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La Liga News: 17 May 2016; PSG Show James Rodriguez Interest, Leandro Damiao to Leave Real Betis

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Guillem Balague's La Liga awards... featuring Luis Suarez, Antoine Griezmann and Marcelino | Sky Sports
Not only for the 40 goals this season, but for the fact he turned up during Barcelona's worst time. There were doubts around the club in late March, early April; physically they were not at their sharpest, the football they created was not causing much danger, and they actually lost three out of four La Liga games. In the last five games he scored 14 goals, and has also provided four assists.

Costa out of Spain squad | Football Espana
Vicente del Bosque has named 25 players for the France tournament, with two to be culled, but neither Costa nor Atletico Madrid’s Fernando Torres make the cut. Del Bosque has also named a number of reserves, including Villarreal’s Sergio Asenjo and Denis Suarez, Athletic Bilbao’s Inaki Williams, Real Sociedad youngster Mikel Oyarzabal and Malaga’s Pablo Fornals.

Real Madrid come up short in La Liga but Zinedine Zidane deserves praise - ESPN FC
For a club so obsessed with its image, the Copa del Rey debacle in Cadiz warrants a special mention but the Denis Cheryshev affair was more comedy than tragedy. For years before Jose Mourinho arrived, Real had looked down on the domestic cup with a mixture of disdain and indifference, so to cry too dramatically about being thrown out would have smacked of hypocrisy.

RUMOURS: PSG to make €100m James Rodriguez bid -
Paris Saint-Germain are preparing to break the bank to bring Real Madrid's James Rodriguez to Parc des Princes, according to AS. The Colombia international is out of favour at the Santiago Bernabeu, and has been linked with a move to both Arsenal and Manchester United.

Atletico Madrid Champions League exploits highlight a strong season - ESPN FC
Given Atletico that over-achieved (or at the very least hit par) by coming third in La Liga, in addition to remaining in the title tilt until the penultimate game of the season, low points are few and far between. It is testament to the job that Simeone is doing that finishing three points behind Barcelona and two behind Madrid is seen as a "disappointing."

Sporting Gijon imitate Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid - ESPN FC
The joyous celebrations continued after the final whistle, with the Gijon team pinching a leaf from Real Madrid's book and posing for the now-ubiquitous "dressing room victory photo" -- complete with Carlos Castro manfully fulfilling the shirtless Cristiano Ronaldo role.

Five finals in 10 years - Sevilla more dominant than Barcelona in Europe -
There's something special about the Europa League for Sevilla. Players have come and gone over the years, while fortunes have varied in other competitions, but the Andalusians are still dominating the continent's second-tier tournament. And not even Barcelona have managed five finals in Europe over the past decade.

Damiao announces Betis exit | Football Espana
Leandro Damiao will leave Real Betis this summer after the striker confirmed both parties had decided to go their separate ways. Damiao joined Betis on a free transfer until the end of the season in January after a protracted saga stemming from a boardroom shake-up at the Benito Villamarin, but he played just 129 minutes in three La Liga matches.

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