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Trending: Costa to return, Depay leaves



2016/2017 Season

1 Real Madrid 12 4 1 40
2 Sevilla 12 3 3 39
3 Barcelona 11 5 2 38
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Trending: Diego Costa back for Chelsea, Memphis Depay leaves United

FC's Stewart Robson and Paul Mariner have differing opinions on how Diego Costa's teammates will view him after his absence.
Alison Bender and Gab Marcotti discuss whether moving to the Chinese Super League would be the right move for Diego Costa.
Ian Darke thinks it's probable that Chelsea will relieve tensions with Diego Costa and continue unscathed.

Here are the latest stories for Friday.

CHELSEA: Antonio Conte has confirmed Diego Costa will be available for Chelsea's Premier League game against Hull City on Sunday.

MAN UNITEDLyon have signed Memphis Depay from Manchester United and presented the Netherlands international on Friday after he signed a four-and-a-half-year contract, the club confirmed in a statement.

- Jose Mourinho hopes Depay performs so well at Lyon that the outgoing United winger one day returns to Old...

Real Madrid v Málaga: Preview

Real Madrid's 40-game unbeaten run has been brought to a shuddering halt with back-to-back losses and head coach Zinedine Zidane is determined to stop the rot against Malaga.

After eight months without experiencing the sharp end of defeat in any competition, Real went down 2-1 at Sevilla in LaLiga before losing by the same scoreline at home to Celta Vigo in the Copa del Rey.

Mid-table Malaga represent some relatively easy prey as Zidane's table-toppers bid to pull clear of second-placed Sevilla with...

Real Madrid's Zinedine Zidane defends Cristiano Ronaldo's recent form

Craig Burley and Steve Nicol say the title race is back on in La Liga after Real Madrid's loss to Sevilla.

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane says Cristiano Ronaldo remains the player "who makes the difference" amid growing criticism of his form.

Ronaldo, 31, won the 2016 Ballon d'Or and FIFA's The Best award, but his recent below-par performances have prompted questions following back-to-back defeats against Sevilla and Celta Vigo.

Speaking at the news conference ahead of Saturday afternoon's La Liga game at home to Malaga, two-time Ballon d'Or winner Zidane defended the Portuguese.

"The problem...

Is Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo to blame for club's recent woes?

Following their 40-match unbeaten run, the FC crew believe Real Madrid need to refocus after two losses in as many games.

With the mood around the Bernabeu having nosedived following two defeats in four days across two competitions, a debate has opened up among Real Madrid fans and pundits over whether a decline in output from superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is to blame.

Just last week Madrid were buoyant -- setting a new Spanish club record of 40 games unbeaten in all competitions, and sitting clear at the top of the La Liga standings well ahead of rivals Sevilla, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.

Meanwhile, Ronaldo was...

Sevilla fans avoid sanction for Sergio Ramos chants in Real Madrid games

Craig Burley and Steve Nicol say the title race is back on in La Liga after Real Madrid's loss to Sevilla.
ESPN FC's Sid Lowe gives his take on whether or not Sevilla will make a real challenge for the La Liga title this season.

The Spanish government's anti-violence committee has decided not to sanction the fans who insulted Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos during the recent La Liga and Copa del Rey games at Sevilla.

Former Sevilla player Ramos was whistled and insulted by some of his old club's fans during Jan. 12's 3-3 Copa del Rey draw at the Sanchez Pizjuan, and the Spain international apologised afterwards for a gesture he made to the crowd after he converted a late penalty with a "Panenka." 

Sevilla then asked...