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Liverpool and Spurs target joins Real Sociedad

Asier Illarrmendi has returned to the Basque Country. Credit: PA

Spanish midfielder Asier Illarramendi has left Real Madrid to return to former club Real Sociedad in a deal worth almost £12million.

The Basque has signed a six-year deal with the San Sebastian outfit, having previously being linked with a move to Spurs or Liverpool.

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Wenger dismisses Benzema talk but doesn't rule out signing striker

Karim Benzema's future is uncertain. Credit: PA

Arsene Wenger was quick to dismiss any move for Real Madrid's Karim Benzema in this transfer window but says a move for the striker could happen should 'something exceptional' come up.

The French striker has been linked with the Gunners all summer but his club manager Rafael Benitez has already said Benzema won't be leaving.

When asked about a potential move for Benzema, Wenger said: "It is just media talk.

"At the moment we have no (Alexis) Sanchez, no (Danny) Welbeck, and when these players come back we feel we have the needed striking force. But we do not rule it out if something exceptional comes up to do it."

Benitez makes it clear that Ramos will not be joining Man United

Rafa says Ramos is going nowhere. Credit: PA

Real Madrid captain and centre back Sergio Ramos is "100 percent committed" to the club, said coach Rafa Benitez said on Thursday, amid continued speculation the Spain defender could be on his way to Manchester United.

Louis van Gaal hinted this week he may be pursuing the 29-year-old Ramos who has two years left on his Real contract but is said to be unhappy with the level of his wages.

Ramos could join United as part of a swap deal, with his Spain team mate and goalkeeper David De Gea, 24, going the other way, according to reports in Spain and England.

"De Gea is not our player and Ramos is our captain and a very important player for us," Benitez told a news conference.

"I hope he's still here at the beginning of the season. I want him to stay on, he's a fundamental player for all of us. It's clear to me and the club that he will remain 100 percent committed to Real Madrid.

"I respect Van Gaal and what matters to me is that Ramos stays here."

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Real Madrid set to sign Spain goalkeeper

Kiko Casilla, left, is set for Real Madrid, which could mean David De Gea, right, is not. Credit: Reuters

Real Madrid are set to sign goalkeeper Kiko Casilla after he underwent a medical with the club.

Casilla, who has one cap for Spain, started his career at the Santiago Bernabeu, but never played for the first-team.

The Espanyol player been one of the stand-out goalkeepers in La Liga in recent years and his arrival is likely to end the club's interest in David De Gea this summer.

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