Former Arsenal, Real Madrid and Sevilla star Jose Antonio Reyes has returned to Spanish football following a brief spell in China by signing with second-tier strugglers Extremadura.

Reyes left Cordoba for Xinjiang Tianshan in China's League One in June, but after failing to stop them from being relegated to the third level of Chinese football, he swiftly departed.

A former Spain international, 35-year-old Reyes has enjoyed a distinguished career having played for Madrid and Atletico Madrid, Arsenal, Sevilla and Benfica.

He joins Extremadura amid a relegation battle, with the Almendralejo-based side occupying the last relegation spot and two points adrift of safety.

New Barcelona signing Kevin-Prince Boateng dismissed suggestions of a past allegiance to Real Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo by lauding Lionel Messi as the best player "in this world and every world" during his official presentation.

Boateng completed a shock move to Barca on Monday, with the Catalan club bringing him in from Sassuolo on a loan deal until the end of the season which includes an €8million purchase option.

Despite being undoubtedly talented, the 31-year-old represents a left-field option for Barca, considering the level Boateng has been operating at for the last two years.

Before Sassuolo, Boateng played for Las Palmas and then Eintracht Frankfurt, never quite living up to the early expectations of him after impressing as a teenager with Hertha Berlin.

After rumours of his move began to circulate, past quotes from Boateng declaring himself a Madrid fan and praising Ronaldo as the world's best player began to resurface, but he had a concise response on Tuesday.

"I am a Barcelona player and Lionel Messi is the best player in this world and every world," the Germany-born former Ghana international told reporters.

"Why are you laughing? That's the truth, he has shown that with all that he has won in the last 10 years.

"It's a great honour [to be at Barcelona] because Messi is the best player in the world, and Luis Suarez the best striker in the world.

"They play amazingly and being able to play by their side is a great gift."

Boateng is fully aware that he has not been brought in to slot straight into the starting XI, but believes his versatility will serve him well, as he is able to play in midfield and further forward.

"At my age, the number nine role is perfect for me, but for a coach, I think a player like me is a plus because I can play in different positions, but I feel very good as a number nine," the former AC Milan man said.

"I have not talked to the coach [Ernesto Valverde], but I know I have not come to play in the starting line because there are incredible players in this team.

"I'm here because of my experience and to help. I'm here to play well and sign on for more years here, that's my goal."

Xabi Alonso insists he will fight to the end to clear his name after being accused of tax fraud by Spanish prosecutors.

The former Real Madrid and Bayern Munich midfielder is alleged to have committed three tax offences between 2010 and 2012, while he was a player in LaLiga.

Alonso attended court in Madrid on Tuesday, where he learned that his case will be postponed until further notice.

Speaking to reporters, former Spain international Alonso said: "The court has assessed whether or not they are competent to start the case. I have to wait for their assessment, and respect and continue to trust in what justice will decide.

"Now, we have to wait. I'm still confident, as the previous court acquitted me and here I'm continuing to defend my innocence and trust in justice."

Alonso appeared in court on the same day that former Madrid team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo was handed a 23-month prison sentence and €18.8million fine after accepting charges of tax fraud.

However, when asked if he could strike a similar deal with prosecutors to that which Ronaldo accepted, Alonso replied: "No, because I have the conviction and confidence of having done everything right, collaborating from the start without hiding anything.

"I've come here and I'm going to keep going until the end because I have confidence in justice. I've done everything okay.

"I would be worried if I had something to hide or I had not done something right. They're studying and evaluating my case and we have to wait."

Alonso, 37, joined Madrid from Liverpool in 2009 and spent five years at the club before leaving for Bayern.

He retired at the end of the 2016-17 season.

Cristiano Ronaldo has accepted a 23-month prison sentence and an €18.8million fine for tax fraud.

The Juventus star attended a court in Madrid on Tuesday to ratify an agreement already reached with Spanish prosecutors.

The 33-year-old was accused of committing four crimes against the Spanish treasury between 2011 and 2014 while he was playing for Real Madrid.

Ronaldo is alleged to have concealed income earned through image rights by using offshore companies.

The Portugal international told reporters that "everything is perfect" after his short appearance in court, during which he accepted the charges as part of a plea deal with the prosecution.

Under Spanish law, he will not be required to spend any time in jail as it is a first-time offence.

Ronaldo was pictured smiling outside court, accompanied by girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez, having given a thumbs-up to waiting reporters upon arriving before signing some autographs for fans.

The forward, who left Madrid last year to join Juventus in a €112m deal, missed a penalty in his side's 3-0 Serie A win over Chievo on Monday.

Cristiano Ronaldo has arrived in Madrid for sentencing in a tax fraud case.

The 33-year-old is accused of committing four crimes against the Spanish treasury between 2011 and 2014 while he was playing for Real Madrid.

Ronaldo is alleged to have concealed income earned through image rights by using offshore companies.

The Portugal star is expected to receive a reduced two-year prison sentence and a fine of €18.8million, according to EFE, after striking a plea deal with the prosecution in which he admitted the four charges.

Under Spanish law, he will not be required to spend any time in jail as it is a first-time offence.

Ronaldo attended court early on Tuesday, accompanied by girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez.

The forward, who left Madrid last year to join Juventus in a €112m deal, missed a penalty in his side's 3-0 Serie A win over Chievo on Monday.

Eden Hazard admits he would still like to join Real Madrid but could yet be persuaded to stay at Chelsea.

The Belgium international has been linked with a move to the Santiago Bernabeu for some time and has previously expressed an interest in a switch to LaLiga.

Hazard says the departure of childhood idol Zinedine Zidane as head coach at the end of last season would not necessarily influence his plans, but has suggested he could still commit his future to Stamford Bridge.

"Would I like to sign for Real Madrid? Why not?" he told France Football. "I have never heard from Zidane and if he goes to Manchester United tomorrow, for example, I would not be there.

"Real Madrid without Zidane is different, but it is still Real Madrid. 

"I've won everything in England, except the Community Shield, but that doesn't mean I'm going to leave. I've always said that I want to try something different after England, but there are things that might make me stay."

Hazard was initially tipped to leave Chelsea last season amid suggestions of a poor relationship with head coach Antonio Conte, who was replaced by Maurizio Sarri prior to the start of 2018-19.

The 28-year-old has been in impressive form this term, with 10 goals and 10 assists in 22 appearances in the Premier League, despite being used recently in a false nine role, one which he disliked playing under Conte.

Hazard claims he has always been a source of frustration for his managers, however, and sees no reason why that will change regardless of the standard of his displays.

"I didn't only frustrate Conte," he said. "In my career, I've frustrated all my coaches. And here, Sarri, I still frustrate him. [Jose] Mourinho, I frustrated him.

"They think I need to score more, to do more here, more of that. The next one I have, I'll frustrate him, too."

Indeed, Hazard believes he may be different to the rest of the world's elite players as he is not obsessed with goals and silverware.

"I may be apart from the best players in the world. The best think goals, passes, trophies. I've never been like that. So, yes, maybe," he said.

"In professional football, there are a lot of players like me, who want to have fun."

However, the former Lille star still believes Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo must be considered a cut above the rest given their success over the last decade.

"I've been at their table for a long time!" he added. "Even if it's only been six months, I've had good form since the World Cup. I feel like that, even in the eyes of the fans.

"Before, in their eyes, it was: 'Yes, he's a very good player, but can he be among the greatest?'. But there is a moment where you have to keep your feet on the ground. For what they have done in the last 10 years, you can't be compared to them, it's impossible."

Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar insists transfer speculation linking him with Real Madrid and Barcelona is not "concrete".

Real Madrid star Luka Modric said he wants to stay at the LaLiga giants beyond his current contract.

Kylian Mbappe did not rule out a future move to Real Madrid, though the Paris Saint-Germain sensation insisted he is "very happy" at the Ligue 1 champions.

Madrid have been long-term admirers of Mbappe and the 20-year-old star continues to be linked with the Champions League holders and LaLiga giants.

Mbappe, who helped France win the 2018 World Cup, was asked about Madrid following his hat-trick in the 9-0 humiliation of Guingamp on Saturday.

"I'm fine here, but in football - and the future, you never know," Mbappe said via AS and Marca.

Mbappe, who has scored a Ligue 1-high 17 goals and 21 in all competitions this season, added: "I'm very happy with how things are going for me at Paris Saint-Germain.

"I'm under contract until 2021 and so now's not the moment to think about anything else."

Santiago Solari declared "nothing is impossible" for Real Madrid after they moved up to third in LaLiga with a 2-0 victory over Sevilla.

Late goals from Casemiro and Luka Modric helped Madrid move above their opponents in the table, though they still trail leaders Barcelona - who host Leganes on Sunday - by seven points.

Despite the gap, with Atletico Madrid sandwiched in between the pair in second place, Solari insists his players will continue to fight for the title until it is mathematically out of their reach.

"We are fighting in three competitions until the last, as always," he said. "For Real Madrid, nothing is impossible.

"I always enjoy football and the competition, it is our passion and we love it despite the tough times. We are passionate about competing and obviously it is better to win, no one can deny that."

Sevilla had the best chance in the first half at the Santiago Bernabeu, Sergio Escudero failing to finish off a flowing move on the counter as he shot into the side-netting with his left foot.

However, Madrid were by far the better team after the break, eventually taking the lead through Casemiro's long-range strike in the 78th minute before the excellent Modric added another in stoppage time.

"It's always more than just the three points when you're up against a direct rival, because one team gets the points and the other loses them," Solari told the media.

"The celebration was worthy of Casemiro's wonderful goal, and it was tense because I couldn't see if it was going in or not. It was a fantastic effort, not only because of the significance of the game, but because we needed that breakthrough."

On Modric, who played on despite suffering a cut in the first half following an aerial collision with Sevilla's Franco Vazquez, the Madrid boss added: "He was outstanding. Considering he had big gash that they had to stitch up.

"He's a fighter, he played a wonderful second half, split his eyebrow, then after 15 minutes [at half-time] they patched him up, he came and got the goal at the end. That speaks volumes about the spirit in this team. It was a very complete performance."

Sergio Ramos was delighted to send the Real Madrid fans home happy after the team produced an "outstanding performance" to record a hard-fought 2-0 win over Sevilla on Saturday.

Late goals from Casemiro and Luka Modric clinched Real Madrid a 2-0 win over Sevilla at a sodden Santiago Bernabeu – a result that lifts Santiago Solari's side above their opponents in the LaLiga table. 

Madrid appeared set to endure a frustrating afternoon in the Spanish capital, both Modric, who played over half of the contest with a nasty cut following a clash of heads with Franco Vazquez, and Dani Ceballos denied by the woodwork after the break.

However, Casemiro produced a sensational long-range strike in the 78th minute to help his team secure a 10th straight home league victory over Sevilla, who let slip their loose grasp of third place. 

The Brazilian's curling attempt evaded Tomas Vaclik, the visiting goalkeeper only able to paw the ball into the top left corner of his net as Sevilla’s defence was finally breached in the face of a second-half onslaught from their opponents.

A wounded Modric added a second in stoppage time, converting a one-on-one opportunity as he curled his effort beyond the advancing Vaclik.

Real Madrid's goalkeeping stocks have taken another ill-timed hit with Keylor Navas confirmed to have sustained an adductor injury.

Barcelona have been drawn against Sevilla in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals, while Real Madrid will take on Girona.

Atletico Madrid will host Real Madrid in the last LaLiga derby between the sides this season on February 9, it has been confirmed.

Diego Simeone's side are proving Barcelona's main rivals for the title, although the defending champions are five points clear at the top.

Atletico and Madrid, who are fourth in the table, played out a 0-0 draw in the reverse fixture in September, with kick-off in next month's return set for 16.15 local time.

Simeone's men triumphed 4-2 after extra time when the Madrid clubs met in the UEFA Super Cup at the start of the season.

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