Spanish Paper Talk: Raphael Varane Promises More From Real Madrid

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All the latest headlines from the newspapers in Spain as Raphael Varane eyes Real Madrid improvement while Cristiano is favourite for the Ballon d’Or.


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– Varane promises more.

– We can play even better. “I’m only thinking about Madrid. We have the quality to keep the ball or play on the counter-attack”.

– “Hierro and I spend a lot of time together and I’m proud they compare me to him”.

– Rotations for everyone: Carlo Ancelotti has it in his mind that everybody spends some time on the bench to save the squad’s strength.

– Gerard Pique has games left: he knows his behaviour has made him a substitute and he wants to turn the situation around.

– Nine No 9’s bless Alcacer.

– Another ‘mister’ in La Liga: Moyes today takes the reins at Real Sociedad. The Scottish Coach is the 19th British boss in the history of La Liga.

– The African Nations Cup, in danger: Morocco, thrown out for not organising it.


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– Super-favourite for the Ballon d’Or.

– Cristiano pays 1.13 to 1, Messi 8.50 to 1, Neuer 16.25 to 1.

– The three finalists will be known on December 1.

– Morocco abandons the African Nations Cup: fear of Ebola forces them to give up: FIFA reacts with their expulsion.

– Bruno the substitute for Cesc: the Chelsea player failed the medical procedure and returned to London.

– Nolito: “I can adapt. I’ll do the best I possibly can”.

– Abby Wambach: “What FIFA is doing to the girls is a clear violation of human rights”.

– Laporta sends out the questionnaires: he would win with 33.8 per cent. Bartomeu would keep 17.9 per cent.


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– Eric Abidal returns to Barca.

– The player and the Blaugrana club have reached an agreement for him to come back as director of football for schools.

– Eric has made the decision and it will be ratified once he leaves active football.

– Thomas Vermaelen: His debut could be in the Cup against Huesca (December 3).

– National team: Cesc fails the tests and Del Bosque calls up Bruno.

– Sergio Ramos’ contract renewal suffers a setback.

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