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Real Madrid goalkeeper emerges as a target for Manchester City

Xavi and Iker Casillas formed a bond playing together at the Under-20 World Cup in Nigeria

Pete Jenson: What England could learn from Spain (and it's not the benefits of a midwinter break)

A Different League: Placing greater importance on the forming of young England teams is just as important as giving senior players a rest

Transfer news: Iker Casillas drops biggest hint that he is ready to leave Real Madrid after admitting he won't go anywhere to be second choice

Both Manchester City and Arsenal are among clubs monitoring the future of the Spanish Number One after he fell behind Diego Lopez in the Real pecking order

Lionel Messi with the Brazuca, which has been tried by 600 players in 10 countries

Brazuca: Lionel Messi helps Adidas unveil the official ball for World Cup 2014

Adidas consults with top players over 2014 football to avoid repeat of South Africa issues

Real Madrid's Welsh striker Gareth Bale (R) celebrates after scoring a goal past Juventus' goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon

With Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid 'are practically assured of three points', claims Iker Casillas

The two most expensive players in the world were on target against Juventus but their side only left with a draw

Victor Valdes

Victor Valdes starts season in impressive form, leaving Barcelona perplexed over decision to quit

The goalkeeper will move on at the end of the current campaign

Cristiano Ronaldo on the ball at Dean Court last night

Bournemouth 0 Real Madrid 6 match report: Cristiano Ronaldo the Real ticket as Cherries are hit for six

It is not often supporters pay £60 to watch their team suffer a thrashing and feel they have seen value for money, but Bournemouth’s fans were at Dean Court last night to see their opposition.

Jordi Alba of Spain (right) cannot bear to watch during the shootout during the Confederations Cup semi-final between Spain and Italy

Confederations Cup 2013: Why Spain v Brazil is the dream final

The World Cup holders play the five-time champions

No Mour from me: Jose Mourinho waves at the Bernabeu fans yesterday

Jose Mourinho booed on Bernabeu farewell

Jose Mourinho bid farewell to Real Madrid's fans ahead of his last game in charge of the club yesterday, which his side won 4-2 against Osasuna, and received a mixture of cheers and jeers when he took to the Santiago Bernabeu pitch.

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho during the Spanish Copa del Rey final

Real Madrid 1 Atletico Madrid 2 (aet) match report: Cristiano Ronaldo and Jose Mourinho sent-off as Atletico beat local rivals for first time in 14 years in Copa del Rey final

Cristiano Ronaldo and Jose Mourinho were sent off as Atletico Madrid beat Real Madrid in extra-time at the Bernabeu to overcome their local rivals for the first time in 14 years and lift the Copa del Rey.

Jose Mourinho
Barton has been summoned after he called Thiago Silva an 'overweight ladyboy' on Twitter

Joey Barton in trouble after calling PSG's Thiago Silva an 'overweight ladyboy'

Joey Barton has been summoned by the French Football Federation’s ethics committee after the Marseilles midfielder called Paris Saint-Germain defender Thiago Silva an “overweight ladyboy” on Twitter. “Joey Barton has been summoned by the committee and will be heard on 15 April,” said Laurent Davenas, the committee chairman.

Real Madrid's Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho (R) and Real Madrid's goalkeeper and captain Iker Casillas (C) take part in a training session
DIEGO LOPEZ: Fumbled Van Persie’s first half shot, and United ought to have peppered him more. One good save from Welbeck. 6/10

Diego Lopez celebrates 'fantastic week' for Real Madrid

Jose Mourinho's side have beaten Manchester United in the Champions League as well as overcoming Barcelona twice

Cristiano Ronaldo at the Etihad Stadium

Welcome to Manchester: Cristiano Ronaldo trains at the Etihad stadium ahead of Real Madrid's tie with Manchester United

Jose Mourinho took the unusual decision to train at Manchester City's stadium rather than Old Trafford

Danny Welbeck powered home the header that set United up for an encouraging 1-1 draw

Michael Carrick relishing 'extra special' clash between Manchester United and Real Madrid

The sides meet at Old Trafford tomorrow

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24-Hour party person

Photographer Richard Young has been snapping celebrities at play for 40 years. As his latest book is released, he reveals that it wasn’t all fun and games
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A taste for rebellion

US children have started an online protest against Michelle Obama’s drive for healthy school meals by posting photos of their lunches
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Call me Ed Mozart

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'I am a paedophile'

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Serco given Yarl’s Wood immigration contract despite ‘vast failings’
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From a lost deposit to victory

Green Party on the march in Bristol
Putting the grot right into Santa's grotto

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'It just came to us, why not do it naked?' London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital

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London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital
In a world of Saudi bullying, right-wing Israeli ministers and the twilight of Obama, Iran is looking like a possible policeman of the Gulf

Iran is shifting from pariah to possible future policeman of the Gulf

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