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Reports: Atletico's Costa refuses to train over fine following outburst

Mark Donaldson leaves Lionel Messi as his Fantasy FC La Liga captain and also adds Luka Modric into the mix for this weekend's action.

Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa refused to train on Thursday after being told that his club is to fine him for a verbal outburst in a recent defeat to Barcelona, Spanish newspapers including AS, El Pais and Marca reported.

An Atletico source confirmed to Reuters that the Spain international did not train, citing "personal reasons." Atletico and Costa's representatives did not respond to requests for comment.

Costa has been banned for eight La Liga games by the Spanish Football Federation for...

Atletico goalkeeper Oblak signs contract extension to 2023

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Goalkeeper Jan Oblak has signed a contract extension with Atletico Madrid, which will keep him at the club until 2023.

The 26-year-old is regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the world and has kept 115 clean sheets in 203 appearances since joining the club in 2014.

"I am very happy to have signed a contract extension and to be here," Oblak said. "I'm going to defend these colours to the best of my abilities and continue working hard."

Oblak joined as a replacement for Thibaut Courtois, who...

Barcelona set to sign De Ligt as Ajax agreement nears - sources

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Barcelona are close to reaching an agreement to sign defender Matthijs de Ligt from Ajax, club sources have told ESPN FC.

The La Liga leaders have the situation "under control," according to the sources, and not getting the deal over the line now would provide similar levels of disappointment to last summer when they were turned down by Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann at the last minute.

Juventus and Bayern Munich are also keen on De Ligt but one source has said the Netherlands international...

Barcelona's Messi 'unstoppable' against Manchester United - Valverde

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno says Lionel Messi did 'whatever he wanted, whenever he wanted' against Man United's defence.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley believes Manchester United got a dose of reality following their three-goal defeat in Barcelona.

BARCELONA, Spain -- Ernesto Valverde says Lionel Messi is unstoppable when he's at his best after the Argentine fired Barcelona into the semifinals of the Champions League for the first time in four years.

Messi scored twice in Barca's 3-0 win over Manchester United at Camp Nou on Wednesday to take his tally for the season to 45 in all competitions.

He almost completed a hat trick with an opportunistic bicycle kick in the second half and gave United's defenders a headache all night.

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Ex-Liverpool defender Jose Enrique given all clear from brain tumour

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Former Newcastle and Liverpool defender Jose Enrique has said he has been given the all-clear following his battle with cancer.

Enrique was diagnosed with a brain tumour in May 2018 and underwent several radiotherapy sessions after it had been successfully removed following an operation.

But, via an Instagram video message, he said he is now ready to "look forward" after being told he is cancer free.

"Hello guys, I just have some wonderful news today," he said. "I just got back the report from...