The Betis captain has penned a new 12 month deal with the Copa del Rey winners.
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The France international’s fitness has been a source of concern since he hobbled off in the second half of Real Madrid’s 2-2 draw with Elche in LaLiga on January 23.
The Spain international, who has struggled with injury this season, suffered a setback in the Copa del Rey defeat and was in tears when he left the field.
Real Madrid were at the receiving end of one of the greatest shocks in Spanish football history 12 months ago when losing to the same third-tier opponents at Estadio El Collao.
The third-tier side took a shock first-half lead at Linarejos through Hugo Diaz’s header.
The competition is a mini tournament between the two finalists of the previous year’s Copa del Rey and the next two highest placed teams in La Liga. It was first hosted in Saudi Arabia in the 2019/20 season, which Real Madrid won on penalties.
The Catalans picked up their first silverware of the season and gained revenge for their Spanish Super Cup defeat by Athletic Bilbao in January with a convincing victory
Barcelona will seek their first glory this season as they battle Athletic Club in the Copa del Rey final on Saturday at 8:30pm
Football returns to Spain this weekend after the international break with nine games in La Liga and the final of the 2020 Copa del Rey.
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Bilbao reached last season’s final and were set to play Real Sociedad before the coronavirus pandemic halted the competition, with that match now due to take place on April 3 in Seville.
A final against Athletic or Levante awaits the winner of the tie with Sevilla heading into the match with a two-goal advantage after the first leg.
February promises to be more exciting as top domestic cup competitions peak in Europe.
The positive test comes a day before Madrid travel to Alaves in La Liga seeking to bounce back from an embarrassing midweek Copa del Rey exit.
On Saturday, CHAN 2020 and Copa del Rey Round of 32 will kick-off.
This is even as football fans will continue to catch the spectacle of UEFA Europa League and La Liga, while Dutch Erdivisen and Turkish Super League matches will be going on ESPN.
Ibiza took an early lead and held on until Griezmann came through
Barcelona and Real Madrid will face Third Division clubs in the last 32 of the Copa del Rey, with the Catalan team taking on Ibiza and Madrid playing Unionista de Salamanca.
Valverde, 55, took training on Monday morning amid intense speculation his time as coach was about to come to an end and his fate was sealed later in the evening
He said playing the competition in Saudi Arabia was a consequence of the football industry’s desire to find more revenue streams.