Sergio Ramos Hails Eden Hazard as ‘World Class’ Following His Move to Real Madrid

Real Madrid and Spain captain Sergio Ramos is excited to play alongside Madrid new-boy Eden Hazard.

The veteran defender has hailed the Belgian winger as “world class” after he signed a five-year deal at the Spanish giants. 

Speaking ahead of Spain’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Sweden, Ramos stated that Hazard is a “great signing” for the club following a disastrous 2018/19 campaign. 

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​Ramos affirmed: “I think it’s a great signing. He is a world class player. It is good to reinforce the squad.” (via ​Daily Mail)

​Hazard is believed to be earning more than £400,000 a week on his initial five-year deal and he will be presented on Thursday after returning from international duty with Belgium. 

The attacker scored 21 goals in 52 appearances this season, creating 17 for his teammates along the way. He is capable of playing on either flank or through the middle as a number ten or as a false nine.

In his press conference, Ramos also once again quashed rumours that he is set to leave Los Blancos this summer, stating: 

“I had to go out to give the press conference. I think it was the best for everyone. The important thing was to turn the page and not talk about it any more. The goal is achieved.

“I am very happy in ​Real Madrid and playing for the national team is not a relief but a source of pride. When you have been injured, you really value what you do not have. I live it as if it were the last time. It’s all very well.”

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The 33-year-old is happy to have vanquished the uncertainty over his future that followed reports of him asking to leave the club.

Ramos has spent 14 years in Madrid since leaving Sevilla in 2005. He has won no less than 20 trophies for the club during that time, and will hope for more silverware in the upcoming campaign.

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Thibaut Courtois Tips Eden Hazard to ‘Make the Difference’ at Real Madrid Next Season

Thibaut Courtois has revealed he believes Eden Hazard can help Real Madrid win trophies next season after the Belgian forward’s transfer from Chelsea to the Spanish giants was confirmed.

Hazard realised a lifelong dream on Friday when he signed a five-year deal with Real for £88.5m, rising to £130m with add-ons.

The move sees the mercurial Belgian end his seven-year stay at Chelsea where he helped guide his side to two Premier League titles, an FA Cup, and two Europa League wins – the most recent of which coming less than two weeks ago, when his brace helped the Blues overcome Arsenal in Hazard’s final game for the club.

Speaking with website AS following Belgium’s 3-0 win in their Euro 2020 qualifying fixture against Kazakhstan on Saturday, Courtois said: “If he speaks a little Spanish, it will be even better. 

“It’s very nice that we’re going to be together. He’s my friend, I get along very well with him and his family.

“For Madrid it’s going to be fantastic. I think [Hazard] is going to make the difference and I hope we can win many titles next season.”

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Hazard is Real Madrid’s fourth signing of the summer, alongside Éder Militao, Luka Jovic, and Rodrygo Goes. There have also been linked with Christian Eriksen and Paul Pogba, so Hazard could be set to play alongside a new wave of Madrid ‘Galacticos’.

Madrid are coming off the back of one of their worst league campaigns in recent memory, finishing 19 points behind La Liga champions and bitter rivals Barcelona.

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Sergio Ramos Breaks Impressive International Record in Spain’s Victory Over Faroe Islands

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos is once again in the headlines – but this time it’s not with regards to a dodgy tackle or transfer request.

The Spaniard ​broke the record for the most international victories following Spain’s 4-1 win over the Faroe Islands in La Roja’s Euro 2020 qualifier.

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​Ramos, who netted in the win, has now won 122 games in the red of Spain, eclipsing the record held by former ​Real Madrid teammate Iker Casillas, whose own record had stood for over eight years.

The 33-year-old will look to add to his tally of victories in the coming weeks as Spain ramp up their efforts to reach the European Championship next year. The centre-back will expect to feature in Spain’s remaining qualifiers as well as at the 2020 tournament so could set a pretty high mark for any prospective challengers to reach. 

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The top five is dominated by the Spanish, with veterans Xavi and Andres Iniesta coming in third and fourth respectively. The only player who is still active and is in with a chance of reaching Ramos’ current record is Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo, who himself is 34-years-old and is on 92 wins.


The next challenge Ramos could aim for is the duration of service to the national side, another record currently held by Casillas, whose La Roja career ended just two days short of 16 years. Ramos made his international debut at 18 so could easily break this record in the next year or so, an impressive feat for any player. 

​He could also become Spain’s record appearance holder in September if he plays in La Roja’s next four games, overtaking Casillas’s record of 167, another outstanding achievement for the player.

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Marcelo to Decide Real Madrid Future With Ferland Mendy Set to Become First Choice Left Back

​Real Madrid will give Marcelo the freedom to decide whether or not he wants to stay at the club ahead of the impending signing of left back Ferland Mendy.

Marcelo will go down as a Los Blancos legend, having won La Liga four times as well as earning another quartet of Champions League trophies, but he has been frequently linked with Juventus over the last year or so.

According to ​Marca, the Brazil international would play a back-up role to the incoming Mendy if he decided to stay at the Bernabeu, but the Spanish giants are happy to ‘put the ball in Marcelo’s court regarding his future’.

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​Marcelo‘s friendship with former Madrid star ​Cristiano Rona​ldo has frequently been mentioned as a potential factor in the 31-year-old swapping Spain’s capital for Turin, and the Serie A champions are thought to be on the lookout for a new left back this summer.

The Mendy transfer is seen as a done deal, meaning ​Real have plenty of options at left back going forward. Sergio Reguilon would likely see his involvement in first team affairs increase if Marcelo leaves, while Achraf Hakimi impressed while on loan at Dortmund.

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Morocco international Hakimi still has another year left on his loan deal with the Bundesliga runners up, while Theo Hernandez could provide more competition if he is kept at the club for the 2019/20 season following his loan to Real Sociedad.

It’s been a busy summer already for Zinedine Zidane’s side, with deals for striker Luka Jovic, forward Eden Hazard and defender Eder Militao all finalised.

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Defiant Gareth Bale Tells Real Madrid Hierarchy He Won’t Be Forced Out of the Club

​Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale has met with the club’s board of directors to discuss his future, telling officials he has no intention of leaving the Spanish capital this summer.

Like many a galactico, the Welshman has somehow found a way to upset supporters of the European giants. As a result, the fanbase have been vocal in their pleas for president Florentino Perez to sell the 29-year-old at the next available opportunity.

However, ​Diario AS report that Bale is planning to stay exactly where he is, regardless of the fact that returning coach Zinedine Zidane views him as surplus to requirements at Real.

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The former ​Tottenham Hotspur showstopper was purchased by ​Los Blancos for a then-world record fee of £86m in 2013, though he has spent much of his career in Madrid battling criticism from the supporters and media, alike.

Bale was expected to finally step out of Cristiano Ronaldo’s shadow when the eminent Portuguese upped sticks and moved to ​Juventus last year, but has instead struggled for any consistency in a nightmare campaign for the whole team.

A mega-money switch back to the ​Premier League has looked on the cards for months, with ​Manchester United amongst the sides vying for his signature. Unfortunately for the Red Devils, the three-time ​Champions League winner has instructed his current employers to ignore any incoming bids.

Let’s face it, this isn’t really about football, is it? If it was, good old Gareth would be on his merry way to Spurs or some other club that would actually give him the time of day. But no, Tottenham can’t match his staggering wage-demands – the forward rakes in £350,000 net every week – and very few else would.

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If you’re holding out hope that Bale will be playing for your club next season, you’re probably gonna be disappointed (unless you follow Real and even then you’ll probably still be disappointed).

He has never looked like transferring elsewhere. The lifestyle suits him, he’s earning a pretty decent salary and he doesn’t care if he has to spend 90 minutes on a bench every week to maintain that.

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Kylian Mbappe Has ‘Informed Zinedine Zidane’ That He Wants to Join Real Madrid

​Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappé has informed Zinedine Zidane that he wants to leave the French capital and play for Real Madrid. According to the Spanish press, obviously.

The 20-year-old, along with teammate Neymar, has been linked with moves away from Paris Saint-Germain throughout the season. And Mbappé – who hinted publicly he may want to move on recently – has now set the wheels in motion.


In an attempt to speed up his exit from the Parc des Princes, AS claims that Mbappé has told Real Madrid manager Zidane that it would be a dream move for him to join the club.

Los Blancos’ hierarchy are eager to keep their hands clean until Mbappé convinces Paris Saint-Germain to sell, so the World Cup winner has been told he needs to send the same message to manager Thomas Tuchel that he longer wants to be in Paris.

It’s unknown if Real Madrid would even be able to afford Mbappé if he becomes available on the market, having already committed £229m on new signings this summer.

But the man behind Real Madrid’s purse strings Florentino Pérez is claimed to be keen on the idea of bringing Mbappé to the Spanish capital, but he doesn’t want to break up relations with Paris Saint-Germain by stepping on any toes in the process.


It’s because of that, that Mbappé is having to somewhat force his own way out of the club, to help make the eventual negotiations between Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain run smoother.

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Luka Modric Speaks on Gareth Bale’s Lack of Real Madrid Minutes Ahead of Croatia’s Clash With Wales

Luka Modrić has warned that his Real Madrid teammate Gareth Bale won’t be affected by his ongoing situation at the Santiago Bernabéu when Wales travel to Croatia for their Euro 2020 qualifier on Sunday.

Bale has been heavily linked with a move away from the club this summer as he appears to be surplus to requirements under Zinedine Zidane.

When asked about Bale’s current situation, however, his teammate Modrić refused to be drawn into speculation over his long-term future in the Spanish capital.

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You’ll have to ask him,” Modrić said, quoted by the BBC. “I haven’t spoken with Gareth since we ended the season with Real Madrid, but we’ll see each other tomorrow.”

The Croatia international also had a word of warning for his international teammates ahead of Sunday’s match against Wales in Osijek, insisting that Bale will be in “top shape” as Ryan Giggs’ side look to maintain their perfect start to Euro 2020 qualifying.

It’s very different to play for your club or national team. There’s no correlation in form between those two,” he added. “I know what playing for the Welsh national team means to Gareth so I don’t think his lack of minutes for Real Madrid will influence his performance.

“I expect him in top shape. We have to stop him as well as we can, we have to limit the great talent he has.”

As well as coming up against Modrić this weekend, his Real Madrid teammate Mateo Kovačić is also expected to feature for Zlatko Dalić’s side against Wales.

Currently in a similar situation to Bale at the Santiago Bernabéu, Kovačić’s future at Real Madrid remains up in the air as he prepares to return from a season-long loan spell at Chelsea.

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Real Madrid Confirm Signing of Eden Hazard From Chelsea on 5-Year Deal

​Real Madrid have completed the signing of winger Eden Hazard from Chelsea for a reported fee of around £88.5m, rising to £130m in add-ons.

The Belgian has been linked with Los Blancos for what feels like an eternity, and ​he said his goodbyes to Blues fans after guiding them to Europa League glory against rivals Arsenal, confirming he was eager for a switch to Real to be sealed as soon as possible.


It may have taken a bit longer than he had hoped, but ​Real have now taken to their official website to confirm that they have reached a deal with ​Chelsea to bring ​Hazard to the Santiago Bernabeu.

They said in a statement on Friday night: “Real Madrid CF and Chelsea FC have agreed to the transfer of the player Eden Hazard. The player remains linked to the club during the next five seasons, until June 30, 2024. 

“Eden Hazard will be presented as a new player of Real Madrid on Thursday June 13 at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium, after passing the relevant medical examination.”

Hazard has long flirted with Real and has rarely shied away from his love for both the club and manager Zinedine Zidane, and his move to the club had been widely expected for months.

Chelsea fought to keep him for as long as possible but, with the Belgian set to enter the final year of his contract at Stamford Bridge, the Blues were left with no choice but to accept his departure this summer, rather than lose such a valuable asset for free at the end of next season.

Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said: “Although it is with sadness we say goodbye to Eden and we made it absolutely clear to him the club wished him to stay, we respect the decision he has made to take on a new challenge in a different country and follow his childhood dream of playing for Real Madrid.

​”The memories he leaves us with will not fade. He provided all who watched Chelsea play with great entertainment and many match-winning contributions, and for that we thank Eden enormously. He has been a model professional throughout his time at the club, a wonderful individual to have around and a joy to work with.

​”We look forward to welcoming him back to Stamford Bridge in the future.”

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He becomes Los Blancos’ fourth arrival of the summer, following Rodrygo Goes, Eder Militao and Luka Jovic, who ​sealed his own big-money move to the Bernabeu on Tuesday.

With Real enduring a challenging campaign last season, they were expected to spend heavily to try and bounce back in emphatic fashion, and they have certainly done just that by signing Hazard.

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Last season, the 28-year-old managed 21 goals and 17 assists in all competitions for Chelsea, further cementing his place as one of Europe’s finest forwards. 

In Madrid, he will compete with the likes of Vinicius Junior and Marco Asensio for a spot on the left-side of Real’s forward line.

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Transfer Rumours: Soro to Real Madrid, Benteke to Reject China Move, Dier to Man Utd & More

The transfer window is in full flow, and already we’ve seen some blockbuster moves, as well as a few which have raised more questions than answers.

That’s the fun of the transfer window. Nobody knows what’s going on. Not players, not managers, not fans and certainly not wannabe Twitter journalists. However, the rumour mill never stops churning out stories.

Here are seven rumours for you to watch out for.


Brighton ‘Open Talks’ With Derby Over Teenage Sensation Jayden Bogle

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​Derby County’s Jayden Bogle is young and he’s English, so of course that means he gets linked with a big-money transfer.

​Brighton and Hove Albion look set to win the race for the 18-year-old right-back’s signature, as the ​Daily Mail claim they have opened negotiations with Frank Lampard’s side over a potential £10m move.

New manager Graham Potter is eyeing a busy summer which, to be fair, the Seagulls are in dire need of. They were strong candidates for relegation from the ​Premier League last season, so Potter will be looking to turn their fortunes around.


West Ham Refusing to Give Up in Pursuit of Alaves Star Guillermo Maripan

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The summer transfer window has barely just begun, but Alaves have already made ​West Ham United look like fools. After managing to convince the Hammers to give them Lucas Perez for just £2m, they’re not about to return the favour.

Alaves have already rejected their £13.5m bid for centre-back Guillermo Maripan, as they look to take West Ham for every penny possible. Fortunately for them, according to ​The Sun, their plan might work, as the Hammers are ready to return with a £15m bid.

You can almost hear the Alaves chiefs saying “Lucas who?”, seemingly haven forgotten about West Ham’s generosity in the first place. Football can be a cruel sport sometimes.


Benfica Eye Permanent Deal for Forgotten Leicester Forward Islam Slimani

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Yes, Islam Slimani is still a ​Leicester City player, although probably not for long.

The Algerian simply never took to life in the Premier League, and his form on loan with Fenerbahce was barely any better. However, he appears to have piqued the interest of Benfica who, according to ​A Bola, have already lodged a bid for the 30-year-old.

​Unfortunately, it looks to be too early for Leicester fans to celebrate, as he is said to have signed an anti-rival clause when he left Sporting CP in 2016 which forbids him for playing for – you guessed it – Benfica. Who knows where he’ll end up, but everyone is hoping that is anywhere other than the King Power Stadium.


Real Madrid Ready £9m Bid for Zaragoza Starlet Alberto Soro


Luka Jovic this, ​Eden Hazard that. ​Real Madrid can sign other players too, you know. How about Real Zaragoza’s Alberto Soro?

The 20-year-old caught the eye last season in the Spanish second tier, so much so that, according to ​AS, Real Madrid are ready to activate his £9m release clause to beat ​Barcelona to his signature.

​The plan is to loan him back to Zaragoza for one more year, just as they did with Jesus Vallejo in 2015. However, they might not want to mention Vallejo’s name too loudly, as the centre-back’s career has completely stalled since leaving Zaragoza. Probably not the best example to try tempt Soro.


Christian Benteke Determined to Snub Move to China & Remain With Crystal Palace

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Old? Check. Not as good as he once was? Huge check. It seems like ​Christian Benteke ticks all the standard boxes for a move to China, but he clearly doesn’t think the same.

​The Belgian has been tipped to make the move to China after racking up a monstrous tally of one goal in 19 games last season, but he has told ​Walfoot that he has no intention of turning into a “thief” and taking a big-money exit from ​Crystal Palace.

It’s good news for everyone, except Palace fans, who get to endure another season of watching the 28-year-old fall at every hurdle.


Adrien Rabiot Tipped to Make Insane U-Turn & Commit Future to PSG

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For six months, it seems like the footballing world have spoken about nothing but Adrien Rabiot’s inevitable departure from Paris Saint-Germain. Truthfully, it’s getting old. However, if you’re sick of the story already, how frustrated you would be if it all turned out to be completely pointless?

Are you sitting down? Good. According to Soccer Link, Rabiot ​is ready to complete the biggest plot twist in history by signing a new contract with PSG, with close friend Leonardo set to return to the club as sporting director.

Leonardo is said to have already spoken to Rabiot’s mother (you know, the one who previously said there was ​”no way” he would re-sign) to try convince him to snub the likes of Barcelona, ​Liverpool and ​Tottenham Hotspur to stay in Paris. Although, RTL’s ​Philippe Sanfourche denied that this whole thing ever took place, so who knows. 


Man Utd Identify Eric Dier as Perfect Replacement for Nemanja Matic

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If you haven’t figured it out yet, it looks like ​Manchester United want to sign literally everyone this summer. You’re world class? Welcome to Old Trafford. You once scored a hat-trick in Sunday League, only for a knee injury to ruin your career? Deal.

Somewhere in the middle sits Spurs’ ​Eric Dier who, according to ​The Times, finds himself near the top of United’s wish list.​ Replacing the ageing ​Nemanja Matic is said to be one of United’s top priorities, and that mission has led them to Dier.

Well, actually, it led them to West Ham’s Declan Rice, but United don’t think they have a chance of signing the youngster, so they have turned to Dier. So, to sum up, they don’t really want him, but they want him. That sounds about as clear as United’s future.

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Real Madrid on ‘High Alert’ Over Paris Saint-Germain Pair Kylian Mbappe & Neymar

Real Madrid remain on ‘high alert’ with regard to Paris Saint-Germain duo Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, according to the Spanish media…whatever that actually means.

Real have been heavily linked with both superstars in the past and there has been renewed speculation over the future of Mbappe in particular since he surprisingly admitted on stage at the Ligue 1 season awards that he could go ‘somewhere else’.

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Neymar, meanwhile, has been linked with a move almost ever since he joined PSG in a €222m world record move in 2017, although the more recent speculation has been focused on a return to former club Barcelona than a sensational move to the Bernabeu.

Marca pushes the idea that Real are interested in both players on the basis of…not a lot.

The sports publication draws a flimsy line between a recent visit from Florentino Perez to Paris for the re-election of FIFA president Gianni Infantino and anything possibly relating to transfers because of the ‘speculation’ – presumably not born out of fact, then – that subsequently emerged.

Equally, the report appears to rest of old fashioned transfer clichés such as ‘uncertainty’ and ‘monitoring’, and little else, suggesting it is hypothetical interest at best.

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No club in the world wouldn’t at least be ‘interested’ in the two most expensive players in history, regardless of whether they could afford them or have any hope of actually signing them.

Even Real, whose limitless financial resources are not as limitless as gossip hungry media reports would have us believe, can surely not afford either Mbappe or Neymar this summer.

Ahead of next season, Los Blancos have already spent €110m on Eder Militao and Luka Jovic alone, are believed to have agreed a €100m deal for Eden Hazard that could rise significantly once add-ons and incentives also come into play, while another €50m deal for Lyon full-back Ferland Mendy is additionally thought to be close to completion. That’s already around €260m.

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Even if Real were interested, Barcelona-based publication SPORT – that’s probably not a coincidence, right? – alleges that Neymar has said ‘no’ to Real, and ‘yes’ to Barcelona.

Even so, the likelihood of Barça, with far less liquid funds than Real, being able to pull off such a deal this summer, next summer, or any time soon, seems incredibly small to say the least.

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