Spanish Report Claims Eden Hazard Ready to ‘Betray’ Real Madrid as Barcelona Eye Chelsea Ace

​Eden Hazard will apparently “betray” long time suitors Real Madrid and opt to complete a sensational transfer to bitter rivals Barcelona instead.

That is the verdict of ​Don Balon, who have claimed that the Chelsea superstar will decide to head to the Nou Camp as a replacement for the departed Neymar.

Hazard is currently sidelined with a broken ankle he picked up on international duty with Belgium in June – an injury that prevented Real Madrid from making a concrete offer for his signature.

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Barcelona, though, have now earmarked the forward as a possible addition to Ernesto Valverde’s ranks and will do all that they can to poach the 26-year-old from under their fierce La Liga rivals’ noses.

Hazard is said to have told Los Blancos that he does not intend to leave Stamford Bridge for at least another 12 months, but left the door open on potentially heading to the Spanish capital at the end of the 2017/18 campaign.

Don Balon, however, have reported that Hazard is actually growing tired of waiting for Real to make a move for him, with the Spanish top flight champions working on a deal to entice Monaco wonderkid Kylian Mbappe to the Santiago Bernabeu instead.

That has allegedly led Hazard to hint that he would be open to a transfer to Barcelona, and hit Real where it hurts most – joining a club that they have long detested.

Whether Hazard genuinely believes that Barca would look to poach him from the current Premier League champions is up for debate, and it may just be that Don Balon are stoking the fires of a rumour that could be non-existent to begin with.

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Hazard is expected to be on the treatment table at Chelsea’s Cobham training base for many more weeks, and possibly months, to come as he continues his rehabilitation.

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Ex-Barcelona President Pulls No Punches & Compares Neymar to ‘Undignified’ Luis Figo

Former Barcelona president Joan Gaspart has given a damning interview regarding departing star Neymar, who has left Camp Nou for Paris Saint-Germain in a world-record shattering deal. 

Gaspart – who was in charge of Barcelona when Luis Figo controversially moved to arch rivals Real Madrid – has likened Neymar to the Portuguese midfielder, claiming “they are two players who go through the back door”.

Neymar’s £198m transfer to PSG has finally gone through after much speculation, and while the Catalan club find themselves with a new influx of cash powerful, there are many who are aggrieved by the nature of the transfer.

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“Neymar is going to be inside the chapter of Figo. I was alone and he is already accompanied by Neymar. There are already two players who go through the back door,” Gaspart told Cadena SER.

“I have seen great players like Maradona and like Ronaldo, who also left Barca because other clubs paid their clause, but they left in a dignified way. Without much comedy or so much story.

“I did not like anything about the attitude that he has had with the club, with the partners, with the teammates, and so that it goes well for him.”

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Gaspart continued with his rant on Neymar, claiming that the 25-year-old takes full blame for any anger caused for the Blaugrana fans.

“I love you, I do not love you, I love you, I do not love you, because now we are the ones who decide that we do not love you.”

“It hurts me that people who I appreciate and respect greatly take advantage of this circumstance to blame anyone. It is the fault of Neymar, who has decided to play with us for a month.”

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With Neymar now officially gone, Barcelona now have the challenge of finding a suitable replacement. The likes of Philippe Coutinho​​ and Ousmane Dembele have both been linked.

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Roma Battle Newcastle for Real Madrid Starlet Lucas Vázquez as Alternative to Riyad Mahrez

​After Roma have stalled in negotiations for Leicester star Riyad Mahrez, the Serie A side have instead turned their attentions to Real Madrid winger Lucas Vázquez.

According to Italian transfer guru ​Gianluca di Marzio, the Giallorossi are targeting a number of midfielders in the post-Francesco Totti era following his retirement. 

The 2016/17 Serie A runners up have grown tired of Leicester’s unrealistic price tag for Mahrez, and have now changed targets with their focus switched to Vázquez.

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The 26-year-old winger, who is equally adept on either side of the midfield, has struggled for first team minutes under manager Zinedine Zidane following the huge number of options at the Frenchmen’s disposal.

When Cristiano Ronaldo was rested last year for the important fixtures and Gareth Bale was injured, Zidane instead opted for the likes of Isco and Marco Asensio as stand ins.

With his options limited in the Real Madrid first team, Vázquez could move on in an attempt to find regular game time, as World Cup 2018 approaches.

The Spanish international will be eyeing a place in the national team squad, so a move to Serie A could be feasible, as reports suggest Roma’s sporting director Monchi is frustrated in the pursuit of Mahrez.

As Vázquez considers a move elsewhere, compatriot Rafa Benitez has also shown an interest in the midfielder who notched seven assists from the bench last season in La Liga. 

Although Vázquez is clinging on to a small hope that he could play a role at the Santiago Bernabéu, a move to the Premier League could be a great proposition.

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Playing under the former Valencia coach on a regular basis could suit both parties, as Newcastle eye a sustained period in the English top-flight. Now the speedy winger has to choose which will be the best option for his career as Roma and Newcastle vie for his signature.

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Real Madrid Midfielder Claims Manager Zinedine Zidane Coaches Like a German

Toni Kroos has compared the coaching style of Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane to that of a German coach. 

Speaking to Marca, the German International said that Zidane demands a lot from his players in training as well as in matches, but knows this style of coaching is a major reason that Madrid have been so dominant since Zidane has been in charge. 

“We are all working very hard, especially during the first few weeks of pre-season. Zidane sometimes seems German due to the work that he has done with us,” he said.

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“He has made it clear that he always wants the hard work in training to be replicated in games.”

Real Madrid finished their pre-season tour of the United States on Wednesday night with a 4-2 penalty shootout victory over the MLS All-Stars, but Zidane is not pleased with his team’s performances going into the La Liga season.

After losses to Manchester City, Man United and Barcelona, Zidane spoke to  ESPN, saying: “The sensation overall is not good, It’s good that we got the result, but the sensation is not positive overall. We only won one out of four games.

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Los Blancos start their La Liga campaign away at Deportivo La Coruna, and Zidane will be hoping that his teams pre-season form does not continue. 

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Kylian Mbappe Has Choice Between Real Madrid & Barcelona After Deciding to Leave Monaco

Monaco sensation Kylian Mbappe has taken one step towards resolving the issue of his future after reportedly deciding that he’s ready to leave the principality club sooner rather than later and seek to carve out the next stage of his career on an even bigger stage.

This significant update has come from L’Equipe in France, with Mbappe said to only be considering a small handful of potential clubs.

Real Madrid are thought to have been leading the chase for the 18-year-old for some time, while Arsenal, Manchester City and even Liverpool have been credited with interest in recent weeks and months. But it increasingly looks as though the youngster’s final decision will be between Los Blancos and Barcelona, who will be fresh from a €222m windfall after selling Neymar.

It was recently claimed by reports in Spain that Real had ‘agreed’ a deal with Monaco worth €180m, but the latest round of gossip suggests Barça are now very much on the scene.

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There was even a rumour originating from Madrid-based El Pais last month that Real president Florentino Perez feared that Mbappe actually had a deal in place with Barça.

Despite Mbappe’s apparent desire to join Real – the player is believed to have previously turned them down at the age of 14 because he felt he was too young to leave home – at face value, a summer switch to Camp Nou looks like a better bet in light of Neymar’s soon-to-be finalised exit.

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Assurances over consistent playing time have always been crucial for Mbappe. He has made it clear he wouldn’t want to move to sit on the bench and there remains an element of doubt in Madrid because of the presence of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema.

In Catalunya, Neymar’s move to Paris Saint-Germain crucially leaves a readymade hole to be filled and a move there seems less complicated. The cash from the sale will also give Barça the means to pay Monaco’s asking price, which they wouldn’t otherwise have been able to afford.

Yet speaking El Larguero on Cadena Ser, Spanish journalist Sique Rodriguez explained that while Barcelona have ‘asked’ for Mbappe, he believes the player will still end up with Real in the capital, leaving Barça to instead focus on prising Paulo Dybala away from Juventus.

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PHOTO: Cristiano Ronaldo’s Girlfriend Keeps Posing in the Family by Showing off Baby Bump

Real Madrid superstar and current Ballon d’Or holder Cristiano Ronaldo has a fourth child on the way, with his partner Georgina Rodriguez confirming her pregnancy.

Ronaldo already has seven year old Cristiano Jr, who was joined recently by his new twin siblings, Mateo and Eva.

All three of Ronaldo’s previous children have been born via a surrogate mother, but the next addition to the clan will be the first he has had with a partner.

Rodriguez’s pregnancy was the subject of speculation for some time before being recently confirmed.

Speaking to Hola! magazine, Rodriguez said: “I am a family person and I love children.”

It first became clear that Ronaldo and Rodriguez were in a relationship when photos were released in late 2016 of the two going on a string of dates. The two were even pictured visiting Disneyland Paris, Ronaldo dressed in disguise in an attempt for privacy.

​​It is understood that the two met after Rodriguez caught the eye of Ronaldo in the VIP section of a Dolce & Gabbana event, with the former model being a former employee of a Madrid-based Gucci store. 

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Monaco Increase Kylian Mbappe Asking Price With Barcelona Likely to Join Race Following Neymar Move

​Monaco have increased their asking price for striking sensation Kylian Mbappe to £178m (€200m) in the expectation that Barcelona will join Real Madrid in the race for his signature when they sell Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain.

​The Daily Mail have reported that the Ligue 1 champions are in danger of pricing out Real Madrid, who made clear last week that they were willing to pay £160m.

But Monaco could bank on Barcelona’s interest following the seemingly imminent £196m (€222m) sale of Neymar to PSG.

Manchester City are also believed to still be interested in Mbappe, who is reportedly concerned that his development could be hindered at Real Madrid.

The Premier League club were said to be willing to launch a similar bid to that of Los Blancos, although neither club are prepared to stretch to Monaco’s new demands.

They are now likely to wait to see where Barcelona stand after the completion of the Neymar transfer saga.

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Barcelona would have the financial power to comfortably complete the signing of Mbappe, but remain sceptical over spending their millions on a player with so little experience.

With the new Ligue 1 season just four days away, the 18-year-old’s next destination remains unclear, although he is almost certain to follow a number of last season’s title winning squad through the exit door.

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Mbappe, who has just 50 top flight career appearances to his name, is reportedly determined to move to either La Liga or the Premier League before the close of the transfer window.

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PHOTO: CR7 Slams Critics via Surreal Instagram Post Following Tax Avoidance Court Appearance

​Cristiano Ronaldo has hit back at his long-standing critics in a slightly surreal Instagram post following his court appearance over alleged tax payment avoidance.

The Real Madrid superstar, who is the most followed sportsman on the social media site, posted an image of himself with a caption that poured scorn on those that constantly tried to belittle him.

The accompanying message with the image read: “What bothers people is my brilliance. Insects only attack lamps that shine!”

The posting comes just two days after Ronaldo appeared before a Spanish court for the first time to defend his name against tax dodging allegations levelled at him over the summer.

The 32-year-old, who recently revealed that his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez was pregnant with his fourth child, has had to bat away claims that he is the latest big footballing star to fiddle his tax expenses in Iberia.

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Speaking before the judge in charge of proceedings, Ronaldo claimed that he had only been dragged before the authorities due to his world-wide fame.

He simply stated: “I am only here because my name is Cristiano Ronaldo.”

The Portugal captain also told those in attendance that he always filed his tax returns on time and “never had the intention of evading taxes”, before finishing up by remarking that his “conscience is clear.”

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Ronaldo, who spent 90 minutes in court after entering via a side door to evade the assembled press, is accused of evading £13.1m in unpaid tax to the Spanish tax office.

Prosecutors claim (via ​BBC News) that Ronaldo took “advantage of a company structure, created in 2010, to hide income generated in Spain from his image rights from tax authorities” – a decision which was a “voluntary and conscious breach of his fiscal obligations in Spain.”

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If his case is sent for trial, the ex-Manchester United and Sporting star could be line to receive a hefty fine to the tune of 28m and a three-and-a-half year prison sentence.

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Kylian Mbappe’s All-Time XI Just Might Be the Most Frightening Team Ever

​Kylian Mbappe will probably end up on a lot of people’s all-time XI by the time his career is over, but for now he’s sticking to making them.

The Frenchman’s stratospheric rise last season has seen him garner attention from the biggest clubs in the world, and a summer move can’t be all that far-fetched.

The kid seems to be so good at everything, so putting together a top XI would have always been a cinch.

In goal, the youngster listed the legendary Gianluigi Buffon, with Cafu, Sergio Ramos, Paulo Maldini and Roberto Carlos in his back line.

So respectful, he is.

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Lionel Messi was named in midfield, with his rival coach Zinedine Zidane featuring as well. Brazilian maestro Ronaldinho is also in the middle, and with good reason.

The attack is as fearsome as it gets; just imagine both Ronaldos coming at your defenders for 90 minutes. 

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Sadly, we’ll never get to witness such, but it’s probably doable on FIFA or PES. 

Mbappe has both Luis Nazario and Cristiano up front, lined up alongside Barcelona superstar Neymar.

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With a side this good, you’d reckon the defenders having it quite easy, as the possession percentages would probably be in the 90s.

Can this team get any better? Bet you can’t find a player in there you’d change. Okay, maybe only Ramos?

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Bayern Forward Thomas Muller Names the Toughest Defenders He’s Ever Faced

Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller has named Real Madrid’s captain, a retired legend, and three of his own teammates when asked about to select a top three of the world’s toughest defenders.

Having faced so many over the years, Muller seemingly found it difficult to stick with just three, but heavily decorated superstar Sergio Ramos is definitely one that stands out.

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“Of course, Real Madrid won three Champions League titles, I think Sergio Ramos is one top level defender,” the German international told Goal.com.

Muller was too young to play against Jaap Stam in a real game but did encounter the intimidating Dutchman in an exhibition game.

“I met Jaap Stam one time in Mark van Bommel’s testimonial. It was a friendly match and he was in my team. So I was lucky!” he added.

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And Muller is also able to test himself against three more players he considers to be among the best in the world on a daily basis in training.

“But also with Mats Hummels, Javi Martinez, Jerome Boateng – when I play against them in the training sessions, it’s very tough,” the 27-year-old continued.

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Having enjoyed the best individual season of his career in 2015/16 when he scored 32 goals in all competitions for Bayern, Muller is looking to bounce back after a rather disappointing 2016/17.

He managed just five Bundesliga goals, the lowest single full season tally of his career to date, and similarly failed to reach double figures overall for the first time.

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