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Vinicius Jr. included in Real Madrid squad for first time since €45 million move

Alexis Nunes and Craig Burley square off in predicting some of the more notable fixtures during week 5 of La Liga.

Brazilian teenager Vinicius Jr. has been called into the Real Madrid squad for Saturday's La Liga game at home to Espanyol, taking the youngster closer to his debut for the European champions following his move from Flamengo.

Vinicius, 18, has not been called into the first-team squad for a game since he moved to Spain in the summer, a year after completing his €45 million transfer. He has instead been playing for Real's reserve side Real Madrid Castilla in the third tier of Spanish football.

Vinicius...

Why Gareth Bale isn't angry anymore at a post-Ronaldo Real Madrid

Everyone had gone except Gareth Bale. "Together, let's go," said Sergio Ramos, leading his team out the dressing room. But as they headed through the door, Bale sat there still, just him and a kit man gathering up a few things. Eventually, he stood, paused briefly, looked back and then broke into a gentle jog, the sound of his studs on the floor breaking the silence as he went out the room and into history.

When he came back in again an hour or so later, he had a Champions League winners medal...

Spanish FA unlikely to authorise moving Girona vs. Barcelona to U.S.

La Liga president Javier Tebas says that La Liga games in the USA will only benefit MLS.
With reports that Girona are set to face Barcelona in Miami this coming January, the FC crew share their varying opinions on La Liga coming to the U.S.

La Liga's hopes to have a regular-season game staged overseas every year had a setback on Friday after the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) sent a letter to La Liga stating that they do not support a plan to play in Miami.

La Liga president Javier Tebas confirmed receipt of the letter, but reiterated his optimism. 

"We have read the letter, which is pretty long. Obviously [the RFEF] aren't excited about [a match in Miami]," Tebas told reporters. "They are not saying no, they are just...

Barcelona's Sergio Busquets to sign new contract in coming weeks - sources

ESPN FC's Paul Mariner gives his plaudits to PSV for their efforts, but says Lionel Messi's class shone through once again in Barcelona's UCL opener.
Barcelona's Ernesto Valverde insists they are focused on winning the Champions League whilst Philippe Coutinho admits he is anxious to play against PSV.

Sergio Busquets is expected to sign an improved contract at Barcelona with an announcement expected in the coming weeks, sources have told ESPN FC.

Busquets' deal, signed just two years ago, runs until 2021 and includes a clause which would see it automatically renew until 2023 based on the number of games he plays in the coming years.

However, the club have decided to fast-track the midfielder's extension to bring him in line with some of the club's other top earners.

Mundo Deportivo report that...