Iniesta has made his mind up

Veteran Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta says he has already made a decision on whether he will remain at the Camp Nou next season.

The 33-year-old, who has made well over 650 appearances for Barca to date, has been heavily linked with a move away from the Catalan giants this summer and Iniesta has confirmed that he has already made his choice.

He told the Spanish media after the 2-1 La Liga win over Valencia on Saturday: "I've already decided what I’m going to do. When the time comes, the club will know and so will everyone else.

"I've always enjoyed the affection of the fans and I'm grateful to them. They've been there for more than 20 years and their support was crucial for this win."

Meanwhile, Barca forward Ousmane Dembele says he has no intention of moving on at the end of the campaign, having suffered a disappointing first season at the Camp Nou.

The France international told Telefoot: "I signed a five-year contract at Barcelona. I'm going to be in Barcelona a very long time. I'm not going to leave after a season.

"I'm not in my best form, but little by little it's coming back."

Dembele has missed several months of the season due to hamstring problems and has so far made just 17 appearances for Barca, with his only goal to date coming in a 3-0 Champions League victory over Chelsea.

Barcelona are back in action next Saturday when they take on Sevilla in the final of the Copa del Rey.

The Blaugrana are 2/9 to lift he trophy in the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid and are 7/1 to win the game 2-1 in 90 minutes, with both teams to score priced at 7/10.

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Valverde takes a domestic focus

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde wants to see a big reaction from his players after they were handed a shock Champions League exit at the hands of Roma.

The Catalan giants were beaten 3-0 in the Stadio Olimpico in the second leg of their quarter-final tie, leaving Roma winners on away goals with the aggregate score locked at 4-4.

And Valverde had few complaints about the result, while also trying to lift morale for the task of trying to complete a domestic double by winning La Liga and the Copa del Rey.

He told reporters: "We can only keep our heads up because there's no other way. They played a great game, they overcame us and we have to congratulate them.

"We have to recover because we're still in two competitions, which we want to win.

"I hope it doesn't affect the team going forward. It's a big blow for us mentally, but we have some beautiful objectives and we'll see if we can achieve them.

"Do I feel responsible? Absolutely, the coach is responsible for everything. I'm the one who picked the team, made changes, prepared us for the tie, everything."

Barca currently hold an 11-point lead at the top of the La Liga standings, with seven games to play, while they will face Sevilla in the final of the Copa del Rey later this month.

The Catalans are 1/4 to lift the Copa del Rey and are 4/9 to win the final at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid in 90 minutes, with both teams to score available at 4/6.

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Torres announces exit plans

Former Liverpool and Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has revealed that he will be leaving Atletico Madrid at the end of this season.

The 34-year-old has only started three La Liga matches this term and has grown frustrated with his lack of first-team opportunities. He was linked with a switch to the Chinese Super League in January.

"I'd like to take the opportunity to say this season will be my last at the club," Torres told a news conference on Monday. "It has not been an easy decision, it has been tough to take it. Given the reality, the circumstances, maybe it is for the best.

"It is very difficult for me to say goodbye for a second time, because my plan was to retire here. But things do not always go as you wish.

"I physically and mentally feel able to continue playing. I feel very well and I will look for somewhere else."

Torres made his Atleti debut in May 2001 and made his name at the club before going on to join Liverpool just over six years later.

He went on to have disappointing spells with Chelsea and AC Milan before returning to Atletico in the summer of 2015. Torres has represented Spain 110 times, scoring 38 goals, and featured in six major tournaments – from Euro 2004 to the 2014 World Cup inclusive.

Atletico are 11/10 to win the Europa League this season and 1/5 to beat Levante this weekend.

Simeone issues Atletico pledge

Diego Simeone has confirmed that he will be staying with Atletico Madrid beyond the end of this La Liga season.

The 47-year-old Argentinian has enjoyed an impressive spell with Los Rojiblancos having taken over the job in December 2011.

Simeone won the Europa League in his first half-season in charge and followed that up with the Copa del Rey the following campaign before securing the La Liga title in 2013-14.

He has also guided the club to two Champions League finals during his tenure but lost out to cross-city rivals Real Madrid on both occasions.

Following his success in Spain, Simeone has been heavily linked with moves abroad as Premier League duo Chelsea and Arsenal are both believed to be interested in taking him to England this summer, while Paris Saint-Germain are also thought to be keen on acquiring his services.

However, he has now moved to quell speculation that this will be his final season at Atletico.

Speaking after Sunday's 1-1 derby draw against Real which keeps them on course to finish the season second behind runaway leaders Barcelona, Simeone said: "This is a big club and we're growing.

"I'm proud of the level this club have been at for the past decade, how we've competed against two superpowers like Madrid and Barcelona and how we've kept competing.

"I'm working so that [Antoine] Griezmann and [Jan] Oblak keep going and get even better. My future? I'm staying with Atletico."

Atletico are 1/5 to win their next La Liga clash against game against Levante on home soil this Saturday, while their opponents are priced at 12/1 and the draw is available at 11/2.

Gabi eyes up derby success

Captain Gabi believes his Atletico side can take a major step towards securing a top-two finish in La Liga by winning the Madrid derby against Real next weekend.

Atleti head into Sunday's game at the Santiago Bernabeu with a four-point cushion over their more illustrious city rivals, with just eight games to be played in the Spanish league season.

And former Spain Under-21 international midfielder Gabi is looking forward to a showdown which offers a major opportunity to move well clear in the battle to finish in second place behind Barcelona.

He told Marca: "The clash next Sunday is crucial in the race for second spot.

"Our aim this season is to secure second spot – we enter every season hoping to guarantee a top-three finish, but second is a bonus which is now within our reach.

"Since Diego Simeone came to the club we look to challenge the very best sides in the league and of course we dream of repeating our league title from four years ago.

"However, it is hard to see Barcelona slipping up so much."

Atleti can be backed at 11/4 to gain a draw next Sunday and are 9/2 to win by a one-goal margin, while Real are 15/2 to claim a 2-1 victory.

Earlier this season the spoils were shared when the two sides played out a goalless draw at the Wanda Metropolitano.

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Isco not confident under Zidane

Isco admits he lacks the confidence of Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane and he isn't sure how to win his boss around.

Isco has found his club football limited under Zidane this season but he fired the first hat-trick of his career on Tuesday evening as Spain thumped Argentina 6-1 in a friendly.

The win for Spain came on the back of a 1-1 draw with world champions Germany on Friday and means manager Julen Lopetegui has now led the 2010 World Cup winners to 18 games unbeaten.

Diego Costa opened the scoring for Spain early on, before Isco struck either side of a header from Argentina defender Nicolas Otamendi.

Thiago Alcantara added a fourth, with substitute Iago Aspas also finding the net before Isco hit his personal milestone.

Playing for Spain is easy, compared to life at Real Madrid according to the playmaker.

"In Madrid, I don't have the confidence a player needs," Isco said in a post-match interview, as quoted by Marca.

"The matches with the national team give me life. Here, I have the confidence of the coach."

Spain are 6/1 to win the World Cup this summer, with Argentina, who were without Lionel Messi in their defeat, currently 10/1 for glory in Russia.

Isco says he is eager to show his best for Madrid, but he is unsure if Zidane will give him that chance.

"I want to show that I'm a good player. Lopetegui shows me confidence with the minutes he gives me," he added.

"Maybe I'm the problem in Madrid. I don't know how to win Zidane's confidence."

Real Madrid are 9/2 to win a third successive Champions League crown this season ahead of their quarter-final showdown with Juventus.

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Sociedad opt to sack Sacristan

Real Sociedad have parted company with head coach Eusebio Sacristan after a 2-1 home loss to Getafe had left them 15th in the La Liga table.

The 53-year-old had been in charge of the club since November 2015 and guided them to ninth in 2015/16 and sixth last term.

However, they have struggled for consistency this season and have won only one of their last six games, although they are still 12 points above the bottom three with nine matches of the campaign remaining.

"Real Sociedad has decided to rescind the contract of first-team coach Eusebio Sacristan," a club statement read.

"The blue and white entity wants to thank Eusebio Sacristan for all the contribution, professionalism and dedication he has shown during the exercise of his duties in the management of the first team, while wishing him the best for his professional and personal future."

Imanol Alguacil, previously in charge of Sociedad's reserves, will take over first-team duties until the end of the season, while the club have also confirmed that sporting director Lorenzo Juarros will leave his role.

Real Sociedad are 17/10 to beat Eibar in their next match on 1st April while Getafe are 1/1 to triumph against Real Betis one day later.

Iniesta coy on Barca future

Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta has admitted he is uncertain whether he will continue with the Catalan outfit next season or make a move to China.

The 33-year-old, who came through Barca's famous youth academy, is still an influential figure at the Camp Nou and helped the La Liga frontrunners beat Chelsea 3-0 in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

Iniesta has been linked with a move to the Chinese Super League but the midfielder is adamant he has not yet made a decision whether he will be with the Blugrana next season.

"I will make a decision to stay at Barcelona or go to China before April 30," he said.

"I have to assess what is best for me and it will be the most honest for the club."

Despite the speculation surrounding Spain international, Blaugrana boss Ernesto Valverde has claimed he is only concerned with what happens this term.

"I'm not thinking of a Barcelona without Andres Iniesta because right now we have a Barcelona with Andres Iniesta," he said.

Barca are 7/2 to win the Champions League this season, while rivals Real Madrid are 4/1 to claim the European crown once again.

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‘Door open’ for Neymar Barca return

Ivan Rakitic says the door should be open for Neymar should he decide he wants to return to Barcelona.

The Brazilian forward left Barca for Paris Saint Germain in a deal worth €222 million last August that made him the world's most expensive footballer.

Neymar is reportedly unhappy in the French capital amid rumours of fall-outs with teammates and manager Unai Emery.

He is currently sidelined by injury and facing a race against time in order to be fit for this summer's World Cup in Russia.

Already this season Neymar has been touted for a controversial switch to Barcelona's bitter rivals Real Madrid but Rakitic would love to see him back at the Nou Camp.

"Neymar's not said anything to me, but if it was up to me I would open the door for him to come back right now," Rakitic told reporters.

"Not just because of the relationship I have with him, but because of the type of player he is. I would always put Neymar in my team."

Barca coach Ernesto Valverde labelled the rumours of a return as 'fantasy' on Friday.

Neymar spent four years at Barcelona before leaving for Paris last summer. Reports in Spain last week suggested Real Madrid are willing to meet PSG's asking price of €400m for the striker.

Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane was keen to avoid questions about "a player who plays for another club" in his press conference ahead of a victory at Eibar on Saturday, but he did say he believed that such a transfer fee would soon be entirely possible.

Real Madrid dumped Paris St Germain from the Champions League last week and are 4/1 to win a third successive European crown this season.

Barcelona are 9/2 for Champions League glory, with Manchester City 3/1.

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Other-worldly Ronaldo thrills Zidane

Cristiano Ronaldo is 'from another galaxy' according to Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane in the wake of his latest match-winning heroics.

The Portuguese scored both goals as Real Madrid edged out Eibar in La Liga on Saturday. Ronaldo has scored in his last seven appearances in all competitions.

After Eibar had started brightly, Ronaldo fired Madrid in front when he latched onto a pass from Luka Modric.

The hosts were back on terms through Ivan Ramis five minutes after the break and there were chances at both ends before Ronaldo bulleted home a header five minutes from time to give Madrid all three points.

He was on the scoresheet in midweek as the European champions dumped Paris St Germain from the Champions League with a 2-1 second leg success in France.

Despite feeding on scraps, Ronaldo can supply goals on demand, says Zidane.

"He is from another galaxy," said the Madrid boss.

"What he has is so positive – he knows he is going to score. He is a different player, special. His stats speak for themselves.

"We did not play at our best, but Cristiano knows what to do – with few chances he can score many goals."

Modric returned from a hamstring injury and was Madrid's star performer throughout the game. Zidane is thrilled to have Croatian playmaker back in harness.

"Luka was out for almost three weeks, came back and played very well," he said.

"He is a very important player for us. When you have problems in a game, he never gets nervous. Normally he should not have played the entire game, but in the end he played it all and did well."

Real Madrid are 4/1 to win a third successive European crown this season. Barcelona are 9/2 for Champions League glory, with Manchester City 3/1.

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