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Spain midfielder is out of favour at Old Trafford and Diego Simeone could offer a way out

Manuel Pellegrini during City’s training session at Plzen’s stadium
Viktoria Plzen players celebrate scoring one of their 40 goals scored already this season

Viktoria Plzen v Manchester City: Unbeaten Czech league champions set to welcome Manuel Pellegrini's side to the Struncovy Sady Stadion

Plzen are yet to lose a game this season having won 12 and drawn two, and they will be hoping to keep that record intact despite the arrival of Pellegrini's star-studded City side

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo agrees £76m Real Madrid deal to end hopes of Manchester United return - and insists he has 'no issue' with Gareth Bale

The Portugal international was on target in his side's 2-2 draw with Villareal

Gareth Bale forced a goal in from inside the six-yard box

Villarreal 2 Real Madrid 2 match report: Gareth Bale’s goal makes him instant hit on debut

Despite the awkwardness off the pitch, there is a steel to Welshman that is impossible to overlook

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Win a bottle of wine

Kaka back in training with AC Milan

Kaka: The prodigal son returns to AC Milan - but he's not the same player that left for Real Madrid

'Ricky' sealed an astonishing return to the San Siro from Real Madrid for free on transfer deadline day

Cristiano Ronaldo goes in on Gareth Bale in training

Welcome to Madrid! Smiles no more as Cristiano Ronaldo slams into Gareth Bale at Real training

Is Ronaldo upset at no longer being the world's most expensive player?

David De Gea grateful for support of Manchester United team-mates during difficult times

The Spanish goalkeeper has settled at Old Trafford after a patchy start

Gareth Bale in action for Wales against Serbia

Real Madrid unlikely to overburden £86m signing Gareth Bale

The former Tottenham player is due to make his debut this weekend

Mesut Ozil has been presented as an Arsenal player

Santi Cazorla baffled why Real Madrid agreed to sell 'spectacular' Mesut Ozil to Arsenal

The Germany international joined on deadline day for £43m

Zinedine Zidane has claimed £86m for Gareth Bale is 'incomprehensible'

Transfer news: Zinedine Zidane claims £86m for Real Madrid star Gareth Bale is 'incomprehensible' after Tottenham switch

Former world-record transfer Zidane believes the fee is too much for any player although he is looking forward to helping Bale develop to his full potential

A flame on the Olympic cauldron, which was used at the 1964 Games in Tokyo, is relit in celebration

Japan’s clean hands on doping key in winning the 2020 Games for Tokyo

Istanbul and Madrid swept aside as IOC members choose the safe option

Thibault Courtois is currently on his third consecutive season on-loan at Atletico Madrid

Transfer news: Barcelona considering a £30m offer for Chelsea goalkeeper Thibault Courtois as a replacement for Victor Valdes

Valdes has confirmed he will leave the club at the end of the season and Courtois has been identified as a possible replacement along with Marc-Andre ter Stegen

Mesut Ozil: 'I am a player who needs the confidence of the coach,' he said

Arsenal spending £42.5m on Real Madrid midfielder Mesut Ozil raises concerns in Germany

The midfielder's decision to leave Real Madrid had much to do with his international ambitions ahead of the World Cup

Experts predict Gareth Bales' £85m transfer fee could soon be eclipsed
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