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Real Madrid coach Rafael Benitez insists his focus is on Saturday's home match against promoted Real Betis and not on transfer market.

The Spanish press continue to speculate on the possible arrival of Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea to the Santiago Bernabeu stadium.

De Gea has been strongly linked with a move to Real in recent months and according to Marca, the Spain international is unlikely to arrive to Real until Monday, transfer deadline day.

Benitez, whose side were held to a goalless...

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Barcelona will be bolstered by the return of Brazilian forward Neymar for Saturday's home match against Malaga.

Neymar missed Barcelona's UEFA Super Cup final as well as the Spanish Super Cup and last weekend's 1-0 triumph at Athletic Bilbao after being sidelined with mumps.

However, the 23-year-old, who scored 29 goals and set up seven more to help Barcelona win the Primera Division, Copa del Rey and Champions League treble last season, is fit to play.

``Neymar has a special physique,'' Barcelona coach...

Neymar could make Barcelona return against Malaga - Luis Enrique

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Barcelona coach Luis Enrique says Neymar could make his first appearance of the season in Saturday's La Liga clash with Malaga at the Camp Nou.

Neymar, 23, has missed the start of Barca's campaign due to a bout of the mumps, sitting out their 5-4 European Super Cup win over Sevilla, the 5-1 aggregate defeat to Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish Super Cup, and last weekend's 1-0 La Liga opener win at Athletic's San Mames.

But the Brazil captain -- who has been linked with a move to Manchester United --...

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Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to score this weekend -- projection

Messi or Ronaldo? The ESPN FC TV panel predict who will score more goals in La Liga this season.

After both were shut out on the season's opening weekend, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are tipped to find the net in their next games by ESPN's projection model, which predicts how the two scoring rivals will fare each week and over the whole season in La Liga.

On Saturday, Messi and Barcelona host Malaga at Camp Nou, while Ronaldo and Real Madrid welcome Real Betis to the Bernabeu.

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Last season, Messi did not score at home to Malaga while Ronaldo did not play against Real Betis.

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Rafa Benitez defends Gareth Bale after poll says Real Madrid should drop star

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop and Alexis Nunes discuss Manchester United's reported plans to make one last attempt to sign Gareth Bale from Real Madrid in the final week of the transfer window.
Real Madrid's Gareth Bale says his side were rusty in their opening day draw with Sporting Gijón, and that they will get better.
ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno gives his take on the slow starts for both Barcelona and Real Madrid and believes there should be more concern at the Bernabeu than at Camp Nou.
The ESPN FC crew discuss Rafa Benitez's decision to play Gareth Bale in behind the striker as opposed to playing out wide like he prefers.

Real Madrid coach Rafa Benitez has defended attacker Gareth Bale, saying he is "surprised" by the debate around whether the Wales international should be in his starting XI.

Madrid were heavily criticised by many in the local media after their opening-day 0-0 draw at newly promoted Sporting Gijon last weekend, with Benitez's tactics -- and specifically his use of Bale as a roving No. 10 -- a major talking point among fans and pundits.

Some local reports claimed that fellow Galacticos Cristiano Ronaldo...