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La Liga News: 23 January 2016; Valencia Getting Healthier, Sporting Gijon Hammer Real Sociedad

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James needs to learn patience at Real Madrid - Jose Pekerman - ESPN FC
Colombia manager José Pekerman has urged James Rodriguez to be patient in the face of the coaching change at Real Madrid as the 24-year-old midfielder struggles to fit into the plan of Zinedine Zidane, according to a report. Pekerman admitted that his national team player is impatient and added that he also gave counsel to the young star when Rafa Benitez took over at Los Blancos before the beginning of the new season.

Google Maps sides with Atletico while mocking Real Madrid - ESPN FC
Google appears to have taken sides in the battle for football superiority in Madrid -- and it has chosen Atletico. Fans of Atletico Madrid have succeeding in manipulating Spain's version of Google Maps to take anyone who searches for the key phrase in the club's anthem, coraje y corazon (courage and heart), directly to Aletico's home stadium, the Vicente Calderon.

Gareth Bale back to Tottenham? No chance, say Charlie Nicholas and Paul Merson | Sky Sports
The Football Leaks website this week published what they claim is a document that shows Spurs have the first buy-back option from Real if another Premier League club tries to sign him, along with confirmation that the deal did eclipse Cristiano Ronaldo's world-record fee - something the Bernabeu outfit have always denied.

Atletico Madrid starting to believe repeat of 2013-14 title - ESPN FC
Another week goes by and while Barcelona and Real Madrid might be attracting all the headlines, it's worth taking a moment to remember that neither of them actually sit top of La Liga. Atletico Madrid seem to be going under the radar this season, with the expectation that they will just somehow fall away (or the other two will surge ahead, for that matter) thus far not coming to fruition.

Atleti clarify Lens reports | Football Espana
Atletico Madrid have denied reports that they are looking to buy troubled French club Lens but assured "we’ll try to help in any way we can". L’Equipe claimed on Friday that Atleti CEO Miguel Angel Gil Marin was in talks to purchase the Ligue 2 outfit through their links with Azeri businessman Hafiz Mammadov, but Enrique Cerezo made it clear a takeover was not in the pipeline.

Sporting Gijon thrash Real Sociedad on Sanabria hat trick - ESPN FC
Antonio Sanabria scored a hat-trick as Sporting Gijon climbed out of the Primera Division relegation zone with a 5-1 defeat of Real Sociedad which included an opening goal after just 15 seconds. Carlos Carmona and Dani Ndi also got on the scoresheet for the home side, who had been defeated by Real Madrid by the same scoreline five days before.

Valencia receive double boost | Football Espana
Valencia have been boosted by the returns of Sofiane Feghouli and Enzo Perez to training on Friday. Feghouli, whose contract expires at the end of the season, had missed the last two months with a foot injury, while Perez picked up a knock against Real Sociedad a fortnight ago, but both players should be available for Sunday’s trip to Deportivo La Coruna.

Business as usual for Celta | Football Espana
Their business has unquestionably been hastened by the departure of captain Augusto Fernandez to Atletico Madrid and the imminent sale of star player Nolito to Barcelona, whether that be this month or in the summer. Marcelo Diaz and Claudio Beauvue have been added to the squad, and their arrivals are somewhat symptomatic of a club who like to get their transfer dealings done as swiftly – and astutely – as possible.

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