João Félix joins Chelsea on loan from Atletico Madrid

Chelsea have signed Atletico Madrid striker Joao Felix on loan for the rest of the season for a fee of €11 million. Felix, 23, has also signed a one-year extension to his Atletico contract until June 2027. Boss Graham Potter said injuries had “sharpened” Chelsea’s focus in their pursuit of the Portugal international, with Christian Pulisic ruled out for a couple of months.

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Espanyol hold Barca to draw in chaotic Derbi Barceloní

FC Barcelona’s end to 2022 was soured by referee Mateu Lahoz who awarded a quite bizarre penalty to Espanyol late on which handed them an equaliser. The 1-1 draw means Real Madrid end the year top of the table. The Blaugrana went into the match under pressure following Real Madrid’s 2-0 win over Real Valladolid the night before, and knew they needed a victory to reclaim top spot.

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Barcelona legend Gerard Piqué announces his retirement

FC Barcelona defender Gerard Piqué has announced his retirement from professional football with his final game set to be this Saturday as Barcelona take on Almeria in La Liga. The 35 year old has had a glittering career at both club and national level winning the World Cup and European Championship with Spain.

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Aston Villa appoint Unai Emery as new manager

Aston Villa have appointed Unai Emery as their next head coach after holding decisive talks today. Emery will leave his position at Villarreal to take charge of the Villains who sacked Steven Gerrard last week.

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Real Madrid prove too strong for Barca in El Clásico

Karim Benzema, Federico Valverde and Rodrygo were all on target as a dominant Real Madrid beat old rivals Barcelona 3-1 at home in El Clasico to move top of La Liga. Ferran Torres scored a late goal for Barca to spark hopes of a comeback but an injury time penalty put the result beyond doubt.

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