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La Liga News: 19 July 2015; Valencia Hammered by Bayern Munich, Raul Albentosa Joins Malaga

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Shaky Navas caught between Casillas, Casilla and De Gea -
The most experienced custodian on the books at the Liga superpower didn't seize his first chance to fill the gaping void left by the Spain legend. Keylor Navas, a hero of Costa Rica's run to the World Cup quarterfinals 12 months ago, is a man haunted by the ghosts of Real Madrid goalkeepers past, present and future.

Atletico Madrid target Fiorentina defender | Forza Italian Football
Fiorentina’s Stefan Savic could be on his way to Spain, as Atletico Madrid prepare a bid for the defender. Having sold Miranda to Inter, the Rojiblancos are in the market for a new centre-back and coach Diego Simeone believes that the Montenegrin Savic fits the bill.

Atleti to keep Thomas? | Football Espana
Atletico Madrid could retain Thomas Partey next season after Diego Simeone reportedly vetoed another loan departure for the midfielder. Los Colchoneros are believed to have prioritised the signing of a new defensive midfielder, with Mario Suarez expected to leave for Italy and links with Thiago Motta refusing to die down.

Bayern München 4 - 1 Valencia -
Thomas Muller netted a double for Bayern Munich as they strolled to a 4-1 win over Valencia in Saturday's friendly, in which Douglas Costa made a promising start to life at his new club. Costa joined Bayern from Shakhtar Donetsk earlier this month, and put in an impressive showing alongside his new team-mates in this comfortable victory in Beijing.

Otemendi returning to Valencia… but still wants transfer away from club
Otamendi doesn’t believe that a transfer will take place before July 26th, which is when the club go to Germany for pre-season preparation, so has bought his plane tickets from Buenos Aires to return to the Spanish city. Before now, the defender had been organising his own pre-season schedule, in a bid to get himself in great shape before a transfer elsewhere.

Villarreal first and second teams open preseason with wins - Villarreal USA
Villarreal's first team defeated Reus Deportiu 1-0; Reus are in the Segunda B and have played (and will play again) our B team in the regular season. The only goal came from Leo Baptistao early in the second half; other than that, Villarreal dominated but no no one's surprise heavy legs and unfamiliarity with each other made it difficult to create really good scoring chances. Gerard Moreno fluffed the best one midway through the first half.

Dos Santos brothers are now restaurant owners: Cantina 10 in Barcelona - Villarreal USA
Hope it works out. If you know the city, the restaurant is just off the Avenida Diagonal, round the corner from the Zara store. Has to be pretty expensive rent, I'd think. The interior looks trendy in a modernistic, minimalist sort of way, hopefully the food is good (I expect the brothers are putting money and name on it, but I'm sure there is some sort of restaurant group responsible for the design, marketing, and operation of the thing).

La Real open Borini talks? | Football Espana
Real Sociedad have reportedly opened talks with Liverpool over the potential signing of Fabio Borini. The Italian forward is allowed to leave Anfield this summer after being left out of the Reds’ pre-season tour of Asia, and Radio Marca claims La Real are keen on bringing him in.

Derby County defender Raul Albentosa is set to join Malaga on loan | Sky Sports
Derby defender Raul Albentosa is poised to join Malaga on loan. Albentosa, 26, only arrived at Derby in January, but failed to hold down a regular place in the starting line-up last season and was restricted to nine appearances.

Celtic beat La Liga club Eibar as good summer continues | Sky Sports
Celtic defeated SD Eibar 4-1 at the Ipurua Municipal Stadium to mark La Liga club’s 75th anniversary. Leigh Griffiths netted a hat-trick after Efe Ambrose had given the Hoops the lead early in the second half, with Mikel Arruabarrena scoring for the home side.

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