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Zinedine Zidane: “Real Madrid will continue to fight until the end”
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has promised that his side will fight right until the final game in a tightly-contested La Liga title race, claiming that it is "a marathon and not a sprint". "We are going to fight. It will be difficult right until the end, as I've said before and I stand by that," he told reporters. "We are not top of the league any more but this league is always wide open. "We will not give up the fight, this is a marathon, not a sprint and we will get through this. We have to be positive."
Barcelona closer to the deadline for their emergency signing
Barcelona are edging closer to the deadline for their emergency signing. The La Liga side had 20 working days to confirm they want a new defender after the season-ending injury suffered by Aleix Vidal. The deadline will fall next week on March 10. Should they confirm, they will have a further 15 working days to complete the transfer. The chosen option is Deportivo La Coruna fullback Juanfran, though Barca have been told they can only sign him for his buyout clause.
Ramos shrugs off Luis Enrique’s resignation from Barcelona
Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has shrugged off Luis Enrique's resignation from Barcelona. Enrique has stated he will walk away at the end of this season. Ramos was asked about the development after their controversial 3-3 draw with Las Palmas. He replied: "The farewell of Luis Enrique? We are indifferent. "We have enough to do at home than to worry about others..."
Torres: It was “just a scare”
The Spaniard had what it looked at first a horrific collision, but it all worked out for the best. El Nino clashed with Deportivo La Coruna's Alex Bergantinos, which resulted panic, and Torres was rushed to hospital. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7TwKDuj1GiI But the Spaniard was lucky to get away with a shock. the Former Liverpool, Chelsea and AC Milan player posted a message on twitter regarding the incident. He wrote: "Many thanks to everyone for your concern for me and for your messages of support. It was just a scare. I hope to be back very soon!" https://twitter.com/Torres/status/837448156929482752 Atleti drew 1:1 with Deportivo and lost two vital points.
Wenger answers to Barca rumors
Speaking to the media, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been asked if he's interested in succeeding Luis Enrique at Barcelona. “No, my preference (remaining at Arsenal) is always the same, it will remain the same," he said. "I am not looking for jobs of other clubs or jobs of other people. I am just focusing on getting to the next level and try to improve. "Competent managers always try to get better, to reinvent themselves.” Wenger was also pushed on his future at Arsenal, with his current deal set to expire in the summer. “I’ve been here 20 years and many times had the opportunity to leave. I don’t have to convince you my preference has always been Arsenal," he said. "But I am objective and lucid enough to make the right decision for myself and the club itself. The club is free to make the decision if it wants and I will respect that."
Zidane considers surprise raid on Atletico Madrid
Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane is considering a surprise raid on Atletico Madrid. The 44-year-old specialist is seeking a new defender signing and has been offered several LaLiga options. According to Don Balon, a new one is Atletico Madrid defender Theo Hernandez, who has impressed on-loan with Alaves. Zidane reportedly would like to add Theo to his squad next season as cover for Marcelo. Hernandez has made 25 appearances during this season.
Vicente Del Bosque has some sympathy for James Rodriguez
Ex-Real Madrid head coach Vicente Del Bosque has some sympathy for James Rodriguez. The Colombia international midfielder remains limited to a bench role under Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane. "I'm not in Real Madrid, and I do not know much about the inside of the club, but James is a great player and the coach has a lot of competition," Del Bosque told Radio Caracol. "It is very difficult to select all these excellent players. The problem is the enormous technical quality of many players in the team. They are all very good and everyone can play.
Valencia hope to sign Simone Zaza
Valencia sporting director Jose Ramon Alesanco has revealed the club are hoping to sign Simone Zaza on a permanent basis from West Ham when the transfer window reopens in the summer. “No matter what, he is a part of Valencia,” he told FourFourTwo. “After this half a season, he'll have four more years at Valencia and we have to get the best performance out of him. “We hope he scores lots of goals and makes us happy in every match.” Zaza has made 19 appearances during this season, scoring 2 goals.
Real Madrid star asks for forgiveness after Los Blancos draw with Las Palmas
After seeing red, Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale asked for forgiveness, says Zinedine Zidane. The Welshman left the pitch early, leaving his teammates and giving advantage to the opposition. Cristiano Ronaldo's double helped the Champions League winners to get a point out of this tie, however Bale felt guilty for the final result. “He has asked for forgiveness, he isn’t happy with the red card but it is what it is,” Zidane told his post-match press conference (via Marca). “These things can happen, it is a fact of the game and we can’t change it, but with 10 we manage to draw 3-3. As always, I am not going to talk on the topic of referees. “We aren’t going to look for excuses in this, I look at what we have to do, and I believe that we have to do things better. There are moments in the season like this, for three or four games, but we can’t look for excuses from the referee.”
Luis Enrique confirms Barcelona departure
Luis Enrique has announced that he will step down as Barcelona manager next season. "I won't be at Barcelona next season. I need to rest. It is a difficult, measured and well thought-out decision and I think I have to be loyal to what I think," said Enrique. "I would like to thank the club for the confidence they have shown in me, it's been three unforgettable years." "Luis Enrique has brought us great success and he can still bring us more. The players are motivated to do it. We accept Luis Enrique's decision. He has been a great coach. Now is it time to end his spell in the best possible way," club president Josep Maria Bartomeu added.