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Levante - Guillem Balague Posted 10th September 2012 view comments

With the international break there is no La Liga action to reflect on so Guillem has taken the chance to answer some of YOUR questions.

Remember you can always get in touch with our Spanish football expert for the inside line on life in La Liga, the big stories affecting the Spanish sides and his verdict on players who could be trading the Primera Liga for the Premier League.

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Got a question for Guillem? Then send it in here or use the feedback form below, and then look out for his answer next week.

Hi Guillem, A lot has obviously been made of Cristiano Ronaldo's apparent sadness at Real Madrid, with plenty of speculation about his future? What is the latest news as you know it and how do you think the saga will end? Thanks, Mark Burlsfield (Real Madrid/Tottenham fan)

GUILLEM SAYS:The latest is that when he comes back from Portugal he'll have a meeting with Jose Mourinho; the Managing Director Jose Angel Sanchez; and Florentino Perez and there will be talks about it. Clearly the idea here is he wants another contract. He doesn't think being the sixth or seventh best paid player in the world is what he deserves and doesn't like the way the club has treated him - at a recent UEFA awards ceremony only a third-rate director went with him, while Lionel Messi was surrounded by the top guys at Barcelona. There's other stuff, too. He made a public statement that said it had nothing to do with money - but the amount you're paid reflects the admiration of the club. A new contract will be drawn.

Buenas Guillem! Interesting column as always. My question is simple: Can you see Cesc back in an Arsenal shirt in the future, either through his own will or Barcelona's desire to sell? I recognise that the club invested a great deal of time and money to acquire Cesc, but how can a captain of Arsenal and such a special character be on the bench so often? To me it seems he's missing the love he felt at Arsenal. Oliver Salkind (Arsenal fan)

GUILLEM SAYS:Cesc had problems last season when Pep Guardiola asked him to do a series of things he didn't have in his hard drive. He was brought up at Barcelona but for seven or eight years at Arsenal he played as he wanted and the team played around him. When he came to Barcelona he had to be disciplined tactically and that didn't come naturally. Tito Vilanova is continuing that process. Because he hasn't scored for 20 games people worry but if you see his positioning he stills creates chances. As soon as they start going in you'll see a different Cesc. The problem Cesc has is he has got to play as one of the three in the middle and in there Barca have the three best players in world.

Hi Guillem, Malaga have had a surprisingly good start to the season and are grinding out results. They were handed a relatively kind draw in the Champions League despite being fourth seeds, with Milan being one of the weakest teams in pot one after losing their star players. Do you think Malaga can progress from the group and if so how far can they go? Or is a third place finish for the Europa League the best they can hope for? Conor Jones (Leeds fan)

GUILLEM SAYS: Malaga have found themselves in a situation where the group dynamic changes completely because, all of a sudden, everybody feels closer because they're not getting paid and they're fighting against a very difficult situation. The positive spin is being thrown from the club. The owner, Sheikh Abdullah Al Thani, has left someone in place to rearrange the structure of the club. That basically means they are not going to become the Malaga everyone expected - a Malaga to challenge for the Champions League and keep signing players - but one to work with what they've got.

If they can earn enough money to pay the wages they'll be a top six, top eight team, which is a jump from what they were, but obviously not what Al Thani was talking about. He's put more than 100m Euros into the club and he's seen football doesn't give you the money back, although he's won friends in the process which allow him to develop his businesses in the area. It's a situation you could have predicted.

In terms of their quality, they've got a good XI but then their quality drops, Milan have got a better squad. I think Malaga will fight Milan for the second spot behind Zenit, but I think Milan have enough experience and quality to make it into the top two. But the Europa League won't be a bad thing for Malaga.

Hi Guillem, Do you think Jose Mourinho can play Luka Modric and Mesut Ozil in the same team? Ozil is more dynamic so can he pay on the wing with the more tactically-minded Modric in the middle? What do you think? Tomas Rosario (Liverpool fan)

GUILLEM SAYS:Modric has never played in the Ozil role, except as an under-21 for Croatia. He's a central midfielder and he keeps saying that, so that's going to be interesting. You could see in the game at the Santiago Bernabeu that he wanted to drop a little deeper and Xabi Alonso kept telling him to move forward to the next line of players, in the Ozil role. As you say, Ozil is more dynamic, goes wide and understands the role better. Modric is another passer in the midfield and will open up defences but in that role Luka Modric is going to have to learn. In big games I think it will be Ozil and not Modric who plays in that position.

Hi Guillem, I love watching La Liga and one team which have impressed a lot is Atletico Madrid. They destroyed Chelsea in the Super Cup final and I think that Diego Simeone is destined for great things, how far can you see him going in management? David Fullam (Liverpool fan)

GUILLEM SAYS:When Atletico plays that way they are difficult to stop - but they don't do it that often in Spain, partly because it's a team that suffers from different layers of ambition; some players are very good, others are more modest and there doesn't seem to be a football plan behind what Atletico do each year. Players come and go, opposition to people in charge will tell you those in charge see it as more of a business than a football club.

But also teams know how to play Atletico Madrid in La Liga. It happens a lot with English teams, they just don't know how to play certain teams, as if it was enough to be an English team coming onto the pitch and to play their way was enough to win. Sometimes you have to be humble, like Chelsea were in the Champions League last season or tactically clever as Liverpool were in 2005 and 2007. You don't always find that in the Premier League and I think that is why Spanish teams have such a good record against English teams over the past ten years.

Hi Guillem, Spain look to have three fantastic attacking players in Real Madrid's Jese Rodriguez, Barcelona's Gerard Deulofeu and Atletico Madrid's Oliver Torres. I was wondering what your opinions are on the trio - what are the chances of them getting first-team opportunities this season and how good could they become in the future? Thanks, Shane Farrington (Man United fan)

GUILLEM SAYS:Jese has been compared to Ronaldo. He has to mature and grow - and he'll never be as good as Ronaldo - but he can be a very good player. He has to show his worth and keep at it, I just hope he isn't confused by the fame and hype, which is sometimes what happens with these players.

Deulofeu is a star and will definitely make it into the first team at Barcelona. I'm convinced about that and have been for a few years. Again, he'll have to adapt to his new situation and mature mentally to reach the next level.

Torres has got the Fernando Torres problem, if you like. There are high expectations for him at a club that needs a hero. He's got lots of talent and lots of quality and is more direct, the kind of player Madrid need now.

All three players are fantastic. I'm sure Torres will have chances this season, I'm sure Deulofeu will have some next season - but Jese's problem is that if you want to be Ronaldo, Ronaldo is there already. There's lots of hope for him, but it's still early.

Hi Guillem, Just a few questions on Daniel Carvajal who recently moved from Real Madrid Castilla to Bayer Leverkusen. How do you rate him? Is he good enough to play for Real Madrid's first team in 1 or 2 years' time? Does Jose Mourinho rate him highly? Thanks, Manish Pillai (Real Madrid Fan)

GUILLEM SAYS:They sold him to Bayer Leverkusen, with a buy-back clause as part of the deal. At the moment Alvaro Arbeloa doesn't have a sub and Madrid were looking for right backs until the last day of the transfer window, but they didn't find anybody good enough at the right price. I don't think Mourinho wanted to keep him particularly.

Keep your questions coming in and don't forget to follow Guillem on Twitter: @GuillemBalague

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Philip Driscoll (Deportivo La Coruna fan) says...

Hi Guillem enough about the boring top two when are we going to be able to see the super deport on sky this year, they have had a cracking couple of games so far this season and look to be on their way back to top form . do i really have to wait for them to play madrid or barca ?

Posted 21:05 15th September 2012

Olajide Jide (Chelsea fan) says...

I wonder why people have eyes and they cant see.Ronaldo has demonstrated his ability in three different league,which were x-ordinary performances.People think if a person is a great player in one club he will still be great if he goes to another club.That is a big lie.e.g Berbatov,Chevchenko,Torres,Ibramovic,and man others.Let Messi tries other leagues and then will he himself give kudos to Ronaldo

Posted 11:17 15th September 2012

Yosef Totoba (Chelsea fan) says...

absolutely I argue that Ronaldo is not get prestige in La liga! So, he should have to turn back to premier league !!!!!

Posted 08:29 15th September 2012

Jason Hill (Manchester United fan) says...

Hi Guillem i rate ander herrera so highly and would love man utd to sign him as i believe his qualities and playing style,workrate, team ethic,would suit utd beautifully,could you tell me if you know of any interest from utd,having him scouted,how highly do you rate him and how well thought of is he in la liga,and last thing whats his buy out clause,many thankks jason hill

Posted 16:45 14th September 2012

Allen Jamison (Liverpool fan) says...

Since they got relegated last season, how much money do you think Villarreal would want for Giuseppe Rossi in the January transfer window?

Posted 21:28 13th September 2012

Rup Ghalan (Everton fan) says...

I feel cesc fabregas knows he is well down the pecking order at barcelona the arrival of song adds to this argument though they are different types of midfielders. Cecs will still play many games this season but he foes reailse things are not as they were at arsenal when he was the focal point.

Posted 23:44 12th September 2012

Paul Windle (Barcelona fan) says...

Is it true that Ronaldo is going to leave Real Madrid or is it just a speard rumor

Posted 22:42 12th September 2012

Kaneo Hoolio (Barcelona fan) says...

Hi Guillem, good that Spanish footy is back on! Barcelona seem different this year defensively. Firstly, They appear to be less aggressive in trying to win back possession compared to the Guardiola years. Is this a deliberate tactical shift by villanova or are barca being a bit sluggish? Secondly, they seem to be hacking the ball away a lot compared to cent seasons when they played their way out from the back, even when in difficult situations, what do you think?

Posted 19:08 12th September 2012

Jared Jones (Manchester United fan) says...

hi guillem, can you see pep being the next manager at man united, when sir alex calls it a day? (man utd fan)

Posted 12:55 12th September 2012

Tom Brown (Manchester United fan) says...

i was just wondering who do you believe are the next biggest stars that we should all look for, i thought munian from athletico bilbao, but i've heard that there are others from brazil that some have not even heard of, do you know of any that havent been discusssed on here before?

Posted 11:14 12th September 2012

Ronaldo Mufc (Manchester United fan) says...

Hi i just wanted to ask if there is any chance Ronaldo will come back to Man Utd after saying he was sad at Real Madrid? Thanks..!

Posted 20:37 11th September 2012

Justice Ackey (Real Madrid fan) says...

Is Ronaldo going to take best player this season?

Posted 19:30 11th September 2012

Gatchang Ruai (Manchester United fan) says...

i see great improvement in the red devil future and i ought to say that they will be able to teach man city a lesson by going away with all points this season with both rooney and van persie help without forgetting nani and scholes thankz

Posted 18:34 11th September 2012

George Zogaphou (Arsenal fan) says...

Hi do you think arsenal lack firepower up front this year and need to bring in another striker such as sturridge or Llorente. Or do you think Giroud and Podolski can do the job?

Posted 18:06 11th September 2012

Kubaib Farad (Manchester City fan) says...

Do you think the Barcelona revolution that has sweeped throughout football will continue under Villanova? Seems as Tito will use a more tactical winning approach whilst maintaining Barcelona's values, not as gung-ho as under Guardiola. Is this a positive thing?

Posted 12:40 11th September 2012

Emmanuel Johnson (Real Madrid fan) says...

I am concern about Kaka Hi Guillem, I am a very strong admirer of Brazilian players who ply for Real Madrid in the past and current. Could you please tell me about the fate of my Brazilian play-maker Ricardo kaka of Real Madrid. I wondering about his future footballing career. Now that you have Modic and Ozil.

Posted 12:38 11th September 2012

Denver Pillay (Liverpool fan) says...

Where do you see Valencia finishing of this season? Do you think that xabo Alonso will sign a new contract at madrid?

Posted 12:25 11th September 2012

S Wardy (Wolverhampton Wanderers fan) says...

Wont celebrate goals because he thinks he should be the most famous and best paid player in the world? Ronaldo is a joke. Id love to have his problems. What happened to caring about the game?

Posted 12:02 11th September 2012

Joseph Grech (Manchester United fan) says...

Ronaldo should move from real madrid if he is unhappy. he should join manutd where he became a world star

Posted 11:23 11th September 2012

Faris Hachicho (Arsenal fan) says...

I think Fabregas should return to Arsenal to avoid another problem at FC Barcelona

Posted 10:56 11th September 2012

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