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It’s all about Ronaldo in most of the Madrid based press today. The players had a team photo today and as expected all eyes and all the questions centred on Ronaldo.

Casillas: For Madrid it is a pleasure to have Ronaldo and its for him a pleasure to play for Real Madrid. Casillas spoke today saying that both Ronaldo and Real Madrid were lucky to have each other and also played down the Portuguese players comments.

Arbeloa: The Bernabéu applauds Ronaldo now than ever before. The defender followed his Captains lead praising the influence that Ronaldo has at the club.





Marca’s front page claims that the whole issue with Cristiano Ronaldo is over and they seem to be believing that as a look at their website and you see that they have avoided  writing more stories on it.

Capello: Only Falcao has impressed the way Messi does. Former Real Madrid and England Coach Capello sings Atlético de Madrid forward Falcao’s praises.

Levante wait on Martins Levante are on the brink of signing former Inter Milan and Newcastle striker Obafemi Martins to replace Kone whom they sold to Wigan.


Mundo Deportivo

Alexis returns injured:  Barca forward Alexis Sanchez has returned after international duty with a knock and is out for the Getafe game.

Del Bosque speaks on the Catalan independence issue There have been a few cross comments after Pep’s words on Catalan independence but Spain’s Coach Vicente Del Bosque has said it is up to ‘each individual village to decide their future.’



The biggest surprise is that  Marca have not pursued the Ronaldo story. Normally they would print loads of articles saying that everything is ok and its all back to normal, but now they seem to just ignoring it. Del Bosque’s comments will definitely rile a few feathers.



The Regions


Super Deporte- Valencia

Parejo: I have played bad but it’s not going to happen again Valencia’s Dani Parejo accepts that his display against Deportivo was unacceptable and says he is determined never to repeat it.


Estadio Deportivo- Sevilla

Man United still after Vadillo: Man United are still interested in signing Betis wonder Alvaro Vadillo. The English club have had scouts over to watch the player a few and Betis are worried that they may not be able to stop their attempts to lure one of their brightest talents.


Canal Athletic – Bilbao

Fernando Llorente returned to training after leaving with a knock yesterday. The player trained normally with his team mates today.

Other news surrounds the criticism from some writers in Germany for the fee that Bayern Munich paid for Javi Martinez.


Other Points of Interest

A lot of TV stations are really starting to big up Atlético de Madrid and have been running stories throughout the week on the ‘Simeone Effect’. The man himself is taking it all in his stride and keeps saying that the side are taking it all one game at a time.


Garreth Nunn On September - 13 - 2012

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