‘Spain proved bright future awaits’ | Football Espana
La Rojita were crowned European champions for the seventh time in their history after goals from Borja Mayoral and Nahuel capped a 2-0 victory, fit for many Spanish front pages and one that avenged their group-stage defeat to the Russians 10 days ago.
Platini plans homegrown rule change clubs stockpile starlets - ESPN FC
UEFA president Michel Platini wants to stop top teams stockpiling the best players to ensure football remains competitive. The European football chief wants to force clubs to use more homegrown players, with eight currently required in 25-man Champions League squads.
Rafa Benitez gets his first taste of Real Madrid politics - ESPN FC
Rafa Benitez's introduction to Bernabeu politics started in earnest in Real Madrid's lacklustre draw with Roma in Melbourne on Saturday. The incoming manager has, from his point of view, been mercifully detached from the debacle of Iker Casillas' departure, a soap opera that has been playing out since long before Benitez arrived.
Kiko Casilla determined to be Real Madrid No. 1 goalkeeper - ESPN FC
New Real Madrid signing Kiko Casilla is confident that he will earn the trust of coach Rafa Benitez and become the club's first-choice goalkeeper. Casilla, 28, who returned to his former club Real last week in a €6 million move from Espanyol, has already joined Benitez and the squad in Melbourne on their tour of Australia.
Keylor Navas takes Iker Casillas' No.1 jersey at Real Madrid - Goal.com
Casillas ended his 25-year association with the club last week when he joined Porto and it was expected Madrid would then move for Manchester United keeper David De Gea. However, Madrid has subsequently re-signed former academy product Kiko Casilla from Espanyol for 6 million euros ($6.5 million), while Navas has taken the coveted No.1 jersey for the 2015-16 campaign.
‘Ronaldo preparing to leave Madrid’ | Football Espana
The agent of Iker Casillas has claimed that Cristiano Ronaldo "is preparing for his departure from Real Madrid". The Portuguese recently sold his image rights to Valencia owner Peter Lim in an unsolicited move, and Santos Marquez believes the deal is a definite sign that the player is looking to leave Santiago Bernabeu in the near future.
Gareth Bale misses Real Madrid training after picking up strain in Roma friendly - Mirror Online
Gareth Bale was forced to spend Monday in the gym after Real Madrid doctors ruled him out of training on the Spanish club's pre-season tour. Only full-back Danilo played more minutes than the Welshman in Madrid's friendly defeat to Roma in Melbourne on Saturday, and the winger paid the price with a hip problem that prevented him from joining in with his teammates on the training pitch.
Rafa Benitez 'to build Real Madrid around Gareth Bale' - Eurosport British
Gareth Bale could be set for a starring role for Real Madrid as coach Rafa Benitez uses him as a number 10 this season. The Welshman played behind striker Jese in Saturday's friendly against Roma in a move Benitez confirmed "was not an experiment".
Real Madrid president blasted by agent of Iker Casillas | Sky Sports
ker Casillas' agent has launched a scathing attack on Real Madrid president Florentino Perez. After joining Real's youth academy in 1990, Casillas ended his long-term relationship with the club last week when he agreed to join Porto. Perez claimed that Casillas wanted to leave Real, but the goalkeeper's agent, Santos Marquez, insists it is one of many lies the president has told.
Stefan Savic set for Atletico Madrid transfer - ESPN FC
Stefan Savic is set to leave Fiorentina for Atletico Madrid, with Mario Suarez moving in the other direction. The Montenegro international, 24, did not travel on Sunday with the rest of the Viola squad for their summer tour of the United States, with the Italian outfit announcing on their website that the player is on the verge of moving to another club.
Filipe Luis & Motta boost for Atleti | Football Espana
Atletico Madrid are being tipped to move for Filipe Luis and Thiago Motta, with Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain hinting either player can leave this summer. The left-back has been linked with a return to Los Colchoneros after a disappointing first season with the Blues, despite their Premier League triumph.
Larrivey set for UAE? | Football Espana
Celta Vigo striker Joaquin Larrivey is reportedly closing in on a move to the United Arab Emirates with an unnamed club in Dubai. The former Cagliari striker was due to join Norwich City last week, only for the deal to collapse at the 11th hour, and reports in Spain claim he is now destined for the Arab nation after leaving Celta’s training camp in Germany over the weekend.
Héctor Yuste joins Real Mallorca from Granada on three year deal | Real Mallorca
There was a collective fist pump from everyone associated with RCD Mallorca as sporting director Miguel Ángel Nadal completed his most significant signing of the summer so far. Héctor Yuste, who spent six months on loan in Palma last season, has completed a free transfer from Granada signing a three year deal in the process. Much to the delight of all involved, it has to be said.