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Modric signs new Real deal

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Luka Modric has become a key component for Real. Credit: PA

Croatia midfielder Luka Modric has signed a new four-year contract with European champions Real Madrid.

The 28-year-old former Dinamo Zagreb and Tottenham man, who started in Tuesday's 1-1 Supercopa first-leg draw against Atletico Madrid, moved to the Spanish capital in 2012 and helped Carlo Ancelotti's side to Champions League and Copa del Rey glory last term.

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Snodgrass set for six months out

Robert Snodgrass
Robert Snodgrass has a rather painful sounding injury. Credit: PA

Hull midfielder Robert Snodgrass has been ruled out for six months with a dislocated kneecap.

Tigers manager Steve Bruce revealed the extent of the injury to Snodgrass ahead of the club's Europa League qualifier against Lokeren in Belgium on Thursday, a club spokesman confirmed.

And it could get worse for Snodgrass who is due to undergo scans to investigate possible ligament damage.

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Valverde: Tie is wide open

Athletic Bilbao coach Ernesto Valverde insists his team is happy with a 1-1 draw from the first leg of their Champions League play-offs against Napoli.

This was a good result for us.But it's not over yet.

Napoli have to score in the return leg and they have players that can do so.

They are a great team and the tie is still wide open.

– Ernesto Valverde speaking to Marca

Benitez confident heading to Bilbao

Napoli coach Rafael Benitez remains confident his side can see off Athletic Bilbao to reach the group stages of the Champions League.

The Italians were held to a 1-1 draw by the Primera Division outfit on Tuesday evening in Naples and have left themselves with plenty to do in Spain.

Athletic will certainly go out there to win. This means they will want to score and so do we.

I have confidence but of course it will not be easy.

We saw the game I expected to see Considering the way the game went, we can consider our reaction positive and we must begin again from that.

– Rafa Benitez speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport

Pool lose again

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Nile Ranger made his Blackpool debut. Credit: PA

Brentford secured their first Sky Bet Championship victory of the season as Stuart Dallas grabbed the winner early in the second half to beat struggling Blackpool 2-1 at Bloomfield Road.

Nathan Delfouneso had put the Tangerines ahead with just their second goal of the campaign, but Alex Pritchard levelled things up after 37 minutes and Dallas' goal though seven minutes into the second half handed the Bees their opening win on their return to the second tier after 21 years.

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