from Mallorca last winter.

Filipe Luis no traitor amid Atletico negotiations says Koke - ESPN FC
Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke would welcome the return of Filipe Luis from Chelsea if the two teams can agree terms, and rejected suggestions the defender is a "traitor" for leaving the Calderon. Filipe Luis, 29, left the Rojiblancos from Stamford Bridge in a £15.8 million transfer just 12 months ago.

Sevilla confirm Mariano arrival | Football Espana
Sevilla have confirmed the signing of Brazilian right-back Mariano from Bordeaux for a fee reportedly in the region of €3m, subject to a medical. The 29-year-old is due to land in Andalucia on Sunday night, before undergoing physical examinations the following morning.

Las Palmas keep Viera | Football Espana
Las Palmas have completed the permanent transfer of Jonathan Viera from Standard Liege for a reported €900,000. The attacking midfielder, 25, has signed a three-year contract with the Primera new boys, with the option of a two-year extension, and prepares to begin his third spell with the club.

Mallorca take former Wolfsburg defender on trial for preseason | Real Mallorca | News and features on RCD Mallorca
Real Mallorca have announced that they’ve taken 23-year-old central defender Tobias Henneböle on trial. The 6’3″ German came through the Frankfurt youth system before moving to Wolfsburg last year where he played with their B team in the fourth tier.

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