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Mallorca

 By Lee Roden

Spain's fallen giants struggle to claw their way back to La Liga

Leo Baptistao of Real Betis arrives, while a banner asks for players who are fit to wear the shirt as relegation neared last May.

The Estadio Benito Villamarin in Sevilla holds 52,500 people. Bigger than Anfield, Stamford Bridge or the Etihad, it is a ground built for top-flight football, occupied by the sixth-most-supported team in Spain.

This season it has to make do with life in the Segunda. In the same year that Real Betis came within a penalty shootout of the Europa League quarterfinals, a miserable 25 points from 38 league games saw them relegated to the second division. Mismanaged on financial, institutional and sporting...

Real Madrid confirm Marco Asensio signing from Real Mallorca

Real Madrid have confirmed the signing of youngster Marco Asensio from Real Mallorca for an undisclosed fee.

Madrid are reported to be paying around 3.7 million euros for the 18-year-old attacker, who will remain on loan at Segunda side Mallorca until the end of the current campaign.

Spain underage international Asensio has long been highly-rated, and was widely expected to join Barcelona last summer, but a deal could not then be agreed. Barca's current transfer ban, and Mallorca's serious financial...

Perez returns to Athletic Bilbao

Inigo Perez has returned to parent club Athletic Bilbao and ended his loan at Real Mallorca due to a stress issue.

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The 26-year-old central midfielder joined Mallorca on loan last August in a move that was set to expire in June.

However, Perez had not trained with Mallorca this week., and Athletic confirmed on their official website that they brought him back to San Mames on Friday.

Athletic's statement said: "Athletic have brought back Inigo Perez, who was...

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Eto'o planning to return to Mallorca

Chelsea hat trick hero Samuel Eto'o has revealed he intends to leave the club at the end of the season and hopes to end his career with Real Mallorca.

Samuel Eto'o completes a 32-minute hat trick against Manchester United.
Samuel Eto'o completes a 32-minute hat trick against Manchester United.

Worrall: Title momentum

Eto'o, who will turn 33 in March, signed a one-year deal with Chelsea last summer and is free to sign a pre-contract agreement with foreign clubs for next season.

The striker, who scored all three of Chelsea's goals in their 3-1 win over Manchester United on Sunday, has been heavily...

Hutton set to sign for Mallorca

Alan Hutton is set to complete a permanent move to Mallorca, according to Marca, despite the club's relegation to the Segunda Division.

Alan Hutton found himself out of favour at Aston Villa.
Alan Hutton found himself out of favour at Aston Villa.

Hutton, 28, will be the last defender to be brought in by the Islanders this summer, as they put the finishing touches to their squad ahead of the new season.

The Scotland international, who found himself out of favour at Aston Villa, moved to Mallorca on loan last...