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La Liga News: 19 August 2016; Martin Odegaard Set for Rennes Loan, Sporting Gijon Extend Abelardo Deal

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Transfer News: Real Madrid prodigy Odegaard set for Rennes loan -
Real Madrid starlet Martin Odegaard is poised to join Rennes on loan. The Norway international spent pre-season with Madrid's senior players but failed to make the cut for the first competitive game of the new campaign, the UEFA Super Cup – a clear sign that Zinedine Zidane does not feel he is ready for first-team action yet.

Real Madrid's La Liga TV deal challenge lacked class - Javier Tebas - ESPN FC
La Liga president Javier Tebas says Real Madrid were wrong to try to block that new TV rights deal that comes into force this season. The Spanish government has formally introduced new legally binding legislation with the aim of sharing revenue more equally across all clubs, which ensures that Madrid and Barcelona must receive a smaller percentage of the overall total.

Kovacic not for sale? | Football Espana
Real Madrid have reportedly stated that Mateo Kovacic "is not for sale" in response to reports linking the midfielder with Milan. AS and Corriere dello Sport claimed on Thursday that Kovacic had been given the all-clear to join Milan on an initial loan that would become permanent and see Madrid retain a buyback clause.

Simeone remains a ‘warrior’, Barcelona have MSN but Real Madrid looking like Liga favourites - Eurosport
If there were a league table for longevity in La Liga Diego Simone would win it by a considerable distance. Last season he was the top flight's longest serving coach ahead of Rayo Vallecano’s Paco Jemez, Sevilla’s Unai Emery and Villarreal’s Marcelino. Jemez is now at Granada, Emery is in France and Marcelino is wondering how he managed to get fired from one of the safest jobs in football having delivered Champions League football.

Atletico Madrid's Diego Simeone wants changes to help club bosses also take national jobs - ESPN FC
Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone says he would like to see changes made so that top club managers can simultaneously take charge of international sides. Temporary Argentine FA (AFA) chief Fernando Marin said earlier this summer had suggested earlier this summer that Simeone could lead the national side while remaining in charge of Atletico.

New deal for Sporting boss Abelardo | Football Espana
Sporting Gijon have confirmed that Coach Abelardo Fernandez has signed a new contract with the club until 2020. The agreement was reached on Thursday afternoon as Sporting spoke of their intent "to build" their sporting project "around a man of the house", in reference to Abelardo’s Asturian background.

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