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La Liga News: 1 April 2016; Raphael Varane Ruled Out of El Clasico with Calf Injury

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Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane out of Clasico against Barcelona with calf injury – reports - Eurosport
Varane, who played in Real Madrid’s 4-0 win over Sevilla last week, reportedly picked up the injury while playing for France against Russia at the Stade de France on Tuesday. Spanish newspaper Sport tweeted that Varane would not be able to play in Saturday’s clash, while Eurosport Spain reported that the defender "did not train with the rest of his team-mates due to problems with his calf" and would be sidelined.

Real Madrid focused more on summer change than Barca Clasico - ESPN FC
The clásico matters; it always matters. There is no game in world football like this, one to which attention is drawn from the start of the season, and the build-up has been significant. This week, Real Madrid took the unusual step of bringing players to talk to the media at the club's Valdebebas HQ, starting with Gareth Bale on Thursday evening. At around the same time, 600 kilometres away, Andres Iniesta was talking too.

Clasico win could reignite Real Madrid title bid - Calderon - ESPN FC
A victory over Barcelona in the Clasico on Saturday could re-ignite Real Madrid's title campaign, former Blancos president Ramon Calderon has said. Real Madrid are currently 10 points behind leaders Barcelona with Atletico Madrid in between the two clubs.

Zinedine Zidane can change Real Madrid - but only if he survives El Clasico - Eurosport
Until just a few months ago Zinedine Zidane had only ever coached in Spain’s third tier. As manager of Castilla, media scrutiny was sparse and not especially scathing. But despite such a forgiving managerial induction, Zidane has already mastered the art of deflection and dismissal as football’s easiest target - Real Madrid boss.

Real Madrid struggling due to Florentino Perez mismanagement - ESPN FC
Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon and ex-coach Bernd Schuster believe mismanagement by current club chief Florentino Perez is the reason the team go into Saturday's Clasico at Barcelona seemingly out of the La Liga title race.

Salgado: Something has been wrong at Real Madrid for four years -
Former Real Madrid stalwart Michel Salgado believes that a Clasico win would put them in great shape for the Champions League, but it would not solve the serious issues the club has suffered for years on end.

Real Madrid news: Ramos confident Los Blancos can claim 'revenge' against Barca -
Sergio Ramos is confident Real Madrid can exact revenge against fierce rivals Barcelona when the two Spanish heavyweights meet on Saturday. Real were humiliated 4-0 on home turf back in November courtesy of a Luis Suarez double and a goal apiece from Neymar and Andres Iniesta.

James Rodriguez has 'no place' in the Real Madrid team - ESPN FC
James has not had a good 2015-16 at Madrid, falling out of favour under previous coach Rafa Benitez and now expected to be on the bench for Saturday's La Liga Clasico at Barcelona's Camp Nou, having struggled to impress current boss Zinedine Zidane.

Valderrama blasts Real Madrid over James Rodriguez -
James Rodriguez has not been treated correctly by Real Madrid this season and the player misses the presence of Carlo Ancelotti, according to Carlos Valderrama. Colombia's record cap-holder is baffled by the fall from grace of his country's current star man at Santiago Bernabeu.

Pako Ayestaran: I spoke to Gary Neville before accepting Valencia job - Eurosport
Neville was sacked on Wednesday following a string of poor performances by the Liga side, and assistant coach Ayestaran was named as his successor until the end of the season, on Neville’s recommendation. Speaking at a news conference after his appointment, Ayesteran said, as reported by AS: "When the possibility of assuming the role was raised, the condition was that Gary agreed.

Gary Neville's time at Valencia reveals club's inner turmoil - ESPN FC
Neville had always said that he had an idea of what he was going to do next and that he'd decide by December 2015. He'd already turned down two Premier League jobs and was reluctant, like several of his friends, to be burned by management. Besides, he had plenty of other interests.

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