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Around La Liga 8.14

ValenciaValencia: Juan Mata returned, the only remaining World Cup winner on Valencia, and continues to field questions about his contract and speculation that he could be the next Barca signing. They ought to be building around their nucleus of great, young players, but their short-sidedness is striking. Villareal: Striker Giuseppe Rossi has stated that he will never return to Manchester United. Ive nothing to prove to anyone back there and Im very happy at Villarreal. Sounds like there´s a bit of bitterness there directed at Sir Alex Ferguson? Levante: Valmiro Lopes (Valdo) the former Espanyol winger who spent last year on-loan to Malaga and returned, no longer in Pochettino´s plans, has signed on a free with Levante. Good signing. He brings a lot of dynamism to a side. Hercules: the match-fixing scandal that essentially got Hercules promoted, pipping Real Betis for the final promotion slot, and got Cadiz demoted to Segunda B, is turning into a huge headache for Spanish football. More recently, the court has rejected an appeal by the prosecution to allow the taped recordings in court where Enrique Ortiz, one of the major shareholders of Hercules, admitted to having paid his own goalkeeper, fixing the result of the mat

MurciaReal Murcia: Schalke 04 have signed defender Sergio Escudero for an undisclosed fee.

AndalusiaReal Betis: Canadian international defensive midfielder Tam Nsaliwa, who played his football last term at AEK Athens, has been signed by the club. Quietly, Betis are signing some very promising players underneath the radar. Sevilla: After being offered 13 million euros with two million in bonuses for Luis Fabiano from Marseille, the club have summarily rejected the low-ball offer. The French have given Sevilla until Sunday for their response stating, ¨We can´t offer more than that for a player with less than a year left on his contract.¨ Malaga: ex-Barcelona striker/attacking midfielder Dani Pacheco, who has spent the last few years in Rafa Banitez´s Liverpool reserves, will know by the 25th if the offer from Malaga has been accepted Almeria: Uruguayan defender Marcelo Silva is pleasantly surprised by his welcome and presentation at UD Almeria.

Extremadura: Extremadura and Merida will face-off against each other for the Merida, Birthright of Humanity Trophy.

Castile-La Mancha: Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta has signed for the club where he was born in nearby Fuentealbilla. No, culés, don´t get scared, he just returned during his vacation and became a socio and season-ticket holder for the club where he learned the game and was taken from at the age of 14 without payment.

MadridAtletico de Madrid: Uruguayan defender Diego Godin completed his transfer from Villareal and are optimistic about either extending Thiago Mende´s loan or signing him outright. Real Madrid: Their initial bid for Mesut Ozil has been rejected and since Bremen´s first Champions League match is on Wednesday, there´s a possibility that the signing if it comes through at all will be finalized this weekend. Getafe: Recreativo de Huelva starlet Adrian Colunga has finalized his deal with Geta despite interest from almost half the clubs in Spain

GaliciaDeportivo La Coruna: Another Real Madrid Castilla player, goalkeeper Felipe Ramos, has decided to make his career away from the Santiago Bernabeu, citing that his situation at Madrid was ¨very difficult¨ and has signed with Depor for Miguel Angel Lotina.

AsturiasSporting de Gijon: fullback Robert Canella is in the sites for Blackburn Rovers. His teammate Jose Angel is in the sites for either Everton or Wigan Athletic. 

CantabriaRacing Santander: the signing of Argentine striker Ariel Nahuelpan, formerly of Coritiba in Brazil, was announced on Friday. Contract details are still to be negotiated fully but it is believed to be for four years.

Pais VascoAthletic Bilbao: Striker Iñigo Díaz de Cerio, has signed for Córdoba. Real Sociedad: Diego Ifrane from Argentine club Danubio is an imminent signing of the San Sebastian club.

La RiojaUD Logroñés: the battle between SD Logroñes and UD Logroñes, has a clearcut winner. The city council have awarded the site to UD. SD Logroñes will have to play their games at one of two other sites.

NavarraCA Osasuna: midfielder Ludovic Delporte, will not continue at the Navarran club after six injury plagued seasons in La Liga. 

AragonReal Zaragoza: Zaragoza are negotiating with Valencia CF about the money owed to Los Che for the signing of Pablito Aimar years ago. 

: Barcelona: According to Argentine paper ´Ole´, the club have come to an agreement with Liverpool FC for the transfer of defensive midfielder Javier Mascherano that comes at a price of 15 million euros and the rights to Alex Hleb Espanyol:
ex-Barcelona striker and attacking midfielder Sergio Garcia is close to signing from Real Betis. The question, as always, is the monetary issue. The clubs are within a million euros of each other, bbut there is a question of what he is owed in the final years of his contract with the Sevillan club.

Las Islas:  ex-Barcelona, Brazilian midfielder and 1999 Ballon d´Or winner Rivaldo, unemployed after his contract with Uzbek side Budyokor expired, has denied any contact with Real Mallorca. 

¨Everything that is being reported is untrue. The only truth is that I am now unemployed and Im heading back to Brazil.¨

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