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La Liga News: 8 March 2016; Espanyol Earn Important Win, Aitor Karanka Considered for Valencia Job

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Real Madrid squad for Champions League match against Roma |
Toni Kroos and Luka Modric have recovered from their injuries and have been picked by Zinedine Zidane. Gareth Bale has also made it in the list and is expected to feature in the starting line-up for the first time in seven weeks.

Martin Odegaard may have to move from Real Madrid, says former coach | Daily Mail Online
Martin Odegaard's Real Madrid dream may need to come to an end if the 17-year-old is to make the most of his undoubted ability, according to his former mental coach. The Norwegian star, who made his international debut as a 15-year-old, moved from homeland minnows Stromsgodset to the Spanish capital in January 2015 with much fanfare.

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane wants to keep Cristiano Ronaldo | Sky Sports
Real players have come in for some criticism from supporters this season, unhappy with a poor La Liga season that sees them third in the table, 12 points behind leaders Barcelona and four points adrift of rivals Atletico.

Real Madrid injuries have huge impact - Carlo Ancelotti - ESPN FC
Former Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti offered words of warning regarding squad injuries to the club's management. In his weekly column on the Chinese website, Sina Sports, the Italian manager said that Karim Benzema's current absence and previous injuries to players such as Gareth Bale and Marcelo are a sign that something is amiss with Los Blancos.

Hernan Perez volley boosts Espanyol beyond Rayo Vallecano - ESPN FC
A stunning late volley from Hernan Perez earned Espanyol a much-needed 2-1 Primera Division win over fellow strugglers Rayo Vallecano. The Paraguayan's 77th-minute wonder goal restored Espanyol's lead 10 minutes after former Manchester United winger Bebe had cancelled out Abraham Gonzalez's first-half opener.

Jemez would ‘understand’ Rayo sack | Football Espana
Paco Jemez says he would ‘understand’ if Rayo Vallecano brought in a new Coach to save the team from relegation after defeat to Espanyol. Rayo haven’t won since early February and are level on points with the bottom three with 10 games to go, Jemez absolving the players of blame and pointing the finger at his decisions.

Karanka a candidate for Valencia? | Football Espana
Former Spain international and current Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka is touted as a candidate for Valencia next season. Gary Neville currently sits on the Mestalla bench but his contract expires in the summer, and it’s not yet known if the Englishman will be renewed.

Three forwards on Valencia list? | Football Espana
Borja Baston, Antonio Sanabria and Fabian Orellana are the three forwards considered by Valencia for next season with Alvaro Negredo a doubt. Super Deporte reports that with Valencia not likely to return to the Champions League, the club has about €20m less to work with, a significant chunk of their €116m budget.

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