Cazorla out as Villarreal capitulate

Villarreal will face Arsenal tomorrow night still reeling from their worst 90 minutes of the season and the loss of one of their best players – Spain international winger Santi Cazorla, whose fractured fibula rules him out for the rest of the season. In need of a straightforward three points, sealed early enough in the game to allow him to take off his most important players, coach Manuel Pellegrini looked on in horror as Cazorla was carried off and Robert Pires sent off.

Roberto Carlos interested in Madrid return

Brazilian veteran Roberto Carlos would be interested in returning to Real Madrid, if Florentino Perez became president of the Spanish giants again this summer.

Henry will consider Barcelona move

Thierry Henry said he will consider leaving Barcelona during the winter transfer window if coach Pep Guardiola leaves him on the bench too often.

Guti would welcome arrival of Ronaldo as Real player

The Real Madrid playmaker Guti insists the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo would not disrupt team spirit. The Manchester United winger has been linked with a move and would likely be one of the highest earners at the Bernabeu. The Real captain Raul had rejected suggestions last week from Wesley Sneijder that Ronaldo's arrival and wage packet would upset the harmony of the squad, and Guti has followed suit.

Zenit claim Tottenham want Arshavin

Zenit St Petersburg have claimed Tottenham are in the race to sign Andrei Arshavin but need to increase their valuation of the Russia international.

Aragones' rocky tenure as Spain coach nears the end

Spain's controversial coach will leave his post after this tournament having already considerably over-stayed his welcome, or courageously survived in the face of lonely adversity, depending on who you speak to.

Transfer news and speculation, 16 May

Barcelona midfielder Deco has been given the go-ahead to talk to other clubs after being told he can leave the Catalan club at the end of the season. "We will look for an offer that is good for the club and good for me," the Brazilian-born Portugal international said. "I will go where I want and not where the club tells me. The only thing is that I want to continue playing at the top level. I will almost certainly go to England or Italy. I won't stay in Spain as the only club at the same level as Barcelona is Madrid and I would never go to Madrid." Ronaldinho, Samuel Eto'o, Lilian Thuram, Eidur Gudjohnsen and Thierry Henry are also being linked with moves.

Transfer news and speculation, 15 May

Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor said he is pleased to be linked with a move to Barcelona, but maintans he is happy to stay put. "That pleases me," Adebayor said after playing for a Unicef team in a charity match in Seville. "It's very flattering for a young Togolese who is only 24 to see that Barcelona or Milan are following him. But for the moment I'm very happy at Arsenal. We'll see what happens next." Barça's Yaya Touré, meanwhile, said he would like to join his brother Kolo at Arsenal. "I am conscious of interest from certain Premier League clubs," he said. "I can't say anything at the moment, but it would be great to play for a big club with my brother."

Tottenham make plans for life without striker Berbatov

Tottenham Hotspur's head coach Juande Ramos has started making plans for life without Dimitar Berbatov and admits the striker has made his mind up on his future at White Hart Lane. Ramos wants to keep Berbatov but concedes the 27-year-old Bulgaria international could depart if a club matches Spurs' valuation and the player wants to move.

Problems mount for Henry

While Emmanuel Adebayor's reputation has soared this season, the man he has replaced at the head of Arsenal's attacking line-up, Thierry Henry, is finding plaudits harder to come by. The Frenchman is out of position and out of sorts in Barcelona and this week, despite his team defeating Schalke in the Champions League, he could hide his frustration no more.

Barcelona 4 Valladolid 1: Bojan's class inspires Barcelona as Ronaldinho injury mystery deepens

Never mind the fantastic four, the striker keeping Barcelona in the Spanish title race and Frank Rijkaard in a job is 17-year-old Bojan Krkic. With Leo Messi injured, Ronaldinho apparently pretending to be injured, and Thierry Henry and Samuel Eto'o yet to strike up an understanding, it was Bojan who made two and scored two as Barcelona beat Valladolid.

Song has no plans to retire despite cup final blunder

Cameroon players have refused to blame their captain Rigobert Song for their 1-0 defeat by Egypt in the African Nations Cup final.

CAF chief criticises players' self-interest

The president of the Confederation of African Football, Issa Hayatou, yesterday slapped down criticism by players of the timing of the Africa Nations Cup, telling them to stop putting their own interest first.

Barcelona 4 Real Murcia 0: Henry's magic casts a spell over Barça fans

Thierry Henry finally had the Barcelona public eating out of his hand with a superb one-man show that destroyed Real Murcia and gave Frank Rijkaard's team their most emphatic win of the season.

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