Ronaldo out of Madrid squad for Sevilla clash

Ronaldo also missed the first leg of the round of 16 tie, with Madrid cruising to a 3-0 win at the Santiago Bernabeu without their star attacker.

He then returned to the starting XI for the 5-0 win over Granada at the weekend, but will be allowed to sit out Thursday's clash again.

Modric, meanwhile, has featured for the full 90 minutes in Madrid's first two games of 2017, but Zidane does not need the Croatia international at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

Barca president Bartomeu could miss Copa final as protest

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu could miss the Copa del Rey final in protest against the banning of Catalan flags at the event, according to vice-president Carles Vilarrubi.

Barca will be looking to complete a domestic double when they take on Europa League winners Sevilla at the Vicente Calderon in Madrid on Sunday.

UEFA handed the Camp Nou club a fine following the appearance of Catalan flags in last season's Copa final and Madrid governor Concepcion Dancausa confirmed they would be banned from this weekend's match.

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The defending champions made light work of the home side courtesyt of a hat-trick from Luis Suarez, who claims the Pichichi prize for top scorer after finishing on 40 for the season.

Suarez struck twice in the first half against a Granada side who had little to play for, after they secured their survival with a 4-1 win over Sevilla last week.

Moreno seeking extra inspiration from Liverpool heroes

Liverpool left-back Alberto Moreno has been using the club's incredible 2005 Champions League triumph in Istanbul as motivation for his club's upcoming Europa League final against his old side Sevilla.

The Spanish winger-turned-full-back said he was watching footage of the game, in which Liverpool recovered from a 3-0 half-time deficit to lift the Champions League trophy after penalties, in the build up to his first European final with the club.

Clattenburg to referee Champions League final

Mark Clattenburg will referee this month's Madrid derby Champions League final, UEFA has announced.

The Referees Committee of European football's governing body has selected the Englishman to take charge of the showpiece between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid at San Siro on May 28.

A UEFA statement released on Tuesday confirmed: "The match will be refereed by 41-year-old English referee Mark Clattenburg, who has been an international referee since 2007.

Gameiro: Barcelona rumours good for me

Sevilla striker Kevin Gameiro has welcomed rumours linking him with a possible move to Barcelona.

Reports in Spain this week have claimed that technical director Ariedo Braida has placed the 28-year-old on a transfer wish list after Luis Enrique made it clear he wants to reinforce forward options before next season.

Gameiro says the speculation underlines his good form for the Europa League holders, but insists his sole focus is on a strong end to the campaign at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, as Sevilla pursue two trophies and a top-four finish.

Real Madrid ready for 'special' Clasico - Zidane

Real Madrid proved they are ready for the Clasico with a comprehensive 4-0 win over Sevilla, according to coach Zinedine Zidane.

Goals from Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Jese Rodriguez saw Madrid close to within a point of second-placed Atletico Madrid after their defeat to Sporting Gijon.

Madrid's first game after the international break is against La Liga leaders Barcelona at Camp Nou on April 2 and Zidane is full of confidence ahead of that showdown given the standard of their display on Sunday.

Real Madrid 4 Sevilla 0: Benzema, Ronaldo and Bale on target

Karim Benzema scored on his comeback from injury as Real Madrid sealed a 4-0 win over Sevilla to close the gap to the top two.

Allegations over his involvement in a money-laundering investigation and being left out of the France squad have made this a tough week for the striker, but he marked his return to full fitness with a fine goal to set Madrid on their way.

Real Madrid v Sevilla: Casemiro won't give up title fight

Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro insists they will not surrender La Liga just yet as they prepare to host Sevilla on Sunday.

Zinedine Zidane's side battled to a 2-1 victory away to Las Palmas last week – with Casemiro heading in a late winner – but they remain 12 points behind leaders Barcelona with nine games to play.

Madrid were criticised for a lacklustre display in Gran Canaria, but the Brazilian insists maximum points are all that matter as they aim to keep their slim title hopes alive.