Real Madrid attacker Marco Asensio has admitted he has not thought about a transfer despite new reports that FC Barcelona are interested in signing the rumoured Arsenal target. Speaking to Marca TV, the Spanish international revealed that he isn’t sure what his future holds following reports this week that Xavi Hernandez is interested in signing the 26-year-old Madrid star, who looks set to leave the reigning European champions at the end of his contract next summer.
Asensio has been used sparingly by Carlo Ancelotti since the Italian’s return to Spain last year, and reports this summer have indicated that Mikel Arteta is interested in signing the winger, as well as Liverpool and Newcastle United, with Madrid valuing the versatile attacker at a reported £35m. Very few players have made the direct move from Madrid to Barcelona with the two sides the fiercest rivals in top-flight Spanish football, with Luis Figo’s transfer from Catalonia to Los Blancos one of the most infamous and toxic in the history of the modern game. (more…)
According to Defensa Central, Getafe have opened negotiations with Real Madrid to secure the signing of 22-year-old midfielder Antonio Blanco in the ongoing transfer window. Getafe have already raided Real Madrid this summer once for the signing of striker Borja Mayoral, who joined the Azulones permanently after spending the second half of the last season on loan at the club. But, Quique Sanchez Flores’ side are seemingly not done shopping at Real Madrid.
Recent reports had indicated that Getafe had their sights trained on young Real Madrid striker Juanmi Latasa and talented attacking midfielder Sergio Arribas. It now seems that they have added Antonio Blanco to their list of targets as well and are in talks to sign the midfielder from the reigning Spanish and European champions. (more…)
Brazilian star Neymar has returned to training to provide Paris Saint Germain (PSG)with a big boost ahead of their two-legged last 16 tie with Real Madrid in the Champions League.
Neymar was pictured in PSG training earlier this week as the Mauricio Pochettino-led team step up for the visit of Real Madrid in the first leg of the tie next week Tuesday. The return leg will take place in Madrid in March.
Spanish La Liga leaders Real Madrid have reportedly pulled out of a move for Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba. This is according to the report from Spanish newspaper Marca which claimed that Real Madrid are no longer interested in signing Pogba due to the lack of conviction that the Frenchman will fit into their squad.
Pogba has consistently been linked with a move to Real Madrid dating back to when French football legend Zinedine Zidane was the manager. Zidane is said to be a big fan of the Manchester United midfielder, but he’s no longer the Real Madrid manager after he resigned from the job at the end of last season. Zidane cited a lack of support from the Real Madrid board as the reason for his resignation andhe was swiftly replaced by Carlo Ancelotti for his second spell at the club. Ironically, Zidane was the assistant to Ancelotti when he won the La Decima in the Champions League seven years ago.
Spanish La Liga leaders Real Madrid made it two successive defeats in all competitions following the defeat at the hands of hosts Espanyol in the league. Real Madrid were beaten 2-1 by the Catalan club as they suffered their first defeat in the Spanish La Liga this season.
Carlo Ancelotti began his second spell as the Real Madrid manager this summer and he made a great start leading the Spanish capital club to the La Liga summit plus the slim 1-0 win over home team Inter Milan in their Champions League opener. (more…)
Real Madrid have dropped their first points of the new Spanish La Liga season after they could only play out a 3-3 draw with hosts Levante. The two sides enjoyed a six-goal thriller in what was the second game in the league for them this season.
Levante battled to a well deserved point especiallyafter playing the final minutes of the game with a man down due to the red card issued to goalkeeper AitorFernandez. The draw at home to Real Madrid ensured that Levante are unbeaten in their first two games in the Spanish La Liga this season.
Manchester United have reportedly made Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane a transfer target this summer. According to Sky Sports News, Manchester United want to sign the Frenchman and that the Red Devils have held initial talks over a possible move for the Real Madrid centre back.
An earlier report from French publication L’Equipe revealed that Varane has informed Real Madrid officials that he wants to leave the club this summer after more than a decade in Madrid on the back of his transfer from Lens in his native France. Varane signed for Real Madrid as a teenager and he has developed into one of the best defenders in the world during his time with the Spanish La Liga club.
Paris Saint Germain (PSG) attacker KylianMbappe wants to join Spanish champions Real Madrid this summer whether or not current manager Zinedine Zidane stays on beyond this season. According to the publication from Spanish media outlet Football Espana, Mbappe is coming to Real Madrid with or without Zidane.
The future of Zidane at Real Madrid is up in the air with reports claiming that the Frenchman has already told his players that he won’t be with them next season. The Real Madrid boss denied the news in his pre-match press conference before last weekend’s 1-0 away win over Athletic Bilbao. The former Real Madrid, Bordeaux and Juventus playmaker denied informing his players that he would leave the club in the summer before adding that he can’t say such with the team in the middle of a title race.
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchelavoided defeat against Real Madrid once again after the German tactician led the Blues to a creditable 1-1 draw away from home against the 13-time European champions in the first leg of the semi-final tie between the two teams (Chelsea and Madrid) in the Champions League.
Tuchel had been unbeaten in the four games managed by him in the past against Real Madrid and he was able to extend that run to five games with the 1-1 draw recorded at the end of the game played at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano in Madrid.
Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has been in good form since he returned from his injury layoff earlier this month. The Frenchman scored two goals at the weekend to boost his chances of winning the Pichichi Award at the end ofthe season. The Pichichi Award is given to the highest goalscorer at the end of the season and the Real Madrid striker is in the picture ahead of the final ten games in the Spanish top flight. Benzema scored a fantastic brace as Real Madrid secured an impressive 3-1 win over home team Celta Vigo. The brace took Benzema to 17 goals on the scoring chart and he’s now third behind the duo of Atletico Madrid hitman Luis Suarez and Barcelona skipper Lionel Messi.
Benzema was instrumental to the Real Madrid quest to get the win over Celta Vigo and move above Barcelona and into second place as well as to move within three points of Atletico Madrid at the La Liga summit. Real Madrid substitute Marco Asensio scored the third goal for Real Madrid during the game. Real Madrid were the first in action of the three title contenders at the weekend. The other two teams namely Barcelona and Atletico Madrid later secured respective wins to push Real Madrid back to third place on the league standings as far as the Spanish La Liga is concerned.Barcelona were able to navigate a difficult trip to Anoeta to face Real Sociedad after the big win over the Basque club. Real Sociedad were on the receiving end of a mauling at the hands of the Catalan giants. Lionel Messi and Sergino Dest scored two goals each as Barcelona beat Real Sociedad 6-1 to move above Real Madrid and back into second place. Ousmane Dembele and Antoine Griezmann are the other goalscorers for Barcelona. On their part, Atletico Madrid defeated Alaves 1-0 at home through the second half strike from Luis Suarez. The league table toppers had goalkeeper Jan Oblak to thank for the points after his heroic save from the penalty spot late in the game.