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.”

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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“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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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VIDEO: AC Milan Defender Leonardo Bonucci Gives His Verdict on the Current Best Player in the World

​AC Milan centre-back Leonardo Bonucci has weighed in on the debate as to who is currently the best footballer on the planet.

The Italian defender is perhaps one of the best placed players to judge, given his meetings with some of the game’s most dangerous attackers in recent years.

Bonucci has played against both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, but it is the latter who he deems to be the superior player.

“I would have to say that the best player at the moment is Cristiano Ronaldo,” he said. “He can make the difference in any game. 

“When we played in Cardiff in the Champions League final, he showed that he is determined to keep getting better and stay at the top.”

Ronaldo missed the first four games of the new La Liga season through suspension, and has scored just once in the league since his return.

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He was again unable to register in Sunday’s comfortable 3-0 win over Eibar, but coach Zinedine Zidane stressed after the game that he remains the world’s best.

“He is the best by a long way,” said the Frenchman. “He has shown it many times, he is always there in the big games. 

“All the awards are deserved because he always wants to be the best and he is.”

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Messi has so far this season outscored Ronaldo, although the Portuguese forward is expected to edge this year’s ‘The Best’ award.

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Real Madrid 3-0 Eibar: La Liga Champs Brush Aside Strugglers to Close Gap on Barcelona

​Real Madrid closed the gap on leaders Barcelona to five points by easing to victory over La Liga strugglers Eibar.

After enduring a frustrating evening in Tuesday’s Champions League draw with Tottenham, Real had a far more comfortable night this time around. The game started slow, with Eibar’s Joan Jordan testing Real’s stand-in keeper Kiko Castilla and Cristiano Ronaldo having a hopeful shot blocked.

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The reigning La Liga champions did find the breakthrough after 17 minutes when Marco Asensio’s superb cross was headed into his own net by Paulo Oliviera. Eibar then wasted a golden chance to level minutes later, where a counter attack led to a 2 v 1 in their favour, though Charles bizarrely sent the ball out for a goal kick from 40 yards out in what appeared to be a mix of confusion between shooting and passing.

That was the closest Eibar would come to claiming anything, as Real doubled their lead soon after when Marco Asensio latched onto Isco’s cross and superbly drilled home the second. The tempo of game slowed down as the hosts easily controlled the affair into the second half, with Cristiano Ronaldo wasting several good chances to add his name to the score sheet and Isco also having a one on one saved by Marko Dmitrovic.

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Real did eventually find the third goal to ensure victory, with substitute Marcelo finishing off a brilliant team move to turn and finish inside the box and give the reigning Spanish champions a very easy win. 

Eibar had a half chance at the end with a long range effort which was well saved by Castilla, but on a whole it was a routine win for Zinedine Zidane’s side as they moved to within five points of leaders Barcelona and above city rivals Atletico into third.

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Los Blancos would have been pleased with the professionalism of the victory, especially with the likes of Keylor Navas, Gareth Bale and Dani Carvajal all out injured. The defeat leaves Eibar in 16th, just a single point above the drop zone and their season gets no easier when they face in form Celta Vigo in the Copa del Rey in the week, whilst Real travel to third division side Fuenlabrada in the same competition. 

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Arsenal Join the Hunt For Real Madrid, Liverpool & Man Utd Target Alan Guimarães

​Arsenal have entered the race for Brazilian wondered Alan Guimarães with Real Madrid, Liverpool and Manchester United all interested in the 17-year-old. 

As reported by ​Sport Witness, Spanish newspaper AS claimed there had already been a ‘verbal agreement’ for Guimarães with Real Madrid and that he’d join the Los Blancos when he turned 18.

But the deal is far from done according to sources, who are being told it’s too early for the move to be finalised. 

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The youngster has impressed several elite clubs in Europe following standout performances in the U17 World Cup which is being held in India.

With this, Arsenal have joined the race to sign the Palmeiras attacking midfielder alongside fellow English club Liverpool.

​Sport Witness reported earlier on in the year that Manchester United had scouts go and watch Guimarães however the Red Devils haven’t made contact for a while now according to this report.

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But with the release clause of the 17-year-old being in the region of €50m, would Arsenal, even Liverpool, be prepared to pay that much for a player of Guimarães’ age?

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