Real Madrid Tipped to ‘Abandon’ Eden Hazard Interest as They Already Have a Star in the Making

Real Madrid are reportedly ready to give up on chasing Chelsea star Eden Hazard, with Marco Asensio expected to now get more opportunity to shine instead.

Real have been linked with Hazard, who is still yet to agree a new contract with ​Chelsea, for well over a year on and off. Speculation has significantly grown in recent weeks.

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But, according to Marca, the reigning European champions are prepared to cool any interest in Hazard to give 21-year-old Asensio a renewed chance to shine.

“Why would we bring in the Belgian if we have Asensio?” is the quote attributed to an unnamed senior board member at the Bernabeu.

Carefully managed so far this season, huge things are expected of the former ​Real Mallorca youngster and Marca suggest that the 3-0 Clásico loss at the hands of ​Barcelona shortly before Christmas will serve as a ‘turning point’ for changes in the capital.

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Asensio is therefore in line to become more regular as Zinedine Zidane looks to shake things up and get Real back on track after a mixed first half of the season.

Prioritising the development of Asensio over the Galacticos style capture of Hazard would certainly be in keeping with the club’s evolving transfer policy in recent years – no ‘Galactico’ has been bought since James Rodriguez joined from Monaco in the summer of 2014.

Curiously, the story from Marca states exactly the opposite on the future of Hazard as an ‘exclusive’ claim from The Sun. The British tabloid suggests that Real are preparing a £120m offer for the Belgian, one that would make him one of the most expensive players of all time.

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Given the conflicting nature of the stories that emerged around the same time, only one be correct.

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Mauro Icardi Reportedly Stalls Over New Inter Deal in the Hope That Real Madrid Come Calling

​Inter superstar Mauro Icardi is apparently stalling over a new deal on offer at San Siro, as he waits it out for Real Madrid to come calling.

Los Blancos have been credited with interest in the striker, and are supposedly looking to replace Karim Benzema at the Bernabeu.

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As reported by ​AS, Icardi’s current buy-out clause stands at around €110m, which Madrid would easily be able to afford to pay, which could leave Inter powerless to prevent their talisman from leaving.

His agent Wanda Nara, who also happens to be his wife, is thought to be managing the situation closely, trying to gain her husband some bargaining power for any deal in the offing.

The 24-year-old has been forging a strong reputation over the past few years in Italian football, and is now widely considered one of Europe’s top marksmen.

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The Argentinian has hit 88 Serie A goals since his move to the Nerazzurri in 2013, and is leading the way in the goalscoring charts for the current season with 17.

Scarily, Icardi is still a number of years away from his prime, meaning he makes for the ideal kind of target for Madrid.

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It is thought that Zinedine Zidane is looking to cash in on fellow countryman Benzema or even Gareth Bale, who is causing frustration at the club with his injury record.

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Action! Real Madrid Star Cristiano Ronaldo Reveals What He’d Like to Do After Football

​Real Madrid and world footballing star Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed to fellow legend of the game Alessandro del Piero that he would like to make films when he finally calls time on his career. 

The 32-year-old’s playing future at Los Blancos continues to come under speculation, with recent reports suggesting the player has been in contact with club president Florentino Perez surrounding the possibility of lowering his release clause in what could be seen as potentially making himself more available in the transfer window. 

But one thing that is for certain is the Portugal international’s plans and aspirations when it is time to hang his boots up; making films. 

“I’d like to make movies, I have my hotels, my gyms, my clothing line with Nike… I see myself as a business man”, he told Alessandro del Piero in an interview for Sky Italia, which will be published in January, as quoted by Spanish news outlet ​Marca.

“Right now I am focused on what I am doing, although clearly I know that sooner or later the moment to retire will come.

“My life after football will be beautiful, I’m sure, and I don’t mean with money, but with pleasure of doing other things.”

During the conversation with the former Italian striker, Ronaldo also reflected on the past, revealing when deciding to join Manchester United from Sporting Lisbon back in 2003, he also had the option to sign on the dotted line with Serie A giants Juventus. 

“I was happy with the interest of Juventus, because it’s an extraordinary club, but then I decided to go to United”, the five time Balon d’Or-winner continued.

“I liked the Premier League more than Serie A.

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“They also spoke of Real Madrid, but I’ve always taken the right decisions thanks to my agent Jorge Mendes.”

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Real Madrid Striker Karim Benzema Set for Up to 3 Weeks Out With Hip Injury

​Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema is set for a spell on the sidelines of up to three weeks after suffering a hip injury, ​Marca have reported.

The news will come as a setback for Los Blancos coach Zinedine Zidane, who will be short of attacking options for his side’s upcoming fixtures.

Benzema will miss the Copa del Rey double-header with Numancia, a La Liga clash with Celta Vigo, and potentially the games against Villarreal and Deportivo La Coruna.

The Frenchman is believed to have picked up the problem early in last weekend’s Clasico defeat, before being replaced in the second-half following Dani Carvajal’s sending off.

But ​AS claim that Benzema showed “no sign of discomfort during the game”, and was not injured against Barcelona.

The 30-year-old was reportedly seen in “perfect health” as Real Madrid’s players departed for a winter break in Dubai last week.

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Benzema’s injury came as Los Blancos made a return to training ahead of their return to competitive football next month.

Some have suggested that he was simply attempting to avoid training in front of the club’s fans, many of whom have expressed their distaste over Benzema’s form in recent weeks.

But confirmation from ​Real Madrid’s website debunks such claims, leaving Zidane with a dilemma as to who to select as his attacking focal point in the coming weeks.

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Los Blancos currently sit in fourth place in La Liga, 14 points behind leaders Barcelona after their 3-0 defeat at the Bernabeu.

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Man Utd & PSG Alerted as Real Madrid Superstar Cristiano Ronaldo Reportedly Asks for €100m Departure

​Manchester United could be poised to make a stunning move for their former star Cristiano Ronaldo, after the Real Madrid ace is rumoured to have asked the club to set his asking price at €100m.

The Portuguese international has a staggering €1bn release clause, but is hoping that he can convince the club to allow him to leave for a fraction of this amount.

As reported by Duncan Castles of the Daily Record, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner has put the feelers out to both United and Paris Saint-Germain, as his relationship with Los Blancos’ president Florentino Perez is rumoured to have sunk to an all-time low – where Ronaldo has ceased all communication with Perez.

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Such were the heights of greatness achieved by the 32-year-old during his nine seasons with Real Madrid, his relatively mediocre performances this season have drawn significant scrutiny from fans and pundits alike. 

The former Sporting CP ace has scored just four goals in 12 La Liga games – when his end-of-season tally has hit over 25 throughout his spell in Madrid.

Manchester United sold Ronaldo to Real in 2009, for a then-world record £80m. Since joining the club, Ronaldo has gone from strength to strength – scoring an eye-watering 422 goals in 416 appearances. However, after a tax dispute last summer, Ronaldo’s fondness for Spain appears to have soured, and a move back to the Premier League could well be on the cards.

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During his time in La Liga, Ronaldo has won a host of trophies and personal accolades. The Madeira-born star has won two league titles and three Champions Leagues with Real, as well as two Copas Del Rey.

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Chelsea Ace Alvaro Morata Hits Back at Claims He Rejected Spurs Move Due to Harry Kane Competition

​Chelsea striker Álvaro Morata has moved to quash claims that he turned down a move to Spurs because of the competition he would have faced from their star striker Harry Kane. 

Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino appeared to aggravate the Spanish international, by claiming he turned down Spurs in 2015 due to Kane’s emergence in the side.

In an interview with Sky Sports, Morata was asked whether Pochettino’s comments from earlier in the season were true – to which the 25-year-old denied he making the statement. 

Morata said: “No it’s not true. I spoke with him and he said he wanted both [of us] to play together, but there was no chance to come to Tottenham.

“For sure I would like to play with Kane, he’s a big player, one of the best strikers in the world, but in this moment when I spoke with him [Pochettino]. There was no chance to leave Real Madrid.”

Morata has enjoyed a positive start to his career at Chelsea, having joined the Blues for a club record £55m from Real Madrid in the summer. Since making the switch to Stamford Bridge, Morata has scored ten goals and contributed four assists in his first 17 Premier League games for Antonio Conte’s side.

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Chelsea are looking like they won’t be able to retain their Premier League title this season, as Manchester City have stormed 15 points clear at the top of the table as the season hits its midway point. The Blues will now be aiming to secure a top four finish, as the race for Champions League football begins to heat up.

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Roberto Carlos Claims Incoming Real Madrid Starlet Vinicius Will Become an ‘Idol’ at the Bernabeu

Former Real Madrid star Roberto Carlos has been raving about his young countryman Vinicius, who is set to join Los Blancos at the end of the season.

The 17-year-old attacker, currently playing with Flamengo in Brazil, is one of the most highly-rated teenagers in South America and has drawn several comparisms to compatriot Neymar.

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Despite his tender age, Vinicius will cost Real at least €40m, but they have no qualms over paying such an amount for a kid, as there were several clubs willing to meet the teenager’s €30m release clause.

Speaking after a charity match he organised in Sao Paulo, Carlos gave a glowing review of the youngster – who he met prior to El Clasico – insisting that he will become an ‘icon’ at Madrid in time to come.

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“I was with his family before El Clasico and they’re all very humble,” he said, via ​Marca“He knows that playing at Real Madrid is not going to be easy because the [Estadio Santiago] Bernabeu is very big and the fans demand a lot.

“Being a Real player must be a source of great pride for him, but now he has a greater responsibility to improve day by day.

“I wish him luck and I’m sure he will be an idol at the club soon enough.”

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“I won’t say that he’s ready yet because he’s still very young,” he continued. “But what Real Madrid did in thinking about the future of the club…I think it was a perfect move.”

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Brazil Legend Roberto Carlos Reveals What Gives Cristiano Ronaldo an ‘Advantage’ Over Lionel Messi

​Real Madrid legend Roberto Carlos believes Crstiano Ronaldo’s work ethic and desire to always improve makes him the best in the world.

Ronaldo went on to win his fifth Ballon d’Or in December at the FIFPro ceremony – equalling Lionel Messi’s haul.

The award capped off a fine silverware catch for the Portuguese international, winning several other individual accolades, as well as coming out on top in La Liga and the Champions League.

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Former los Blancos player Roberto Carlos believes the Euro 2016 winner stands above Messi and countryman Neymar in terms of ability, when speaking to Fo​x Sports.

“These days, when you talk about football, you talk about Neymar, Messi and Ronaldo. Cristiano has worked to improve.

“When you talk about the Ballon d’Or or any other prize, it’s not just any other prize, it’s not just any person who votes, it’s people who know football, who follow the stats and pick the best in the world.”

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Carlos spent 11 years in Spain’s capital in a tenure littered with trophies. On top of winning four La Liga trophies and three European Cups, the former full-back also won the World Cup in 2002.

“I watch him train every day and the way he works is exciting He wants to improve everyday,” he added.

“That’s the difference with Messi – Leo is a phenomenon, we never talk about Neymar… but that side of Cristiano, of training, professionalism, focus, motivation, success… Cristiano has an advantage over all the others.”

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Despite the kind remarks, Ronaldo has, by and large, struggled this campaign, along with the team as a whole. 

The ex-Manchester United man has just four goals in twelve La Liga matches, but has scored nine in each of the Champions League group stage games.

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Ronaldo and Messi last met in a week ago in El Clasico, where the Argentine scored and helped push the Catalans fourteen points clear of their perennial rivals. 

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Future Galactico: 4 Things You Need to Know About Potential Real Madrid Signing Rafa Mir

With the January transfer window now just days away, the usual rumour mill will begin to gain momentum as fans await eagerly for their favourite club to sign new recruits. 

One of the latest players being linked with a potential transfer is 20-year-old Valencia forward Rafa Mir, who is reportedly on the verge of joining Real Madrid in January.

Here are four things you need to know about the latest Spanish sensation to hit the headlines. 

1. Style of Play

Rafa Mir can operate anywhere across the front line, although his preferred position is as a central striker. 

Cutting a tall, slim figure, Mir is elegant in possession with his dribbling a key skill whether he plays centrally or wide.

Mir also has a decent turn of pace and most importantly for a forward, looks composed in front of goal, and is able to score a variety of goals with either foot or his head.

2. Prolific at Youth Level

Currently playing for Valencia’s Mestalla side in Group 3 of the Segunda B Division this season, Mir has proven his quality at that level.

The Spaniard rose to prominence in the 2015/16 UEFA Youth League in which he scored six goals and provided three assists in just seven games for Valencia. 

This season however Mir has kicked on, scoring 15 goals in just 19 games this season, which is the reason why some of Europe’s elite are interesting in acquiring his signature.

3. First Team Experience

Mir has limited experience in terms of first team football for Valencia spread over the course of the last few seasons.

He made his debut in the Champions League in the 2015/16 season against Zenit St. Petersburg at the tender age of 18, and has gone on to make a further seven appearances in the Europa League, Copa del Rey and La Liga collectively. 

His position however at Valencia has become strained, refusing to sign a new contract in the summer meant he wouldn’t play for the first team again until he did, paving the way for a potential move to Los Blancos this January. 

4. One For the Future

If the speculation surrounding Rafa Mir’s proposed move to Real Madrid is true, then the 12-time Champions League winners have certainly acquired a promising talent for the future. 

Moving to the Santiago Bernabeu, Mir is likely to be placed in their Castilla side, but his path to the first team won’t be blocked if he proves he is good enough. 

With Zinedine Zidane at the helm, the Frenchman has promoted the likes of Marco Asensio, Achraf Hakimi and Borja Mayoral to the senior squad in recent seasons, meaning that if Mir shows the quality he has, he will get his chance sooner rather than later. 

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Tottenham Lead Race for Highly Rated Fulham Defender Ryan Sessegnon Despite Real Madrid Interest

​Tottenham Hotspur are apparently poised to beat several top clubs to acquiring the signing of Fulham wonderkid Ryan Sessegnon.

The 17-year-old sensation has been the subject of mass speculation, having been linked with several sides in the Premier League and ​even Real Madrid.

Sessegnon has been an instrumental player for Fulham this season in marauding down the left-hand side, scoring five and assisting three in 24 Championship appearances.

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​T​he Daily ​Mail now report the 17-year-old is expected to join Spurs, despite ample interest.

Along with the likes of Real Madrid, Manchester United are also mentioned in the mix, but it is reported that Sessegnon would prefer to remain in London, rather than relocate further North.

Spurs would prefer to wait until the summer for a deal, the Daily Mail adds, but may be prompted to rush such a transfer, for fear of a rival taking imminent action.

Fulham are also likely to retain the services of their talisman until then, as they are mired in mid-table obscurity and six points off of the playoff spot.

The Cottagers have been riddled with inconsistency as epitomised by handing Sunderland their first home win of the year, before defeating high-flying Cardiff City.

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Spurs will be eager to win the race for Sessegnon in an effort to replace Danny Rose who has been widely tipped to leave.

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