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Cristiano Ronaldo handed two match ban for lashing out at opponent

Flashpoint: Ronaldo appeared to kick out at Edimar. Credit: Reuters

Cristiano Ronaldo has received a two match ban from the Spanish FA after lashing out at Cordoba defender Edimar.

The Ballon d'Or winner appeared to kick out at the Brazilian with seven minutes remaining of last weekend's La Liga encounter.

He misses Madrid's upcoming encounters with Sociedad and Sevilla, but will be available to feature against Atletico Madrid on February 7th.

Ronaldo would have received a three match ban and missed the match at Vicente Calderon if the authorities had deemed his actions worthy of violent conduct.

Gareth Bale responds to Man United rumour during Spanish radio interview

Bale wants to remain at Real Madrid. Credit: PA

Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale is happy at the Bernabeu and has no intention of moving to Manchester United.

Despite playing a significant role in Madrid's long-awaiting tenth European Cup triumph last season there have been rumours that Bale will join United in the summer.

He was criticised by a section of Madrid fans for being greedy on the ball and failing to link up with his team-mates against Valencia this month, but the Welshman revealed that he can't see himself at Old Trafford.

I can't see myself at Manchester United. In an interview recently I was asked if I was happy in Madrid and I said that I was very happy here.

I have a long contract still to go, I am enjoying myself and we are winning trophies. I want to continue doing this at Real Madrid.

– Gareth Bale speaking on Spanish radio

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Silva: Real Madrid move is dream come true

Real Madrid have completed the signing of Brazilian Lucas Silva from Cruzeiro, with the midfielder describing the move as 'a dream come true'.

The Brazilian Under-20 international has signed a deal at the Santiago Bernabeu until 2020.

Lucas Silva was presented on Monday. Credit: Reuters

"I'm delighted to be here. This is a dream come true.

"I arrive to Real Madrid looking to learn and help. I'm ready to wear this jersey and to honour it.

"This is the best club in the world and I know I'm going to be very happy here."

Cristiano Ronaldo sorry after red card in Real Madrid win

Cristiano Ronaldo saw red literally and metaphorically. Credit: Reuters

Cristiano Ronaldo took to Twitter to apologise for his sending off in Real Madrid's 2-1 victory over Cordoba.

The Portuguese forward was dismissed after kicking out at opposition defender Edimar.

"I apologise to everyone and especially to Edimar for my thoughtless act in today's game," Ronaldo tweeted following the match.

Cristiano Ronaldo sent off in Real Madrid win

Cristiano Ronaldo was sent off. Credit: Reuters

Cristiano Ronaldo was sent off for lashing out but Gareth Bale scored a late penalty to give a ragged Real Madrid side all three points from a 2-1 win at Cordoba.

The European champions fell behind to a penalty scored by Nabil Ghilas in only the second minute of the game but Karim Benzema leveled later on in the first half.

Cordoba had a number of chances to retake the lead in the second half but wasted them all, and Bale snatched the winner from 12 yards in the 88th minute after his free-kick was handled by Fede Cartabia, who was also sent off.

Ronaldo could have seen red minutes before he was dismissed for punching defender Ivan Crespo but the incident went unnoticed by Hernandez. However, the referee was in no doubt the next time Ronaldo was involved in an altercation and brandished a straight red card at the Portuguese for kicking out at Cordoba defender Edimar.

Ronaldo was involved in an altercation with Edimar. Credit: Reuters

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Real Madrid set to sign Brazilian Lucas Silva

Real Madrid have won the race to sign Brazilian midfielder Lucas Silva from Cruzeiro, according to reports in the Spanish press.

The European champions, who on Wednesday announced they had reached an agreement with Stromsgodset to acquire 16-year-old Norwegian forward Martin Odegaard, are also on the verge of completing a move for Silva.

Lucas Silva is off to Madrid, it would seem. Credit: Reuters

Spanish sports newspaper Marca claimed on Thursday that Real have reached an agreement with Cruzeiro to sign the Brazilian starlet for a reported 15million euros.

Silva, 21, will pen a six-and-a-half year contract with the Merengue and will be unveiled next week.

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo working on improving his game

Ronaldo is always looking to improve as a footballer. Credit: PA

He's already the popular choice as the world's best player, but Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed that he's working hard to improve three areas of his game.

The Real Madrid superstar believes he has "not had a great deal of success" recently with his left foot, acceleration and direct free-kicks.

Speaking to France Football magazine, the 29 year-old said:

I’m currently trying to improve my left foot, my acceleration and my direct free-kicks. I’ve not had a great deal of success recently with them. I know that it will come back. It’s just a question of having enough humility to know that without training hard, things won’t progress. Working on my game is my guide.

I’m sure that the competition between us [himself and Messi] is a motivating factor for him too. It’s good for me, for him and for other players who are keen to grow. Messi has four Ballon d`Or awards, I have three. This is all good for the world of football.

– Cristiano Ronaldo speaking to France Football magazine
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