Gareth Bale wheels away after scoring the first goal of his hat-trick in Real Madrid’s  Primera Division win over Deportivo La Coruna at the  Santiago Bernabeu. Photograph:  Gerard Julien/AFP/Getty Images

Real Madrid 5 Deportivo La Coruna 0 Zinedine Zidane got off to a flying start as Real Madrid coach when Gareth Bale hit a hat-trick in a 5-0 win over(...)

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane with  Cristiano Ronaldo during a Real Madrid training session at the Valdebebas training ground. Photograph: Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

Zinedine Zidane has admitted that the pressure is already on to win an 11th European Cup as he faced the press for the first time since taking over fr(...)

Gary Neville’s Valencia held Real Madrid to a 2-2 draw at the Mestalla. Photograph: Afp

Valencia 2 Real Madrid 2 Gary Neville’s Valencia twice came from behind to claim a 2-2 draw against 10-man Real Madrid in the Primera Division to tur(...)

Didier Deschamps has said it is ‘not possible’ to pick Karim Benzema for Euro 2016. Photograph: Reuters

The France coach Didier Deschamps has said it would be impossible for him to pick Karim Benzema for next year’s European Championship while the case i(...)

 Cristiano Ronaldo takes a free kick against Getafe. Photo: Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Real Madrid coach Rafa Benitez had particular praise for Karim Benzema on Saturday after the France forward struck twice to lead his team to a 4-1 wi(...)

Rafael Benítez has been instructed by the club president Florentino Pérez  to keep Gareth Bale centre stage at Real Madrid. Photo by Angel Martinez/Real Madrid via Getty Images)

They have turned on Rafa Benítez with indecent haste. No one said it would be easy managing Real Madrid, but the speed at which critics have rounde(...)

Real Madrid’s French forward Karim Benzema during a training session at Valdebebas Sport City. Photograph: Getty Images

Real Madrid coach Rafa Benitez has given his full support to Karim Benzema over his involvement in a sextape scandal but the French strtiker will not(...)

Karim Benzema (second left) leaves the court house in Versailles: the Real Madrid striker’s lawyer  said Benzema was innocent and took no part in any blackmail. Photograph: Matthieu Alexandre/AFP/Getty Images

The French international footballer Karim Benzema has been placed under formal judicial investigation in connection with an alleged attempt to blackm(...)

 French striker Karim Benzema leaves the court house in Versailles on Thursday after he was placed under formal judicial investigation. Photograph:  Matthieu Alexandre/AFP/Getty Images

France striker Karim Benzema has been charged with conspiracy to blackmail and participating in a criminal group as part of an investigation over a se(...)

Real Madrid’s French international Karim Benzema was arrested as part of a police investigation into an alleged plot to blackmail an international player over a sex tape recorded on a mobile phone, French media reports claim. Photograph: EPA

The French international footballer Karim Benzema has been taken into police custody as part of an inquiry into an alleged plot to blackmail a fellow (...)