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Athletic Bilbao defender Unai Nunez has extended his contract until 2025.
Former Southampton and Bournemouth midfielder Andrew Surman has signed for MK Dons on a free. The 34 year old, who has also played for Wolverhampton Wanderers, was released by Bournemouth in the summer.
Former Sunderland striker Duncan Watmore has signed for Middlesbrough on a short-term contract which runs until January. The 26 year old, who was released by the Mackems in the summer, has been training with Boro for a few weeks.
Northern Ireland have been hit by the withdrawal of four of their squad. Captain Steven Davis and forward Kyle Lafferty have pulled out for personal reasons, while Niall McGinna and Jordan Thompson have picked up injuries. They had already lost George Saville on Friday for personal reasons.
Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Elneny has become the second of their players from the Premier League to test positive for CV, following Mohamed Salah's test on Friday. Arsenal midfielder Elneny had previously tested negative 3 times before this positive result.
After three players in the Ukraine squad tested CV positive, their entire squad has been placed in quarantine and their match with Switzerland was called off.
R.I.P. Monster Monster
1990's football agent Eric Hall has passed away at the age of 73. Hall started out in the music business before a chance meeting in a nightclub with Tottenham Hotspur's Steve Perryman. He went on to represent players such as Dennis Wise, Neil Ruddock and Tim Sherwood, though is probably better known for his giant cigar and 'monster, monster' catchphrase.
Club World Cup
FIFA's Club World Cup will not be played in December this year due to the restrictions of Coronavirus, which has held up the resolution of continental championships. Instead the tournament will take place in Qatar from 1st to 11th February 2021. FIFA reported: "The Club World Cup Qatar 2020 has been subject to the disruptive effect on the confederations' continental club championships. The introduction of strict return-to-play protocols have facilitated a successful resumption of continental club championships, the last of which is now scheduled to conclude by the end of January 2021."
La Liga Release Salary Cap Details
In Spain's La Liga, the salaries of the entire club, from player salaries to all other club employees, including reserve and youth teams, are limited by the association. Each club has a cap based on its income. Those caps have now been published by the league, along with the difference to their current wage bill. It leaves a number of clubs in desperate need of salary reductions, particularly Barcelona, though a few are well within the limits set, amounts in euros:
Real Madrid - 468,529,000 cap - 172,500,000 over cap
Barcelona - 382,717,000 cap - 273,700,000 over cap
Atletico Madrid - 252,720,000 cap - 95,800,000 over cap
Sevilla - 185,809,000 cap - 600,000 under cap
Villareal - 145,242,000 cap - 31,900,000 under cap
Athletic Bilbao - 119,819,000 cap - 16,600,000 under cap
Valencia - 103,390,000 cap - 73,700,000 over cap
Real Sociedad - 100,876,000 cap - 15,300,000 under cap
Real Betis - 71,304,000 cap - 31,100,000 over cap
Celta de Vigo - 62,518,000 cap - 5,800,000 over cap
Granada - 56,483,000 cap - 18,600,000 under cap
Getafe - 52,589,000 cap - 11,200,000 over cap
Real Valladolid - 49,361,000 cap - 14,500,000 under cap
CA Osasuna - 46,638,000 cap - 7,800,000 under cap
SD Eibar - 42,706,000 cap - 4,400,000 over cap
Deportivo Alaves - 42,028,000 cap - 7,300,000 over cap
Cadiz - 41,028,000 cap - promoted team
Levante UD - 37,613,000 cap - 17,000,000 over cap
SD Huesca - 37,057,000 cap - promoted team
Elche - 34,600,000 cap - promoted team
Written by Tris Burke November 17 2020 20:04:32