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Stoke boss Mark Hughes: no contact from Real Madrid over Asmir Begovic

Stoke boss Mark Hughes is not surprised Potters goalkeeper Asmir Begovic is being linked with Real Madrid, but has stressed there has been no contact between the clubs and that he is not welcoming interest in him.

I'm not sure where the story originates from, but certainly there has been no contact between the clubs.

But it wouldn't surprise me if there was a modicum of truth in it - that top teams are looking at Asmir - because he is an outstanding goalkeeper.

We are certainly not encouraging it. Asmir is a huge part of what we are trying to do here.

– Stoke boss Mark Hughes.


Zidane stars in Madrid win (no, not that one)

Like father like son? This man has a lot to live up to. Credit: PA

Enzo Zidane, the son of football legend Zinedine, featured in Real Madrid's 1-0 UEFA Youth League quarter-final win over PSG tonight.


Bale not taking title for granted

Gareth Bale insists treble-chasing Real Madrid are not getting carried away despite taking a firm grip on the Primera Division title race over the weekend.

With Barcelona surprisingly losing to lowly Real Valladolid on Saturday, Real had a chance to put a four-point buffer between themselves and the reigning champions - as well as moving three points clear of Atletico Madrid - with a victory over Levante on Sunday.

This was a very important result due to the result in Valladolid.

We were really motivated to get the three points and we're very happy with this win.

We're in a good position in the league, but there are still a lot of difficult games left.

We must maintain this good run and the good form we're in.

– Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale
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