Real Madrid Stopper Keylor Navas Determined to Remain at the Bernabeu Despite Imminent Replacement

​Real Madrid stopper Keylor Navas is reportedly keen to stay at the Bernabeu despite the imminent arrival of his successor Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Madrid president Florentino Perez is known to not be Navas’ biggest fan at the club, and rumours suggest that the Spanish champions are searching for a more ‘Galactico worthy’ man between the sticks.

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However, the Costa Rican is said to be devoted to his current side, and is happy to let someone come in and take his place without feeling the need to leave.

According to Marca (via Calcio Mercato): “Navas is insisting on the fact that his future is in God’s hands, and that he can’t change anything in a situation which he doesn’t control”.

Real manager Zinedine Zidane has been strongly linked with a €25m move for Athletic Bilbao (and second choice Spain goalkeeper) Kepa Arrizabalaga in January – a move which would almost certainly see Navas dropped into the second choice stopper.

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However, to further add to the 30-year-old’s worry, Madrid have been heavily reported to be after two of the Premier League’s best goalkeeping talents. Both David de Gea and Thibaut Courtois are within sights of Los Blancos, and the club may well make a move for either player come summer.

If that were to happen, Manchester United (de Gea’s current club) have previously shown interest in Navas’ services, as have French giants Paris Saint-Germain. It’s hardly as if Navas woud be short of options, carrying a La Liga title and two Champions League medals to his name.

However, it may take a lot to force him out of the Bernabeu.

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Real Madrid ‘Make Contact’ With Agent of Manchester City Star After Scintillating Patch of Form

​Real Madrid have made contact with the agent of Kevin De Bruyne with a view to potentially signing the player, according to the Daily Mirror.

De Bruyne has been the Premier League’s player of the season so far after a string of stunning displays for Manchester City, who went 11 points clear at the top after Sunday’s derby win over Manchester United.

Los Blancos have reported made contact with De Bruyne’s agent, Patrick De Koster, asking about his availability and made it clear they are interested in bringing him to the Bernabeu, but no formal approach for the 26-year-old has made.

De Bruyne is Manchester City’s club record signing following his £54m move from Wolfsburg in 2015, and spent two unsuccessful years at Chelsea between 2012 and 2014 before Jose Mourinho sold him to the German side after deciding he wasn’t good enough for a future at Stamford Bridge.


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4 Reasons Why Real Madrid Should Be Confident About Beating PSG in the Champions League Last 16

Real Madrid will play Paris Saint-Germain in the last-16 of the Champions League after the turn of the year, the side dubbed as the one to avoid in the competition.

The clash will see Neymar revisit old La Liga rivalries with Los Blancos, including the 2017 Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo, as the two meet initially at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium before the return leg at the Parc des Princes.

However, despite Les Parisiens being seen as one of, if not the strongest force in this year’s competition, the Spanish capital side may not be too concerned about facing their fellow world-renowned counterparts, and here are four reasons why. 

1. Real Madrid Hold the Advantage in History

In the competition’s current format, Real have never been beaten by PSG, with the two coming together in the 2015/16 season during the group stages. 

On both occasions, Los Blancos were able to record successive shut outs against their French counterparts, recording a 1-0 victory in Spain while securing a goalless draw in Paris. 

Although Les Parisiens are a more evolved beast today compared to that of two years ago, Madrid will certainly hold the psychological edge over their opposition – with several players still within Zinedine Zidane’s ranks evident during both nights. 

2. PSG Have Shown Vulnerability

For long periods of this campaign it was difficult to see where Paris’ weaknesses lay, however recently have shown they are prone to the odd slip up. 

This was no more evident than in their last Champions League outing with Bayern Munich, where the Bundesliga outfit, who were on the receiving end of a 3-0 steamrolling earlier in the term, dominated the 90 minutes and ran out deserved 3-1 victors. 

The Bavarians’ victory also came just days after PSG came unstuck at mid-table Strasbourg, marking the first time Unai Emery’s side had suffered back-to-back defeats since 2014. 

The fact that both an underperforming Bayern and a side from the lower echelons of French football have been able to overcome the big-money spenders will give Real confidence that they could also do the same to Paris. 

3. No Last-16 ‘Curse’ for Seven Years

From the years 2004 to 2010 it was this very day Madrid fans feared most – the draw for the Champions League last-16. 

For six seasons in a row Los Blancos were dumped out of the competition in the first knockout round following the group stages, with Juventus, Arsenal, Bayern Munich, Roma, Liverpool and Olympique Lyonnais all getting the better of the Spanish giants. 

However, since that point Real have not tasted defeat at this stage of the Champions League, unlike PSG who exited the competition during the round of 16 last year. 

4. Real Remain Strong Against the French

Since the already alluded to last-16 exit against Lyon during the 2009/10 campaign, Real have come up against French sides on 12 occasions since in the competition, and claimed victory 11 times. 

Although the only blotch on that record is their goalless stalemate with PSG in 2015, they still seem to have the perfect game plan for facing their Ligue 1 counterparts. 

5. Can PSG Handle Pressure? History Suggests Not

Over the past two seasons, Paris have been placed in two high-profile precarious situations, where the odds were so much in their favour that it seemed impossible to see anything other than a win for the French side. 

One of which being this year’s group stage, where despite Emery’s side coming out top of the pile, they showed complacency in their final fixture against Bayern. 

Had the Bavarians tucked away just two more of their hatful of chances on that night at the Allianz Arena, PSG for the second season in a row would have surrendered the most unlikely of advantages. 

Of course the second was 12 months previously, where Barcelona somehow performed the comeback of all comebacks, to book their place in the quarter-finals after overturning a 4-0 deficit from the first leg – claiming a 6-1 victory in the Camp Nou. 

Ironically Neymar played a key role in that Barca comeback, however in recent times PSG have struggled to handle intense pressure when it’s needed most, and that is something that could well work in the favour of Real. 

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Star Arsenal Full-Back Hector Bellerin Emerges as Top Target for Both Juventus & Real Madrid

​Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin has been a wanted man for some time now, with Barcelona having looked to return him to the Camp Nou during the summer.

Their rivals Real Madrid have since taken an interest in signing the Spanish defender, but according to reports stemming from Italy, they now have competition in the form of Serie A champions and Champions League finalists Juventus.

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Spanish outlet Don Balon recently reported that Real president Florentino Perez has his heart set on landing the 22-year-old speedster. And ​Tuttosport are now claiming that the Italian giants have joined the race as they aim to upgrade their full-back positions.

The player has somewhat struggled this season. However, he is a favourite of Arsene Wenger, and the French coach has no intentions of letting him depart from the Emirates.

Juve are well aware that it would take a significant sum to pry Bellerin away from London, as the right-back signed a six-and-a-half year deal a little over a year ago.

The Old Lady, though, are reportedly keen to bring in both Bellerin and Valencia’s Jose Gaya, with a view to install them on the right and left flanks, respectively.

The relationship between Alex Sandro and the club is believed to have become strained, and the Brazilian is expected to leave Turin in January or at the end of the season.

Juve are eyeing the aforementioned pair as targets, but have already identified alternatives should moves fail to materialise, with Paris Saint-Germain’s Thomas Meunier and Atletico Madrid’s Sime Vrsaljko reported as being options as well.

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Real Madrid Step Up Interest in Spurs Stopper Lloris as Florentino Perez Loses Patience With Navas

​Spanish supremos Real Madrid are reported as having ramped up their interest in Tottenham Hotspur and France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

The ​Mirror are reporting that Florentino Perez wants to bring in a new stopper for Zinedine Zidane, with Keylor Navas getting off to a less than impressive start this term.

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The La Liga champions have listed Manchester united’s David de Gea and Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois as replacements, but are also looking at the Frenchman as they plan to cast a wide net.

Lloris is said to be worth £25m, a fee Real would have no qualms parting with. And, according to the report, they will move for the 30-year-old if Tottenham fail to win silverware this season.

The player, who turns 31 next month, hasn’t won a single trophy since joining the North London side, and his only final appearance came in the League Cup, a match lost to rivals Chelsea.

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Perez believes that Zidane’s status could be used to convince the player to move to Spain. But the manager only last week claimed that he was happy with the keepers currently at his disposal.

“I have two goalkeepers, understand?” he said to reporters, via the Metro. “I am a Real Madrid coach and I am happy with my two goalkeepers, I will always say the same. I saw Keylor well, although we can always give a little bit more, like always.”

Spurs, meanwhile, have very little hope of winning the Premier League title this season, having come close in recent times. As things stand, they trail leaders Manchester City by 18 points and are in danger of finishing out of the top four this season.


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They’re in great form in European competition, however, and may fancy their chances of having a right go at the Champions League.

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Real Madrid President Reportedly Reaches Agreement With Neymar Over Bernabeu Move

​Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has reached an agreement with Paris Saint-Germain ace Neymar over a move to the Spanish club after the end of the 2018/19 season.

That is according to Spanish news outlet ​Diario Gol, who also claim that the Brazilian had already told the French side that he would leave if he doesn’t win the Champions League or Ballon d’Or in two years.

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The report goes on to state that, due to poor relations with Unai Emery, Neymar has already decided that he will spend the rest of this season in France, as well as all of next season, before returning to Spain to join Madrid, no matter what happens.

Perez, meanwhile, has been pretty vocal in his admiration for the attacker, who he says would have a better chance to win the Ballon d’Or at Madrid.

“Neymar is a player who, if he were in Real Madrid, would have more facilities to win the Golden Ball,” he is quoted as saying.

“Madrid is a club that gives a big player everything they need to do so. Everyone knows I wanted to sign him.”

The Champions League holders have been after Neymar since his Santos days and made him a huge offer before he joined Barcelona. But the lure of playing alongside Lionel Messi was too great for the player, and it was the one thing Real simply could not bring to the table during negotiations.

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Gol also claim that the player’s father has been in talks with Madrid ever since he left the Camp Nou in the summer, however. And if they are to be believed, then a deal has possibly been reached.

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Paulo Dybala Contract Extension at Juventus Is Put on Hold Alerting Real Madrid

​Paulo Dybala has been given the number 10 shirt this season at Juventus after displaying a spectacular bout of form last year. 

Talks of a contract extension for the Argentine at the Old Lady were imminent, however Dybala’s form has dropped in Serie A as well as the Champions League with the forward not registering a goal in the European competition since April.

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As a result, ​Calciomercato report that the Bianconeri have delayed talks of a new contract with the 24-year-old, giving a chance for Champions League holders Real Madrid to swoop in. 

With the situation uncertain in Turin, Los Blancos have a chance of buy the attacker at a hefty value of €150m. 

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However, Juventus have made it clear that they will not accept any offers from any clubs for their star player. 

Despite reportedly having a drop in form, Dybala has scored 12 goals and created 22 chances in 15 appearances for the Bianconeri, all while maintaining an 85% passing accuracy average. 

Juve are not prepared to put Dybala on the transfer market, but are willing to wait until the Argentine will come back to his original form. 

Should he start performing well again, Juventus will reopen talks about a contract extension. 

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Real Madrid 5-0 Sevilla: Cristiano Ronaldo & Star Teammates Annihilate Guests in Whirlwind Match

Cristiano Ronaldo painted Madrid white on Saturday afternoon as Zinedine Zidane’s men played one of their best games of the season and outclassed visitors Sevilla with a stunning 5-0 win. 

Golden man Cristiano Ronaldo bagged a brace for Los Blancos as Nacho, Toni Kroos and Achraf Hakimi all contributed to the scoring in the opening 45 minutes of the match.

The reigning La Liga champions have now distanced Sevilla in the league table and have the same points as second-placed Valencia, who will play on Sunday against Celta Vigo.

Ronaldo looked glowing even before the beginning of the match as he was cheered at Santiago Bernabeu when he showed off the newly-won fifth Ballon d’Or of his career. 

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Zidane had to make several changes in his defence ranks as Sergio Ramos, Dani Carvajal and Casemiro were all suspended and Raphael Varane picked up an injury early in the week. 

But those players’ absence did not seem to affect Los Blancos in the opening moments as Real Madrid broke the deadlock after barely two minutes thanks to one of the men of the day, Nacho.

Seconds earlier Lucas Vazquez had tried to surprise goalkeeper Sergio Rico with a stunning powerful shot from the distance, but the Spaniard pulled away: the resulting corner kick became the assist for Nacho’s goal. 

Real Madrid were the only ones to handle the ball at the beginning of the game as newly-returned Jesus Vallejo nearly made it 2-0 with a header in the small box that, however, ended wide above the bar. 

Sevilla timidly tried to prove their worth and had their first occasion with Carole, who approached Keylor Navas’ net and kicked towards the farthest post; Real Madrid’s stopper pushed it away. 

Ronaldo gave France Football just another proof that he deserves all those five Ballon d’Ors as he doubled the lead for the home side. The Portuguese superstar received just the perfect assist from Marco Asensio and escaped Sevilla defenders until he found the perfect position to kick the ball right inside the box. 

As the clock hit the half-hour mark, it was Ronaldo again who was chanted by the Bernabeu as he scored his fourth La Liga goal of the season and first brace by converting a penalty that Marcelo had cleverly earned. 

But the Portuguese’s brace almost became a hat trick when he missed just another wonderful chance to net: he looked like an acrobat as he launched a marvellous flying volley that was parred by Rico. 

Few words can describe how lethal Real Madrid showed to be after Kroos bagged the team’s fourth goal in less than 40 minutes. The action leading up to it was incredible: the German picked up the ball from the middle of the pitch, ran all the way until the edge of the box, exchanged with Vazquez and shot past Rico with a fantastic first-time shot. 

But Los Blancos couldn’t get enough of their sensational form and made it 5-0 before the end of the half as Achraf Hakim became the fourth goalscorer of the match. The 19-year-old became the first Moroccan player to score for Real Madrid in the club’s history. 

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Despite the humiliation, Sevilla returned from the break with their heads held high and made a few attempts to narrow the gap; Nolito had his first shot on target as he rolled the ball towards Navas, who, however, comfortably picked it up.

The heroics of the first half almost made the second part of the game look too ‘normal’ compared to the expectations as both sides looked less proactive and slower. 

This resulted in twenty minutes of good defensive work from each team and sporadic, significant chances the most notable one coming from Benzema. Frenchman hit the woodwork with a header. 

Muriel made a weak effort to score for the guests in the last ten minutes of the game, but his shot was too central and Navas had no problem in stopping. 

It is fair to say that Los Blancos are fully back on track and are now scarier than ever. Compliments are in order for boss Zidane, who rearranged his team and made it return to glory in a way that no one expected. 

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Brazilian Legend Pele Gives 2017 Ballon d’Or Winner Cristiano Ronaldo the Best Possible Tribute

Brazilian football icon Pele has given ​Cristiano Ronaldo one of the greatest tributes possible after the Portuguese star won his fifth Ballon d’Or.

Pele sadly never received football’s greatest personal honour as only European players were able to win the award up until 1995.

In a ​Tweet from his personal account, Pele said: “Congratulations to Cristiano on winning this year’s Ballon d’Or. I would love to have played on the same side as you!”

In 1999, Pele was named the Football Player of the Century after all the previous Ballon d’Or winners voted in his favour.

Then In 2016, for the 60th anniversary of the Ballon d’Or, France Football reevaluated the winners of the trophy to include South American players. Pele would have won seven golden balls in the alternative rankings, making him the most decorated player of all time.

If Pele had won all those trophies, Ronaldo would still be two behind him having just tied equal with Lionel Messi on five.

The Real Madrid talisman beat off his Barcelona rival and the most expensive player in world football, Neymar.

It has been a monopoly of who is going to win the prestigious award over the last decade, with it going to either Messi or Ronaldo ever time. 

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25-year-old Neymar looks to be the biggest threat to breaking that trend as both of his competitors enter their 30’s, although Antoine Griezmann came third last year and Kylian Mbappe was the youngest player to ever get into the top 10 this year.

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Karim Benzema Confuses Fans With Bizarre Ballon d’Or Tweet Following 25th Place Finish

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema left his social media followers a tad confused after a tweet he sent out regarding the Ballon d’Or results. 

The French striker was listed as the 25th best player in the Ballon d’Or rankings, behind the likes of Kylian Mbappé (Paris Saint-Germain), Sadio Mané (Liverpool) and Falcao (AS Monaco).

When Benzema opted to tweet about the final results, it appears a quick Google Translate didn’t quite give the 29-year-old the right words that he was looking for.

After attempting to decipher what Benzema actually meant, it appears as if he is trying to say everyone outside of the top three is just a random selection of good players across Europe.

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One thing that most certainly is not a random selection is that of the French national team.

Having been out of action for Les Bleus for some time now, the president of the French Football Federation, Noël Le Graët, said that the Real Madrid striker won’t be getting back into the national team setup anytime soon.

“You would have to be blind or deaf to not understand that Benzema will be difficult to select right now. It seems to be incontestable to me,” Le Graët told RMC.

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“We must also say that there are a number of talented players in attack, so the problem is perhaps less so than a few years ago.

“Deschamps picked him a lot during years when he was not brilliant in the French team.”

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