Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui has indicated that captain Sergio Ramos has only been rested for the midweek Champions League clash at CSKA Moscow. The Spain international has been ever-present for Los Blancos since the season began but Lopetegui has chosen to rest him for the Moscow trip amid concerns that he has been overused during the opening phase of the campaign.
Speaking to reporters, Lopetegui said: “Ramos hasn’t travelled because he has played about 120 minutes more than his team-mates. We’re looking at this as a marathon, the whole season, the bigger picture. Another player can come in and play his position. That’s my job – to sit in this seat and make these kinds of decisions.”
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Spanish striker Mariano Diaz has confirmed that manager Julen Lopetegui was crucial in persuading him to re-join Real Madrid before the summer transfer deadline. The 25-year-old re-signed for the European champions after a single season with Lyon where he contributed 21 goals across all competitions.
Speaking during his unveiling, Diaz acknowledged that Lopetegui had played a key role in luring him back to the Bernabeu and he is now hopeful of making an impact with the European champions, he said: “Julen called me and told me he would be happy if I came back. A great part of it was when he told me was counting on me.I want to give the maximum for the team and my teammates and hopefully we can win the maximum number of titles.”
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Jose Mourinho is looking to bring in a defender. That defender has been touted to be Leicester City’s Harry Maguire. The England international had a good showing at the World Cup in Russia. He has this grace to grace story and could be the subject of a £65 million transfer deal.
The playmaking centre-half is expected to partner with Eric Baily in the heart of the defence in a crucial season for the coach and the club. Mourinho cannot afford to crack else the marriage could be over sooner than expected.
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Michel Salgado is a retired Spanish professional footballer who played as a left back during his career. He was known for his combative tackling and attacking play. Attesting to his aggressive style of play, Salgado’s former Real Madrid teammate Steve McManaman described him as the hardest person in the world, a genuine psychopath, even in training.
He spent an entire decade at Real Madrid where he really established himself as a top Spanish left back. He made an amazing 254 league appearances in total for Real Madrid, scoring four goals between 1999 and 2009. During a 15 year period in Spain, Salgado, who appeared in 343 La Liga games, scoring seven goals – represented the Spanish national team, collecting more than 50 caps and appearing in one World Cup and one European Championship. Continue reading Madrid Fans Will Remember This Name – Salgado
Real Madrid are set to host Barcelona in the first El Clasico of the season. This edition is made more prominent due to the gap between both sides. Madrid have a game in hand – since they were away due to the FIFA Club World Cup which they won – but they are 11 points behind their fierce rival. If Barca get victory, the La Liga title may be lost for Real as the season reaches halfway.
The estimated viewing figure for the game is around 650 million worldwide as the game is broadcast in 188 countries. The La Liga has prepared events in numerous countries like China, India, Japan, South Korea, Kenya etc. to attract thousands of fans. The fixture on Saturday, 23rd December means more fans would likely be available to see the game.
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Real Madrid’s coach Zinedine Zidane said that he is disappointed with Real’s defeat against Real Betis.
Indeed the champions were beaten at home 1-0, and Zidane said that he is frustrated with the result.
He said that his team played well, but unfortunately they could not manage to score goals. He said that his players tried their best, but the ball refused to go in. He said that there are times like this, but he is happy with the performance of the team. He believes that his players gave their best on the pitch and that they created enough chances to win the game, but unfortunately they could not manage to score a goal.
The French manager said that the complexion of the game would have changed if they had score one goal. However, he admitted that this is a poor run at the moment as they have managed only to score two points out of a possible nine at home. Continue reading Zidane disappointed with Real’s result
2016 was probably one of the best years of Cristiano Ronaldo in terms of football accomplishments as the Portuguese attacker lifted the Ballon d´Or as well as the La Liga and the UEFA Champions League pieces of silverware.
For decade, there has always been a debate involving Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as to who is the overall better player. There are some seasons when the Argentine star of Barcelona wins more competitions with his team but in 2016, it was C.Ronaldo who came out on top with more titles added to his collection.
During the 2016 summer transfer window, rumors began to spread around suggesting that Kylian Mbappe or another youngster would be signed by Real Madrid and eventually go on to replace C.Ronaldo but the Portuguese superstar has recently stated that he wants to continue adding more pieces of silverware to his collection.
At the age of 32, the star of Real Madrid has no desire of slowing down by any means as his intentions is to win more and from the looks of it, not leave the Spanish club anytime soon. Continue reading Cristiano Ronaldo has no intentions of slowing down
Real Madrid say they are in full support of their star player over tax evasion claims.
There are reports that the Portuguese star defrauded the tax authorities in Spain of £12.9 million. The regional state prosecutor is threatening to arraign the highest paid player in the world on four counts of tax fraud.
The player and his reps have denied such claims. Real Madrid have joined in to stand by the player as the media trial goes rife especially after his rival Lionel Messi was found guilty of the same offence.
“Real Madrid CF shows their full confidence in our player Cristiano Ronaldo, who we understand has acted in accordance with the legality regarding compliance with their tax obligations. Cristiano Ronaldo has always shown since his arrival at Real Madrid CF, in July 2009, a clear will to fulfil all his tax obligations,” the statement from the club read.
The club adds that it is “absolutely convinced” that the player would prove his innocence. The club says it hopes justice would be meted out quickly so his innocence is proven. Continue reading MADRID SUPPORT RONALDO OVER TAX EVASION CLAIMS
ZinedineZidane took over Real Madrid as the head coach of the Spanish club on January of 2016 and so far, the French manager has been doing an extremely impressive job at the helm as he has led his squad to a Champions League, a UEFA Super Cup and a FIFA Club World Cup title.
This was achieved during his debut season as the head coach which is a remarkable feat to accomplish as there are many highly rated managers with very talented teams that aren’t able to lift the UEFA Champions League at all and ZinedineZidane was able to do this in his first season.
Despite the memorable and historic seasons that Zidane has been going through with Real Madrid, the French manager has recently stated that he does not know what will happen once his contract ends with the Spanish club which expires in 2018. Continue reading Zinedine Zidane is uncertain about his Real Madrid future
For the longest of time, Real Madrid has been linked with various highly-rated goal-keepers including the likes of: ThibautCourtois and David de Gea, those 2 players are the ones that have been most consistently rumored to join Real Madrid and David de Gea was even on the verge of becoming a player of the Spanish club but the transfer ultimately crashed due to some documents not being delivered to FIFA in time or at least this is what it’s believed to be why David de Gea’s transfer from Manchester United to Real Madrid could not be completed.
In the absence of David de Gea, the Costa Rican shot-stopper KeylorNavas has proved his worth and demonstrated that he can stand his own and be the undisputed main shot-stopper of Real Madrid and after helping the Spanish club in their milestone of not losing for 40 straight games.
Real Madrid surpassed the record that Barcelona had of 39 games being unbeaten by reaching the 40 games mark and KeylorNavas played a huge role in this achievement. Continue reading Real Madrid are slowly fading away from their goal-keeper targets