Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Tottenham hotshot Harry Kane fires warning to Real Madrid ahead of Champions League showdown

Harry Kane insists Tottenham can continue their perfect Champions League campaign by securing a stunning win at Real Madrid next month.
Spurs head to the Bernabeu next month for the toughest test of their Group H campaign.
Both sides are locked on six points after winning their opening two games though Madrid, who have won back-to-back Champions Leagues will be big favourites.
But Kane, whose stunning hat-trick earned Spurs a 3-0 win at APOEL Nicosia last night, said: “We feel we can beat anyone on our day.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Zinedine Zidane: Real Madrid manager signs new contract

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane says he has signed a new contract with the Spanish champions, which was set to run out at the end of the season.
In 18 months in charge, the former Real midfielder has won the Champions League twice and La Liga once.
Madrid have renewed several players' contracts in recent weeks and the Frenchman told a news conference that he too has extended his deal.
"In terms of the renewal, it's already done," said Zidane.
"I care about the day to day and I'm not looking further than that."
The deal has not yet been formally announced by the club.
Zidane took charge of Real in January 2016 and has led them to consecutive Champions League trophies and their first La Liga title since 2012, as well winning the Uefa Super Cup twice and the Fifa Club World Cup.
In August he said that the deal, thought to be for three years, had been agreed but not signed.
The 45-year-old former France international managed Real's B team before replacing Rafael Benitez.
Real Madrid continue their league title defence on Wednesday as they host Real Betis, although they will be without defender Theo Hernandez who injured his shoulder in Sunday's 3-1 win at Real Sociedad.
"He has been diagnosed with a partial dislocation of the right shoulder," Madrid said in a statement on Tuesday. Hernandez is expected to be out for two weeks.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Navas shows why Real Madrid don't need De Gea

Madrid know De Gea will cost €75m

As the summer approaches, David De Gea's name is once again strongly linked to Real Madrid even though Keylor Navas continues to be a major part of Zinedine Zidane's all-conquering side.
The question may not be 'which keeper dares replace Navas?' after Madrid's 4-1 win over Juventus but 'who dares sign a keeper to replace him in the first place?'.
Only the Costa Rican will know the hardship that uncertainty has brought him over the past two years; the first of which saw an administrative error prevent the Manchester United shot-stopper from replacing him before winning La Decima, and then a year later rumours returned on the eve of his Duodecima triumph.
Critics were gathering at Navas' altar early in the campaign and yet as the going got tough, the ex-Levante man got going.
Playing an important role across the Champions League and LaLiga run-in, the man the Real dressing room calls Spiderman produced an incredible early stop in Cardiff to deny Miralem Pjanic's 18-yard volley.
And while little else came his way on the night, Navas can still be proud to have got the better of one the of best keepers ever to grace the game, Gianluigi Buffon.
With the Italian now dispatched, the Blancos custodian can return to seeing off his long-time nemesis and the ever-looming threat of De Gea unseating him at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.

Real Madrid want Athletic Club goalkeeper Kepa

With the transfer market having closed earlier this month most clubs turn their attention back to on-field matters, forgetting about doing deals until it reopens in January, but not Real Madrid as the LaLiga champions have already started planning for next summer with Athletic Club goalkeeper Kepa set to become available on a free transfer in June 2018.
Looking ahead, Los Blancos have already expressed their interest in the player to his agent, although bringing him to the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu will not be a straightforward process.

Zidane blocked De Gea

David De Gea was heavily linked with joining the European champions for the second time in recent years this summer, but Zinedine Zidane was adamant that Keylor Navas was his No.1, putting an end to any interest the club had in signing a new goalkeeper.
The club also considered moves for Thibaut Courtois and Gianluigi Donnarumma as well, even contacting the Italian teenager this summer, but nothing more came with Zidane's trust in Keylor being absolute.
Now 30, however, Real Madrid might be looking to the future and will need to turn their attention to a younger shot-stopper in the coming seasons and, at 22, Kepa could be the ideal candidate, especially on a free transfer.

The clause

Athletic want Kepa to stay and they claim he sees his future with the Basques, but nearly 10 months into the negotiations of his new deal there is still no agreement.
The club want to increase the player's release clause - currently 10 million euros - to 65m, which would make him the player with the highest clause in their squad.
It was Athletic's intention to wrap up discussions after the European U21 Championship but a meeting in August showed that both sides were some way from an agreement.
Soon, Kepa will be free to discuss terms with other clubs and Real, having already expressed an interest, could be hard to turn down for the exciting goalkeeper.

Cristiano Ronaldo suspension: How much have Real Madrid missed him?

Cristiano Ronaldo will finally make his first La Liga appearance of the season on Wednesday, as he returns from his five-game suspension for pushing a referee. Real Madrid have missed him, writes Peter Smith...
Real's star man was sent off in the Spanish Super Cup first leg clash with Barcelona on August 13.
Aggrieved at being punished for taking his shirt off in celebration of his goal and then receiving a second yellow for simulation, Ronaldo - who had only come on as a second-half sub - shoved referee Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea.

Real boss Zinedine Zidane hit out at the length of the subsequent ban but it was a thoughtless action from the Portuguese - and his team-mates have dropped valuable points in La Liga without him.

Ronaldo played just seven minutes in his side's European Super Cup win over Manchester United and Real Madrid eased to a 2-0 second leg victory over Barcelona to lift the Spanish Super Cup 5-1 on aggregate, suggesting the club had the artillery in their ranks to cover the loss of their key man.
However, after an opening weekend 3-0 win at Deportivo La Coruna, back-to-back draws at home to Valencia and Levante, in which Real could have done with Ronaldo's supreme finishing ability, proved costly, prior to Sunday's win at Real Sociedad.
With Barcelona recovering from that Super Cup setback to record a 100 per cent record in the league, Real already find themselves four points adrift of their arch rivals.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Zinedine Zidane fires warning to Gareth Bale as Real Madrid boo boys turn on Manchester United target

Real Madrid need their record signing Gareth Bale to improve, with the Welsh winger having suffered criticism from supporters and Spanish media, coach Zinedine Zidane said on Saturday.
Bale scored in the first Liga game of the season at Deportivo La Coruna but has not found the net since and was whistled by Madrid fans on Wednesday during the 3-0 Champions League win over Apoel Nicosia.
"We want and need him to do more on the pitch, and he does too," Zidane told a news conference. "But we are calm because he will do it soon."
Real Madrid face high-flying Real Sociedad at Anoeta on Sunday and, with Cristiano Ronaldo serving the final match of his five-game suspension and Karim Benzema injured, the onus will be on Bale to make the difference.