Rumours continue to swirl about the future of striker James Rodriguez, who was one of the world’s most expensive players following his move to Real Madrid in 2014. He has already won titles in his short spell at Madrid.
However, Rodriguez played only a little part in the club’s latest success in the Champions League. He does not seem to figure in the plans of manager Zinedine Zidane. This would come as a major surprise given his cost to the club especially in terms of transfer fees. Rodriguez came to the club at around £ 75 million – a figure only behind the likes of Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo
He was an integral part of the team under Rafa Benitez, but this immediately changed under Zidane. It has been rumoured that the Frenchman no longer sees Rodriguez as a vital part of the team. Hence, the Colombian is keen on securing a move from the Santiago Bernabeu in order to get more first-team action. For the first time, Zidane has opened up his views on Rodriguez and he has stressed that he wants the Colombian to remain at Madrid. More than these words, Rodriguez is likely to want confirmation in the form of first-team action during pre-season.
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Paul Pogba has apparently told Real Madrid’s manager Zinedine Zidane that he wants to play for Real Madrid.
It is believed that discussion has already started with the French midfielder, but Real Madrid is still awaiting a decision from Juventus
Indeed, there is fear for the Spanish side that Manchester United may make an improved offer to the Italian club and thus rule them out of the deal. There are reports that Manchester United chief executive Ed Woodward is preparing a £100m offer to try and convince Juventus to sell them the midfielder.
Manchester United is prepared to spend a lot of money this season so as to provide Jose Mourinho, a team that will allow them to win trophies again. The England side has been underperforming these past seasons, and there are mounting pressures from fans for the club to invest in players.
Zinedine Zidane has made it clear that he wants Paul Pogba in the team next season but the Real Madrid’s board fear that they could not compete with the Manchester United financial power. The only advantage that Real Madrid has is that the player has made it clear that he wants to play in Spain rather than return to England. Indeed, Paul Pogba is a former Manchester United player and has experienced a poor spell in England before. It is unlikely that he would want to return to a team where the fans have criticized him.
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Real Madrid’s striker James Rodrigues has been deemed as being surplus to requirement by the Spanish team and as such might be allowed to leave over the summer.
Indeed, the player has only managed to make 31 appearances this season most of which have come as substitutes.
It is believed that Manchester United is one of the clubs that might be interested in signing James Rodriguez over the summer. The Red Devils are looking to bolster their attack as they look for players that will allow them to challenge for the Premier League title. This season they have shown an overreliance on young players such as Rashford as well as Martial, and they will want to have a more seasoned striker to lead their line.
However, the English team might face opposition from Juventus. Indeed, there are media reports that the Italian club might be interested in signing the Colombian international as they seek to strengthen their strike options ahead of the new season.
It is believed that Juventus already held a meeting with the player and that they have already opened discussions with him over a possible move in the summer. There are reports that James Rodriguez has already put his Spain home up for rent, and this has strengthened rumors that he might be leaving in the summer. Continue reading 'James Rodriguez might be leaving Real Madrid in the summer'»
Real Madrid wants to believe that they can still beat Barcelona in the title race. This will start by winning the Classico on Saturday night at the Camp Nou
However, things will not be easy especially with Real Madrid having failed to register a league win at the Barcelona ground since 2012.
With Barcelona having beaten Real Madrid 4-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu earlier in the season, Real Madrid will be keen to take revenge for this defeat.
Gareth Bale has insisted that beating Barcelona is feasible, but they will need to show a positive attitude on the pitch. They should not go there thinking that they have already lost the game.
Indeed, Real Madrid is currently doing well having registered 4 wins in their last 4 win game. This is their best streak with their current manager Zinedine Zidane and will be hoping that they could continue this run on Saturday. Their last defeat came against their rivals Athletico in February.
Real Madrid has suffered injuries to key players during the recent weeks and now with Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema back in full training; they will want to make up for their recent points loss. Bale and Benzema have been working hard during the international break and would want to be in contention for a starting place in the team to face Barcelona. Continue reading 'Real Madrid to face Barcelona in the Classico'»
AZ Alkmaar have managed to secure a deal that will result in the transfer of defender Jeffrey Gouweleeuw to German club Augsburg.
The 24-year-old central defender started his career with Heerenveen in Dutch football before going on to sign a professional contract with the club in 2010. He became an immediate hit at the club and went on to make 68 appearances in a span of three years. This led to the transfer to AZ Alkmaar in 2013.Gouweleeuw continued to experience regular first-team football even after this high-profile move. In the past three years, the 24-year-old represented his new team in 87 league matches.
Now, though, he has decided to take the next step after joiningAugsburg. The German outfit are mid-table in the Bundesliga, but their form has surprisingly been on the up in the last few weeks. Even then, the club have been desperate to strengthen the defence. It has been one of their primary problems after conceding 26 goals in 17 league matches.Augsburg will be hoping to continue the good run of form even after the winter break. This will enable the club to think about European qualification. Schalke occupy the final European qualification spot and the club are eight points ahead in the table. Continue reading 'AZ Alkmaar have managed to secure a deal that will result in the transfer of defender Jeffrey Gouweleeuw'»
It has already been revealed and confirmed that Rafael Benitez was the man that was selected to replace Carlo Ancelotti in the managerial position of Real Madrid.
Rafael Benitez is optimistic about his future as the coach of the Spanish club. The new coach of Real Madrid said that his team is capable of lifting major pieces of silverware and winning every single match.
The 55 year old Spanish manager spoke during his presentation as the new coach of Real Madrid and said: “The team must be competitive, capable of reaching the end of the season with chance to win trophies. The Champions League, La Liga and Copa del Rey are our objectives, as Madrid must win each game. Can we win it, sometimes yes, sometimes no, as this is football. But the idea is to try and win from the first game,that is what I inherited here, regardless of the competition.”
Every time he was asked about the changes that he is planning to do with the squad and on who will be signed, Benitez evaded those questions as Benitez continued talking about how important and big it is for him to become the new coach of Real Madrid.
The last major piece of silverware that Rafael Benitez lifted was the Champions League and this occurred back in the 2004-05 season when he was in charge of Liverpool.
After Benitez finished his managerial stay in Liverpool, he has gone to: Inter Milan, Chelsea and Napolo where he has managed to win a number of different titles such as: FIFA Club World Cup, UEFA Europa League and SupercoppaItaliana just to name a few. Continue reading 'Rafael Benitezwantstowinevery single match as the new coach of Real Madrid'»