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    Eden Hazard adds £500,000 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ to his stunning car collection as he shows off new motor in training

    EDEN HAZARD has revved up his Real Madrid career by buying a £500,000 Lamborghini.
    The former Chelsea idol has helped the Bernabeu club hit the fast lane towards the LaLiga title following a slow start.

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    Eden Hazard has splashed out on a new £500k Lamborghini

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    The Belgian drove the Aventador SVJ to training

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    The ex-Chelsea man’s car collection is now worth more than £1MILLION
    And 29-year-old Hazard has now splashed out over half a million euros on a Lamborghini Aventador SVJ.
    The supercar can do over 217 mph, and go from 0-60 in an incredible 2.8 seconds.
    Belgium international Hazard turned heads when rolling up for training in the Lambo on Sunday.
    And he found favour with Real’s fans by choosing a simple white paint job for the car – matching the club’s colours – rather than opting for a more adventurous shade.

    Hazard has made 20 appearances for Los Blancos, scoring once, in an injury-hit debut season in Spain.

    Questions were raised early on whether the playmaker was good value for his record £90million transfer.
    However he has since helped Zinedine Zidane’s men to the brink of the title.
    They lead arch-rivals Barcelona by a point, with a game in hand, before Monday night’s trip to mid-table Granada.

    Hazard is a well know petrol head and the Lambo is just the latest in an impressive motor collection.
    The midfielder has been spotted in various rides over the years, including a Mercedes-Benz AMG GTR, Audi R8 V10, BMW X6, Audi RS4 Avant, Range Rover, Aston Martin Vanquish and Mercedes C Class.
    Audi R8 V10

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    The Audi R8 V10 that’s part of Hazard’s collection is worth £110kCredit: Handout
    Able to hit a top speed of 205mph, Hazard would never be late to Chelsea’s Cobham training ground driving this car.
    Brazil star Neymar also owns an R8, so Hazard’s in good company.
    Price: Around £110k
    BMW X6

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    The BMW X6 is the perfect family car for Hazard, a dad of threeCredit: Handout
    A stylish and reliable SUV, the classic number ten often took his X6 for a spin on match day.
    As a family man, this roomy ‘Beamer’ is also perfect to drive around his missus, Natacha Van Honacker and their three kids for a day out.
    Price: From £60k
    Audi RS4 Avant

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    Hazard loves an Audi
    A regular standard among footballers, including Real Madrid and Barcelona’s elite – who have deals with the car giants – Hazard loves the Audi brand.
    Price: From £60,290
    Range Rover Sport

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    The Range Rover Sport is Hazard’s preference when leaving training
    A Range Rover… every footballer should own one and more or less most of them do.
    Hazard’s preference is the sport model because it’s comfortable and the ideal ride for when he finishes training and can stretch his legs.
    Should be more than enough room for his 5’8″ frame.
    Price: From £60,760
    Aston Martin Vanquish

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    The most expensive car in Hazard’s collection was the classy Aston Martin Vanquish worth £199,950 but the Lambo blows it out the waterCredit: Paul Tonge – The Sun

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    Is classy Hazard pondering what motor to get next?Credit: Reuters
    A classy gents’ car, the Vanquish was the most expensive motor in Hazard’s collection.
    James Bond star Daniel Craig once owned a limited edition version, which was sold at an auction for £344,000.
    Price: From £199,950
    Mercedes C-Class

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    Cool Hazard is a motor car enthusiast

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    The cheapest car in Hazard’s collection is a £32k C-ClassCredit: Not known, clear with picture desk
    The luxury C-Class has been part of the German brand’s make-up since 1993, when it was first introduced.
    It was also one of the first cars Hazard rocked up in when he signed for Chelsea from Lille back in 2012. Needless to say, he’s moved on since.
    Price: From £32,260
    And finally, Mercedes-Benz AMG GTR

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    Hazard’s AMG GTR reaches a top speed of 197.6 mphCredit: Getty – Contributor
    Perhaps the best-looking in his collection, Hazard has a AMG GTR which has a horse power of 430 kW and top speed of 197.6 mph.

    Aston Villa and Man City legend Gareth Barry once had one once upon a time too.
    Price: From £99,245
    That gives us a grand total more £1.1m! Now, that’s not to be sniffed at.

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    Barcelona president ‘doubts PSG will put Neymar on market’ but confirms transfer talks with Inter for Lautaro Martinez

    BARCELONA president Josep Bartomeu has thrown cold water over speculation of Neymar moving to the Nou Camp but confirmed transfer talks with Lautaro Matinez. 
    PSG broke the bank by splashing out £198m to land Neymar in 2017 but the Brazilian ace has rejected attempts to extend his deal, which expires in 2022.

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    It is unlikely that PSG will put Neymar on the market this summer, according to reports
    Neymar has long been linked with a return to the Catalan giants and their latest attempt to prize the marksman away from the  French capital includes Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele going the other way.
    But as reported by Mundo Deportivo, Nou Camp chief Bartomeu reckons it is unlikely that Les Parisiens will put the Brazilian golden boy on the market given the financial uncertainty in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.
    He said: “it is a very difficult market for all clubs, especially.”
    Transfer fees are predicted to plummet and lavish £90m-plus moves are likely to be a distant memory.

    Nobody can guarantee contracts after a pandemic and wages, investment and expenses are set to take a big hit, so PSG may wait at least a year until they can cash in for the best possible price.
    It would also be a major blow for the club to lose Neymar given that he has scored 69 goals in just 80 appearances for the French giants.
    In that time, they have also won all three Ligue 1 titles as well as the Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue in 2018.
    Bartomeu admitted that the club have approached Inter Milan regarding their star man Martinez.

    The Argentine striker has been a target for the Catalan giants for much of the season, having scored 17 goals in 38 games so far this term.
    Inter’s sporting director recently confirmed that Martinez can join Barcelona this summer but only if his £100million release clause is met.
    And this has proved a stumbling block for the La Liga giants who will reportedly not fork out the eye-watering release clause, having been forced to tighten the pursestrings after the coronavirus pandemic.

    Barcelona need to balance the books before landing big-money targets with up to seven players up for grabs.
    Dembele, Coutinho, Nelson Semedo, Arturo Vidal and Ivan Rakitic have been told they are free to leave.
    The Catalan Giants believe that Martinez’s value could drop especially if the player tells Inter chiefs that he wants out.

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    Barcelona confirm Messi contract talks with president confident legend will sign new deal at club despite exit links

    LIONEL MESSI is in talks with Barcelona over a new contract.
    The Argentine superstar has been linked with a move away from the Catalan giants but club president Josep Maria Bartomeu is confident the club icon will stay.

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    Lionel Messi has entered contract talks with BarcelonaCredit: Getty Images – Getty

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    Messi signed his last contract in 2017 alongside Josep Maria Bartomeu who is confident the Argentine will sign againCredit: AFP or licensors
    That will come as a blow to the likes of Juventus and Manchester City, who have been linked with a sensational move for one of football’s greatest ever players.
    The 33-year-old, who signed his last contract in 2017, has become more outspoken against the club’s hierarchy in the last year.
    But Bartomeu is relaxed about the situation and believes Barca’s star man will stay at the Nou Camp.
    He said: “With Messi we talk, we have talked and we will talk.

    “He is the best player in football history, he has years of football ahead and he is in top form.
    “I do not have any doubt that he will continue at Barça, his future is here in football and after football.”
    Spanish radio station Cadena Ser recently reported Messi is unhappy with how the club is being run and wants to leave in 2021.
    There have also been rumours of a fall-out with manager Quique Setien and team-mate Antoine Griezmann.

    Despite rumours of a Barca exit, fans of the Catalan giants will hope club legend Xavi’s recent comments prove to be true.
    Xavi said: “Leo can play, if he wants, until he is 39.”
    Pep Guardiola also pleaded with Messi to settle his Barca feud and sign a new deal.

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    Messi matches incredible record of Arsenal legend Henry with 20 goals and 20 assists in single season

    LIONEL MESSI has proved he has twenty-twenty vision by pulling off a stunning feat that’s only ever been done by one other footballing great.
    The Barca master has scored 20 goals and provided 20 assists in a single season –  a record once achieved by Arsenal legend Thierry Henry.

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    Lionel Messi has become the first player in La Liga history to net 20 goals and provide 20 assists in a single season in Spain’s top divisionCredit: PA:Press Association

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    Arsenal’s top scorer Thierry Henry achieved the record of scoring 20 times and providing 20 assists in the Premier League in 2002-03 Credit: Reuters
    And the Nou Camp skipper, who’s 33, managed to pull off his impressive effort despite missing the first two months of this season with injuries.
    The Argentina playmaker, delivered a glorious pass to Arturo Vidal who thumped home the winning goal in Barcelona’s match against Valladoid on Saturday.
    Messi’s assist means he’s become the first player in La Liga history to score 20 times and provide 20 assists in the same season.
    The only other time this record has been achieved was in the Premier League during the term preceding Arsenal’s invincible season.

    Thierry Henry was on target 24 times for the Gunners in 2002-03 when they finished second in the table behind champions Manchester United.
    And the World Cup winning Frenchman, who remains Arsenal’s record goalscorer, racked up 20 assists for his team mates.
    By comparison, the closest Cristiano Ronaldo came to the feat was when he scored 48 goals and had 17 assists in a single La Liga season in 2014-15.

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    Cristiano Ronaldo managed 48 league goals and 17 assists in the 2014-15 seasonCredit: AFP
    Barcelona’s win on Saturday means they’re now only a point behind Real Madrid in La Liga.
    However Zinedine Zidane’s side, who play Granada away tomorrow evening, have a game in hand.
    And wins for Madrid in their three remaining fixtures should the see the league title return to the Bernabeu for the first time since the 2016-17 season.

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    Real Madrid vs Alaves: Live stream, TV channel, kick-off time and team news for huge La Liga clash

    REAL Madrid can take another giant step closer to the La Liga title with three points against Alaves.
    Zinedine Zidane’s men currently sit just one point clear of Barcelona, but have the title race in their own hands after seven straight league wins.

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    Los Bloncos are close to winning the La Liga titleCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    What time does Real Madrid vs Alavés kick off?
    Real Madrid host Alaves on Friday, July 10.
    Kick-off is at 9pm in the UK – 10pm local time.
    In their last meeting, Alaves lost 2-1 after goals from Ramos and Carvajal in November.
    What TV channel is Real Madrid vs Alaves on and can I live stream it?
    Real Madrid vs Alavesl is live on LaLiga TV with coverage commencing at 9pm.
    To live stream the match, head to the Premier Player.
    LaLiga TV is available to purchase for £5.99/month while a full Premier Sports package featuring Serie A and BoxNation costs £9.99/month.

    Team news
    Eden Hazard is set to remain sidelined for Los Blancos as he continues to battle an ankle problem
    As a result, Karim Benzema is set to be partnered by either Marco Asensio or Vinicius Junior.
    Nacho still remains absent with a thigh problem creating problems for Zidane in defence.
    Raphael Varane should be back after a head injury.

    Alaves have lost defender Ruben Duarte to a foot injury while goalkeeper Fernando Pacheco remains on the sidelines with a muscular problem.
    The La Liga strugglers are otherwise in good shape when it comes to injuries, though, and it will be very interesting to see how Muniz approaches this game in terms of formation.
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    Madrid to win – 2/15
    Draw – 7/1
    Alaves shock three points – 25/1
    Both teams to score – 7/5
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    Barcelona make seven players untouchable in transfer market including Messi and Griezmann despite financial issues

    BARCELONA will not sell Antoine Griezmann this summer amid reports of a personal meeting to reassure the striker.
    Speculation has been rife that the Frenchman will be allowed to leave as part of the Camp Nou club’s desperate attempts to balance their finances.

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    Griezmann announced his return to the team with a stunning chip past Villarreal on the weekendCredit: Reuters
    The coronavirus pandemic, coupled with a spiralling wage bill, has taken its toll on the Catalans.
    Having agreed a large wage cut, worth up to 70 per cent, with the squad as the crisis began, talk of player sales ramped up.
    Griezmann was reportedly one of the star names lined up for a shock exit, only a year after arriving from Atletico Madrid.
    And Barcelona’s return to the pitch to see out the LaLiga season did little to quell those rumours, with the 29-year-old starting only three of the first six games back.

    Last week, it was even suggested that he was ready to hear out an offer from either Manchester club, City or United.
    According to ESPN, the club arranged a meeting with Griezmann’s sister and agent, Maud, to calm any worries about his future.

    Both parties are said to have come out of the talks satisfied and he is now set to stay put.
    Griezmann is reportedly classed as unsaleable alongside Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Sergio Busquets, Gerard Pique, Frenkie de Jong and Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

    The striker returned to Quique Setien’s starting XI to face Villarreal at the start of the month, scoring a sumptuous chip in the 4-1 win.
    The scenes of celebration were a far cry from the fury over his late substitute appearances against Celta Vigo and Atletico Madrid.
    A mere two-minute runout against his old club prompted angry responses online from his brother Theo and father Alain.
    Pro-gamer Theo wrote “I feel like crying, seriously” while Alain accused Setien of not having “the keys to the lorry”, describing him as a “passenger” – before the posts were deleted.
    The coach refused to apologise for the meagre outing as he looked to close the gap on title race favourites Real Madrid.
    Setien stated: “I don’t agree that I have no confidence in him.
    “He’s an important player, but I understand it’s tough for him to come on with so little time left. I will speak with him [on Wednesday].
    “I won’t say sorry, because [it’s about] decisions, but I understand he may feel bad, and I feel bad for him because he’s a great person and a great professional.”

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    Manuel Pellegrini named new Real Betis boss eight-months after being sacked by West Ham

    MANUEL PELLEGRINI has been unveiled as the new Real Betis boss with the Chilean to take charge of the club next season.
    SunSport reported earlier in the week how the 66-year-old was edging closer to landing his fourth job at a LaLiga side.

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    Real Betis have announced that Manuel Pellegrini will become their new manager
    Pellegrini – who was sacked by West Ham just eight months ago – has previously managed Real Madrid, Malaga and Villarreal.
    He will already making plans for next season having signed a three-year deal at the Estadio Benito Villamarin.
    Betis – who sit in 13th spot in the Spanish top-flight after 35 games played – have been on the lookout for a new gaffer after sacking Rubi last month.
    The club’s sporting director Alexis Trujillo has taken temporary charge of the Andalusian outfit – winning two out of five games.

    But they have acted swiftly to bring Pellegrini to the club – a year after they failed to lure him from the London Stadium.
    Despite Pellegrini’s first managerial role coming in 1988, he doesn’t boast a trophy cabinet that can match most of his rivals.
    The highlight of his career was undoubtedly the 2013/14 season in which he guided Manchester City to the Premier League title as well as winning the League Cup.

    Manuel Pellegrini – teams managed

    Universidad de Chile – 1988-1989
    Palestino – 1990-1992
    O’Higgins – 1992-1993
    Universidad Catolica – 1993-1995
    Palestino – 1998
    LDU Quito – 1999-2000
    San Lorenzo – 2001-2002
    River Plate – 2002-2003
    Villarreal – 2004-2009
    Real Madrid – 2009-2010
    Malaga – 2010-2013
    Manchester City – 2013-2016
    Hebei China Fortune – 2016-2018
    West Ham – 2018-2019
    Real Betis – 2020-

    Another League Cup was secured the following the campaign, but that is the last piece of silverware he won.

    Prior to his achievements in England, he had won the Argentinian league twice – once at San Lorenzo in 2001 and once with River Plate in 2003.
    The Ecuadorian league was secured in 1999 at LDU Quito, with his first trophy coming at Universidad Catolica where he won the Chilean Cup in 1995.

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