Sport 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

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.

Modric changes tack after Spurs stand firm over Chelsea interest

Luka Modric is expected to backtrack on an interview he gave over the weekend in which he intimated he wanted to join Chelsea, by issuing a statement this week in which he will attempt to rebuild the damage done to his relationship with both his club, Tottenham Hotspur, and their chairman, Daniel Levy.

Spurs heading for showdown after blocking Modric move

Tottenham's chairman Daniel Levy delighted the club's staff and supporters yesterday by playing hardball over the Croatian midfielder Luka Modric, who has said he wants to join Chelsea.

Spurs vow to keep Modric as Chelsea up bid to £25m

Enraged Tottenham chairman tells London rivals that Croatian is not for sale at any price

Modric tells Tottenham: I want to join Chelsea

Croatian shocks Spurs and snubs both Manchester clubs by revealing desire to go to Stamford Bridge

Sacking managers is all part of Chelsea 'strategy'

Chief executive defends revolving-door policy as club are on the brink of reaching deal with Hiddink

Chelsea in talks with striker Romelu Lukaku

Anderlecht have confirmed for the first time they and Chelsea are in discussions over Romelu Lukaku moving to Stamford Bridge.

Luka Modric would be excellent Chelsea signing says Ray Wilkins

Luka Modric would be a perfect addition to the Chelsea squad if they manage to sign the Croatia midfielder from Tottenham, according to the Blues' former assistant manager Ray Wilkins.

Spurs to up Modric wages to ward off Chelsea

Tottenham Hotspur will offer Luka Modric a new contract this summer but they will not entertain any offers for the Croatian international from Chelsea, Manchester United or Manchester City.

Harry Redknapp slams Chelsea bid for Luka Modric as 'ridiculous'

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has branded Chelsea's £22million bid to sign Luka Modric as "ridiculous" and insisted that his midfield star will not be leaving the club this summer.

Chelsea must increase Luka Modric bid says agent

Luka Modric's agent claims Chelsea will have to up their reported £22million bid for his client if they are to prise him away from Tottenham.

Nasri staying as Chelsea make £22m Modric bid

Talks between Arsenal's Samir Nasri and Manchester United have come to nothing and the player now appears likely to remain at Arsenal for another season.

United open talks with £8m Nasri

In a huge blow to Arsène Wenger, Arsenal's French midfielder moves step closer to sealing Old Trafford transfer

James Lawton: Farewell glorious Scholes. But isn't it time for Giggs to bow out as well?

With one stalwart retiring and another an irrelevance against Barcelona, Old Trafford's midfield needs a new driving force

Harry Redknapp confident of retaining Tottenham stars

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has reiterated his stance that none of the club's top players will be sold this summer.

Van der Vaart positive about life at Tottenham 'for next few years'

The Tottenham attacking midfielder Rafael van der Vaart maintains he has no reason to leave the club, even though they have failed to reach the Champions League next season.

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