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With Silva and Odegaard deals done, Real Madrid ready to sort out future of Asier Illarramendi

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Now that Real Madrid have completed the signings of Martin Odegaard from Stromsgodset and Lucas Silva from Cruzeiro, the club's next step is sorting out the future of reserve midfielder Asier Illarramendi.

The 24-year-old has found it difficult to crack manager Carlo Ancelotti's starting eleven and has been heavily linked with a move away from the Spanish capital in recent days.

With Silva and Odegaard deals done, Real Madrid ready to sort out future of Asier Illarramendi

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Now that Real Madrid have completed the signings of Martin Odegaard from Stromsgodset and Lucas Silva from Cruzeiro, the club's next step is sorting out the future of reserve midfielder Asier Illarramendi.

The 24-year-old has found it difficult to crack manager Carlo Ancelotti's starting eleven and has been heavily linked with a move away from the Spanish capital in recent days.

Antoine Griezmann Shines During Volatile Match At The New San Mames

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Atletico Madrid winger Antoine Griezmann scored a hat-trick and propelled Diego Simeone's side to a 4-1 victory over Athletic Bilbao during a volatile match at the new San Mames on Sunday.

Those who witnessed the La Liga contest will testify that it was one of the more compelling, hard-fought games of the early season.

Antoine Griezmann Shines During Volatile Match At The New San Mames

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Atletico Madrid winger Antoine Griezmann scored a hat-trick and propelled Diego Simeone's side to a 4-1 victory over Athletic Bilbao during a volatile match at the new San Mames on Sunday.

Those who witnessed the La Liga contest will testify that it was one of the more compelling, hard-fought games of the early season.

Athletic Bilbao vs Atletico Madrid 1-4 Highlights 2014 Griezmann Goals Video

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Athletic Bilbao vs Atletico Madrid 1-4 Highlights 2014 Griezmann Goals Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter Athletic Bilbao vs Atletico Madrid 2014 (Athletic Club Atleti VIDEO BELOW) Final score and result:- Athletic Bilbao vs Atletico Madrid 1-4 (Mikel Rico/ Griezmann*3, Raul Garcia pen) San Mames, Bilbao- 21 December, 2014- [.

The Surprising Rise and Sudden Fall Of Athletic Bilbao’s Fortunes

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If it weren't for Diego Simeone and Atletico Madrid's title winning season last year in Spain, the story of the 2013-14 La Liga campaign may very well have been the surprising effortsput forth by Ernesto Valverde's Athletic Bilbao side.

The 50-year-old Spanish manager guided Los Leonesto a fourth place finish and Champions League qualification for the first time in sixteen years.

La Liga all time top scorers: Will Lionel Messi break the record in El Clasico?

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Tonight's El Clasico is a big one for Barcelona, huge in fact. Not only is Luis Suarez set to make his debut for the Catalan giants, Lionel Messi is poised to either equal or break Telmo Zarra's all-time record of 251 La Liga goals.

Real Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao 5-0 Highlights 2014 Ronaldo Hat trick Goals Benzema Video

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Real Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao 5-0 Highlights 2014 Ronaldo Hat trick Goals Benzema Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter Real Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao 2014 (Real Madrid Bilbao VIDEO BELOW) Final score and result:- Real Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao 5-0 (Ronaldo*3, Benzema*2) Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid- 5 October, 2014- 5/10/14 [.

Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao 2014 Highlights 2-0 Neymar Goals Video

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Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao 2014 Highlights 2-0 Neymar Goals Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao 2014 (Barca Bilbao VIDEO BELOW) Final score and result:- Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao 2-0 (Neymar*2) Camp Nou, Barcelona- 13 September, 2014- 13/9/14- La Liga Neymar's late double gives Barcelona victory [.

The 10 Series 2014/15: 10 La Liga best young players to watch this season

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We've rated and slated the most exciting young players to watch in 2013 from England, Italy, Spain, Germany, France, and The Netherlands. NowThe 10 Series is back with our 2014/15 edition – thelowdown on 60 of the best young players in Europe this season.

La Liga 2014/15 season preview: Why Barcelona and Real Madrid will reassert themselves at the top

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by Simon Wingate

When the La Liga 2014/15 season kicks off with a game between Malaga and Athletic Bilbao at Estadio La Rosaleda this Saturday, it will be the first time in a decade that neither Barcelona nor Real Madrid are reigning champions.

Athletic Bilbao 2014/15 Nike Home and Away Kits

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Athletic Bilbao have released their Nike home and away kits for their 2014/15 Spanish La [...]

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Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera Relishing The Prospect of Playing in The FA Cup

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Manchester United's Ander Herrera is delighted at the prospect of participating in the FA Cup.

The 25-year old Spanishmidfielder expressed his excitement of being able to gain some traditional English experience by participating in the tournament and aspires to play at Wembley one day.

Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera Relishing The Prospect of Playing in The FA Cup

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Manchester United's Ander Herrera is delighted at the prospect of participating in the FA Cup.

The 25-year old Spanishmidfielder expressed his excitement of being able to gain some traditional English experience by participating in the tournament and aspires to play at Wembley one day.

Mata relishing Spanish connection

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Juan Mata is enjoying playing alongside fellow Spaniard Ander Herrera, as the two have renewed a partnership they first forged when playing for Spain U21 team, with which they won the European Championship in 2011.

Following his arrival from Athletic Bilbao this summer, Herrera has appeared eight times for United, playing alongside Mata in each of those occasions and the former Chelsea man told the club's official website he's relishing the opportunity of playing alongside the Basque.

Ander Herrera could be out for six weeks

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Manchester United injury crisis worsens with midfielder Ander Herrera expected to miss action for up to six weeks due to a fractured rib.

Herrara, the£28.8m summer signing from Athletic Bilbao, took a blow to the chest and was substituted in the second half during United's 2-1 victory over West Ham.

La Liga: Preview Of Opening Round Of Games For 2014/15 Season

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As the La Liga season looks to get into full swing, we take a look at the opening weekend match-ups and how the teams could fare as the season goes on.

Malaga v. Athletic Bilbao

Malaga will look to start their season off on the right foot after a disappointing 11th place finish this past season.

More Info on Manchester United’s 2 New Signings

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Ahead of Manchester United's first preseason tour game in the US against the LA Galaxy, we take a look at Manchester United's first two signings of this summer transfer window....

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Luke Shaw joins Manchester United and becomes the world's most expensive teenager

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The Louis van Gaal era is getting exciting with each passing day. After signing midfielder Ander Herrera from Athletic Bilbao, Manchester United have bought left-back, Luke Shaw from Southampton for £30 million. This move makes Shaw the world's most expensive teenager. The young English star has joined United on a four-year contract worth £100,000 a week.

Manchester United spending big for Premier League success

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Manchester United have completed two signings in two days as they look to rebuild 12 months after the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson.

Louis van Gaal will be looking to put last season's misery behind when he returns from the World Cup with the Netherlands to take charge of the Red Devils.

3 Things You Didn't Know About Ander Herrera

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So you already know that Manchester United have signed Athletic Bilbao's highly-rated midfielder Ander Herrera. He becomes the first signing of United's new boss Louis van Gaal who has promised he will go after trophies as soon as he takes charge at Old Trafford. While we all know Herrera was pursued by ex-manager David Moyes last year and a deal could not be finalized but this year several

3 Things You Didn't Know About Ander Herrera

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So you already know that Manchester United have signed Athletic Bilbao's highly-rated midfielder Ander Herrera. He becomes the first signing of United's new boss Louis van Gaal who has promised he will go after trophies as soon as he takes charge at Old Trafford. While we all know Herrera was pursued by ex-manager David Moyes last year and a deal could not be finalized but this year several

Herrera – A major part of Van Gaal’s rebuilding process

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It's fair to say that Guillermo Varela, David Moyes' first signing, hasn't made a great impact at Old Trafford. But you can expect much more from Ander Herrera. As his £29 million fee suggests, the Basque midfielder will be major part of the rebuilding process under Louis van Gaal.

Herrera starred as a dynamic number 10 for Athletic Bilbao last season, dictating the flow of games as they secured Champions League qualification.

Manchester United Sign Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw

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Manchester United began the new Louis Van Gaal era in a big way today with the signing of Ander Herrera for a reported £29m from Athletic Bilbao. Herrera was pursued last summer by the Red Devils but ultimately that pursuit not only fell short but was the possible subject of sabotage.

Herrera told the official Manchester United website:

"Signing for Manchester United is a dream come true.

Ryan Giggs expresses after Manchester United sign Ander Herrera

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Manchester United manager assistant manager Ryan Giggs has expressed his delight after the Red Devils completed the signing of Ander Herrera from Athletic Bilbao.

The 24-year-old has long been linked to Old Trafford as the former Red Devils manager David Moyes was keen on bringing the Spain international last summer.

OFFICIAL: Manchester United sign Ander Herrera

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Manchester United have completed their first signing of the summer after landing Atheltic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera.

A statement on United's official website read, "Manchester United is delighted to announce that, after triggering the buy-out clause in his contract on Tuesday, it has signed Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera from Athletic Club in Bilbao, pending the receipt of the International Transfer Certificate.

Man Utd confirm Ander Herrera signing

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Manchester United have confirmed the signing of Athletic Bilbao's Ander Herrera. The 24-year-old has signed a four-year contract at Old...

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First signing on hold as United have bid rejected

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Athletic Bilbao have announced this morning that they have rejected an offer from Manchester United for Ander Herrera, less than 24 hours after the midfielder was thought to have undergone a medical at Carrington.

United were close to sign the 24-year-old midfielder 12 months, before the deal collapsed on deadline day when lawyers claiming to be operating on behalf of United in Bilbao turned out to be impostors, as Athletic insisted United did not come close to meet Herrera's release clause.

Bid rejected for Ander Herrera

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Following reports all week that Ander Herrera was set to sign for United, after reportedly visiting Carrington yesterday, Athletic Bilbao have released a statement claiming they have rejected a bid for the player.

They claim that United have offered £28.85m (€36m) for the midfielder but that price does not meet their estimation.

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Arsenal player subject to €8m transfer move in January

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After failing in the summer, Athletic Bilbao will once again try to sign Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal in the upcoming January transfer window. The Basque side had been very keen to sign the left back but Arsene Wenger reportedly blocked his move back to Spain.

Manchester United preparing €42m move for Arsenal target

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It looks like as if Manchester United will go hammer and tongs in the upcoming January transfer market in their pursuit of a central defender. What else can you say when reports from England, France and even Spain are hinting towards the same.

Champions League

Notte da incubo per il Napoli, passa l’Athletic. Dopo 16 anni i baschi tornano in Champions

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Catedral (rinnovata e piena in ogni ordine di posto, circa 50mila gli spettatori, ndr) in festa. Grazie al 3 a 1 finale, in rimonta, l'Ahtletic Bilbao fa festa e dopo 16 anni torna in Champions, mentre il pasticcione e fragile Napoli di Benitez fallisce il primo grande appuntamento stagionale, retrocedendo in Europa League.

The penalty saving centre back and four more… Names of the Champions League – 2014/15 2nd leg playoff

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Names of the Champions League is a feature on Just Football looking at the players who have shone in each round of the tournament.

Pari tra Napoli e Bilbao al San Paolo. Higuain risponde a Muniain e rimanda tutto al San Mames

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Si chiude sull'1 a 1 l'andata del playoff di Champions tra Napoli e Athletic Bilbao. Sotto nel punteggio, a causa della rete basca firmata da Muniain (su assist di De Marcos, ndr), gli azzurri di Benitez replicano con un'invenzione del pipita Higuain e poi chiudono in difesa la compagine di Bilbao senza però trovare la [.

Muniain, Higuain, Ba… Names of the Champions League – 2014/15 1st leg playoff

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Names of the Champions League is a feature on Just Football looking at the key names after each round of the tournament. With a place in the Champions League proper at stake, let's take a look at the names of the playoff 1st legs:

Gonzalo Higuain (Napoli)

Without his goal Napoli would really have been struggling heading into the second leg against Athletic Bilbao.

Champions League Ties Finely Balanced

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On the first night of the Champions League playoffs, we did not get our usual blowouts, instead we got competitive matches that are all finely balanced heading into the second legs next week.

The headline match was Napoli v Athletic Bilbao in Italy and this tie could go either way as they head back to Spain tied 1-1.

Besiktas vs Arsenal and Napoli vs Athletic Bilbao: Starting Lineups, TV Times and Open Thread

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Today marks the first day of playoffs for the UEFA Champions League where clubs are playing across Europe to try to make it into the Group Stage of the tournament. Two high profiles matches are being televised on US television (more info below).

Beginning at 2pm ET, Rob Stone hosts pregame, halftime and post-game UEFA Champions League coverage from Los Angeles with analysts Eric Wynalda, Warren Barton and Brian McBride.

Champions: Napoli sfortunato, c’è il Bilbao nei playoff. I sorteggi e le date

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Sorteggio poco benevolo per il Napoli. Proprio l'ostacolo maggiore in gioco, l'Athletic Bilbao, sar l'avversario da battere nei playoff di Champions League in programma il 19-20 Agosto (andata) e 26-27 Agosto (ritorno). Questo, dunque, il verdetto di Nyon: gli azzurri di Rafa Benitez dovranno vedersela con i baschi.

The Rest

Arsenal target Kostas Manolas left out of Olympiacos squad

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Olympiacos have left defender Kostas Manolas out of their squad to face Athletic Bilbao in a friendly later today amid rumours that they are in talks...

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United confirm first signing

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Manchester United have confirmed the arrival of Ander Herrera from Athletic Bilbao on a four-year deal with an option for a fifth, after triggering the Spaniard's buy-out clause.

United's interest in the 24-year-old midfielder had unexpectedly resurfaced during the week and Herrera underwent a medical at Carrington yesterday afternoon, but the move looked to have stalled this morning, as Athletic Bilbao issued a statement in which they announced a £28.