Varane verrät: So tickt Zidane wirklich

​Real-Star und Verteidiger Raphaël Varane ist auf dem Cover der neuen Ausgabe von GQ. Die spanische Zeitung AS veröffentlichte nun die Aussagen des Franzosen, die dieser zu verschiedensten Themen traf. So ging es um die eigene Form und die Entwicklung des 24-Jährigen, die Weltmeisterschaft 2018, die Stimmung im Real-Kader und auch um dessen Landsmann, Trainer Zinédine Zidane.


Ruhe und Gelassenheit strahlt der Trainer der ‘Königlichen’ laut Varane aus. Doch Zidane kann auch anders, wie Varane im Interview bekanntgab.

Angesprochen auf den Erfolgstrainer der ‘Blancos’ sagte der französische Nationalspieler: “Wenn er spricht, hört jeder zu, alle Spieler sind gewillt, von ihm zu lernen, denn wenn er als Spieler ein Gewinner war und dies nun auch als Trainer ist, muss das einen Grund haben. Er ermutigte mich dazu, mehr Risiken einzugehen. Er maximiert die Qualitäten, die ich habe. Ob er sich jemals verliert und uns anschreit? Ja, manchmal, aber nur, wenn es notwendig ist. Aber generell vermittelt er durch seinen Charakter und seine Art Ruhe und Gelassenheit mit seiner unaufdringlichen Kraft.”

Er selbst habe sich Real Madrid 2011 angeschlossen, um sich zunächst zu verbessern, ohne dabei genaue Ziele gesetzt zu haben. “Ich genieße es, mich selbst zum Besten zu treiben, wenn die Dinge schwierig werden, wenn man seine Komfortzone verlassen muss”, so der 39-fache Nationalspieler. Besonders am Anfang sei es für Varane schwer gewesen, denn er habe kein Wort Spanisch und nur ein bisschen Englisch gesprochen.


Einst habe es einen Zeitpunkt in seiner Karriere gegeben, an dem der Franzose realisierte, dass er über alles zu viel nachdachte. Inzwischen habe er die Balance zwischen Denken und dem Fokus auf die richtige Positionierung auf dem Platz gefunden. Der Stammspieler der Madrilenen unterstrich die gute Atmosphäre im Team, den gesunden Wettkampf, aber auch die Hilfsbereitschaft und das Wissen, nur als hilfsbereites Team gewinnen zu können. Die Beziehungen zwischen den Spielern des amtierenden Champions-League-Siegers sei perfekt. Dies ist wohl auch ein Grund, warum der französische Trainer seine Männer bisher nicht allzu oft anschreien musste.


Real Madrid Boss Zidane Confirms Dani Carvajal’s Heart Infection Recovery & Gives Gareth Bale Update

​Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has confirmed that Dani Carvajal has recovered from his heart infection, but stated it is still too soon to state when the 25-year-old will return to first-team action. 

The Spain international has not featured since the back end of September, missing four games so far due to a cardiovascular virus, including Los Blancos’ 1-1 Champions League draw with Tottenham Hotspur earlier this month. 

But now it seems the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium youth academy graduate is preparing for his comeback. Zidane, however, insists he is unable to establish the exact date he will be able to call upon his right-back once again. 

“Dani is okay and the tests are positive”, the French manager, who was recently named Coach of the Year by FIFA, told Spanish news outlet ​Marca.

“He has been cycling today, he is healthy but there is a recovery process and we will have to see how that goes.”

It seems therefore that the Champions League trip to Wembley Stadium early next month to face Tottenham may come too soon for Carvajal, but one man who could made an appearance is former Spurs star Gareth Bale. 

The Wales international picked up a calf injury during Los Blancos’ 3-1 European win over Borussia Dortmund in September, and similarly to his Spanish teammate, has missed out on the La Liga giants’ last four games. 

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However, the 28-year-old is setting his sights on a return during Zidane’s side’s trip to north London in November, even though his manager is not keen to put a date on his explosive attacker’s comeback. 

“Gareth has been out on the pitch, he is on the verge of training with the team but still we cannot give a date for that”, the 45-year-old added. 

Real have had an indifferent start to the campaign, already losing one and drawing two of their opening nine, certainly winnable, games. 

The results have left them third in La Liga, five points behind league leaders Barcelona, however the Spanish capital side will be confident they can make up that gap when they are able to boast a fully-fit squad. 


Man City Defender Danilo Admits He Is ‘Missing Madrid’ After Summer Move to the Premier League

​Manchester City defender Danilo has admitted that he is “missing Madrid” after leaving the European champions for the Premier League during the summer.

The Brazilian full-back has so far struggled to establish himself as a regular under Pep Guardiola, utilised predominantly as a backup option as he was in the Spanish capital.

But he has claimed that the success he experienced at Real Madrid made his spell at the club an “incredible” one.

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“The truth is that I am missing Madrid,” Danilo told ​Cadena SER. “I spent two incredible years winning important things and people always treated me very well. But you have to turn the page.”

Danilo was asked to compare two of the game’s most esteemed coaches, Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane and current manager Guardiola.

“They are two great coaches,” he said. “I had a very good relationship with Zidane for the two years and now I am very good with Guardiola.”


The 26-year-old was speaking after the ceremony for FIFA’s ‘The Best’ Awards, in which a number of Real Madrid players were recognised for last season’s achievements. “I’m very happy because Madrid won a lot,” Danilo added. 

Turning his attention to his teammates at City, Danilo was full of praise for compatriot Gabriel Jesus, who has made an excellent start to the season.

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“He is Brazilian but I did not know him,” he said. “He surprised me because of his quality and maturity despite being 20-years-old.”


Spain Legend Iker Casillas Set to Be Axed by Porto Over FFP Concerns as PSG Eye Transfer

Iker Casillas is facing a permanent exclusion from the Porto side, as the Portuguese league leaders look to move on the former Real Madrid star in order to meet FIFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) standards.

After reportedly being dropped on Saturday by manager Sergio Conceicao against Pacos de Ferrerira for issues regarding his general attitude, it looks as though Casillas could be on his way out in the January window.

According to El Pais (via ​Marca) Casillas is said to be shocked at his exclusion for the team, having felt he was in the best vein of form since leaving Real Madrid.

However, it appears Porto are looking to offload the 2010 World Cup winner on a permanent basis in the winter transfer window, in order to ensure they don’t fall foul of FFP.

Casillas is currently the highest paid player at Porto, receiving over €5m a season and Porto don’t want to chance breaking FFP. The general issues with Casillas make it a relatively simple decision for the board and Sergio Conceicao and it looks as though the former Real Madrid captain has no long term future at Porto.

It’s been reported by L’Equipe that Paris Saint-Germain, apparently unbothered by FFP despite investigations into their summer dealings, are considering bringing three-time Champions League winner Casillas to the Parc des Princes as competition for both Alphonse Areola and Kevin Trapp.

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PSG are still looking for more quality between the sticks, seemingly the final piece of the puzzle to challenge for European honours. However, at 36, Casillas would likely play a limited playing role in the French capital and instead be used more to provide valuable experience and leadership to the squad.


Real Madrid Star Claims Former Club Spurs Can Win Premier League Under Mauricio Pochettino

​Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric sees no reason why Tottenham can’t win the Premier League at some point under current manager Mauricio Pochettino. 

Speaking to talkSPORT, the former Tottenham midfielder was full of admiration for his former club, believing they are now capable of topping the Premier League.


Asked if he thinks Tottenham can win the league, he replied: “I think so. If they continue in this way, why not?

“The Premier League is a strong league with so many great teams – a lot of great games – and it’s not easy. But they are there and I wish them all the best. I would like to see them win the title.”

Despite swapping the white of Tottenham for the white of Madrid, Modric is impressed with the general progress his former club has made both on and off the pitch, while praising their current manager Pochettino.

He continued, stating: “He (Pochettino) is doing an amazing job at Tottenham.

“Tottenham, since I left, is improving as a club in all aspects – on the pitch, outside they have a new training ground, a new stadium is coming.

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“Two years in a row they are close to minning the title in the Premier League, which in the past was not the case. I am happy to see Tottenham improving and fighting for the Premier League title.”


Since his move from Tottenham to Real Madrid for £30m in 2012, Modric has won a La Liga title and three Champions League finals, becoming one of the finest midfielders in the world. As a result, he was named in the FIFA FIFPro World XI for a third consecutive year at the FIFA Football Awards on Monday. 

Modric himself encountered his former side in their recent 1-1 draw in the Champions League on the 17th October, seeing both sides level on points at the top of the group.

Modric and the rest of his Real Madrid teammates will travel to Wembley to play Tottenham again on the 1st November. 


Real Madrid President Hits Back at Ex-Barca Star Gary Lineker Over Karim Benzema Criticism

​Florentino Perez has defended Karim Benzema’s quality after the Real Madrid star came in for slight criticism from Gary Lineker last Wednesday.

Los Blancos’ president was quoted in ​Marca as he explained why he considered the France international to be the perfect blend between current Real boss Zinedine Zidane and former superstar Ronaldo Nazario after Lineker hit out at Benzema’s footballing ability.

The Match of the Day host and former Barcelona star claimed that the striker was a “tad overrated” after another of his former clubs Spurs held Real to a 1-1 draw at the Santiago Bernabeu in the Champions League.

Perez, though, admitted he was unconcerned about Lineker’s opinion and backed the maligned Benzema to come back stronger than ever.

He said: “I don’t mind what Lineker said, I don’t care. What happens is that people judge Benzema just on the amount of goals he scores.

“Against Eibar, he came on and provided us with a footballing masterpiece in the goal for Marcelo.


“I always say that Benzema is a cross between Zidane and Ronaldo Nazario. He scores goals like Ronaldo and has the touch of Zidane; he is a luxury.”

Benzema has struggled for form this term – the forward bagging just two goals and two assists in nine appearances so far – but Perez insisted that the 29-year-old’s qualities and loyalty should not be called into question as he offered up an example of his ability going forward.

Perez added: “Benzema’s been here for eight years and this is his ninth season. He is demanding and loyal, there is no need to worry.

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“To those who believe that Benzema is a different type of player, I tell them to go and watch the Champions League semi-final against Atletico Madrid and see the dribble that took three players away from the game, before providing the assist for Isco.”


Real Madrid President Reveals Hilarious Text Spurs Owner Sends Him Every Time They Win a Major Title

​Real Madrid President Florentino Pérez has revealed the hilarious message he now traditionally receives from Tottenham Hotspur Daniel Levy, after every major European title they win.

Speaking on Spanish radio station Candena Cope, via journalist Kristof Terreur, Perez let listeners in on the side-splitting joke Levy rolls out on now regular intervals, stating:

“Every time we win a European title, he sends me the same message: ‘Congratulations for the European title you have won with my players”.

Spurs have somewhat of a history of selling to the La Liga giants, with both Gareth Bale and Luca Modrić joining Los Blancos in recent years. Tottenham fans have understandably been aggrieved at losing their star players in such a manner, and Levy’s attempts to find the humour in the situation may not go down too well with fans of the north London club.

While Spurs are currently flying under charismatic manager Mauricio Pochettino, with a host of exciting young talent, the face remains that the club are approaching a decade without winning any silverware. 

The future of Harry Kane is also likely to cause Spurs fans sleepless nights, as the club talisman has inevitably been with a future move to the Galácticos.

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Spurs are starting to find their feet in the 2017/18 Premier League campaign, after initially struggling to acclimatise to their cavernous temporary home of Wembley Stadium. Pochettino’s side impressed in their 1-1 Champions League draw with Real Madrid, and comprehensively thumped Liverpool in Sunday’s Premier League thrashing.


The Best FIFA Awards 2017: Cristiano Ronaldo Wins Second Successive Best FIFA Male Award

So the Best FIFA Awards swung back around on Monday, and it proved to be quite the show.

​FIFA, having held their inaugural ceremony in Zurich back in January, held the event in London this time around. And with Cristiano Ronaldo claiming the top prize earlier in the year, the Portuguese superstar was looking to get his hands on the silverware again.

Things kicked off, unofficially, with a few interviews on the outside. And it was announced that Brazilian legend Pele was unable to make it as he was celebrating his 77th birthday, but his perennial rival Diego Maradona didn’t dare miss the show.

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Ronaldo’s entrance was reported to have caused quite the stir. And for what it’s worth, the Real Madrid man commanded a bit more awe than Lionel Messi, according to a presenter.

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Best FIFA Men’s Player 2017: Cristiano Ronaldo

As many expected, Ronaldo retained his crown as the best male player in world football, it’s going to be pretty hard to knock him off this perch, unless we’re talking about aging.


Best FIFA Women’s Player 2017: Lieke Martens

Dutch 24-year-old Barcelona female star Lieke Martens was the one to steal this award away from the last (or first) winner, Carli Lloyd.

The FIFA FIFPro World XI 2017:

Was made up of Gianluigi Buffon, Dani Alves, Sergio Ramos, Leonardo Bonucci, Marcelo, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Andres Iniesta, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar.

FIFA Fair Play Award 2017: Francis Kone

Zbrojovka Brno forward Francis Kone, who has saved four opponents’ lives on the pitch through emergency first-aid, was the one who claimed the FIFA Fair Play Award for 2017.

The Best FIFA Women’s Coach 2017: Sarina Wiegman

And the outstanding woman to snatch the Best Women’s Coach 2017 award was none other than Netherland’s boss, Sarina Wiegman.

FIFA Fan Award 2017: Celtic FC

Celtic’s fans were the select group to win the FIFA Fan Award for 2017 for their brilliant display.

Best FIFA Goalkeeper 2017: Gianlugi Buffon

Gianluigi Buffon, Italy and Juventus stopper, took home the Best FIFA Goalkeeper 2017 award, to the delight of teammate Lonardo Bonucci, who had him down to win it.

Best FIFA Men’s Coach 2017: Zinedine Zidane

The second award of the night went to Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane, who beat Antonio Conte and Max Allegri to the FIFA Men’s Coach 2017 accolade.

FIFA Puskas Award 2017: Olivier Giroud

Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud took the first available award on the night, claiming the FIFA Puskas Award for 2017 as a result of his ‘scorpion kick’ from last season.

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Real Madrid Prodigy Ready to Ditch France Dream After Becoming ‘Annoyed’ at Lack of Opportunities

Real Madrid’s defensive wonderkid Theo Hernández has grown frustrated with his lack of opportunities in the French U21 side and is considering switching his international allegiances to Spain.

The former Atlético Madrid defender completed the short hop across town to join Los Blancos in a £27m deal over the summer. With brother Lucas Hernández remaining with Los Colchoneros, Theo has seen his older brother claim seven appearances with the French U21 squad.

The Hernández brothers both have dual nationality and with Lucas already establishing himself in the national team setup, Theo could switch to Spain for a better chance at playing international football.

“If France doesn’t call me, we’ll see,” Real Madrid’s left-back is quoted as saying by Marca (via FourFourTwo).

I have not been called in August, nor in the September or October selections. I am French, but we will see. I am a little annoyed.”

Should Hernández choose to fight for his place in Les Bleus youth sides, progression into the senior side could prove difficult.

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Manchester City full-back Benjamin Mendy is already ahead of the Real Madrid defender in the pecking order for a place in the French national team and at just 23, Hernández could have a career-long fight on his hands for a regular spot in Didier Deschamps’ squad.