Pep Panic As Real Madrid In Contact With Man City Brahim Diaz

Real Madrid is ready to drop their interest in Tottenham ace Dele Alli in favour for another Premier League starlet.

Real president Florentino Perez is in the market for a new attacking midfielder and is shopping in England for a solution.

Alli has been under consideration, however, Diario Gol says Perez is now switching his focus to Manchester City whizkid Brahim Diaz.

Tied to City until 2019, Diaz’s representatives are already in talks with Real intermediaries.

The midfielder, who joined City three years ago from Malaga, enjoys a huge reputation in Spain but is yet to force his way into manager Pep Guardiola’s senior plans.

Guardiola is aware of Real’s approach and has already spoken to Diaz, urging him to be patient.

Source: Tribal Football

Ronaldo Urges Perez To Consider Rashford

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo is keeping a close eye on Manchester United whizkid Marcus Rashford.

Rashford has impressed for Jose Mourinho’s United this season, along with England.

Ronaldo has noticed and Don Balon says he has approved a move for Rashford if Real president Florentino Perez is unable to secure the signing of top target Harry Kane.

The La Liga champions know it will be difficult to get a deal over the line for the Tottenham striker.

The signing of Rashford could mean Karim Benzema would stay at the Bernabeu with the 19-year-old being slowly introduced into the fold by Zinedine Zidane.

 

Man U Alerted On Bale’s Availability

Real Madrid has contacted Manchester United to alert them to Gareth Bale’s availability.

El Confidencial says Bale is in a fight not to exhaust the diplomacy of Zinedine Zidane and the patience of president Florentino Perez due to his lengthy injury list.

Zidane knows that he is a player with whom he cannot count for a third of the season, at best.

There are also concerns from the Spanish side that his love of golf — which he often plays when he has time off — contributes to Bale’s back problems, it is reported.

Manchester United remain keen on Bale, while a return to former club Tottenham has also been mooted.

It is understood that Real Madrid would consider parting ways with Bale, who has won three Champions Leagues in four seasons with the club if they can recoup the £86m they paid Spurs to sign him over four years ago.

 

Real Star Feels More Superior Than Messi

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo can’t see Barcelona rival Leo Messi succeeding in the Premier League.

Messi is being linked with a world record €400m move to Manchester City today as his new contract remains unsigned.

And Don Balon says Ronaldo thinks the Barcelona star would struggle to handle life in England’s top flight.

Ronaldo views himself as the superior player because of what he achieved during his time at Manchester United.

Indeed, he feels Messi has had it easy at Barcelona.

He came through the club’s famous La Masia academy and has always had a team full of stars around him.

 

 

Man Utd Not Big Enough To Keep Me – Cristiano Ronaldo

Manchester United are chasing a deal for Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil AND teammate Alexis Sanchez.

The Independent says United are interested in snapping up the attacking pair this summer.

The star Arsenal duo will be free agents at the end of the season if they fail to renew their contracts in north London.

United are planning to try and sign German playmaker Ozil, with Jose Mourinho a huge fan of his following theirs together at Real Madrid.

It is said the Red Devils also maintain an interest in Chilean forward Sanchez but believe they are behind Manchester City in the race to snap him up.

 

Zidane Hails Bale, Ronaldo For Real’s Win

Real Madrid’s coach Zinedine Zidane praised goal-scorers Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo, who netted twice in a 3-1 victory as Real Madrid finally claimed a Champions League win at Borussia Dortmund.

Christiano Ronaldo marked his 150th European game with second-half goals after Bale’s stunning early volley gave Real the lead at Dortmund’s Signal Iduna Park

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored Dortmund’s consolation goal with just over half an hour left, but the Germans were simply out-played by holders Real.

Having also netted twice against APOEL, Ronaldo has now scored four goals in just two Champions League games this season.

“I’m happy for Cristiano… again! I’m delighted for Ronaldo and Bale,” said Zidane.

This is the first time Dortmund have lost at home to Real in seven European games while holders Madrid have now scored in 38 successive Champion League games.

“It is difficult to play in this stadium, we have never won here, so this victory was important to us, and the whole game was good for us from start to finish,” said Zidane.

“We had a lot of ball possession, that was the key.

“Dortmund played as impressively as ever, but we compensated well.”

Dortmund shaded possession and matched Real’s tally of 16 shots on goal and Zidane wanted to see more chances converted.

“We could have scored more. We had chances. The important thing is to score more than our opponents and we did that,” said the Frenchman.

“The side worked hard – Isco, (Luka) Modric, Casemiro and (Toni) Kroos were marvellous.

“Everyone was brilliant. It was a tremendous game.”

The result leaves the Real top of Group H, just ahead of Tottenham Hotspur, who beat APOEL 3-0 away, with Dortmund third and six points adrift of Spurs, who they also lost 3-1 to in London.

Dortmund coach Peter Bosz gave an honest appraisal of his team, who were better than Real in virtually every statistic – apart from the scoreboard.

“We defend with 11 players and we attack with 11 players,” said the Dutchman, whose Dortmund shaded possession and match Real’s 16 shots on goal.

“We were just too late against a side who barely made a mistake and we have to defend better.

“We didn’t put any pressure on the ball during the game and it’s difficult against an opponent like that.

“We were always too late, we have to analyse the performance and do better in the future.

Dortmund should have been awarded a penalty with 13 minutes gone when Real captain Sergio Ramos cleared Maximilian Philipp’s shot off the line and the ball deflected off his hand.

“That was clearly a handball in the first-half, but we deserved to lose,” admitted Bosz.

Zidane: Ronaldo Suggest Change Of Tactic In Subsequent Games

The Real Madrid Striker Cristiano Ronaldo has held talks with Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane after their shock defeat to Real Betis.

The poor performance in their last match, 1-0 reverse marked Real Madrid’s worst season start at home for over 20 years.

Ronaldo made his return from suspension for the game but failed to find a way past the Betis defense so also blowing their chance to beat Santos’ record of scoring in 73 consecutive games.

With tempers now eased, Diario Gol says Ronaldo has approached Zidane about his system and tactics this season.

Betis coach Quique Setien clearly out-thought his counterpart on the night and Ronaldo has suggested to Zidane that it is time to abandon their successful 4-4-2 formation and try something else.

 

Bale Silence Critics With Sizzling Goal Victory Win On Sunday

Gareth Bale believes he can still win over the Real Madrid faithful after silencing his critics with a sensational solo goal to seal a vital 3-1 win at Real Sociedad on Sunday.

Bale had been jeered by his own fans in Madrid’s 3-0 Champions League win over APOEL Nicosia in midweek for an underwhelming start to the season, particularly in Cristiano Ronaldo’s absence due to a five-game ban.

The Welshman failed to find the net as Real dropped points at home to Valencia and Levante to allow Barcelona to open up a four-point lead at the top of La Liga.

But Bale helped Madrid get back to winning ways in impressive style by ending Sociedad’s own 100 percent start to the season.

“It’s normal, it happens in football,” Bale told Spanish TV station Movistar of the criticism that has come his way.

“For me obviously I just have to try to keep my head down and keep working hard. That’s all I can do.

“I can’t control what goes on, I can only control how hard I work on the pitch.

“You go through ups and downs in your career, but it is how you bounce back.”

Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane believes Bale’s strike can be a turning point in his season.

Bale used his electric pace to burst past Kevin Rodrigues before dinking the ball over the advancing Geronimo Rulli.

“He needed to score a goal and in this manner. After a run of 60 meters, technically he finished it very well,” said Zidane.

However, the Frenchman insisted the man, who joined Madrid for a then world record fee in 2013, can still do much more to impress.

“I am happy for him, but for me, he is still not at his best. Little-by-little we are going to discover the best of Gareth.

“Today he played great, but I know he can do much more. We need to be patient.”

Despite his struggles of late, Bale has always shone at Anoeta as he added to his impressive record of six goals in five games in San Sebastian.

“It’s great to always score, but the most important thing was to get the three points for the team, get back on track and get back to winning ways,” added Bale.

The victory lifted Real up to fourth and ensured they remain just four points adrift of Barca, who had temporarily extended their lead to seven with victory at Getafe on Saturday.

“Today the most important thing was to win because when you look at the table and see Madrid so low down it is strange,” said Zidane.

“Now we are back on form, but we need to continue because we have another game on Wednesday.”

Real Madrid Still Remains Champion League Favourites

Real Madrid’s confidence in creating more Champions League history that while others have spent hundreds of millions trying to catch up, the back-to-back European champions were happy to cash in.

Real made a profit of over 75 million euros ($90 million) in the transfer market thanks to the departures of Alvaro Morata, James Rodriguez and Danilo.

Yet they remain very much the side to beat as the Champions League returns on Tuesday having ended a near three-decade-long wait for a team to retain the trophy.

“We are the champions so everyone faces us with extra motivation,” warned former Real striker Emilio Butragueno, now the club’s director of institutional relations.

Madrid coped with that challenge admirably last season, dismissing Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid and Juventus in the latter stages.

Their quest to become the first side since Bayern in the mid-seventies to win three in a row starts with a more modest test in the form of APOEL Nicosia at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday.

Tougher tasks lie in wait in the form of Borussia Dortmund and Tottenham Hotspur in Group H.

Dortmund even beat Madrid to top spot in the group stage last season. But Real have mastered the art of saving their best for when the competition really gets going for the contenders in the knockout stages in the new year.

“We have a stupendous squad but this is a competition that takes you to the limit in all aspects,” added Butragueno.

“You can have a big squad with all the resources, but when the moment of truth arrives you need to not have injuries, for your players to be in optimum form and have luck. There are so many factors.”

– Strength in depth –
Real’s strength in depth was used intelligently by coach Zinedine Zidane to win the club’s first La Liga and European Cup double for 59 years last season.

It is also why one of the richest clubs in the world didn’t feel the need to go wild in a hyper-inflated transfer market following Neymar’s world record 222 million-euro move to Paris Saint-Germain.

Instead, Real continued their policy of snapping up the best young talent in Spain in Theo Hernandez and Dani Ceballos to add to the likes of Isco and Marco Asensio.

Despite a slow start to their campaign in La Liga, Zidane already seems to be playing the long game this season.

The Frenchman rested a host of first-team regulars including Luka Modric, Isco and Gareth Bale on their return from international duty for a disappointing 1-1 draw against Levante on Saturday.

“I am not going to revolutionise what I want to do with this team due to one bad game,” Zidane insisted afterwards.

Real will be bolstered for the visit of the Cypriot champions in midweek by the return of Cristiano Ronaldo.

The World Player of the Year’s absence due to a five-game domestic ban for pushing a referee has exposed the one flaw in Real’s squad in a lack of back-up to Karim Benzema.

Having not replaced Morata, Bale was forced to act as an auxiliary striker against Levante after Benzema went off injured.

Yet even an enforced rest for Ronaldo could ultimately work in Real’s favour come to the end of the campaign.

The Portuguese scored 10 goals from the quarter-finals on last season as Zidane’s rotation policy left him far fresher and freer of injuries than in previous years.

With a fit Ronaldo comes to the knockout stages, Real will remain the team to beat as the rest of Europe tries to end their hegemony.

 

‘Ronaldo ‘Delighted’ To Be Staying At Madrid’

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring during extra-time of the Club World Cup football final match between Kashima Antlers of Japan and Real Madrid of Spain at Yokohama International Stadium in Yokohama on December 18, 2016.

Cristiano Ronaldo, hounded by allegations of tax evasion in Spain, is “delighted” to be staying at Real Madrid, according to club president Florentino Perez, who called claims that the Portuguese striker might leave the country exaggerated.

“As he said a little while back, he’s delighted to be here. No one is better placed than him to say that,” Perez told Cadena Ser radio.

Ronaldo strongly denied having evaded 14.7 million euros ($17.5 million) in tax on his image rights when he appeared in court for a preliminary hearing on July 31.

Prosecutors accuse the Real Madrid star of evading tax via a shell company based in the British Virgin Islands and another in Ireland, known for low corporate tax rates.

In addition, they say Ronaldo only declared 11.5 million euros of Spanish-related income from 2011 to 2014, while what he really earned during that time was close to 43 million euros.

They also accuse him of “voluntarily” refusing to include 28.4 million euros in income linked to the sale of his image rights for the 2015 to 2020 period to a Spanish company.

The four-time World Player of the Year, 32, has been heavily critical of the probe into him, leading to rumours that he might seek to quit Spain.

“I don’t know what happened this summer,” Perez said. “A Bola (newspaper) published a story, on what a teammate might have said (about Ronaldo leaving)… In the end, there was nothing.

“As there was not much to talk about this summer, they exaggerated,” Perez said, conceding however that “Cristiano was angry about this tax problem, having been summoned, that’s not nice for anyone.”

Perez added that there was nothing in the case against Ronaldo “that would constitute a crime”.

“He’s hidden nothing and if there’s no hiding, there’s no crime,” he said.

“It’s possible there’s a different interpretation (between Ronaldo’s advisers and tax authorities) and he’s cool and collected on this issue.”

 

Source: The Guardian

 

Neymar, Real Madrid Have Verbal Agreement For Next Season – Report

The Brazillian Striker Neymar Jr and Real Madrid have a verbal agreement for the upcoming seasons, according to Spanish journalist Eduardo Inda.

Apparently, Los Blancos would’ve talked to Neymar’s father to explore the possibility of signing the Brazilian attacker over the next few years. If that report is accurate, the player would be willing to make such a move.

Either way, Neymar is playing his first games after signing for PSG for €222 million and right now Los Blancos would need a huge budget to sign the star away from the French club. Many things would need to change for Madrid to sign Neymar, including Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure from the Spanish capital.

This doesn’t seem to be a likely scenario, so Neymar should be expected to play at least three or four seasons in the French league before thinking about a move elsewhere, especially because he would have to force his way out of the club.