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La Liga News: 22 January 2016; Levante Sign Giuseppe Rossi on Loan, Iñaki Williams Extends Athletic Bilbao Contract

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Gareth Bale cost Real Madrid more than Cristiano Ronaldo - ESPN FC
According to the leaked transfer agreement, the fee for Wales international Bale was €91 million (£78m). That is less than the €96m Real paid for Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009 but, because the fee was to be paid in instalments, the final sum rises to a world-record €100.7m (£85.1m).

Fifa backs Football Leaks over Gareth Bale transfer documents -
The general manager of the FIFA Transfer Matching System, Mark Goddard, admits he would like to see clubs publicly reveal the transfer fees they pay for players after official documents relating to Gareth Bale’s move to Real Madrid were published on the website Football Leaks. Following details that emerged on Wednesday evening, it has now been revealed that the total price Madrid paid for Bale in 2013 stands at just under 101 million euros ($110M), a figure made up of four installments plus a ‘solidarity fee’.

Nightclubs, speeding and defying Zidane - where it's all gone wrong for James at Real Madrid -
It all started against Sporting Gijon. James Rodriguez was left on the bench for the first Real Madrid match of 2015-16 and questions were asked. But five months later and against the same side Sunday, the Colombian was again among the substitutes - this time under Zinedine Zidane. So the problem, it seems, was not Rafa Benitez after all.

Transfer ban could be the best thing that ever happens to Real Madrid - Eurosport
After imposing transfer bans on Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid, FIFA has not finished with Spanish football yet. Villarreal and Valencia have both also been investigated over the signing of young players and there are suggestions that cases involving Granada and Rayo Vallecano are being looked at too. By the time the disgraced moral guardians of the game have reached the end of their Spanish inquisition La Liga will have bars on its transfer window.

Zinedine Zidane should sue FIFA for sons - Javier Tebas - ESPN FC
La Liga president Javier Tebas said he believes Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane should sue FIFA for putting the names of his sons on the list of banned players named in this month's FIFA sanction dealt to the club for alleged use of underage players.

Zinedine Zidane renews Juan Merino battle with Real Madrid - ESPN FC
Betis have avoided the relegation zone thanks to decent performances away from the Benito Villamarin stadium, as they have earned 15 points in 11 matches. But former player and interim coach Juan Merino has a remarkable challenge ahead of him: this team can't score (13 goals in 19 matches so far, with their last six encounters gone scoreless) and look terrified when they play in front of their supporters.

Bayer Leverkusen rule out Kevin Kampl sale to Atletico Madrid -
Bayer Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voller has ruled out the prospect of selling midfielder Kevin Kampl to Atletico Madrid. The Slovenia international has impressed at the heart of Roger Schmidt's side this season after moving from Borussia Dortmund in August last year.

Atleti in talks to buy Lens? | Football Espana
Atletico Madrid are reportedly in talks to buy troubled Ligue 2 club Lens through their links with Azeri businessman Hafiz Mammadov. According to L’Equipe, Atleti CEO Miguel Angel Gil Marin is heading a bid to purchase the French outfit, who are currently operating at an annual loss of €10m and face a series of tax hearings later this month.

Williams renews with Athletic | Football Espana
Inaki Williams has signed a new long-term contract at Athletic Bilbao, tying the forward to Los Leones until 2021. The Basques confirmed the agreement on Thursday evening with a statement on their official website, and also revealed Williams’ release clause has been set at €50m.

Gary Neville will not quit Valencia as stuttering start cont - ESPN FC
Valencia coach Gary Neville has admitted results have not been good since he took charge last month, but insists there is no chance at all of him stepping away from his first senior coaching job. Valencia have not won any of their first six La Liga games under Neville, and their progress in the Copa del Rey now looks in danger after Thursday's disappointing 1-1 quarterfinal first-leg draw at home to Las Palmas.

Gary Neville replaces Dani Parejo with Paco Alcacer as Valencia captain | Sky Sports
Neville appointed striker Paco Alcacer as skipper for Thursday's 1-1 draw against Las Palmas in their Copa del Rey quarter-final, and after the game said discussions over a captaincy change had been ongoing for several weeks.

Match Report - Valencia 1 - 1 Las Palmas | Sky Sports
The cup has been Neville's safe haven so far, winning all three of his previous games in the competition while failing to deliver a win in six attempts in La Liga. However, Wilfried Zahibo's own goal leaves Valencia with plenty of work to do in next week's second leg despite Paco Alcacer's second-half equaliser.

Jose Antonio Reyes is now a bit-part player at his beloved Sevilla | Sky Sports
It was the ninth of November 2003 and the Galacticos were out in force at a packed Pizjuan. Zinedine Zidane, Luis Figo, David Beckham, Raul and Ronaldo headlined the cast list but Sevilla's teenage winger Jose Antonio Reyes stole the show. Real Madrid might have been the king's team but the word reyes is Spanish for kings, and this game belonged to him.

Espanyol owner Chen Yansheng targets Champions League berth - ESPN FC
"I hope that the club are healthy and in the Champions League in less than three years," Chen told reporters on Thursday during a news conference at Cornella-El Prat Stadium. "But I don't want to put any pressure on [coach Constantin] Galca, who is here next to me. But thanks to our presence, there will be no need to worry anymore about selling players due to financial troubles. They will all be up to date with their salary payments."

Official: Levante sign Italy star Rossi | Football Espana
Levante have confirmed the signing of former Villarreal star Giuseppe Rossi on loan until the end of the season from Fiorentina. Links between the Italy international and La Liga had intensfied over the past week, and he will now look to help Los Granotes avoid relegation and secure his place in the Azzurri squad for Euro 2016.

Spain FA chief Villar under probe in Recreativo Huelva case - ESPN FC
Spain's secretary of sport Miguel Cardenal has described as "very serious" reports that Spanish FA [RFEF] chief Angel Maria Villar broke his own organisation's rules to help out struggling third-tier club Recreativo de Huelva. The Spanish government is investigating whether fraud took place amid claims that the RFEF disregarded its own rules to give Recreativo a license to compete despite being technically bankrupt, according to an El Pais report.

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