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La Liga News: 8 August 2015; Pepe to Miss Season Opener, Valencia to Face Monaco in Champions League

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La Liga to be shown FTA | Football Espana
The agreement also sees a tie from every round of the Copa del Rey – barring the final – to be shown live by RTVE’s television arm TVE. Consequently, La Liga becomes the only ‘top five’ League out of themselves, the Premier League, Serie A, Bundesliga and Ligue 1 to broadcast free-to-air football.

Real Madrid need to sign David De Gea this summer - ESPN FC
The current transfer window has been open for 38 days and another 24 remain until it slams shut. The last thing Real Madrid need is another 24 days of a "will he or won't he" surrounding David De Gea, and the coming days could be crucial in the goalkeeper's future.

Real Madrid 'refusing to meet Man Utd's David de Gea valuation' | Sky Sports
United begin their Premier League campaign at home to Tottenham on Saturday but De Gea has been left out of the squad because he has been unsettled by talk of a move to Madrid, according to Van Gaal. When asked if Real Madrid had matched their valuation of De Gea, Van Gaal said: "No, I don't think so.

Rafa Benitez and Real Madrid changed ahead of their reunion - ESPN FC
Rafa Benitez's voice cracked with his first words as Real Madrid manager, right about the moment he described the club as his "home." He'd been away for a long time -- two long decades -- but now he was back. Born, raised and married in Madrid, he went to university in Madrid, and had been at Real Madrid for over 20 years.

Pepe set to miss Real Madrid La Liga opener after thigh woe - ESPN FC
Pepe was substituted just 15 minutes into Tuesday's preseason friendly at Bayern Munich and, although Madrid coach Rafa Benitez played down the seriousness of the issue after that game, it now looks very unlikely that the Portugal international will be available for the start of Madrid's La Liga campaign at Sporting Gijon on Aug. 23.

Madrid sell Pacheco to Alaves | Football Espana
Alaves have completed the signing of goalkeeper Fernando Pacheco from Real Madrid on a three-year contract. However, Los Blancos have confirmed via their official website that they have retained a repurchase option, although the duration of the clause is not known.

Real Madrid Favour B Team Action For Celtic Target Martin Odegaard | InsideFutbol
Real Madrid want Celtic linked midfield starlet Marti Odegaard to stay at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Antoine Griezmann to extend Atlético Madrid contract until 2019 - Inside Spanish Football
According to French sports daily L’Equipe, Antoine Griezmann has reportedly restructured his current contract with Atletico Madrid until 2019, one year less than the contract he just signed last summer upon joining the club from Real Sociedad. In turn, the club is raising his yearly salary to meet his market value.

Valencia to face Monaco in Champions League play-off - Inside Spanish Football
Valencia, who missed out on a chance to play in the Champions League in the 2014-15 season, have a chance to get back into the competition, but must get past last year’s Champions League quarterfinalists AS Monaco on August 19th and 25th.

Nicolas Otamendi must stay at Valencia - Mario Kempes - ESPN FC
Valencia legend Mario Kempes says the club are doing everything to stop reported Manchester United and Real Madrid target Nicolas Otamendi from leaving this summer. Otamendi, 27, had a superb 2014-15 season with Valencia, helping to secure fourth place in La Liga and a place in the Champions League playoffs.

UEL playoffs: Athletic face Zilina | Football Espana
Athletic Bilbao have been paired with Slovakian side MSK Zilina in Friday’s Europa League playoff draw. Los Leones emerged unscathed from their qualifier against Inter Baku, running out 2-0 winners on aggregate, and will now lock horns with last season’s Fortuna Liga runners-up.

Celta snap up attacking duo | Football Espana
Celta Vigo have reinforced their decimated attack with the signings of starlets Dejan Drazic and Franco Fragapane. Drazic, 19, joins from Serbian club OFK Beograd on a five-year contract, subject to a medical, and has represented his country at youth level, notably at last year’s European Under-19 Championship.

Middlesbrough cleared to sign Espanyol striker | BBC Sport
Uruguay international Stuani, 28, agreed terms with Boro last month and had been training with the squad while waiting for paperwork to be completed. He cost the Teessiders £2.8m from the La Liga club, after scoring 16 goals in 48 appearances last season.

One in, one out at Granada | Football Espana
Granada have confirmed the permanent signing of Ruben Perez from Atletico Madrid on a four-year contract and sale of Daniel Larsson to Gaziantepspor. The midfielder enjoyed a successful loan spell with El Grana for the second half of last season, helping the club embark on the great escape from relegation.

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