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  • Benitez delighted with Bale double on Bernabeu bow

    Benitez delighted with Bale double on Bernabeu bow

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    Benitez delighted with Bale double on Bernabeu bow

    Real Madrid boss Rafael Benitez has hailed the impact made by Gareth Bale as the Welshman scored twice in Los Blancos 5-0 win over Real Betis on Saturday. Benitez has been questioned early in his reign at the Santiago Bernabeu for playing Bale in a more central role as Madrid struggled to score goals in pre-season and were held 0-0 away to newly promoted Sporting Gijon last weekend. …

  • Vermaelen takes plaudits after debut Barca goal

    Vermaelen takes plaudits after debut Barca goal

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    Vermaelen takes plaudits after debut Barca goal

    Barcelona coach Luis Enrique was clearly delighted with Thomas Vermaelen's debut goal for the club on Saturday and said he was not surprised the Belgium defender was finally coming good after a long struggle with injury. Vermaelen struck the winner 17 minutes from time in a 1-0 La Liga success against Malaga at the Nou Camp which maintained the champions' perfect start to their title defence with a maximum six points from two matches. The ball dropped kindly for the 29-year-old, who barely …

  • 'Falcon' Navas raises question over Real need for De Gea

    'Falcon' Navas raises question over Real need for De Gea

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    'Falcon' Navas raises question over Real need for De Gea

    Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas produced another excellent performance for Real Madrid in Saturday's 5-0 La Liga win at home to Real Betis that may have left many fans of the world's richest club wondering why they need David De Gea. According to reports in Spanish and British media, Real are poised to pay Manchester United 40 million euros (29 million pounds) to buy Spain keeper De Gea, who has not played this season because of the transfer saga, before the latest transfer window closes on …

  • West Brom sign Man United defender Evans

    West Brom sign Man United defender Evans

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    West Brom sign Man United defender Evans

    West Bromwich Albion have bolstered their defensive ranks by signing centre half Jonny Evans from Manchester United on a four-year deal. "This is a great signing for the club," manager Tony Pulis told Albion's official website (www.wba.co.uk) on Saturday. "Jonny brings a lot of experience and will be a big player for us. …

  • Stones is potential England captain, says Everton boss

    Stones is potential England captain, says Everton boss

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    Stones is potential England captain, says Everton boss

    John Stones could be a future England captain and was an "immense influence" on Everton in Saturday's 0-0 draw at Tottenham Hotspur despite constant media speculation over a transfer, said manager Roberto Martinez. It seems as though Stones, 21, has been earmarked by Premier League champions Chelsea as a potential long-term replacement for former England captain John Terry. "John has incredible potential going forward and I can see a future England captain," Martinez told Sky Sports. …