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The Cardiff-born Wales international moved to the Spanish capital earlier this year after his sale to the Spanish club for a world-record fee

Dunga silences sound of samba

The Emirates plays host as the second favourites for the World Cup take on Ireland tonight. But don’t expect the beautiful game, writes Glenn Moore

Spain's media rounds on Real after Lyons lesson

Real Madrid's hopes of winning a 10th European Cup in this year's final at the Bernabeu suffered a blow with their 1-0 Champions League last-16 defeat away to Lyons on Tuesday evening.

Ferguson spies chance in the shadow of Kaka

United manager believes Milan test will be easier this time

Kaka remains committed to Real Madrid

Real Madrid superstar Kaka remains determined to show his undoubted class in Spain, following recent rumours of a move back to Italy.

Ronaldo hails return of Kaka

Cristiano Ronaldo welcomed the return to action of team-mate Kaka as Real Madrid's two biggest summer signings were able to start only their second league match together since September against Real Mallorca last night.

Cook: plan to replace Hughes began in summer

City's chief executive admits he was lining up other managers before start of season

A masterclass from City in how to make a crisis out of a drama

The tortured history of Manchester City managers – 17 of them in the last 20 years – is littered with examples of a successor being lined up before the incumbent has been seen through the revolving door.

Villa aiming to show Real exactly what they missed

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Football in brief: Striker Benjani to stay and fight for first-team place at Eastlands

Out-of-favour striker Benjani insists he has no desire to leave Manchester City, despite being a long way down Mark Hughes's selection list.

Ronaldo set to start for Real Madrid

Real Madrid will welcome back Christiano Ronaldo for his first home game in over two months, but are likely to be without their other talisman, Kaka, for the La Liga visit of mid-table Almeria on Saturday.

Atletico reject bid for Aguero

Atletico Madrid claim to have rejected another approach from a major European club for star striker Sergio Aguero.

Barcelona edge bitter rivals in 'El Clasico'

Barcelona 1 Real Madrid 0: Ibrahimovic volleys second-half decider between most expensive line-ups in history

Chelsea interested in Brazil youngster Piazon

Chelsea are stepping up their interest in Brazilian wonderkid Lucas Piazon it was reported today.

England outmuscled by Dunga's power rangers

Brazil 1 England 0: No disgrace in defeat for reserves but Brazil's 'big lads' reveal the size of the challenge that awaits Capello's men in South Africa

Boys from Brazil prove Fabio's understudies have lot to learn

Brazil 1 England 0: Questionable enterprise provides little insight for Capello as captain Rooney fails to inspire side
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