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La Liga News: 7 July 2015; Porto Make Iker Casillas Bid, La Liga Start Date Announced

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La Liga to start on 22 August | Football Espana
It has been announced that the 2015-16 La Liga season will begin on the weekend of 22 and 23 August. It had initially been expected that, with Spain’s likely involvement at Euro 2016 next summer, fixtures would begin a week earlier. However, it has been confirmed that this will not be the case.

Reports: Man Utd's De Gea being "very forceful" over Real Madrid move | Squawka News
The 24-year-old has been the subject of one of the longest running transfer sagas of the summer, with Los Blancos intent on taking him to the Bernabeu, while United are reluctant to sell and want centre-back Sergio Ramos to be included in any deal (via MEN).

Iker Casillas subject of Porto offer to Real Madrid - report - ESPN FC
Real Madrid have received a written offer from Porto for goalkeeper Iker Casillas, according to Spanish TV station TVE. TVE reported on Monday that the Portuguese giants, coached by former Real Madrid and Spain goalkeeper Julen Lopetegui, are keen to acquire the 34-year-old and are 99 percent certain that the Estadio do Dragao will be his next destination.

Real Madrid star Iker Casillas enthusiastic with Porto offer - ESPN FC
Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas is excited about a potential move to Portuguese giants Porto this summer after his agent confirmed the offer. Casillas, 34, is "99 percent certain" to move to the Estadio do Dragao, according to Spanish TV station TVE, in a deal that would end a difficult two-year spell for the Real Madrid and Spain captain.

'Casillas departure to cost Madrid €15m' | Football Espana
It is reported that Iker Casillas’ potential departure to Porto could cost Real Madrid €15m. The goalkeeper, who has been a Los Blancos player for his entire career, has fallen out of favour at Santiago Bernabeu and seems set for a move away from his boyhood club.

Marcelo backed to replace Casillas as Real captain - poll - ESPN FC
Marcelo would be a popular choice to take over the captaincy of Real Madrid should both Sergio Ramos and Iker Casillas leave the club this summer, according to a poll by Marca. Real skipper Casillas and vice-captain Ramos have two years left on their contracts with the Madrid outfit and have been the subject of transfer speculation in recent months.

No Real Madrid bid for Arturo Vidal, says Juventus CEO Marotta -
Juventus CEO Giuseppe Marotta has denied reports that Real Madrid have made an official offer for Arturo Vidal. The midfielder, 28, has long been linked with a potential switch to the Spanish capital and reports on Monday suggested Madrid had formalised their interest with a bid.

Bolton have completed the permanent signing of defender Derik Osede from Spanish giants Real Madrid. | Sky Sports
The 22-year-old has put pen to paper on a three-year deal after his contract at the Bernabeu expired. Osede has represented the Spain national team at every level between under-16 and under-21 and was part of the under-19 side that won the 2012 UEFA European Championships in Estonia.

Victor Valdes rejects Valencia move - Inside Spanish Football Inside Spanish Football
According to AS, Valencia made a strong push for Valdes, who will replace Diego Alves as the starting goalkeeper while the Brazilian continues to recover from knee surgery and while the former Barcelona stopper appreciated Valencia’s strong interest, he has chosen to stay and fight for the starting role under Louis Van Gaal.

Phil Neville excited by Valencia challenge Andy Mitten - ESPN FC
Phil Neville is gearing up for what he calls "the greatest challenge in my football career". The 38-year-old, who has never lived outside Manchester, has started work as Valencia's assistant coach and will move his family to Spain's third biggest city, where year-round sun, oranges growing on trees in the streets and beaches await, as well as games against Barcelona and Real Madrid and Champions League football.

Valencia sign Belgian teen Zakaria Bakkali through 2020 - ESPN FC
Valencia have reached an agreement with Belgian international Zakaria Bakkali through June 30th, 2020, the club said on Monday. The 19-year-old winger moved on a free transfer after his contract with Eredivisie champions PSV Eindhoven expired.

Toby Alderweireld nears Tottenham deal with medical sources - ESPN FC
Tottenham are close to finalising a move for Toby Alderweireld after the player arrived in London for talks and a medical, sources have told ESPN FC. Spurs were always confident of signing Alderweireld from Atletico Madrid despite threats of legal action from the 26-year-old's former loan club Southampton that may have scuppered the deal, as revealed by ESPN FC on Monday.

Turan thanks Atleti | Football Espana
New Barcelona signing Arda Turan has thanked his former club Atletico Madrid for ‘four incredible years.’ The Turkish international moved to Vicente Calderon in 2011 and won the La Liga title, Copa Del Rey, Europa League, European Super Cup and Spanish Super Cup during his time as a Rojiblanco.

Atleti enquire for Abdennour? | Football Espana
It is reported that Atletico Madrid have made an enquiry to French side Monaco regarding Aymen Abdennour. With Joao Miranda having recently departed to Inter, Diego Simeone’s team are in the market for another centre-back to vie for first team places alongside Uruguayan duo Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez.

Sevilla make move for ex Premier League star | Forza Italian Football
Sevilla are on the verge of completing a deal for Juventus’ unwanted wing-back Mauricio Isla. The Chilean will return to Italy, after spending last season on loan at Queens Park Rangers and winning the Copa America, to try and resolve his future.

Villarreal seek to extend Denis Cheryshev loan |
Denis Cheryshev will return to Real Madrid this month after a successful season on loan at Villarreal. The club wants him to start the pre-season with Los Blancos so Rafa Benitez can see whether his ready to stay as a member of the first squad. However, Villarreal want him to return and sources from the Valencian side have revealed they have already requested Los Merengues a new loan.

Rayo Vallecano sign Villarreal's Chechu Dorado - Inside Spanish Football
Following the expiration of his contract this past 30 June, Dorado ended his two year spell with the Yellow Submarine and reached a two-year agreement with Rayo Vallecano, as the club announced on a very busy Monday. Dorado becomes the second signing for Rayo Vallecano this summer, joining former Dijon defensive midfielder Ousseynou Cisse, who was announced by the club several days ago.

Roma interested in Malaga's Sergi Darder - Inside Spanish Football
According to Italian publication Il Messaggero, Roma are looking for a solution to the delayed comeback of Kevin Strootman and the departure of Andrea Bertolacci to Milan and have sought out the services of one of the most promising youngsters in La Liga, Sergi Darder.

Huddersfield Town confirms friendly with Deportivo La Coruna on Wednesday 29 July |
Huddersfield Town will host Liga BBVA side RC Deportivo de La Coruna in a pre-season friendly at the John Smith’s Stadium on Wednesday 29 July, 7.45pm kick-off. Deportivo has a rich history in Spain, winning La Liga once in 2000 and finishing runners-up on five separate occasions. Twice winners of the Spanish Cup – most recently in 2002 – the Club also reached the semi-final of the UEFA Champions League in 2004.

Former Reading FC winger Jimmy Kebe joins Real Mallorca - Get Reading
Former Reading FC winger Jimmy Kebe has joined Spanish side Real Mallorca. The 31-year-old spent five years at Royals before leaving for Crystal Palace in 2013. He only made six appearances for the Eagles, who released him in Janaury. He had a brief spell out on loan at Leeds United too where he featured nine times.

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