Zinedine Zidane Stalling on Los Blancos Future As Club Chiefs Draft Managerial Shortlist

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane still hasn’t given club president Florentino Pérez a definitive answer over his future at the Santiago Bernabéu, causing Los Blancos officials to draft up a list of potential replacements.

The French manager was under serious pressure at the beginning of the season after a catastrophic start to the campaign – by Real Madrid’s high standards at least.

However, victory over Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League has helped lift some of the pressure off Zidane’s shoulder’s and the former Real Madrid midfielder now appears to be in charge of his own destiny in the Spanish capital.

The 45-year-old is still yet to inform his employers whether he intends to stay on at the Bernabéu next season but Marca reports that Zidane has no managerial ambitions outside of Real Madrid.

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The Spanish outlet also adds that the club’s hierarchy have been lining up potential replacements to succeed Zidane if the Frenchman decides to leave at the end of the season – a decision which will likely rest with Madrid’s success against Juventus in the Champions League.

Despite potential glory in Europe this season, Los Blancos are still well off the pace in La Liga, sitting 15 points behind Barcelona and four points adrift of their city rivals, Atlético Madrid.


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Reports Claim Man Utd Bale Deal May Hinge on Zidane’s Real Future & Mourinho’s Shaw Treatment

​Manchester United’s rumoured swoop for Gareth Bale has caused confusion within the British press as contrasting reports suggest he may – or may not – join the English giants.

The ​Mirror has claimed that United are ready to push through a £90m+ deal for the Welsh superstar if Zinedine Zidane remains in charge at Real Madrid – a factor which would apparently force Bale to end his spell in La Liga and head back to the UK.

However, the ​Daily Mail has countered that by alleging that United’s chances of landing Bale are diminishing over Jose Mourinho’s ‘bullying’ of Luke Shaw, who is contracted to the same agency that Bale is.

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Stellar Group – a sports agency helmed by Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett – are said to be furious with Mourinho’s treatment of Shaw, who has been constantly criticised by the Portuguese boss throughout his Old Trafford tenure.

That negative opinion of Mourinho could, therefore, impact any chances that United have of signing Bale if the forward elects to depart Santiago Bernabeu this summer, and cause more ructions between United’s board and Mourinho himself.

Bale’s Real teammates, meanwhile, are believed to hold the opinion that the 28-year-old will bring the curtain down on his Los Blancos career at the end of this term due to his poor working relationship with Zidane.

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The France legend has come under fire for failing to successfully defend Real’s league crown this term, but his hero status with the Spanish giants – coupled with Real’s progression to the Champions League last eight – has given him a stay of execution.

If Zidane is kept on past this summer, it is expected that Bale will leave as Real look to cash in on a star name ahead of a potential rebuilding job in the Spanish capital.

United have been linked with a move for Bale for the past four transfer windows now, and may finally try and prise him away if they can convince Stellar Group that Mourinho’s handling of the Shaw situation has been blown out of proportion.

Bale put his Real troubles to one side earlier this week as he became Wales’ new all-time top scorer in the 6-0 drubbing of China, but his future continues to be speculated about whether he’s on club or international duty it seems.

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Tottenham Leading Premier League Trio ‘Pushing Hard’ for Gareth Bale Transfer

​Premier League sides Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United are battling it out to sign Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale in the summer, according to reports in Spanish rumour outlet ​Diario Gol.

Despite winning three Champions Leagues and a Spanish league title since his move to Spain in 2013, Bale is constantly linked with a move back to England as he struggles for a consistent starting spot under Zinedine Zidane at Madrid.

There are numerous reports suggesting that the Welshman is ready to leave the club in the summer, and it looks like the Premier League is his most likely destination.

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The 28-year-old made 203 appearances for Tottenham before his move to Spain, scoring 55 goals, and many believe this would be the best move for Bale.

However, ​some reports suggested that rivals Arsenal are a potential destination for the Welshman, a move which would prove heartbreaking for Spurs fans everywhere.

During his time at Madrid, Bale has struggled with injuries and has been unable to put in a long-term string of good performances. Despite these issues, Bale has still proven his class under Zidane, producing some unbelievable moments of quality.

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Bale ​became his nation’s top all time goalscorer after scoring a brilliant hat-trick in Wales’ 6-0 thumping of China on Thursday, surpassing Ian Rush’s previous record of 28 international goals for Wales, and seeing Bale go down in Welsh history. 


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Barcelona Midfielder Andres Iniesta Insists He Doesn’t Expect Neymar to Join Real Madrid

Barcelona’s veteran midfielder Andres Iniesta has given his opinion on Neymar’s potential move to fierce rivals Real Madrid, claiming he would be ‘surprised’ about the transfer.

A move to Real Madrid has been touted ever since Neymar joined Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona last summer, and the rumours have not expired since.

According to Brazilian outlet UOL Esporte, Neymar and his agent met last week to deliberate over a contract offer that has been submitted by Los Blancos.

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It’s been claimed that Real could trigger the Brazilian’s €400m release clause to bring him back to La Liga – which would make him join the likes of Luis Figo, Ronaldo, Samuel Eto’o and Michael Laudrup to have played for both Blauranga and Real.

Iniesta was speaking on a Spanish radio show when asked about the Neymar rumours, he replied: “Normally, when you leave somewhere it’s difficult to go back,” Iniesta told ‘El Larguero’ radio show, per Sport. “For that reason, it would surprise me more if he returned rather than going to another team, but we will see.

“If they sign him, Madrid would land one of the best in the world. But we would still have a squad which I consider better.”

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The Brazilian forward has been a controversial figure in Ligue 1 and failed to help bring the Parisians their first taste of Champions League glory, which they had been craving all season.

Neymar’s time at PSG has been ebb and flow – he was said to be unhappy in the French capital following a number of on-field clashes with team-mate Edinson Cavani.

Real’s attempt to bring in the 26-year-old is a telling sign from Zinedine Zidane, who is clearly aware that his side need to improve after enduring an underwhelming season this term. His side sit 15 points behind bitter rivals Barca and will be looking to challenge at the top next time round.

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Juventus Legend Gianluigi Buffon Has His Say on the ‘Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo’ Debate

Legendary Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has given his views on the infamous ‘Messi vs Ronaldo’ debate.

Buffon was speaking to reporters in a pre-match press conference, as ​Italy prepare to take on Argentina in a friendly at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium this evening.

The 40-year-old described Messi as a ‘more complete’ player, but described Ronaldo as a ‘killer in the penalty area’ and praised him for adapting his style of play as he has gotten older.

It is a debate which has been ongoing for a long time, with both players considered to be two of the best in history.

Messi and Ronaldo have each won the FIFA Balon d’Or on five occasions, and there has been a fierce professional rivalry between the two players that has continued for several years.

“They are two completely different players,” veteran goalkeeper Buffon told reporters on Thursday.

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“Messi is more complete, because he starts deeper, has more technical quality and a vision of the game that is worthy more of a trequartista than a finisher.

“Cristiano Ronaldo, perhaps because he is a little older, has become a killer in the penalty area. Compared to how he was before, Ronaldo preserves his energy more, so he no longer goes out to the flank for a nutmeg or trick-shot, but with one ball into the box he can create a goal.”

Buffon is preparing to face Messi’s Argentina in Manchester on Friday, and is facing a tough test against Messi. Argentina manager Jorge Sampaoli recently said that ​Messi now has the responsibility of carrying the Argentina national team on his shoulders as they enter the 2018 World Cup.

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Gareth Bale Says Record-Breaking Hat-Trick Against China ‘Maybe the Best Moment’ of His Career

Gareth Bale says that becoming Wales’ all-time record international goalscorer was among the best moments of his career after ​he broke the record in style on Thursday.

Bale scored a brilliant hat-trick – the first of his international career – as Wales cruised to a 6-0 victory over China in Nanning. The treble took him onto 29 international goals, one more than previous record-holder Ian Rush.

Asked where the achievement ranked among his other footballing accomplishments, Bale said that it was one of his proudest moments.

​”It is right up there, maybe as the best,” the ​Real Madrid star told ​BB​C Sport. “I suppose when I was a little boy I never dreamed of being a record-breaker for Wales. It is a massive honour.

“I was not thinking about it, but now it has come it’s an incredible honour and one of the best things I’ve achieved in my career.

“On a personal note it’s great to break the record, but I could not have done it without my team-mates.”

​Burnley’s Sam Vokes scored twice and ​Liverpool’s Harry Wilson, who was celebrating his 21st birthday, chipped in with his first goal for Wales – a classy finish to make it 4-0 just before half time.

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It was Ryan Giggs’ first game as manager since he took over from Chris Coleman in January, and it was also Wales’ first match since failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. 

Bale scored his first Wales goal against Slovakia in 2006, becoming the youngest ever scorer for the Welsh national team at the age of 17. He has scored many important goals since then, including three at Euro 2016.

Wales now progress to the final of the China Cup where they will face the winner of Friday’s match between the Czech Republic and Uruguay.

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Gianluigi Donnarumma Could Leave for Cut-Price Figure If AC Milan Fail to Make Champions League

​AC Milan and Italy goalkeeping sensation Gianluigi Donnarumma could leave the Serie A club for a knock-down price, if they fail to make the Champions League this season, according to reports. 

The 19-year-old has been Milan’s first choice goalkeeper this season, playing in every Serie A game, and according to Italian outlet La Gazzetta dello Sport (via ​Calciomercato), a clause in the youngster’s contract allows him to depart for €40m should Milan fail to qualify for the Champions League. 

The Italian club currently sit in fifth place in Serie A, with a gap of four points to rivals Inter in fourth place. With only 10 games of the season left the play, it is looking increasingly likely that the clause in Donnarumma’s contract will be activated. 

Earlier in the week, the goalkeeper’s agent seemed to hint that a move away from the club was likely by ​insisting that he wanted the incoming Pepe Reina to become first choice at Milan, and the report claims that the agent will be pushing for a move in the summer.

Clubs linked with Donnarumma in recent times include ​Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and ​Manchester United. The news of the in demand man being available for a lower price than last season is likely to pique the interest of many clubs at the top of the game. 

All of this could change if Milan do manage to grab a top four place in Serie A to qualify for the Champions League. 

The club are currently on a streak of five straight victories, and if they carry on that form, then clubs may have to dig a bit deeper in order to prize the ‘keeper away from San Siro. 

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Spanish Report Claims Real Madrid Are Prepared to Offload Fringe Star to Liverpool

​Real Madrid are reportedly prepared to sanction the move of Dani Ceballos to Liverpool this summer, but the Spanish giants are also said to be keeping their options open should other clubs come calling for the midfielder. 

The Reds were said to be interested in luring the 21-year-old to Anfield in January on a loan deal given his lack of game time at the Bernabeu. However, the move was subsequently blocked which has led to increased speculation that Ceballos could be on his way out in the summer. 

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With just five starting appearances and 11 from the bench, Ceballos is primed to seek pastures new after struggling to make an impact and prove his worth to manager Zinedine Zidane following his move from Real Betis last summer. 

According to Spanish rumours outlet ​Diario Gol, Real Madrid have decided they will approve any Liverpool offer should the Reds make contact for Spain’s Under-21 star this summer.

Jurgen Klopp’s side are expected to sign a central midfielder in the summer as Emre Can looks increasingly likely to head for the exit door at Anfield following four-years at the club, with Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere also said to be of interest to the Reds as the England international’s contract stand off with the Gunners continues. 

The reports claims Real Madrid are prepared to play the long game over Ceballos, however, as AC Milan, Roma and Juventus are also said to be in the race to land the 21-year-old, with the Spanish giants prepared to accept the best offer with the midfielder’s blessing. 

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Ceballos’s club teammate, Dani Carvajal ​previously summed up the youngsters frustrations following a series of cameo appearances as he said, via the ​Express: “There are 24 players in the squad and we all want to play.

“If someone doesn’t play and they don’t get angry it’s even bad for the team. Wanting to play and show what you can do is good.

“At the end of the day there are many games, so the coach is rotating a lot. We all have to give our all because the team benefits and if the team wins we will all be happy,” he added.

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YouTube’s Newest Star Marcelo Reveals the Sport Superstar Cristiano Ronaldo Was ‘Professional’ in

​Real Madrid full back Marcelo has revealed that teammate Cristiano Ronaldo used to be a professional table tennis player. 

Marcelo released this information while playing a game of ping pong with his interviewer on his personal YouTube channel. He uses this channel to show his fans features of his life and to give them an insight of what it is like to play for Madrid. 

Via ​his YouTube channel, Marcelo said during the game: “Do you know who was a professional in this game? Cristiano. He was a professional at Sporting. He trained, trained and became professional.”

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The Brazilian also admitted that it is difficult to enjoy playing against Ronaldo as he is too good; so good in fact that he cannot reply to some of his services. 

This is interesting news from Marcelo, and it makes you question what could have been if Ronaldo had carried on with his table tennis career? One thing is for certain, it would be a much less entertaining competition for the Ballon d’Or every year. 

The 29-year-old has established himself as one of the world’s best left backs, making the FIFA FIFPro World XI for the last three years. He has 23 appearances in the La Liga this season, scoring two goals and contributing five assists in the competition. 


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He will now look to impress in Brazil’s upcoming friendlies against Germany and Russia, although it is doubtful that his performances in these fixtures will affect his place in the squad for this summer’s World Cup. 

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Zidane Reportedly Gives Green Light for Real Madrid to Sign €100m Robert Lewandowski in the Summer

​Zinedine Zidane has reportedly given Real Madrid president Florentino Perez the go ahead to sign want away Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski this summer. Zidane is said to see the Polish attacker as his priority target in the transfer window.

Lewandowski seems to have been linked with Madrid since the beginning of time, but it appears that this summer is the likeliest he’s ever looked to leave the Allianz Stadium. Having switched agents earlier in the season in a bid to engineer a move to Los Blancos, it now seems that Madrid are preparing a bid.

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According to AS, Zidane and Perez are in agreement that Lewandowski is their top target after a difficult season at the Bernabeu. The tried and tested 30-year-old has spent his entire career turning out top quality performances, and the report claims that a deal worth around €100m – with Bayern determined to keep hold of the player.

Madrid are apparently happy to pay the money, knowing that Bayern themselves are soon to fork out €42m for on loan midfielder James Rodriguez.

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Should this information be true, it would ultimately end Madrid’s interest in Tottenham striker Harry Kane. The Englishman has been linked with a move to Madrid since last season, but while a move seemed to be on the cards for a while, Madrid have gone off the idea of signing Kane due to the huge transfer fee he would command.

The Spanish club are also concerned that his introverted nature would have a negative impact on his game. Kane is not used to the hectic life that comes with playing for Real Madrid.

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