Gareth Bale going nowhere - Agent Jonathan Barnett

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Gareth Bale's agent rubbishes suggestions that the player will leave Real Madrid in the foreseeable future.


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La Liga's Top Five of the Week: Chosen by the fans.

Each week, Sport360 will be bring you the best five players from La Liga, as chosen by you the supporters through our ValoraFutbol fan ratings tool. 

YOU have direct influence on who appears in each Team of the Week so be sure to rate each weekend. 

RATE, SHARE and WIN with our ValoraFutbol tool

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So who makes up this week's top five? 

1) JAMES RODRIGUEZ (Real Madrid) – 8.17

After the opening day stalemate, Real responded with a 5-0 mauling of Real Betis, with James at the heart of things for Los Blancos. He set up Gareth Bale's opener with a teasing cross before curling home a free-kick and adding a beautifully executed overhead-kick. Not a bad day at the office. 

2) ROBERTO SOLDADO (Villarreal) – 7.92

The former Tottenham and Valencia striker netted in his second successive game as Villarreal beat Espanyol 3-1, his smart volley equalising. Soldado then provided both assists for Cedric Bakambu's brace, the first a precise through ball and the second a lay-back that put it on a plate for his team-mate. 

3) CARLOS KAMENI (Malaga) – 7.71

Barcelona may have beaten Malaga 1-0 but it could have been a whole lot worse had Kameni not been between the posts. The Cameroon goalkeeper thwarted Barca star Lionel Messi no fewer than four times in the match, the pick of which was a reflex save to deny him at the near post in the 58th minute. 

Carlos Kameni Breath-taking Goal Save (HD) | Barcelona Vs. Malaga | La Liga 29.08.2015 – Video… http://t.co/xygtqEXEff

— SoccerHub365 (@SoccerHub365) August 29, 2015

4) ANDRES INIESTA (Barcelona) – 7.65

Though Barca were often frustrated against Malaga, Iniesta was in fine fettle – with raking cross-field passes and delicious drag-backs the order of the day for the Catalans' midfield metronome. 

5) DIEGO GODIN (Atletico Madrid) – 7.62

Atletico produced what was unquestionably the result of the weekend as they won 3-0 away at Sevilla. Rojiblancos captain Godin led by example, paying particularly close attention to returning Fernando Llorente – keeping him at bay was no mean feat. 

Importante victoria!!! La fuerza está en el equipo!!! pic.twitter.com/cJ7FAV5nJO

— Diego Godín (@diegogodin) August 30, 2015

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In limbo: David de Gea still a Manchester United player.

Spanish league sources confirmed that Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea hasn’t been registered as a Real Madrid player as his prolonged transfer collapsed after the Spanish transfer window closed on Monday.

“The player is not registered,” a spokesperson for the Spanish Professional League (LFP) said when contacted by AFP on Tuesday.

Madrid refused to confirm reports that the player’s contract had been lodged with the league after the deadline at midnight local time (22:00GMT) after a deal had been struck between the two clubs at the last minute.

“Until now we haven’t been notified of anything,” said a spokesperson for the club.

Real seemed set to conclude the long-running transfer saga with a deal that would see the Spanish giants pay up to 30 million euros for De Gea, with Costa Rican international goalkeeper Keylor Navas moving to United for a fee in the region of 15 million euros as part of the deal.

Initial reports suggested that the documentation needed to formalise the transfer wasn’t completed before the Spanish transfer window closed, but that Madrid hope proof of an agreement between the clubs will be enough to push the deal through.

“Everything has been cancelled unless there is an unexpected turnaround,” Madrid sports daily AS said on Tuesday.

“The Spanish goalkeeper’s contract didn’t arrive in time with the league.

“The first reports suggested that United had sent the required documentation late, but Madrid are sure they have proof that shows the English club sent the documentation at 2359 and that they sent it just after to the league.”

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FIFA refused to comment on the specific details of the case when contacted by AFP on Tuesday, but did confirm that there are lines of appeal open should the clubs try to still conclude the deal.

“We’re working closely with TMS (Transfer matching system) a subsidiary firm of FIFA and liasing with them.” De Gea has just one year left on his contract at Old Trafford meaning he could join Madrid for free next year if the transfer doesn’t go through now.

The Spanish press slammed Madrid’s failure to deliver their prized target in the transfer market this summer with the front pages of sports newspapers Marca and Sport describing the situation as “ridiculous.”

The Spanish international hasn’t featured in any of United’s six games so far this season with manager Louis van Gaal claiming the 24-year-old wasn’t focused at the English giants due to Madrid’s interest.

The 10-time European champions were in the market for a goalkeeper after Spain captain Iker Casillas ended his 25-year association with the club by moving to Porto in July.

De Gea joined United from Real’s city rivals Atletico Madrid in 2011 and despite a shaky start went on to shine, winning the club’s fans’ and players’ player of the year awards for the past two seasons.

However, he refused to sign a new deal with United due to his desire to return to Spain with Real.

A standoff between the two clubs ensued with United also expressing their interest in Real captain Sergio Ramos over the summer before he ended speculation over his future by signing a new five-year deal with Los Blancos.

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