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La Liga News: 20 December 2016; Real Madrid Transfer Ban Reduced, Sevilla Want Defensive Reinforcements

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Real Madrid's transfer ban halved after CAS appeal - ESPN FC
Real Madrid will be able to sign players during summer 2017 after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) partially accepted their appeal regarding a transfer ban imposed by FIFA for breaking youth transfer regulations.

'I turned down Zidane' - Mbappe | Football Espana
Monaco forward Kylian Mbappe has revealed he rejected the approaches of Real Madrid and Zinedine Zidane to stay at the Ligue 1 club. The 18-year-old revealed how in 2013, Zidane – then a coach at the club – held talks with him regarding a move to the Spanish capital, having persuaded fellow countryman Raphael Varane to sign from Lens two years earlier.

Guillem Balague's La Liga mid-season review: World champions Real Madrid, Lionel Messi's new level | Sky Sports
Zidane can defend everything he does at Real Madrid with one stat. Just two defeats from 53 games in 2016. How has he done that? Well, Real Madrid are comprised of individual players, players who feel as though they need to run the team. The players have to feel things are done in a way that leaves them in a comfort zone. That is what they feel now. They feel Zidane is not on top of them, giving them too many instructions.

Sevilla boss Jorge Sampaoli: We need to sign a new centre-back in January - ESPN FC
Sevilla coach Jorge Sampaoli is keen to add a new centre-back to his squad in the winter transfer market. The Andalusian club head into 2017 in third place in La Liga behind leaders Real Madrid and second-placed Barcelona, and having progressed to the round of 16 of the Champions League with a tie against Leicester City coming up.

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