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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.
When Real Madrid splashed out £40 million for an unknown 16-year-old from Flamengo in Brazil the world took notice of a certain Vinicius Junior. Vinicius Junior was unable to move to Spain until his 18th birthday but from his last few appearances, the wait has been worth it.
The 18-year-old has shown skill and maturing that belies his age and has become a terror to opposition defences. In the 9 matches that the youngster has featured the Galacticos have won seven which shows his importance to the team. (more…)
Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane is pleased with how Los Blancos coped with Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-final first leg. The German champions started the game in a relatively brisk fashion and they bagged the opening goal after Keylor Navas made an indecision over Joshua Kimmich’s shot. Thereafter, Los Blancos were the ones who were more clinical in front of goal and Marcelo and Marcos Asensio scored in either half to secure a 2-1 triumph on the road.
Juventus managed Max Allegri is hoping that his side avoid Real Madrid and their La Liga rivals Barcelona during the quarter-final stage of the Champions League. The Bianconeri progressed into the last eight of the elite competition after they picked up a hard-earned 4-3 aggregate win over Tottenham Hotspur, which included a 2-1 triumph at the Wembley Stadium.
The Turin giants have followed it with a 2-0 home win over Udinese, which took them to the top of the Serie A, and Allegri is now hoping for some good news during Friday’s Champions League draw at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland. He said: “I hope to avoid both Barcelona and Real Madrid,” said Allegri after a 2-0 home win against Udinese on Sunday sent Juve top of Serie A. I think Madrid are the favourites to win the competition. They’re focusing solely on the Champions League and there’s nobody else that deals with games in this competition like they do.”
Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has urged Cristiano Ronaldo to focus on Saturday’s El Clasico versus Barcelona as contract discussions could be delayed until after the winter break. The Portugal international is deemed to be unsettled at the European champions after overseeing the likes of Lionel Messi and Neymar earn bumper deals at Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain respectively.
Speaking in the lead-up to the Barca clash, Zidane stressed that Ronaldo is fully fit for the encounter, and he expects the Portugal international to maintain his focus on the fixture. Meanwhile, the Frenchman added that the 32-year-old deserves every bit of respect from the Bernabeu giants, and he is prepared to discuss a suitable extension after the turn of the year.