Sport Schalke's midfielder Julian Draxler celebrates after scoring

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Kaka: Real Madrid players must work hard



Kaka has admitted Real Madrid need to combine talent with hard work if they are to fulfil their undoubted potential.

Valencia close to Manchester United deal

Manchester United are inching closer to making Antonio Valencia their first signing of the summer.

Transfer merry-go-round: Three promoted clubs need to get a move on

The publication of the new season's fixtures, fully 18 days after the FA Cup final, should have concentrated minds in the search for new talent, especially among promoted clubs. Imagine Birmingham, Burnley and Wolves contemplating the list and realising, perhaps for the first time, how daunting is the task awaiting them. One of the sub-plots of the summer has been the tendency of the two Midlands clubs to pursue the same players. Wolves struck first in securing the Red Star Belgrade forward Nenad Milijas, but failed in their attempt to sign Coventry's defender Scott Dann, who joined Birmingham instead. Here is The Independent on Sunday's comprehensive list of players (and managers) linked with English clubs in the past seven days.

Spurs attempt to set up wage deal with Real for Robben

Tottenham Hotspur want Real Madrid to subsidise Arjen Robben's wages in return for him moving to White Hart Lane, in one of the summer's more audacious transfer moves. The Dutch winger is the key target as they try to take advantage of Real Madrid's fire sale of first-team players.

Transfer Talk: 13/06/2009

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Barça in for Benayoun

Yossi Benayoun has distanced himself from a move to European Champions Barcelona, but admits he will have to discuss his future with Liverpool.

Perez power and huge income fund Real's £250m spending spree

TV and kit deals coupled with President's pull at the banks explain cash mountain

Scotland fail to deal with Dutch class

Netherlands 3 Scotland 0

Huntelaar just the ticket as Dutch show mastery

Holland 3 Scotland 0: The future is orange, not tartan, as Scotland prove no match for hungry Holland

Huntelaar, the new Dutch goal machine

Called the world's best penalty-area predator by Louis van Gaal, the Real Madrid striker is set to savage Scotland.

Huntelaar plays down Robben rift

Real Madrid striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has played down reports suggesting he has fallen out with team-mate Arjen Robben.

Eto'o inspires rout of Malaga

Barcelona demolished Malaga 6-0 at the Nou Camp last night with an irresistible display of attacking football that re-established their six-point lead at the top of La Liga but it was not enough to satisfy their demanding coach Pep Guardiola.

Ramos retains Real title hopes

Real Madrid coach Juande Ramos remained upbeat after seeing his side held to a 1-1 draw in the Bernabeu by city rivals Atletico Madrid.

Real prepare perfectly as Barça flop

Not content with having 24 hours longer to recover from this weekend’s league programme than Liverpool, Real Madrid raced into a 6-1 half-time lead against Real Betis on Saturday and were able to give Fabio Cannavaro, Raul and Gonzalo Higuain the second half off. They face Rafa Benitez’s side in 48 hours fresh and flying after a ninth straight win took them within seven points of Barcelona.

Huntelaar denies Real exit talk

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar's representative insists the Netherlands international does not want to leave Real Madrid.

Real lose Champions League appeal

Uefa has upheld the decision to reject Real Madrid's request to register both Lassana Diarra and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar to play in the Champions League knockout stages.

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