Monchi madness and ForlanÃ¢ÂÂs fame
One of La Liga LocaÃ¢ÂÂs proudest moments was when, armed only with Dick CheneyÃ¢ÂÂs Ã¢ÂÂTorture for DummiesÃ¢ÂÂ and a hairdryer, it managed to get a former Marca writer to admit that the paper did indeed make almost all of its stories up. The squealing scribe Ã¢ÂÂfessed up that every summer a whiteboard would be wheeled into the paperÃ¢ÂÂs editorial room, names of players would be written on it and front-page stories would then be written linking the unfortunate footballers to the various clubs in Madrid. More sympathetic, sunny-thinking folk would note that the paper still has to sell copies in the slow season and would argue that thereÃ¢ÂÂs nothing wrong with a bit of idle speculation in what is an entertainment industry. Others of the tinfoil beanie hat persuasion would rant that the whole process is planned and hatched in the dark, drizzly dungeons of Castle Greyskull. Indeed, the conspiracy-nutjobs will be having a fine time of it at the moment as the Florentino PÃÂ©rez presidential run has caused every paper in Spain to leap on the bandwagon and get down and dirty with stories aimed at destabilising rivals. Sevilla have been hit by one such rumour, with stories floating around that president non-elect PÃÂ©rez has his eyes on Monchi as his sporting director, come June. Meanwhile, AS meanwhile report that Jorge Valdano would be returning to the role he left in 2004. JosÃÂ© Maria del Nido, Sevilla president, denied in the local press that PÃÂ©rez - an honourable man, close personal friend, etc - would ever do such a thing. Ã¢ÂÂIÃ¢ÂÂve convinced he wonÃ¢ÂÂt come for Monchi,Ã¢ÂÂ declared the clubÃ¢ÂÂs godfather. Meanwhile, Monchi himself shrugged off the rumours and moved into third-person crazyman form to claim that Ã¢ÂÂwhile JosÃÂ© Maria del Nido wants me at Sevilla, Monchi will be at Sevilla.Ã¢ÂÂMonchi also predicted that his club were not far off winning the league title. Ã¢ÂÂWe are very near to finding the perfect solution,Ã¢ÂÂ claimed the sporting director remarking that there would be very little transfer activity from Sevilla this summer. Villarreal are another victim of more mucky messiness than Jacqui SmithÃ¢ÂÂs expenses claim, with Barcelona based Sport linking their rivalÃ¢ÂÂs manager, Manuel Pellegrini, with the post of Real Madrid manager. AS, meanwhile, are covering all bases with one writer claiming that Carlo Ancelotti is PÃÂ©rezÃ¢ÂÂ first choice, while another backs SportÃ¢ÂÂs claims by saying that Pellegrini would be Jorge ValdanoÃ¢ÂÂs choice, should Valdano be selected by PÃÂ©rez, should PÃÂ©rez win and should PÃÂ©rez decide to run for presidency, of course. Mundo Deportivo are busying themselves with a response to the entertaining argument from VÃÂctor ValdÃÂ©sÃ¢ÂÂ agent, Gines Carvajal, that his client should earn just as much as Iker Casillas. As is the paperÃ¢ÂÂs normal routine, it leads with a story detailing BarcelonaÃ¢ÂÂs unhappiness with CarvajalÃ¢ÂÂs complaints - without giving any quotes or substantiation to their claims, naturally. And to make an extra point, MD is also running a poll asking BarÃÂ§a fans to select their favourite alternative to ValdÃÂ©s once the keeper leaves the club in the summer. The current top of the goalkeeping pops is VillarrealÃ¢ÂÂs flavour of the month, Diego LÃÂ³pez. Meanwhile, over in the AtlÃÂ©ticoÃ¢ÂÂs wonderful world, Diego ForlÃÂ¡n has shown that he has some hidden off-the-pitch talents. Although the striker is currently on international duty with Uruguay, it has been revealed in the Swedish press that the former Manchester United man has also dabbled in the world of popular music. And Shakira. But not in that way. Sometimes songwriter for the Colombian hip-shaker, Olaf Priol, claims that ForlÃÂ¡n plays a notable musical role in one of her biggest selling records, Ã¢ÂÂWhenever, WhereverÃ¢ÂÂ.Ã¢ÂÂShakira and Diego were both in Miami and met through a mutual friend,Ã¢ÂÂ recalled the one-time Roxette member. Ã¢ÂÂThey were in the recording studio, Diego was messing around with some pan pipes which he knows how to play. He ended up appearing on the record,Ã¢ÂÂ chuckled Oriol on the AtlÃÂ©tico manÃ¢ÂÂs claim to musical fame.