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Monday, September 5, 2011

La Liga

Athletic Bilbao Athletic Bilbao went down to Segunda Division side Lemona in a friendly match on Sunday after Jon Orbegozo scored the only goal of the game. Atletico Madrid Atletico Madrid striker Adrian Lopez said every player wants to be in a big club, following his difficult transfer from Deportivo La Coruna. Barcelona Barcelona vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu believes Cesc Fabregas is worth at least EUR60 million and the Catalans got him on the cheap. Espanyol Espanyol president Ramon Condal insisted that they have solved their economic issues this summer, and predicts a bright future for his club. Getafe Getafe head coach Luis Garcia will have to face Real Madrid without Pedro Leon due to a clause that prevents him from facing his parent club. Granada Granada striker Franco Jara is hoping to build his confidence while on loan at the club before returning to Benfica at the end of the contract. Levante Levante president Francisco Catalan said TV rights are very important to his club as it contribute up to 60 percent of their annual budget. Malaga Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini is hoping to have injured striker Julio Baptista available again for their next clash against Sevilla next week. Osasuna Striker Roland Lamah revealed that he turned down offers from Germany and France in order to join Osasuna, who have long followed his progress. Racing Santander Midfielder Lautaro Acosta admits coming to Racing Santander was a gamble due to the club's financial situation, but he needs to play regularly. Rayo Vallecano Rayo Vallecano, Granada and Racing Santander are being tipped for relegation this season following their performances in their opening matches. Real Betis Real Betis's veteran Ruben Castro declares himself physically fine and is looking forward to prove that he can still be the number one striker. Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo, who joined Real Madrid in 2009, needs only 14 goals to break Ronaldo's record of 104 goals, which took him four years to do. Real Mallorca Mallorca are not expected to sack Michael Laudrup for his recent outburst, as it would cost the club a EUR700,000 per year of his contract. Real Sociedad President Jokin Aperribay said Sociedad delibrately took their time in the transfer market in order to give their youth a chance for promotion. Real Zaragoza Helder Postiga said he quickly took the unique opportunity to play in the La Liga with Zaragoza as he could no longer stay at Sporting Lisbon. Sevilla Sevilla striker Fernando Navarro said it would be more interesting to see the battle for a Champions League spot rather than the La Liga title. Sporting Gijon Sporting Gijon striker Miguels de las Cuevas said he was lucky to score many goals last season, but insisted it is not an obsession for him. Valencia Valencia midfielder Tino Costa admitted he would be proud to wear the jersey of France, after spending most of his careers in that country. Villarreal Villarreal bought 3 players with the money from the sale of Santi Cazorla and made a EUR7 million profit in the transfer market this summer.

Serie A

AC Milan AC Milan star Mathieu Flamini is completely focused on making a full recovery from a knee injury and return for France in time for Euro 2012. AS Roma Claudio Ranieri has rushed to defend Francesco Totti amid a huge Roma row, denying accusation that the Giallorossi captain detroys coaches. Atalanta It was reported that former Bologna defender Vangelis Moras could be headed for Atalanta and sign for the Nerazzurri on an annual contract. Bologna Bologna clung to Gaston Ramirez, but there are already reports of Manchester Utd and City preparing to do battle for his signature in January. Cagliari Cagliari coach Massimo Ficcadenti admits he is still working on their offence but believes everything will be ready for the clash against Roma. Catania Catania fans were not happy with the summer transfer strategy, but general manager Pietro Lo Monaco has warned that they should just shut up. Cesena Cesena coach Marco Giampaolo revealed that Adrian Mutu is still hoping to return Romania squad, following his excellent display against Novara. Chievo Chievo captain Sergio Pellissier is optimistic about starting the season and admits he is curious to see midfielder Michael Bradley in action. Fiorentina Stevan Jovetic has fully recovered from his year-long injury lay-off and raring to go for Viola, says Montenegro FA President Dejan Savicevic. Genoa Genoa have decided not to list Sebastian Ribas in their first-team squad after the young striker rejected several transfer options this summer. Inter Milan It was reported that Inter Milan have reached an agreement with Turkish side Galatasaray for the sale of Sulley Muntari in the next 24 hours. Juventus Rhodolfo's agent claimed that the Brazilian defender has already reached an agreement with Juventus and hopes to complete the move in January. Lazio Andre Dias' agent insisted that the veteran centre back is happy at Lazio and is confident that he will renew his stay for another year or two. Lecce Lecce coach Eusebio Di Francesco expecting further improvement from his side and also predicts seven or eight teams will struggle for survival. Napoli Marek Hamsik feels Napoli are stronger than last season thanks to president Aurelio De Laurentiis, but he would ban use of the word Scudetto. Novara Novara boss Attilio Tesser was satisfied with his team's display versus Cesena but conceded there are still several points need to be improved. Palermo Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini has faith in 'Pep Guardiola style' Coach Devis Mangia and believes the players agree with his directions. Parma Parma coach Franco Colomba is sweating over the fitness of Hernan Crespo after he was took a knock to the ankle in a friendly against Colorno. Siena Siena coach Giuseppe Sannino will evaluate the condition of Nicola Belmonte and Paolo Grossi when the club resume squad training on Monday. Udinese Udinese midfielder Diego Fabbrini has pulled out of Italy's U-21 European Championship qualifier against Hungary with a sprained left knee.