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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

La Liga

Athletic Bilbao
Lionel Messi has hinted that should Pep Guardiola exit Barca at the end of the term, Bilbao boss Marcelo Bielsa would make a fine replacement.

Atletico Madrid
Atletico duo Salvo and Dominguez are set to replace Falcao and Godin, as both are suspended after picking up their 5th yellow card this season.

It was claimed that Liverpool's owners are ready to back a summer spending spree with targets including midfielder Seydou Keita of Barcelona.

Midfielder Joan Verdu insists that Espanyol will not abandon their football philosophy when they take on counter-attack specialist Real Madrid.

Getafe striker Dani Guiza has underlined the importance of their next clash against Malaga, who already twice beaten his side this season.

Granada manager Abel Resino is set to make changes to his squad after Roberto and Martins picked up their fifth yellow card of the season.

Levante midfielder Xavi Torres has paid tribute to president Francisco Catalan, who travelled with the team in their bus to the Espanyol clash.

Malaga goalkeeper Willy Caballero has warned his team to be careful of Getafe, who will be out for revenge after the two defeats this season.

Osasuna striker Dejan Lekic has underwent a surgery for a fractured ulna and is expected to be sidelined for the next two and a half months.

Racing Santander
Questions have been raised as Racing are reluctant to use their winter signings even though the cash-strapped club paid money to bring them in.

Rayo Vallecano
Rayo striker Diego Costa has accused referees of being afraid to take action against the top teams, following the match against Real Madrid.

Real Betis
Real Betis director Vlada Stosic announced that they are very close to completing the move for a new player, but refused to reveal his name.

Real Madrid
Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos has nothing but admiration and respect for Jose Mourinho and insisted he has never had any problem with the coach.

Real Mallorca
Mallorca defender Kevin Garcia is hoping to make his return from injury in the upcoming match against Osasuna, the team he faced on his debut.

Real Sociedad
Sociedad star David Zurutuza believes the clash against Bilbao is worth more than 3 points, as it will help boost their morale and confidence.

Real Zaragoza
Zaragoza boss Manolo Jimenez will not leave the struggling club, but warned his players not to repeat their humiliating attitude versus Malaga.

Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo has left the Spanish squad due to a thigh injury that could see him face up to four weeks on the sidelines.

Sporting Gijon
Sporting Gijon coach Javier Clemente fieled his second stringers as they went down 1-0 to Russian side Lokomotiv Moscow in a friendly game.

Valencia striker Roberto Soldado knows he must impress in Spain's friendly against Venezuela if he is to remain a part of Del Bosque's plans.

Striker Nilmar insisted that he is very comfortable at Villarreal and would only move away if the condition is good for all parties involved.

Serie A

AC Milan
Teenage midfielder Paul Pogba would not consider reported offers from Milan and Juventus until he has held further talks with Manchester Utd.

AS Roma
Defender Gabriel Heinze understands the importance of next weekend's Rome derby, but warns his team-mates that it cannot save an entire season.

Atalanta manager Stefano Colantuono has back Luis Enrique's tough stance against De Rossi, claiming that he would have done the same thing.

Bologna defender Andrea Raggi has urged his team-mates to think about winning, because they are still in control of their fate in Serie A.

Cagliari defender Davide Astori is disappointed with the state of the Sant'Elia, especially after seeing how a new stadium changed Juventus.

Director Pietro Lo Monaco believes coach Vincenzo Montella will remain with Catania and develops his career before moving to a bigger club.

Cesena coach Mario Beretta is hoping to recover Vangel Moras for their clash against Fiorentina, as Guana and Lauro are already unavailable.

Chievo midfielder Michael Bradley expects a very difficult match against Italy, but believes it will be a good test for the United States team.

Fiorentina midfielder Valon Behrami announced that he has withdrawn from the Swiss national squad as he is struggling with muscle problem.

Genoa president Enrico Preziosi regrets that they had to sell Ezequiel Lavezzi in the summer of 2005 after the club were relegated to Serie C.

Inter Milan
Inter are reportedly leading the race for the signature of young midfield talent Seid Visin, who is attracting attentions at Nocera Inferiore.

Galatasaray midfielder Felipe Melo would not be returning to parent club Juventus in the summer, insisting that his Bianconeri career is over.

Lazio midfielder Senad Lulic announced that he has pulled out of Bosnian squad after sustaining an injury, which he believes is quite severe.

Negotiations over the sale of Lecce are reportedly at an important stage this week as prospective buyer, the Tesoro family meet for talks.

Marco Donadel's agent has confirmed that the Napoli midfielder is set to undergo surgery and could be have played his last game of the season.

Novara are in 10th place in the Serie A Fairplay chart with 58 penalty points after accumulating 50 yellow cards and 4 red card this season.

Emiliano Viviano has thanked Palermo and Italy boss Cesare Prandelli for his quick return to the national squad after recovering from injury.

Parma coach Roberto Donadoni has explained his stand on not criticising referees because he is only interested in matters under his control.

Siena boss Giuseppe Sannino believes there is give and take with referee decisions and by the end of the season it generally have balanced out.

Udinese's Giampiero Pinzi has backed Gigi Buffon's comment concerning the ghost-goal, and said there is much hypocrisy behind the controversy.