Barcelona Striker Luis Suarez Insists Former Teammate Neymar Will Not Join Real Madrid

​Barcelona star Luis Suarez has dismissed the rumours linking Neymar with a move to Real Madrid, claiming he knows the player well enough to know he wouldn’t disrespect the Blaugrana.

Neymar’s time in Paris Saint-Germain has been fruitful so far in terms of scoring goals and registering assists, but it has also been dogged by reports that he is rubbing people up the wrong way with his ego and diva demands.

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It has supposedly led to a dressing room lacking harmony, and reports have tried to link the Brazilian with a move away from the Parc des Princes despite only joining in the summer for a world record £198m fee, but his ex-teammate and close friend Suarez doesn’t see it happening.

He said, as quoted by ​Marca: “Honestly, I don’t see it. I know what Neymar is like and the admiration he had for Barcelona and his teammates. I don’t see him now going to play for Real Madrid.”

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Over at the Bernabeu, los Blancos have been struggling this season, and superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has been way off the pace in La Liga, and Gareth Bale’s injury problems continue, which is why some publications have tried to push the Neymar to Madrid speculation.

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Things have died down at PSG of late after stories of unrest between Neymar and Edinson Cavani and manager Unai Emery, and the French side are sitting pretty at the top of Ligue 1 despite losing to Strasbourg on Saturday.


Real Madrid ‘Delighted’ Eden Hazard Is Yet to Commit Long-Term Future to Chelsea

Real Madrid are reportedly ‘delighted’ that Eden Hazard is yet to commit his future to Chelsea with a bumper new contract, as the Belgian is said to remain a priority target for head coach Zinedine Zidane in the transfer market.

Hazard currently remains contracted to Chelsea until the end of the 2019/20 season, but talk of a new contract over recent months is still yet to yield a new deal.

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According to the Daily Mail, the Belgian is ‘delaying’ extending his contract, despite the firm offer from Chelsea of fresh terms worth £300,000-per-week.

Zidane is said to have wanted Hazard, who is known to have idolised the Frenchman growing up, in the summer just gone. But the primary focus for the Real hierarchy was teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe, a player who ultimately joined Paris Saint-Germain instead.

This time, if Zidane gets his way, Real could end up going all out for Hazard in summer 2018.


The fact that he hasn’t renewed his Chelsea contract only makes Real’s hand stronger as the negotiating power at Stamford Bridge will diminish the longer the contract saga continues.

Hazard has endured a mixed start to the 2017/18 with Chelsea after missing pre-season as a result of fractured ankle suffered while on international duty with Belgium in June. He is slowly returning to full match sharpness and has given plenty of flashes of his very best form already.


The player is set to be Belgium’s leading light at the World Cup in Russia. Belgian’s Golden Generation have so far flattered to deceive on the international after a disappointing World Cup in 2014 and a similarly underwhelming Euro 2016 just over a year ago.


Cristiano Ronaldo Blasts Real Madrid Chiefs Over Sale of Alvaro Morata to Chelsea

​Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly slammed Real Madrid for sanctioning the transfer of Alvaro Morata in the summer following yet another disappointing result this weekend. 

Lost Blancos had the chance to close the gap to league leaders Barcelona on Saturday evening following the Catalonian’s 2-2 draw with Celta Vigo earlier in the day. 

However, the La Liga giants were unable to break down Athletic Bilbao inside the San Mames Stadium resulting in a goalless stalemate, the third time they have been unable to find the back of the net this season. 

This campaign is a far-flung reality of that from last year for Real, where they netted at least once in every single game across all competitions. 

The problem lies with the simply uninspiring form of both Ronaldo and fellow attacker Karim Benzema, who have just four goals between them in Spain’s top flight this term. 

These frustrations seemingly finally got the better of the Euro 2016-winner, who, according to Spanish news outlet ​Don Balon, blasted boss Zinedine Zidane and the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium chiefs for the sale of Morata over the summer following Saturday’s draw. 

The 25-year-old put his name on the scoresheet on 20 separate occasions across all competitions in his 12-month long return last term, after departing his youth club for Serie A club Juventus back in 2014. 

Since his switch to reigning Premier League champions Chelsea in July of this year for around £55.8m, the Madrid-born talisman has continued his impressive form – bagging 10 goals in 20 games.

But the report suggests that this is not the first time Ronaldo has vented his frustration over the sale of Morata to the club, with the 32-year-old blaming boss Zidane for the ousting of the frontman.

Real currently find themselves in fourth-place and six points behind Barcelona in the La Liga title chase, having scored 11 less goals than their Clasico rivals. 

The two sides meet before the turn of the year, and if Los Blancos’ recent form in attack continues when they collide with Barca later this month, it could well spell the end of their charge towards their 34th league trophy. 


Newcastle United Reportedly Interested in January Move for Former Real Madrid Star Iker Casillas

Newcastle United are reportedly interested in signing Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas, with a move in the upcoming January transfer window a possibility.

According to Portuguese newspaper Jornal de Noticias, the Magpies are keen on signing the goalkeeper as they look to strengthen their side in January. 

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez has struggled to find a proper number one this season, with the Spaniard shifting between Rob Elliot and Karl Darlow.

It was said that Benitez wanted an experienced goalkeeper in the summer, with former Liverpool man Pepe Reina at the top of his wish list. Along with Reina, ex-Manchester City goalkeeper Willy Caballero was talked about, but the Argentine moved to Chelsea, as reported by ​HITC. 

With the sale of Tim Krul to Brighton and rumours of third choice keeper Freddie Woodman being loaned out to the Championship in January, a move for a new goalkeeper would be a good choice for the Magpies.

However, if they were to pursue Casillas, the ex-Real Madrid stars wages would be very high. As well, at 36-years of age now it seems that the World Cup winner is close to ending what has been a fantastic career.

With this being said, the move could well happen, due to the Spanish goalkeeper being dropped in recent weeks. Due to the reputation of Benitez, the Magpies have been linked with Spaniards like Casillas in recent weeks, with ex-Liverpool man ​Fernando Torres’ name being mentioned.

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Regardless if this transfer happens or not, one thing is for sure; Newcastle need to buy in January, with the club currently occupying 15th in the league with 15 points. 


Real Madrid President Reveals His Ballon d’Or Pick as Alleged Leak of Winner Surfaces Online

Real Madrid President Florentino Perez has revealed who he believes will win this year’s Ballon d’Or and surprise, surprise, it’s Cristiano Ronaldo. 

After the Portugal and Madrid forward picked up his second Best FIFA Men’s Player award last month, Perez believes that Ronaldo will now go on to pick up his fifth Ballon d’Or later this December. 


“Ronaldo is one of our great symbols,” said Perez (via the Sun). “He is the leading goalscorer in our history. A few days ago, he won his second ‘The Best’ and this week he is going to win his fifth Ballon d’Or.”

However, Perez’s prediction for Ronaldo to equal Lionel Messi’s Ballon d’Or tally of five may already be thwarted after rumours that the winner of the award has been leaked online. 

                      This alleged cover of France Football unveils Lionel Messi as the winner

Images have emerged online of a leaked front cover of France Football magazine, which appears to show that Barcelona’s Lionel Messi will be this year’s Ballon d’Or recipient. 

This alleged leak contradicts reports in Spain that Ronaldo has already been informed that he will be this year’s winner. Other rumours also suggest that Ronaldo has already been congratulated by Messi himself.

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Last season, Ronaldo helped his Madrid side to the double as Los Blancos picked up both the La Liga and Champions League titles. His achievements this term are sure to make him a favourite to win the Ballon d’Or this year. The winner will be revealed on the 7th of December.


Manchester United Ready to Withdraw Gareth Bale Interest if Real Madrid Don’t Halve Asking Price

Manchester United are preparing to pull the plug on their interest in Real Madrid star Gareth Bale unless the Spanish side’s transfer valuation of the Welshman halves, according to The Mirror. 

The Red Devils have shown continued interest in the 28-year-old over the past two years, and have made several attempts to coax the former world’s most expensive player back to the Premier League. 

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It is thought that the North West giants had tabled a sum of over £100m in order to secure the dangerous attacker, however as his time in Spain continues the Old Trafford hierarchy’s figure is dropping rapidly. 

The reason behind the sharp decrease in transfer fee is due to a number of factors, with Bale now 28-year-old and currently enduring this 20th injury since leaving Tottenham Hotspur four years ago. 

The Wales international is also believed to be taking home around £350k a week, and the big transfer fee numbers no longer add up for the United chiefs. 

Los Blancos are said to be keen to sell the player over this season, however, will only do so for an estimated £100m in order to help raise the £220m needed to sign Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar and Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne. 

But with the former Spurs man making just seven appearances across all competitions this season, with a minor calf strain just days after returning from another lay-off forcing him to miss Real’s goalless draw with Athletic Bilbao on Saturday, the Red Devils are no longer keen to splash the serious cash they once were. 

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The Old Trafford chiefs now see Bale in a similar price bracket to star goalkeeper David de Gea, who they value at between £50m-£60m 


Liverpool Winger Mohammed Salah Has Attracted Interest From Real Madrid According to National Boss

Egyptian national manager Hector Cuper has revealed that Spanish giants Real Madrid are interested in Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah.

The Liverpool forward recently arrived back to England in the summer from AS Roma, and has already made a significant impact for the Reds going forward.

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His national boss Cuper, spoke to ON Sport TV, an Egyptian broadcasting company and as the  Mirror report, he confirmed Madrid’s interest: “I’ve received confirmed news revealing Real Madrid’s interest in Salah, but let’s not rush things.

“To me, he is in an amazing position right now.”

Since joining Liverpool in the summer, the Egyptian has scored 12 times in 15 appearances for the club in the Premier League, providing three assists for his teammates too. That is some return for someone who wasn’t given the chance at Chelsea a few years back.

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Surprisingly, Salah wasn’t on the scoresheet in their 5-1 thumping away to Brighton.

The £34m price tag in which Jurgen Klopp paid for the winger in the summer, looks to be a bargain as we look back, and is for sure a contender for Player of the Season if his form continues through until the end of the season.

Real Madrid could potentially lose Gareth Bale as he is rumoured with a move away from the club, and with that in mind, could Salah be his replacement?

Liverpool don’t need to sell and Mohamed Salah still has well over four years left on his deal which he signed in the summer.

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The Reds have European commitments to attend to on Wednesday evening as they host Spartak Moskva, but next Sunday is the big game.

It’s the local derby as they await Everton who make the short trip across Stanley Park to Anfield.


Bayern Sensation Joshua Kimmich Admits to Learning Spanish With the Help of Real Madrid

​In this modern world where most people would usually download an app to learn another language, Bayern Munich’s Joshua Kimmich has sort to use an unlikely source as a means to learn the Spanish language. 

​Marca are reporting that Kimmich has admitted that he owes his Spanish learning skills thanks to Real Madrid, but not for the reasons you think. The German midfielder has been learning Spanish through Real Madrid’s club song, which his teammates aren’t privy to knowing.

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Though, the 22-year-old admitted that he is learning Spanish not only because his mother urged him to do, but also because of the plethora of Spanish-speaking players at Bayern. With Thiago, Javi Martinez, James Rodriguez, Rafinha, Juan Bernat and Arturo Vida at the club, it helps to know a little Spanish. In an interview with Bilde he said:

“Just training every day and coming home is not enough for me so my mother had the idea to learn another language.

“I learnt French in school and can already speak English. Because we have so many Spaniards in the team it seemed like a good idea.” (via ​ESPN FC)

Kimmich admitted that he finds the time to learn Spanish on his way to and fro the club’s training. He added: “Everyday I go on my own to training and it is a long way home”.

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The German international featured in his side’s 3-1 win against Hannover yesterday. The win sees their lead stretch to six points, after second place Leipzig, lost 4-0 away to Hoffenheim.


Athletic Bilbao 0-0 Real Madrid: 10 Man Los Blancos Fail to Close the Gap on Barca With Stalemate

Ten man Real Madrid stuttered to a miserable point against Athletic Bilbao at San Mames, failing to create any clear cut chances in a game of poor quality.

The best chances of the game fell to Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo, who have both been struggling in front of goal lately. Creating chances for themselves, the pair both hit the post in a game of very few chances on a cold night in Bilbao, where Sergio Ramos saw red late on in a below-par performance.

At San Mamés, the visitors started on the front foot, hoping to capitalize on the two points league leaders Barcelona dropped against Celta Vigo earlier in the day. The first chance of the night fell to French international Benzema, with Isco teeing up the Los Merengues striker, who crossed for the former Lyon man to control the ball on his chest and hit the post early on.

With the home crowd behind them, Los Leones fought back with the first opportunity falling to Aritz Aduriz, as the Spanish international flashed a header across goal from a whipped in delivery, which was parried out by Keylor Navas into a dangerous area.

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The two teams then traded blows in the first half, counter attacking with pace as both Ronaldo and Kroos fired shots from twenty five yards out, each testing the capability of Kepa Arrizabalaga.

In the best chance for the hosts in the first half, a clever one-two between Iñaki Williams and Markel Susaeta allowed the promising winger the rare space inside the box to get away a shot, testing Navas with a low drive.

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Sensing a shift in momentum, Bilbao again were inches away from the first goal with Aduriz coming close, just lacking the pace to get on the end of a square pass from Raul Garcia, after a dangerous set piece.

With the game picking up close to the half time whistle, Toni Kroos had an excellent opportunity to take the lead, showcasing his ambidexterity by unleashing a rasping left-footed strike from the edge of the area, skimming just wide of the post.

And while the German midfielder struggled to find the back of the net, his team mate Ronaldo, who continues to struggle by his standards in front of goal, highlighted Los Blancos stuttering form. A poor effort, collecting the ball from a Marcelo cross, dragging it on to his left foot before scuffing wide. 

Starting the second half in a more positive fashion after an initial forty five minutes of limited clear-cut chances, the home side came close to opening the account on the night with danger man Aduriz again working the goalkeeper, fizzing a powerful low-strike which needed the intervention of Navas.

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Not for the first time in the game, referee Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz is jeered by the crowd for making a contentious decision, after it appears that ex-Atletico Madrid midfielder Garcia is clipped in the box when jumping for a clear header at goal.

As both teams looked for a moment of magic in a game that lacked creativity, the ‘moment’ of the second half fell to Ronaldo. Much to the annoyance of the players and the coaching staff, including an incensed Zinedine Zidane on the sidelines, match official Lahoz was again called into question.

With play maker Luka Modric heroically throwing himself into a challenge on the halfway line to play the Portuguese talisman through, Xabier Etxeita swiped at the Croatian’s leg leading to a yellow card, to interrupt a clear last-man opportunity, which was abruptly and prematurely stopped by Lahoz.

So close to breaking the deadlock, Ronaldo began to show his usual influence in the game, taking matters into his own hands in the final twenty minutes. Taking the ball down on his chest, the 32-year-old lashed a volley across the goal, which ricocheted off the post again to keep the visitors at bay.

Pushing for a goal that would close the game on Barcelona to six points at the top of La Liga, it was again Ronaldo who had the chances in the final stages, twice coming close with headers that lacked power or accuracy in a desperate climax.

To make matters worse, Real Madrid had to finish the game with ten men as captain Sergio Ramos received his marching orders after a second bookable offence, elbowing Aduriz to earn his 19th La Liga red and 24th overall in a distinguished but aggressive career.


Inter Captain Mauro Icardi Claims He Will Remain With Nerazzurri for the Rest of His Career

Mauro Icardi has no intention to leave Inter and has claimed that he intends to remain with the Milan outfit until they let him go. 

The Argentine superstar has had a wonderful start of the season with the Nerazzurri, is the top Serie A goalscorer – 15 nets in 14 matches – and had led his side to a well-deserved second place in the league behind Napoli. 

As Inter welcome Chievo at San Siro on Sunday night, Icardi has got just another chance to drag his men forward: winning the match would take them one point above Napoli and Juventus and make them table leaders. 

He is also close to becoming the sixth player to score 100 goals in Serie A before turning 25, and the chances are pretty high considering that his birthday falls in February.

Following this brilliant ensemble of performances, he is now number one target for La Liga giants Real Madrid, who have been trying to approach him in the past few weeks. 

However, Icardi, who has only recently refound a good relationship with his fans, has denied Los Blancos any chance to land him. 

According to Gazzetta dello Sport, he told his friends: “If they don’t kick me out, I’m staying at Inter for the rest of my career.”

The Argentine is currently holding talks with the Inter chiefs to extend his contract with the club to 2023. 

Negotiations reportedly include a raise of the salary €7m-per-year and the chance to either increase or completely remove his €100m break clause.