Inter Brand Notorious Rumour Merchants as ‘Fake News’ Over False Icardi Real Madrid Medical Story

​Mauro Icardi’s representatives have rubbished the stories of the forward having a medical with Real Madrid, as has been reported by Spanish source Diario Goal.

The publication made sensational reports of the Argentinian meeting with Madrid’s medical staff for a secret medical in Milan this week, and of course several other news outlets picked it up and ran with it.

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Sources from the player’s camp, however, have staunchly denied the rumours of the Inter man undergoing any such procedure.

As ​Football Italia report, there is a €110m release clause in the player’s contract, but it only comes into play in the summer, so he would cost more if he were to leave the San Siro in January.

The forward’s entourage have even gone as far as referring to Gol as ‘fake news’ as a result of their unfounded claim.

Inter, meanwhile, have no intention to sell the striker, who has bagged 18 goals in 20 Serie A appearances this season. They are believed to be considering a new contract with a higher release clause. And Icardi’s previous statements indicate that he will sign, with the player stating publicly that he ​would like to remain with the Nerazzurri.

Last week, Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio claimed to be unmoved by Madrid’s interest.

“We are not worried,” Ausilio said to Mediaset Premium. “Aside from the fact there is a clause that is valid for abroad until July, Mauro and us want to stay together and achieve our objectives.” 

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“I won’t rule out that, without any appointments set right now because he has a very long contract, we could in future sit down and talk about something different.”


Real Madrid’s Forgotten Man Dani Ceballos Linked With Liverpool & Real Betis as Exit Looms

​​Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos is eyeing up a potential move to ​Premier League side ​Liverpool to end his Los Blancos nightmare, according to ​Diario Gol

The 21-year-old has endured a troubled time at the Santiago Bernabeu since his €18m move from Real Betis in the summer, playing only 531 minutes of first-team football in all competitions this season.

With game time limited, Ceballos is desperate to kick-start his career, and the opportunity of working with Jurgen Klopp at Anfield is an enticing carrot, especially now that Philippe Coutinho has made is £142m move to ​Barcelona, leaving a void that needs to be filled. 

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It is not only the Premier League side who is showing an interest in Ceballos in the transfer window, with former side Real Betis refusing to rule out a potential return of the midfielder to the Estadio Benito Villamarin, according to club president Angel Haro.

Speaking on the El Pelotazo show on Spanish radio station Canal Sur Radio, Haro said: “Yes, I’ve heard the rumours. 

“We are working on transfer planning and other targets, and we have certain limitations. But let’s see if we can use our imagination. It’s not easy, but in football anything can happen.”

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It is unclear as to whether either side are interested in a loan deal or permanent transfer for Ceballos, although it is clear they would be getting a talented young player who has shown his potential after winning the UEFA European U21 Championships Player of the Tournament whilst playing for Spain in 2017.


Real Madrid Boss Zidane Remains Defiant on Not Wanting New Signings Despite Nightmare Season

​Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has again rebuffed suggestions that he needs to sign new players in January to save the club from a nightmare season.​ Los Blancos drew 2-2 with Celta Vigo in La Liga on Sunday – a result that saw them fall 16 points behind league leaders ​Barcelona as the campaign approaches its midway point.

Speaking in the wake of the disappointing result, via Marca, the former French international faced the inevitable questions of whether he intended on bolstering his struggling squad in January, but claimed that he didn’t require more players. Zidane said:

“I do not need anyone, and that’s it. I do not want anybody. I do not want anything, we have staff, I believe in my squad.

“We have everything inform of us, we’re going to see what happens at the end of the season, that’s when things are made and if there should be a change, there will be a changes.”

Zidane’s bullish reply comes after he made similar comments in the build up to the game, when quizzed on the club’s chances of bringing in ​Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga to replace current number one Keylor Navas. With his side’s hopes of defending their La Liga title becoming slimmer each week, the Bernebéu faithful are losing patience rapidly.

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Despite enjoying a Champions League-​La Liga double winning campaign last year, ​Real Madrid have endured a miserable first half of the 2017/18 season. Under intense pressure from both their fans and the Spanish press, Los Blancos are in danger of imploding. With their next three fixtures at home, Zidane’s side will be desperate to win their fans over with a trio of big wins.


Cristiano Questions Coutinho Move & Claims Brazilian Has Joined Barca to Provide for Messi & Suarez

​Real Madrid megastar Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly questioned the wisdom of Philippe Coutinho’s whopping £142m move to ​Barcelona, suggesting he will play second fiddle to Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

In a move aimed to unsettle the Catalan giants, Ronaldo is reported to have said that Coutinho will live in the shadow of Messi and Suarez, picking up the role vacated by Neymar, who joined Paris Saint-Germain in a world-record transfer last summer.

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According to Diario Gol, Ronaldo believes that Coutinho has been brought in to do the leg work for Barcelona’s two main superstars, creating more opportunities for the dynamic duo to add to their already impressive goal tallies.

Brazilian team-mate Neymar is understood to have left Camp Nou during the summer having become disillusioned with life at Barcelona, with many sources suggesting he had become unhappy playing a supporting role to his two team-mates.


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Despite this, Coutinho himself has claimed that his international colleague encouraged him to make the move to Barca, saying; ”I spoke to Neymar and he has nothing but good things to say about the team, the city and the dressing room.

Ronaldo’s alleged comments come at a time where ​Real Madrid find themselves significantly off the pace in La Liga, trailing their great rivals by 16 points and languishing in a lowly fourth place. 

The Portuguese icon is enduring his worst season for Los Blancos in terms of goalscoring, netting only four times in 13 league appearances, though he did become the first player in history to score in every group game of the Champions League, scoring nine times in total.


Real Madrid Star Casemiro Insists Los Blancos Can Still Close 16-Point Gap on Leaders Barcelona

​​Real Madrid​ star Casemiro has insisted that his side can recover from their 16 point gap to La Liga leaders ​Barcelona.

Real dropped points once again as they drew 2-2 with Celta Vigo on Sunday. The draw means that Los Blancos currently sit fourth in the league, 16 points away from their Catalan rivals.

Speaking after the draw, Casemiro insisted that his team can turn things around and stated his side will fight until the end.

“If there is a single team that can turn this around, it’s Real Madrid. Real Madrid never gives up. We believe in ourselves,” he said, as quoted by Marca.

The Brazilian spoke about his side’s performance against Celta Vigo and insisted that his side need to improve in front of goal.

“It’s difficult, we played very well in the first half, but in the second we didn’t get out of our half.  We had the chance to go 3-2 up with Lucas, but this is football. You have to kill teams when you have the chance, because otherwise they will bite you.”

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Up next for Real is Numancia at home in the second leg of their Copa Del Rey last 16 tie. Manager Zinedine Zidane is expected to rest his big guns for the game, as the Frenchman looks ahead to their crunch fixture against Villareal on Saturday.


Dortmund’s Aubameyang Set for China Switch as Evergrande Win Race for Striker With €72m Bid

​Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s switch to Guangzhou Evergrande is on the cusp of completion after a €72m deal was reportedly agreed.

The Borussia Dortmund striker had appeared to be set to leave Germany and head to the Far East after Sky Sports claimed that a deal had now been struck between the two clubs.

Aubameyang had been the subject of growing interest from Evergrande and their rivals Beijing Guoan over the past week, and it now seems that his decision has been made about which one the Gabon international wishes to join.

The deal had supposedly be in jeopardy over the growing furore in China over the amount of highly-paid foreign stars in the top division, with the relevant authorities stating that a salary cap was required to prevent the extortionate wages of transfer fees being paid.

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Guoan had accused Evergrande of stealing Aubameyang from under their noses after the former had tabled a £64m bid for the goalscorer last week, and it is unclear whether they will complain to the Chinese FA over this particular move.

Aubameyang has fired in 21 goals in just 23 games for Dortmund so far this term and had attracted the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid in the past 18  months as plenty of European clubs apparently wanted to prise him away from Westfalenstadion.

The reigning La Liga winners had been Aubameyang’s preferred choice up until this point after he made a promise to his late grandad about one day playing for Los Blancos, but he backtracked on those dreams late last year.

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The 28-year-old will seemingly now forego a big-money move to one of Dortmund’s European rival and head out to China for the next chapter in his career.


Celta Vigo 2-2 Real Madrid: Quick-Fire Gareth Bale Double Not Enough for Los Blancos to Avoid Draw

Real Madrid lost more ground on Barcelona in the La Liga title race after they were held to a 2-2 draw with Celta Vigo inside an electric Balaidos on Sunday evening. 

The hosts took the lead via a simply stunning Daniel Wass chip on the half-hour mark, but less than five minutes later Los Blancos were the ones with the advantage thanks to two quick-fire Gareth Bale finishes before the break. 

However, during a difficult second period for the Spanish capital side, the hosts eventually drew level once again, as Maxi Gomez nodded home late on, a goal which could have been the winner had teammate Aigo Aspas’ penalty not been denied by Keylor Navas with 20 minutes remaining. 

As it was, much like Barcelona on Thursday evening, Real had to settle for a stalemate in Vigo, and now find themselves 16 points removed from Ernesto Valverde’s side at the top of La Liga. 

As has not been the case often enough so far this campaign, it was an assured start from the visitors on a chilly night in north-west Spain, with Zinedine Zidane’s side’s high press offering an early sight on goal. 

Isco, who was drafted into the starting XI to replace Mateo Kovacic following Real’s disappointing 3-0 pre-Christmas Clasico defeat last time out in the league, found his way through a maze of Celta defenders before lofting his cross into the area. 

The scooped lob offered hosts’ custodian Ruben Blanco more than enough time to come and claim possession, however, the Spaniard’s decision to remain on his goal-line almost proved costly as Gareth Bale look destined to latch onto the hanging ball. 

But the Welshman seemed to succumb to the defensive pressures applied to him from the Celticos back line, and the attempt ended up skimming the frontman’s head and trundling into the hesitant hands of the 22-year-old. 

However, despite their early dominance, it was Celta who crafted the first real opening of the evening, as Iago Aspas rattled the woodwork shortly after the 10-minute mark. 

The 30-year-old striker did well to slip away from his marker at the front post before latching onto a fizzed Hugo Mallo cross, but the former Liverpool man’s volley could not squeeze itself into the back of the net after beating the dive of Keylor Navas. 

As the opening 45 continued to tick along Celta continued to look the most likely to break the deadlock, and thanks to a simply stunning Wass finish, they did so shortly after the half-hour point. 

Following a sloppy surrender of possession in the attacking third from Real, Aspas received possession on the halfway line before being allowed to turn and initiate a surge towards the opposition backline. 

As the Spaniard flew forward he was offered the pass to the advancing Wass, who was found in acres of the space on the right-hand side. 

Despite plenty of free greenery in front of the Dane, the winger instead elected to chance his arm against the somewhat straying Navas, and lifted his attempt over the Costa Rican from the edge of the area into the back of the net to spark scenes of jubilation inside the well-filled Balaidos. 

Almost instantly from the restart, the hosts could have been afforded the opportunity to double their lead, but after hesitant decision-making from Maxi Gomez, they instead found themselves back level again.

Following the Uruguayan losing possession on the edge of the Real area, play was quickly transferred to Toni Kroos, who spotted the lightning run of Bale and was only too happy to oblige in feeding the Welshman. 

The former world’s most expensive player, who was making his first league start since September, took the pass in his stride before trickling his finish across the floor and into the far corner past the spread-eagle Blanco. 

But for the hosts the worst was still to come, as less than five minutes after going ahead, Bale had the ball in the net for the second time in almost as many minutes to give the visitors the lead. 

This time the provider of the simply stunning assist fell on Isco, who had looked the Spanish capital’s most dangerous player for the majority of the first-half. 

Similarly to Kroos, the 25-year-old instantly spotted the run from his returning teammate, while 40-yards from goal, who then, with the slightest of touches, guided his effort first-time past the static Celta custodian to give his side a somewhat undeserved lead at the break. 

The opening of the second 45 was as frantic as the closing prequel, with both sides flashing over the crossbar in the first quarter of an hourReal’s via Isco and Celta’s courtesy of Jonny Otto, amid a sea of noise from the Balaidos faithful. 

Those inside the Portuguese-bordered cauldron then burst into overdrive even more so with 20 minutes to go, as following superb build-up play by the hosts, Navas was forced to fell Aspas inside the area as the Spaniard attempted to round his opposite man. 

Referee Santiago Jaime Latre made no hesitation in pointing to the spot but received a barrage of cat whistles as he brandished only a yellow card in the direction of the 31-year-old as punishment for the challenge. 

That arguable slice of luck for Real then paid dividends, as the Costa Rica international made up for his own initial error and palmed Aspas’ well-struck penalty away, albeit after advancing from his goal-line considerably before clawing the spot kick from danger. 

But just less than 10 minutes from time Navas could do nothing to stop Gomez drawing his side level, with the youngster finally displaying his talents after yet another under-par showing. 

It was Wass involved again, as the Denmark international was picked out on the right-hand side before the 28-year-old delivered a hanging cross which was met by the criminally unopposed Uruguayan inside the six-yard box, who turned his header home with ease past the flailing Los Blancos shot-stopper. 

But the late drama was far from over, as inside the final five minutes Aspas found himself on the turf again inside the Real area, this time under the challenge of Marcelo, but official Latre waved protests away, much to the dismay of the Spaniard. 

Despite a late surge, Real could do nothing about settling for a draw and now find themselves will a truly insurmountable challenge ahead in their quest to get their hands on the La Liga title at the end of this season.  



Guillem Balague Claims Real Will Not Move for Harry Kane But Will Continue to Monitor the Striker

According to Sky Sports’ Spanish correspondent Guillem Ballague, Real Madrid are in no rush to sign Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane, but will continue to monitor the striker.

Kane has been nothing short of a revelation since bursting on the scene three seasons ago, and he capped off a fine 2017 by outscoring footballing idols Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, proving his worth against the world’s best.

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This form has seen Kane being linked with a move to Madrid, who they see as a natural successor to current number nine Karim Benzema, who it would seem will be departing the club in the summer.

However, Balague doesn’t believe that Kane will swap north London for Madrid just yet, feeling that his strong emotional ties to both club and manager will keep him at Spurs for the foreseeable.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Balague said: “I think Harry Kane is very much admired by Real Madrid. They also have a very clear idea that Harry Kane is emotionally linked to both ​Tottenham and Mauricio Pochettino. I don’t think in the case of Kane there’s a rush to go anywhere, and in the case of Real Madrid it’s one to monitor.”

While Balague didn’t believe that Kane will be a primary target for Madrid, he provided some insight into who he thought that ​Real will move in for when the summer transfer window opens.

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“I’m not sure [Kane] he will be an immediate target,” continued Balague. “For them, [Eden] Hazard and [Thibaut] Courtois will be top targets in the summer.”

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On the other hand, it has been reported by Express Sport that Madrid are ready to cut their losses and sell Gareth Bale, who have grown tired of the Welshman’s injury problems. 


Real Madrid Boss Zinedine Zidane Made Players Run Up & Down Stairs of the Bernabeu on New Year’s Eve

There was no excessive partying in the Real Madrid camp on New Year’s Eve. 

Coach Zinedine Zidane, according to  Marca, forced his players to run up and down the steep stairs of the Bernabeu after their training session had concluded.

It was not an enviable task even for the most athletic members of the squad: with 81,000 seats, ​Real Madrid’s stadium is one of Europe’s biggest.


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Zidane and fitness coach Antonio Pintus reportedly stood in attendance as the players undertook the gruelling task.

They ran from the front row to the top of the lower tier, which left them 40 metres from the pitch.

And there were strict rules to abide by as part of the exercise: players were not permitted to skip a single step and were not allowed a break when they reached the top.


The drill was part of a mid-season fitness regime introduced by Zidane to get his team back up to the required level before their return from the Christmas break.

It could be that such work is neccessary to give Los Blancos an extra edge given their current standings in ​La Liga. Real Madrid sit 14 points behind ​Barcelona after last month’s Clasico defeat, although Zidane has insisted that his squad does not need to be improved.

“As we all know, until Jan. 31, someone can come in – this is the market – but I do not want anyone as I am happy with my squad,” he said. 

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“I remember last year there were no problems like this, as Madrid was doing well, playing well, but when a team is going a bit bad, as can happen sometimes, there is talk of transfers – but I am not that type of coach.”


Real Madrid Boss Zinedine Zidane Claims He’s Happy With Squad and Wants No New January Signings

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has said that he has no intentions to add to his squad in the January transfer window, claiming that he’s more than happy with his existing players.

As reported by ESPN, the former French international star was quizzed by reporters ahead of his side’s weekend match against Celta Vigo, who asked Zidane whether he would consider dipping into the transfer market during the January window. The former Juventus player said:

As we all know, until Jan. 31, someone can come in – this is the market – but I do not want anyone as I am happy with my squad. I remember last year there were no problems like this, as Madrid was doing well, playing well, but when a team is going a bit bad, as can happen sometimes, there is talk of transfers – but I am not that type of coach.

“We are still in three competitions and will give our best until the end of the season. We must hit our level now and show what we can do. We are very motivated. We have no room for error left this season, but we are very excited about that.”

Despite improving in recent weeks on their shaky start to the 2017/18 campaign, Real Madrid remain fourth in the league table – 14 points behind their arch-rivals and league leaders Barcelona. Despite Zidane’s claims, Marca have reported that the club are set to bring Athletic Bilbao’s Kepa Arrizabalaga, with a £20m fee already agreed for the goalkeeper.

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Arrizabalaga has just six months left on his deal with Bilbao, but Real are believed to have swooped in order to ward off the interest of other clubs looking to bring the highly-rated stopper in on a free transfer next summer. Discussing the deal, Zidane was guarded, saying:

As a coach, I don’t need a goalkeeper at the moment. If that changes by June or if we sit down and talk about it, we may sign players in certain positions. In two years, no player has arrived in that position and (in June) we can discuss it. For now I’ll only talk about the players that I have, out of respect for them.”

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In other news, Real Madrid are believed to be weighing-up a sensational summer swoop for Liverpool ace Mohamed Salah, who has been in excellent form for the Reds since joining the club in June. 

Since arriving at Anfield, the former Chelsea man has taken the Premier League by storm – scoring 17 goals in 19 appearances for Jürgen Klopp’s side.