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Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale rested for Real Madrid's Copa del Rey game

Zinedine Zidane says Cristiano Ronaldo is where he belongs at Real Madrid amid rumours of an exit.
Mark Ogden and Rob Dawson explain why Cristiano Ronaldo is unlikely to swap Real Madrid for Manchester United.
The ESPN FC panel share their thoughts on the reports from Spain stating that Cristiano Ronaldo wants out of Madrid.
The FC crew cast doubt on Cristiano Ronaldo returning to Manchester United, despite his recent dip in form and reports of tension at Real Madrid.

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo has been rested by coach Zinedine Zidane for Thursday evening's Copa del Rey quarterfinal first leg at Leganes, with Gareth Bale and Marcelo the other first-teamers excused from the short trip.

Ronaldo's future at the Bernabeu remains unclear with the player himself pushing for a move elsewhere as club president Florentino Perez has not yet accepted his demand of a new contract that would reportedly increase his wages to around €50 million a year.

Zidane has...

Atletico Madrid fan in stable condition after stabbing before match

An Atletico fan was hospitalised following a violent incident before Wednesday's match.

An Atletico Madrid fan is in a stable condition in hospital after he was stabbed before Wednesday's 2-1 loss to Sevilla in the Copa del Rey.

A man arrested in connection with the incident is also reported to be an Atletico fan.

Police said the victim, a 22-year-old, was attacked near Las Musas metro stop by the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano.

They believe a confrontation took place among different groups within the hardcore element of Atletico's fanbase.

Madrid health officials said the man, who was...

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Gerard Pique agrees long-term Barcelona contract until 2022

Take a behind-the-scenes look at Philippe Coutinho's first moments at the Camp Nou after joining Barcelona.
Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde admits he's surprised by Ousmane Dembele's injury setback, but is hopeful his plan of easing the 20 year old back into the squad will still work.
The ESPN FC crew look back on Ronaldinho's legendary career and persona on and off the pitch after the Brazilian officially announced his retirement.
With Ousmane Dembele facing another injury setback, ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop assesses how his absence will impact Barcelona moving forward.

Gerard Pique has agreed a new contract with Barcelona that will keep him at the club until 2022.

Barca announced the defender's new deal has a release clause set at €500 million.

In a statement on their website it was confirmed "in the coming days the club will announce the date of the official signing of the new contract."

The centre-back, who will turn 31 next month, becomes the latest in a string of Barca players to sign new terms, with his existing contract due to expire in 2019.


Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge wanted by Inter Milan, Sevilla - sources

Paul Mariner feels Daniel Sturridge must leave Liverpool and England, amid reports linking him to Inter Milan and Sevilla.
Shaka Hislop assesses Liverpool's current goalkeeping situation and identifies potential targets for a summer move to Anfield.
Jurgen Klopp says Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is developing well at Liverpool because he is playing in his 'dream' midfield role.

Inter Milan and Sevilla are interested in signing Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge this transfer window, a source has told ESPN FC.

Sources have told ESPN FC that Liverpool would be open to selling Sturridge this window, but only if the offer is in line with the Merseyside club's demands.

Sturridge has made just five starts in all competitions this season as he looks to earn a place in England's World Cup squad this summer.

Sevilla and Inter have both registered their interest in the 28-year-old...

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Villarreal's Cedric Bakambu set for €40m Beijing Guoan move

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Cedric Bakambu is off to Beijing Guoan.

Villareal have announced the departure of their leading scorer, Cedric Bakambu, who is poised to join Chinese Super League side Beijing Sinobo Guoan FC.

The DR Congo international activated his release clause by paying €40 million to Villarreal and is expected to complete his transfer to the Chinese club.

A club statement from the La Liga outfit said on Wednesday evening: "Villarreal CF announces that Cedric Bakambu has deposited the buyout clause on his contract, hence he is no longer a part...