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Secret Escapes offers a range of day spa breaks in the UK. Examples include access to The Malvern Spa in Worcestershire for £65 per guest, with a 30-minute treatment, use of the spa and a light lunch between now and March, when booked by tomorrow. secretescapes.com

The Spanish government has rejected a call by the country's regional government of Catalonia to hold a referendum on independence next year

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Manchester United lhave made a second bid for Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas

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Moyes confirms second bid despite Barcelona insisting that the midfielder will not be sold under any circumstances

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Neymar encourages Wayne Rooney to leave Manchester United and transfer to Barcelona

Barcelona’s latest star signing, Neymar, has encouraged Wayne Rooney to play his football at the Camp Nou next season.

Former Spanish footballer Oscar Garcia looks set to be named as new Brighton and Hove Albion manager

Oscar Garcia fact file

A look at the former Spanish midfielder's career to date

Former Spanish footballer Oscar Garcia looks set to be named as new Brighton and Hove Albion manager

Brighton and Hove Albion set to name Oscar Garcia as Gus Poyet's successor

Spanish football expert Guillem Balague announces news on Twitter although the club have made no comment regarding the rumours

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