Real Madrid Supporters Call for Los Blancos to Sign Kylian Mbappe at Eden Hazard’s Presentation

​Real Madrid supporters were heard crying out for Los Blancos to sign Kylian Mbappe prior to Eden Hazard’s official presentation on Thursday evening.

Hazard was presented in a Real Madrid shirt for the first time following his move from Chelsea where he greeted thousands of supporters at the Bernabeu shortly after completing a medical at La Moraleja University Hospital.


While ​Real supporters were undeniably thrilled to witness ​Hazard parade around the stadium – ​kissing the badge in the process – they seemingly had other things on their mind before the Belgian made his grand entrance.

​Marca report that the some 50,000 supporters were heard repeatedly chanting: “We want ​Mbappe! We want Mbappe!” 

That’s as clear a message as you’re likely to hear.

Real have been routinely linked with a move for Mbappe, with ​recent reports claiming that the French star is now ‘pushing’ for a move to his dream club, but those claims remain unsubstantiated for the time being.

The report also tentatively claims that Mbappe’s father is also trying to generate a move across to the Spanish capital, though Paris Saint-Germain are unsurprisingly unwilling to give an inch.

Real have already made a splash in the transfer market this summer as they look to rebuild after a thoroughly disappointing 2018/19 campaign which saw them fall well short on all fronts.

Alongside Hazard, Los Blancos have also snapped up Eder Militao, Rodrygo, Luka Jovic and, most recently, Ferland Mendy.

The La Liga giants may not be finished there as they are also being linked with both Manchester United’s Paul Pogba, as well as Lyon’s Tanguy Ndombele.


Eden Hazard Kisses Real Madrid Badge During Official Unveiling at the Bernabeu

​Eden Hazard was filmed kissing the Real Madrid badge while being officially unveiled at the Bernabeu following his move from Chelsea.

The Belgian winger was presented in a Real Madrid shirt for the first time on Thursday evening following the move from Stamford Bridge, where he greeted thousands of supporters shortly after completing a medical at La Moraleja University Hospital.

Whilst posing in front of the cameras, ​Hazard was ​captured responded to pleas from supporters to give the ​Real Madrid badge a kiss, which he did, subsequently earning a rapturous response.

The former ​Chelsea man also filmed himself in front of the Real Madrid supporters, saying: “Hey guys! This is for you, all of you!”

He then signed off with an address to the supporters, saying: “Many thanks…and Hala Madrid!”

Prior to being shown off to the Bernabeu faithful, Hazard spoke in a press conference alongside president Florentino Perez.

“Hi, everyone,” he said, as per Real’s ​club website“Thank you very much, Mr. President. Thank you to my parents and all my family. I can’t wait to start playing for Real Madrid and winning lots of titles. 

“As the president said, my dream ever since I was a little boy, has been to play for Real Madrid. Now I’m here and I want to enjoy this moment. Thank you very much.”

Hazard is just one of a number of high profile signings made by Real already this summer, as the club have already completed the acquisitions of Rodrygo, Eder Militao, Luka Jovic and, most recently, Ferland Mendy.

The La Liga giants may not be finished there as they are also being ​linked with both Manchester United’s Paul Pogba, ​as well as Lyon’s Tanguy Ndombele.


Ferland Mendy Completes €55m Move From Lyon to Real Madrid

Ferland Mendy has completed his move from Lyon to Real Madrid, signing a 6-year contract with the 13-time European champions.

The 23-year-old France international completed a medical with his new club while on international duty with France on Tuesday, after Real Madrid met Lyon’s asking price of €55m and agreed terms with the player.

​The club statement reads: “Real Madrid CF and Olympique Lyonnais have agreed to the transfer of player Ferland Mendy. The player is linked to the club during the next six seasons, until June 30, 2025. 

“Mendy will be presented next Wednesday, June 19, at 1:00 p.m., in the VIP box at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium. Subsequently, Mendy will step on the turf of Santiago Bernabéu for the first time wearing the Real Madrid CF jersey and will attend the media in the press room.”

Mendy, who joined Lyon from Le Havre for just €5m back in 2017, became one of the most coveted full backs in world football thanks to his progress with Les Gones, attracting attention from both Barcelona and Juventus as well as Real Madrid.

It is understood that ​Los Blancos officials flew to France to negotiate with new Lyon director Juninho Pernambucano, as they hurried to come to a swift agreement for the player they hope will become Marcelo’s successor at the Santiago Bernabeu.


Mendy is already Madrid’s fifth signing of the summer after Eden Hazard, Rodrygo Goes, Eder Militao and Luka Jovic, with the club’s total transfer fee outlay currently at around €215m.


Man Utd Reject Gareth Bale Talks With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Uninterested in Welshman

​Manchester United have rejected the opportunity to enter talks with Gareth Bale after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer informed Real Madrid that the Welshman is not on his summer wishlist.

It has been made no secret by returning Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane that Bale is not in his plans for the coming season, after freezing the player out from the starting XI and publicly stating that he doesn’t fit into his side.

However, ​Bale himself is in no rush to leave the Spanish capital, currently earning £350k-per-week in wages and tied down to ​Madrid until 2022. Despite netting 102 goals in 231 outings for the club, the 29-year-old has repeatedly come under scrutiny from Madrid supporters and in the Spanish press during his six seasons with the club. 

​United are one of the sides that have attempted to sign the forward for a number of years, but it appears now such interest has finally waned, claim ​ESPN.

In a cruel twist, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had made it clear to the Madrid hierarchy that he has no intention of signing the four-time Champions League winner, with vice-chairman Ed Woodward turning down the La Liga side’s offer to enter talks.

Paul Pogba

With United uninterested in Bale, that could spell the end of the Madrid’s hopes of signing the their World Cup winner Paul Pogba. The Frenchman has been touted as a potential incoming at the Santiago Bernabeu, as Zidane looks to rebuild a squad that endured a miserable 2018/19 season, with the ​Daily Mirror claiming £150m is the fee Madrid would have to cough up. 

The Norwegian is keen to continue adding to his squad this summer, after bringing in Bale’s international teammate Daniel James, however, Bale has seemingly been removed from Solskjaer’s shopping list as Madrid desperately bid to rid themselves of the former Tottenham star.


FIFA 19 Ultimate Team: Sergio Ramos, Joshua Kimmich & Jordan Pickford Star in International TOTW 39

​You know what time it is. Wednesday comes around and all eyes are fixated on EA’s FIFA TOTW announcement.

While most players’ respective club seasons are now over, there was still time for them to shine on the international stage during early June’s national team fixtures, which they most certainly did.

Granted, it’s not as glamorous as some of the reveals of recent weeks, but there are still some absolute crackers here that would gladly fit into anyone’s starting XI.

Here’s a rundown of the highlights of TOTW 39.

Sergio Ramos (93)

Sergio Ramos

Often in the headlines for the wrong reasons, Ramos has certainly made a name for himself for all the right reasons in TOTW 39.

The Spaniard captained his side to a 3-0 win over Sweden in Euro 2020 qualifying, keeping a clean sheet as Spain made it four wins from four to continue their perfect record in Group F. Not only was he a rock at the back though, Ramos went one better and opened the scoring from the spot in the second half to lead his side on the pathway towards a comfortable victory.

A 93 overall defending stat is simply outstanding, with the added bonus of 86 physical meaning any opposing strike force will be hard pressed to drift past the ​Real Madrid defender, wherever he is on the pitch.

Joshua Kimmich (89)

Joshua Kimmich

Having initially started life out as midfielder, Pep Guardiola redeveloped Kimmich as a right back during his time at ​Bayern Munich, where the German has gone on to solidify the role as his own in recent years. 

That said, Joachim Low is seeking to restructure Die Mannschaft after their World Cup failings and build a side capable of competing with the world’s best. In doing so, Low played Kimmich as a holding midfielder in their Euro 2020 qualifying match against Estonia. And blimey, did he excel. The 24-year-old was unplayable as Germany obliterated their opponents 8-0, dictating the play from his deep-lying role as his country also kept their 100% qualifying record intact. 

His 89 passing stat is the pick of the bunch, something that has become a trademark of his as he recorded 13 assists in the Bundesliga this season. Equally, 86 dribbling means trying to prevent him from making such passes will be work in itself.

Jordan Pickford (86)

Jordan Pickford

He’s come under scrutiny this season for some below-par displays for ​Everton in the ​Premier League, but Pickford put all such worries aside as he lined up between the sticks for England in their Nations League match against Switzerland.

After Pickford held his own to keep the scores level, the third-place play off tie went to penalties, a scenario he was familiar with one year after his heroics in Russia. The former Sunderland keeper stepped up to smash his own penalty into the back of the net with consummate ease, but topped that by saving the decisive penalty as England secured a 6-5 penalty success.

His reflexes were on show even during the 3-1 loss to the Netherlands, with his new card receiving a more than credible 90 rating for that stat. Also known for his ability with the ball at his feet, a 90 rating for kicking means those FIFA players who like a bit of tiki-taka will be encouraged to sign the 25-year-old.

Honourable Mentions

Gabriel Jesus

Up front there are two standout cards to choose from, with Premier League duo Gabriel Jesus and Marko Arnautovic both scoring highly (86 and 87) after netting for their respective countries in midweek. 

​Manchester City striker Jesus scored twice in a 7-0 rout of Honduras, while ​West Ham’s Austrian forward did the same as they saw off North Macedonia 4-1.

A player who continues to be linked with a move away from his club is Ivan Perisic, whose new 87 rated card is just reward for his man of the match display in Croatia’s 2-1 win over Wales.


Paul Pogba ‘Willing to Pressure’ Man Utd Into Sale This Summer as Real Madrid Wait in the Wings

​Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is prepared to pile on the pressure onto the club’s decision-makers to force through a move to Real Madrid this summer.

The 26-year-old has been heavily linked with a move away from Old Trafford and Zinedine Zidane is desperate to lure Pogba to the Spanish capital, placing his compatriot ahead of Christian Eriksen and Donny van de Beek as his top midfield target. 

Paul Pogba

Tuesday’s edition of Marca (via Sport Witness) claims that Pogba is also eager for the move to go through, adding that the midfielder is ‘willing to pressure’ Manchester United into completing the deal.

Real Madrid manager Zidane has faced an uphill battle convincing his superiors to commit to the deal, but Marca’s report states that Los Blancos will now go full throttle to sign Pogba ahead of the new La Liga season.

Unsurprisingly, it’s been suggested again that Gareth Bale could be used as a makeweight to drive Pogba’s price down this summer.

Their latest update on Pogba’s future will also have ramifications for Tottenham midfielder Eriksen, who at times has been linked with a switch to the Santiago Bernabéu.

Spanish outlet AS claims that despite Eriksen reaching a verbal agreement with Real Madrid, their decision to focus their attention on Pogba has forced the Dane into questioning his future once again this summer.

The 27-year-old has just one year left on his contract in north London, but the reports suggests that Eriksen is now considering the possibility of signing an extension at the club.

It claimed that Tottenham are prepared to make Eriksen the second-highest paid player at the club, only behind England captain Harry Kane.


Neymar Edges Closer to PSG Exit as Barcelona and Real Madrid Maintain Interest

The relationship between Neymar and the club’s hierarchy ​at Paris Saint-Germain has reportedly broken down as the Brazilian could be heading for an exit this summer.

Neymar became the most expensive player in footballing history when he made the £200m-plus move from Barcelona to PSG in 2017 in a bid to escape the shadow of Lionel Messi, but his days in France could now be numbered.


Just two years on, the former ​Barca forward could be on his way back to La Liga, as ​​Sport report that he has stated his desire to leave the Parisian club and could potentially return to the Camp Nou.

The attacker is reportedly keen to move to a club with more serious hopes of winning the ​Champions League, as PSG have continually failed in the competition despite huge investment in the playing and management staff.


Their latest European failure came at the hands of ​Manchester United in the last 16 stage, as the Red Devils’ last minute penalty earned them a spot in the quarter-finals on away goals.

​Neymar left Barcelona not only for more money, but to become the star of PSG, as he had grown tired of being outshined by ​Messi. In reality, the Brazilian has found that his superiority in Ligue 1 has led to him being targeted by opposition more often, meaning he has picked up injuries more frequently.


A return to the Catalan giants looked unlikely this time last year, but recent developments have made it look more and more feasible. PSG are reportedly interested in Phillippe Coutinho, which could help negotiations progress even further.

This could spark a bidding war between Spain’s top two clubs, as ​Real Madrid have also expressed an interest in the Brazilian in the past, with Zinedine Zidane aiming to rebuild a Los Blancos side badly lacking in quality.

Neymar Jr.

Aged 27, Neymar has three years left on his contract at PSG. The club must now decide whether they should hang on to a wantaway player, or cash in whilst he still holds a significant market value.


On This Day in 2009: Cristiano Ronaldo Signs for Real Madrid from Manchester United

Ten years ago, on June 11 2009, Real Madrid announced one of the most successful signings in the history of modern football.

Manchester United man Cristiano Ronaldo signed for the Madrid club for £80m. Teams now spend this much on a player after one good season at a mid-table Premier League club, but in 2009 this fee seemed astronomical, yet entirely justified for one the world’s best talents.

Real Madrid's new player Portuguese Cris

Despite breaking the world-record transfer fee in order to secure his services, ​Los Blancos surely would not have expected ​Ronaldo to deliver as much as he did.

During his nine seasons with the Spanish giants, the Portuguese forward made 438 appearances, scoring an obscene 451 goals in that time.

Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristia

Joining at the time Barcelona started to dominate Spanish and European football, the Madeira-born man’s trophy cabinet still boasts an incredible amount of silverware.

With four ​Champions Leagues, three Club World Cups, three UEFA Super Cups, two ​La Liga titles, two Copas del Rey and two Spanish Super Cups, Ronaldo’s spell at the Bernabeu will be remembered for a long, long time.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Of course, Ronaldo won himself the odd individual accolade along the way two. As well as four Ballons d’Or and three Golden Shoe awards, the Portuguese forward also smashed the club’s all-time goalscoring record. 

Raul’s tally of 323 goals would have seemed unattainable when he first joined, but Ronaldo managed to reach this tally in roughly half as many games as it took the Spanish striker, earning him an almost mythical status at the club.


Club president Florentino Perez labelled the Portuguese attacker as “the heir to Alfredo Di Stefano”, who fittingly was the man who introduced Ronaldo to the fans at the Bernabeu during his unveiling in 2009, but it’s fair to say Ronaldo has written his own legacy in Madrid.


Zinedine Zidane Provides Update on Brahim Diaz’s Future as Club Attempt to Send Starlet Out on Loan

​Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane believes that young midfielder Brahim Díaz has a role to play for the club next season, although higher-ups believe the former Manchester City man would benefit more from a loan move. 

Diaz joined Real for £15.5m back in January 2019 and initially only made one La Liga appearance for Los Blancos leading up March. 

This changed with the return of Zinedine Zidane, who evidently liked what he saw, giving the young midfielder a few more appearances. Diaz ended the season with one goal and two assists in nine games. 

Zinedine Zidane,Brahim Diaz

Despite this, ​AS reported ​​Real Madrid officials believe that Diaz would develop more with a loan move away from the Bernabéu, perhaps believing that Diaz might get more gameplay at another club.

But Zidane believes he will be a very good option for him to choose from as he looks to rebuild Real following a chaotic, disappointing season. 

“I like that he always supports and uses both his feet,” said Zidane, as quoted by ​AS

“He likes to be involved in link-up play…he is a good player, very interesting and young. We will see what happens next year but at the moment, he has had minutes and has done really well.

Brahim Diaz,Unai Bustinza

Diaz himself seems keen to stay at the club, stating that: “I want to be at Madrid and I want to play at the best club in the world”

Before joining Real, Diaz was in ​Manchester City‘s youth system, making five ​Premier League appearances for the Sky Blues before getting his big money move to ​La Liga.   


8 Players to Watch Out for at the 2019 Euro Under-21 Championship

​This summer, some of Europe’s most exciting young talent will make their way to Italy for the European Under-21 Championships, and fans will be on the lookout for the next superstar.

In the past, we’ve seen the likes of Thiago, Petr Cech and the mighty Royston Drenthe use the stage to propel themselves to stardom, and plenty of others will almost certainly do the same this summer.

Here are eight players for you to look out for.

Sandro Tonali

Sandro Tonali

Country: Italy

There’s a huge chance you’ve already heard about Brescia’s Sandro Tonali but, unless you watch the Italian second division, you probably haven’t seen much of him on the pitch. Well, now’s your chance.

Touted by many as the heir to Andrea Pirlo’s Italian throne, Tonali has already been linked to almost every European giant. The 19-year-old midfielder is technically sound and has passing vision far beyond his years, whilst he can read a game perfectly to decide whether to push forward or stay back.

He already has two senior international caps to his name, and expect that number to skyrocket in the near future. 

Luka Jovic


Country: Serbia

Luka Jovic has already spent the early weeks of this summer in the spotlight after sealing a big money move to ​Real Madrid, and he will have even more eyes on him this summer when he represents Serbia.

The world is Jovic’s oyster right now. He burst onto the scene in the ​Bundesliga, took Europe by storm and earned himself a spot at the Santiago Bernabeu as a result. Goals are like oxygen to him, and you already know that he’s looking for that Golden Boot award when all is said and done.

A huge summer would help him carry his confidence over to Madrid, and fans of his new side will certainly want to keep an eye on his performances.

Houssem Aouar


Country: France

Lyon have put together a stunning group of young talent, and 20-year-old Houssem Aouar is right at the heart of that. He is already one of his side’s most important players, and a big tournament this summer will only help cement his status as one of France’s brightest prospects.

Les Bleus have so much talent, it’s actually tough to wrap your head around it all. Yet, Aouar still manages to shine through. Another composed midfielder, Aouar can see a pass about four moves in advance, and then he’s technically skilled enough to pick that pass. As a bundle of perpetual motion, Aouar is truly thrilling to watch.

Fans across Europe might soon be getting better acquainted with Aouar, as the likes of ​Chelsea, ​Liverpool and ​Barcelona have all been linked with him in the past. Just watch him, and you’ll see why.

Yari Verschaeren


Country: Belgium

The Belgian conveyor belt of talent never stops, and the next youngster off the production line is 17-year-old midfielder Yari Vershaeren. The Anderlecht starlet missed a lot of Belgium’s qualification for the tournament because of his school exams, but Johan Walem was clearly desperate for Verschaeren to join up with the squad anyway.

He is yet to appear for Belgium Under-21 side, and there’s a good chance his game time could be limited this tournament as a result, but he is certainly not just there for the experience. Verschaeren’s excellent vision, creativity and movement have already earned him multiple appearances in the Belgian top flight and in the Europa League, and he will be a welcome addition to their squad.

Driven by success, Verschaeren is a manager’s dream, and Walem may have little choice but to play the teenager. He’s that good.

Robert Skov

Country: Denmark

As one of Europe’s most prolific wingers last season, Denmark’s Robert Skov deserves plenty of attention.

He racked up a stunning 32 goals and 10 assists on the right side of Kobenhavn’s attack, and if those numbers don’t get you excited, then I don’t know what will. With an intimidating blend of speed and power, Skov can strike fear into the heart of even the most competent defender, which promises for some exhilarating viewing.​

A number of ​Premier League sides, including ​Tottenham Hotspur, ​Watford and ​Wolverhampton Wanderers have all chased him in the past, and a number of impressive outings this summer will surely increase his chances of a huge move abroad.

Phil Foden

Phil Foden

Country: England

England’s Young Lions often find themselves under a lot of pressure to perform, but one man who has never shied away from centre stage is ​Manchester City starlet Phil Foden.​

‘The Stockport Iniesta’ ended the season in emphatic fashion with the Citizens, netting a winner against Spurs which went a long way to steering his side to the Premier League title, and English fans will be hoping for a similar showing this summer.

The 19-year-old’s vision and movement has helped him win over Pep Guardiola, and also earned him a place in the heart of Aidy Boothroyd’s midfield. He will be looking to pull the strings for England, as they seek to avenge 2017’s semi-final exit.

Dani Ceballos

Dani Ceballos

Country: Spain

Dani Ceballos was instrumental as Spain stormed to the European title in 2017, winning the Player of the Tournament award for good measure. This summer, he will come back to try and defend his crown, so big things will be expected of him.

The 22-year-old is yet to fully make an impact with ​Real Madrid, so much so that he has been linked with a move to the likes of Spurs and ​West Ham United. This summer could be a chance to earn himself a transfer, or perhaps even a greater role in Madrid.

Europe already knows exactly what Ceballos is about, but some people may just need a gentle reminder.

Alexander Nubel

Alexander Nuebel

Country: Germany

Germany just gets youth development. Wherever you look, it seems there’s hundreds of German youngsters ready to break into superstardom, and goalkeeper Alexander Nubel could be next.

The 22-year-old took over the reigns at ​Schalke last season, and impressed enough to earn himself comparisons to ​Manuel Neuer. Agile and great with the ball at his feet, many have joked that Nubel could do a job outfield, let alone in between the sticks.

Those who have seen Nubel play will agree that it seems just a matter of time before he takes over in the senior side but, for know, he will continue to cut his teeth with the Under-21 setup.