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La Liga News: 22 March 2016; Gareth Bale Breaks La Liga Record, Real Madrid Eying Romelu Lukaku

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Keylor Navas thanks Real Madrid staff for their faith in him - ESPN FC
Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas believes he is reaping the rewards of hard work after being praised for his performance against Sevilla on Sunday. The Costa Rica international made four saves, one of which denied Sevilla an equaliser when he kept out Kevin Gameiro's penalty, to help his side clinch a 4-0 win.

Real Madrid have reason for optimism following Sevilla win - ESPN FC
On Friday, Real Madrid were out of the Copa del Rey after an embarrassing administrative mistake. They were twelve points behind Barcelona and four behind Atletico Madrid in La Liga, and unable to put in solid away performances against top six rivals -- losses to Villarreal, Sevilla, a draw against Atletico and only a victory against Celta to celebrate -- while Barcelona awaited in two weeks.

Gareth Bale breaks Gary Lineker record for La Liga goals - ESPN FC
Gary Lineker has congratulated Gareth Bale after the Real Madrid forward overtook his record to become the all-time leading British goal scorer in La Liga. Wales international Bale's goal in the 4-0 victory over Sevilla took his tally to 43 in 76 games, exceeding the Englishman's record of 42 goals in 103 games for Barcelona between 1986 and 1989.

RUMORS: Real Madrid ends David de Gea interest -
Real Madrid has dropped its interest in David de Gea, with Keylor Navas now set to be rewarded with a pay increase following a string of impressive displays, according to German news agency DPA. The Spain international, who was on the verge of a move to the Liga giants last summer only to miss the transfer deadline by minutes, signed a new four-year deal with Manchester United in September.

RUMORS: Real Madrid to make £60M bid for Lukaku -
Real Madrid is planning a 60 million pound bid ($86M) for Everton striker Romelu Lukaku in the summer, according to The Sun. The Belgian has been in prolific form this season for the Toffees, bagging 25 goals in all competitions.

Raphael Varane is not learning the game, says Terry Gibson | Sky Sports
The 22-year-old was at fault for giving away a penalty against Seville last weekend and has been in and out of the starting XI all season. The Frenchman joined Real in 2011 and was hailed for his displays in helping his side lift the Champions League in 2014.

Barcelona should win La Liga but Atletico can be UCL spoiler - ESPN FC
Last August in this space, I wrote that "Luis Enrique's squad has the talent and experience to not only become the first to retain the Champions League but to repeat their treble [of last season]." I meant it then, and still think so now. But they remain what Lucho would probably call in football terms "lightyears away" from achieving that.

RUMORS: Jose Mourinho wants Atletico sporting director at Man Utd -
Jose Mourinho wants Atletico Madrid's sporting director to join him at Manchester United, according to a report in the Telegraph, should the Portuguese take over at Old Trafford. Andrea Berta has been a pivotal figure in Atleti's rise under Diego Simeone and is understood to have a good relationship with Mourinho's agent Jorge Mendes.

New rumor: Valère Germain to Villarreal? - Villarreal USA
L'Equipe reports Villarreal are pursuing Valère Germain, a striker owned by Monaco who currently plays on loan with Nice. Nice does have an option to buy with that current loan, so evidently the deal would be they would exercise the option and then we'd pay them. 5-6 million euros is the figure kicked around in the rumors.

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