This article will focus on La Liga football news, including Real Madrid’s 3-0 win over Alaves, a rumour that Guillem Balague wants to sign a Spurs striker, and Spotify’s plans to sponsor Camp Nou. This article will also discuss Eden Hazard’s upcoming surgery to remove a plate in his leg. You can also find out how to stay up-to-date with all the latest La Liga news with NewsNow.
Real Madrid beat Alaves 3-0
The Spanish champions continue to climb the table as they beat Alaves 3-0. Los Blancos have won the last seven games, and now they need just 10 points in six remaining fixtures to finish second. But they responded well at the right time. Toni Kroos said the victory was a “statement”, and Gareth Bale may have even taken a picture or two. But while the team is able to keep its top spot, it is still longing to win the trophy.
Sergio Ramos was rested by Zinedine Zidane for this match, and that helped his side. Alaves have a tough run of fixtures coming up, including matches against Barcelona and Atletico Madrid. And a Champions League quarter-final against Bayern Munich is on the horizon. But for now, Real Madrid are still in a good place. The Spanish champions are now three points clear of Barcelona.
Guillem Balague wants to sign Spurs striker
According to Guillem Balague, Tottenham Hotspur are interested in signing Nelson Semedo, the Barcelona striker. The Spanish coach claims Spurs have not yet received an official offer for the winger. However, the former Barcelona player is interested in a move to the Premier League. Tottenham are in the market for a new right-back and are open to making a deal for the Spaniard.
Barcelona’s club are waiting until the transfer window is clear enough to offer the Spaniard a long-term deal. Both Son Heung-min and Harry Kane are under contract for two more years and are unlikely to be available in the summer. Hence, Tottenham are not rushing to sign their attacking stars to longer-term deals. Similarly, Real Madrid are pursuing Bayern Munich defender David Alaba, who wants to join them for $16 million a year. Currently, Sergio Ramos earns $15 million a season.
Spotify to sponsor Camp Nou stadium
Spotify will soon be on the pitch at Camp Nou. This will be the first time a brand has sponsored the stadium, with Spotify appearing on the team’s jerseys from the 2022-23 campaign. In addition, the deal will allow artists to interact with the Barcelona fans through the service. Although Barcelona and Spotify have not confirmed the financial details of the deal, a report by Catalan radio station Rac1 claims the sponsorship is worth EUR280m.
The agreement is a long-term one, with the Spotify brand appearing on FC Barcelona’s team shirts for four seasons starting in 2022-23. The deal also covers the club’s training shirts. The name change will also happen in July 2022. The stadium will become known as the “Spotify Camp Nou Stadium.”
Eden Hazard to undergo surgery to remove a plate in his leg
After a string of injuries, Chelsea’s Eden Hazard is set to have surgery to remove a metal plate in his leg. The Belgian forward is unlikely to play in the first leg of his Champions League quarter-final against his former club, as he is set to undergo surgery on the plate. Hazard had an ankle fracture that required the re-implantation of a metallic plate, which helped stabilise it and allow it to heal. But the Belgium international has never felt completely comfortable with the metallic plate, and has reportedly petitioned for it to be removed. Now, he is set to have the surgery to remove the plate in March 2020.
The Belgian has opted for surgery now instead of waiting until the World Cup to get fully fit. The procedure may be in his best interest, as he is part of Belgium’s golden generation. The team has made significant strides in recent major tournaments, finishing third at Russia 2018. The World Cup in Qatar may be Hazard’s last chance to reach international success. It will be interesting to see how this injury plays out in the future.