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Video: Simon Rice and Jack de Menezes look ahead to Liverpool's huge test at the Bernabeu

Gareth Bale has been ruled out of Real Madrid's Cope del Rey second leg due to a leg injury

Gareth Bale: 'His genitals are fine' says Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti after Welshman is ruled out of Espanyol clash

Bale has been ruled out with a leg injury after being kicked in the win over

The Portugal forward picked up a pass from Angel Di Maria on the left, cut inside and unleashed a powerful shot past home goalkeeper Stephan Andersen for his 21st league goal of the campaign

Round-up: Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema thrill as Real thrash Betis

Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema took Real Betis apart to give Real Madrid a resounding 5-0 win yesterday that put them level on 50 points with Barcelona and Atletico Madrid at the top of La Liga.

Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood gestures from the sidelines during his side's 2-0 defeat to Arsenal in the FA Cup third round

Swansea v Tottenham: Premier League match preview

A look ahead to this weekend's Premier League fixture at the Liberty Stadium

Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood gestures from the sidelines during his side's 2-0 defeat to Arsenal in the FA Cup third round

Transfer news: Tottenham prepared to let player leave, reveals Tim Sherwood

Although the Spurs manager insists they won't leave themselves short

Lionel Messi has missed out on selection for Uefa's Team of the Year

Lionel Messi misses out on Uefa Team of the Year after fans vote him the 13th best player of 2013, adding to Ballon d'Or woe

Messi is not named for the first time since 2007 while is arch-rival Cristiano Ronaldo tops his Ballon d'Or award off with a seventh consecutive inclusion

Andros Townsend is nearing a Tottenham comeback after recovering from a hamstring injury

Andros Townsend tipped to bounce back by Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood

Townsend's comeback from a hamstring injury was put on hold after Spurs' Under-21's fixture at Bishop's Stortford was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch

Andre Villas-Boas

Former Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas will 'refresh batteries' before making return

The Portuguese coach was sacked following a sluggish start to the season

Angel Di Maria makes a run during Real Madrid's 3-0 win over Celta Vigo on Tuesday

VIDEO: Angel Di Maria denies 'Michael Jackson crotch gesture' was aimed at Real Madrid supporters

The club have started an investigation into the incident

Gareth Bale has missed seven of Real's 22 games with different niggles

Gareth Bale: Forward could be on Real Madrid bench on Monday as Real return after Christmas break

£86m Welshman has missed seven of Real's 22 games with different injuries

David Moyes has compared Adnan Januzaj to Lionel Messi for his ability to pick himself up from illegal challenges

Decision to book Adnan Januzaj for diving was wrong, says Manchester United manager David Moyes

The youngster is gaining a reputation for play acting

Theo Walcott celebrates after scoring the second goal in the 2-0 victory over Cardiff City

FA Cup: Arsenal v Tottenham match preview

A look ahead to this weekend’s clash at the Emirates

Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata remains a transfer target for Arsenal

Transfer news: Arsenal still have hopes of signing Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata on loan

Real manager Carlo Ancelotti has said that no one will leave the Santiago Bernabeu this January but Arsene Wenger still believes he can lure the Spaniard to the Emirates

Everton have the financial strength not to part with their midfielder Ross Barkley next month

Everton will not let Ross Barkley go the same way as Wayne Rooney - even if they receive an £85m offer in January

Roberto Martinez says the Toffees wouldn't be tempted to part with the youngster even if they received a 'Gareth Bale-sized valuation'

The Sport Matrix: Tuesday 24 December 2013

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Gareth Bale became the most expensive player in history as Real Madrid's unrelenting pursuit of Tottenham's talisman finally came to fruition. The £85m fee eclipsed that of Bale's new team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo. The Welshman scored 26 goals for Tottenham during the 2012-13 season.

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Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

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