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

Thiago Silva and Daniel Agger

Transfer news: Barcelona defend transfer policy after missing out on defensive targets Thiago Silva and Daniel Agger

The Spanish champions made only one major signing this summer - Brazilian striker Neymar

Fabio Coentrao in action against Israel

Transfer news: Late paperwork sees Real Madrid's Fabio Coentrao move to Manchester United collapse

Move for Portugual international came after failed bids for Leighton Baines

Mesut Ozil

Player analysis: Mesut Ozil - the £42.5m record signing for Arsenal

A closer look at the Germany international who has been at Real Madrid for three years

Gareth Bale to Real Madrid: Ignore the record transfer fee, Cristiano Ronaldo remains the world's best player

Welshman pays homage to new team-mate and will defer to him over taking free-kicks

David Beckham could only manage a 'Hala Madrid' when he joined Real in 2003

Gareth Bale leaves Tottenham for £85m: Boy in the old Real shirt becomes latest sharp-suited Madrid pin-up

Bale wows Bernabeu with his Spanish ‘dream’

Gareth Bale, centre, was unveiled at the Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid by Real president Florentino Pérez, right

The €100m question: how can an economic basket case like Spain afford Gareth Bale, the world’s dearest footballer?

As the Bale deal is sealed, Alasdair Fotheringham in Madrid reports on the Spanish reaction

Kaka has stated that he wants to leave Real Madrid

Transfer news: Kaka completes 'dream' free transfer from Real Madrid to AC Milan

The former world's most expensive players brings his time at the Bernabeu to an end

Cristiano Ronaldo heads Real's second goal

Real Madrid 3 Athletic Bilbao 1 match report: Gareth Bale to aid Real’s quest for global domination

It was meant to be the main event, instead it was just the prelude but Real Madrid still did their best to make the most of going live in prime-time Asia and the Far East with a 3-1 win over Athletic Bilbao, albeit minus new signing Gareth Bale.

Kaka set for Milan return

The Brazilian midfielder Kaka is expected to complete a short-term loan move to his former club Milan today, with rumours that he is set to move to LA Galaxy in March.

Juan Mata

Chelsea duo Fernando Torres and Juan Mata left out of Spain squad

Neither will play a role in the World Cup qualifier against Finland

Transfer news: As private jet waits on stand-by for Gareth Bale - Real Madrid vice-president accuses Tottenham of 'dragging their feet'

The Spanish side could cope without the Wales international claims Fernando Fernandez Tapias

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo to stay away from Best Player in Europe award ceremony

The award, which the Real Madrid forward has been nominated for, will be handed out during today's Champions League draw

Barcelona's Brazilian defender Dani Alves (L) and Brazilian forward Neymar celebrate with the Spanish Super Cup

Spanish Super Cup: Gerardo Martino dedicates Barcelona win against Atletico Madrid to Tito Vilanova

New manager praises his predecessor, who stood down amid a battle with cancer

Christian Eriksen

Transfer news: Midfielder Christian Eriksen 'given persmission' to speak with Tottenhan, reveal Ajax

The Danish midfielder is the subject of a bid in the region of £10m

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