Diego Costa celebrates scoring for Atletico Madrid

Transfer news: Chelsea reportedly reach verbal agreement for Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa

In form striker could leave La Liga in the summer

Pepe of Real Madrid celebrates scoring the only goal of the game against Espanyol

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Pepe scored the only goal of the game as Real Madrid took advantage of the other two teams' draw

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates

Cristiano Ronaldo dedicates 400th goal to Portugal legend Eusebio

The Real Madrid striker scored a brace in the 3-0 win over Celta Vigo

Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa will not be joining Arsenal or Chelsea according to director of football Jose Luis Caminero

Transfer news: Arsenal and Chelsea target Diego Costa is going nowhere, claims Atletico Madrid director of football Jose Luis Caminero

Costa has been linked with a move to the Premier League but Caminero believes the Brazilian-born Spaniard is not interested in heading to England

Protesters have gathered across Spain to demonstrate against the new ruling on abortion

New hardline abortion law prompts protests across Spain

Women's organisations predict the re-emergence of 'abortion tourism', with many travelling to Britain for operations

Gareth Bale celebrates his free-kick in the 4-1 win over Galatasaray on Wednesday

Real Madrid to see how Gareth Bale injury 'evolves'

Carlo Ancelotti hopeful latest knock will not be serious for the world's most expensive player

The Spanish government has rejected a call by the country's regional government of Catalonia to hold a referendum on independence next year

No, Mas: Spain rejects Catalan call for independence

PM, Mariano Rajoy, had previously warned Catalans not to follow Scotland’s example

Football round-up: Gareth Bale proves real deal with Madrid hat-trick

Gareth Bale scored his first hat-trick as a Real Madrid player as Carlo Ancelotti's side brushed aside Real Valladolid 4-0 at the Bernabeu last night. With Cristiano Ronaldo still out nursing a thigh strain, it was left to the world's most expensive player to spearhead Madrid's attack. The former Tottenham forward proved more than up to the task, scoring a header and with both feet for a perfect hat-trick. Bale headed in the first goal shortly after the half-hour mark and three minutes later provided a fine cross for Karim Benzema to add the second.

Gareth Bale celebrates his free-kick in the 4-1 win over Galatasaray on Wednesday

Who needs Cristiano Ronaldo? Gareth Bale hailed as a 'leader' by Spanish press

£86m Welshman opened the scoring with stunning free-kick in Ronaldo's absence

Police fear the English problem with hooliganism could be on its way back

Case of Manchester United fan shows how far hooligans will go to skip bans

Arrest of supporter for flouting his banning order across Europe shows the game's scourge is far from eradicated

Gareth Bale celebrates after providing the assist for one of Cristiano Ronaldo's goals against Galatasaray

Gareth Bale could return for Real Madrid this weekend, claims president Florentino Perez

The world's most expensive player could turn out against Malaga in La Liga

Postcard from... Madrid

Buskers will need to apply for a licence under the rules

Buskers, pimps and plant-lovers beware: This is Madrid's biggest crackdown since General Franco

New anti-social behaviour laws ban everything from carelessly perched pot plants to carpet-beating in public

Luka Modric

Transfer news: Luka Modric rules out talk of a move to Manchester United after admitting he would like to retire with Real Madrid

United had been linked with a move for the former Spurs midfielder in the summer but it appears he is happy with life in Spain

Gareth Bale assesses his injury at the Bernabeu

Gareth Bale likely to remain with Real Madrid despite being called up by Wales

The world's most expensive player is suffering with a thigh injury

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