Tottenham’s Harry Kane Provides Perfect Response When Asked if He Wants to Join Real Madrid

After Harry Kane’s excellent performance for England in their Nations League victory over Spain, he spectacularly rubbished the rumours over a possible future move to Real Madrid. 

Kane, 25, may not have landed himself on the scoresheet, but he was involved in Raheem Sterling’s opener before setting up a further two goals in just nine minutes – as the Three Lions held on for a famous 3-2 victory in Seville on Monday.

Spain v England - UEFA Nations League A

The England skipper’s consistency in front of goal in recent years has thrust him into the limelight as one of the most complete forward’s currently plying their trade, ensuring that rumours of a possible transfer to Europe’s elite never truly dissipate. 

​Real Madrid have been at the forefront of such speculation, as they look to restore firepower to their ranks following ​Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure and with ​Karim Benzema’s future at the Bernabéu being anything but certain. 

When asked if he was interested in a move to Real upon his departure from the stadium after the fixture, ​Kane told ​Marca: “Sorry, not today.” 

Although Kane may not be thinking about switching allegiances, Real and Spain skipper Sergio Ramos took it upon himself ​earlier in the week to start the charm offensive for the services of the England striker.

Kane – who has six goals to his name this term – is contracted with ​Spurs until 2024, having put pen to paper on a new six-year deal in the summer worth £200,000-a-week.

It ensures that any team looking to prise him away would be forced to part with close to £200m to secure the striker. 


Luka Modric Reveals That Real Madrid Players Bet With Each Other About Cristiano Ronaldo Exit

​Luka Modric has admitted that he and his Real Madrid teammates were ‘sure’ that Cristiano Ronaldo would stay at the club this summer, even going as far as making bets between themselves about his future. 

Ronaldo moved to Juventus after the World Cup in the summer’s headline transfer, with manager Zinedine Zidane also heading out the door to take some time off from football. 

Speaking to ​L’Equipe on the current international break, ​Modric admitted: “I did not think that Zidane was going to go, nor ​Ronaldo. When the rumour about Cristiano came up we made bets among ourselves in the dressing room and we were sure he was going to stay, but everyone makes his life choices.”

Modric became the first player in a decade to break Ronaldo and ​Lionel Messi‘s joint hold over the FIFA Player of the Year award, but insisted that he prefers to ignore individual awards and comparisons between himself and the Portugal international. 

“I do not appreciate the overexposure of the media, frankly, I do not care much about going further in this area,” he said. “Cristiano Ronaldo is in another level of football and it is normal that he is also from the media point of view, I prefer simplicity.

“To be honest, I do not like to talk like that and say: ‘Yes, I’m the one who deserves the Ballon d’Or.’ The important thing for me is to be in the field as I have been for months, this year 2018 has undoubtedly been the best of my career and my only goal is to continue at this level.”


Sergio Ramos Reveals Which Aspect of Harry Kane’s Game ‘Surprises People’ as He Talks Up Spain Move

Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos stated his belief that Harry Kane’s ‘technical ability’ on the ball ‘surprises a lot of people’, as he talked up a move to Spain for the Tottenham striker. 

The duo are set to meet on Monday night when their national sides clash in a mouth-watering  UEFA Nations League encounter, with England five points adrift of their opponents in the group table. 

Tottenham Hotspur v Real Madrid - UEFA Champions League

In recent weeks, it has been reported that Madrid will be lining up a January move for Kane, following a disastrous run of four games without a win, or a goal. Speaking about the Tottenham star, Ramos stated that he is impressed with both his technical skill and physicality. 

“Let’s start with  Harry Kane,” said Ramos, as quoted by the Mirror. “He’s also physically a fantastic striker but technically he surprises you, he surprises a lot of people, but not me.

“He is great technically but there are also other great technical players and that’s why they [England] are dangerous. I can assure you we have been studying the videos. We are going to try and keep his scoring drought as that would be a very good sign for us.”

Despite Kane’s scoring dip for his country, he has been in a typically rich vein of form for his club this season, scoring six goals in 10 games. 

Four-time UEFA Champions League winner Ramos will be looking to gain confidence from Spain’s 2-1 win against England at Wembley last month and condemn the Three Lions to their second defeat in their last three competitive fixtures. 


Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale Ruled Out of Wales’ Crucial UEFA Nations League Clash With Groin Injury

​Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale has been ruled out of Wales’ crunch UEFA Nations League match against the Republic of Ireland, after sustaining a groin injury.

According to the Daily Mail, the 29-year-old will return to Spain in order to recover from the strain, and will be monitored closely ahead of Los Blancos’ El Clásico clash with Barcelona at the end of the month. Real Madrid are believed to be wary of Bale aggravating his injury further, and have continued to pressure Wales to not risk him for the current set of international fixtures.

Deportivo Alaves v Real Madrid - La Liga Santander

​Bale’s Wales teammate Ben Davies admitted that losing the tenacious forward was a real blow, but claimed that youngster David Brooks is ready to step into the breach. The ​Spurs man said: “Gareth not playing is a massive loss for any team, we’ll have to adapt. David is a top player. He has a lot of ability and talent that defenders just don’t want to come up against.” 

“If he’s playing against Ireland we’ll be delighted as a team because we’ve got a good attacking threat in him.”

Ryan Giggs’ side are currently second in their UEFA Nations League group, a point behind leaders Denmark and two clear of Ireland, who will be eager to avoid relegation to the third tier.

With ​Los Blancos legend Cristiano Ronaldo now at ​Juventus, Bale has been afforded a more prominent role in the side this season. However, the club have had a rocky start to the campaign, and are currently in fourth place after a string of poor results. The inconsistency troubling a number of top sides means that they are still just two points off Sevilla at the top.

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Meanwhile, ​Chelsea sensation Eden Hazard has ruled out a January move to Real Madrid, claiming that he doesn’t want to leave the Blues on bad terms. The Belgian ace is hotly tipped to join Los Blancos in the summer, but has ruled out the possibility of leaving before the end of the season, perhaps wary of angering Blues fans and derailing the club’s league title bid.


Eden Hazard Wants to Leave Chelsea on ‘Good Terms’ as He Rules Out Real Madrid January Move

​Chelsea superstar Eden Hazard has reiterated his desire to maintain a good relationship with the Blues, even if he manages to secure his not-so-secret ‘dream’ move to Real Madrid in the future.

The Belgian will be out of contract in 2020 and talks of an extension at Stamford Bridge have been put on hold. There have been suggestions that Hazard, the Premier League’s current top scorer in 2018/19, will force through a move to Los Blancos in an upcoming transfer window, or run his deal down to expiry like Thibaut Courtois.

However, ​Hazard has been candid over his desire and is insistent that he won’t ‘clash’ with the club.

Belgium v Switzerland - UEFA Nations League A

Currently on international duty with Belgium, the 27-year-old forward spoke of how ​Chelsea denied him a move during the summer.

“Chelsea were clear with me [in the summer],” he told ​Telefoot. “I couldn’t leave the club. I accepted it. Anyway… leaving or staying, I was going to be happy. I do not regret this decision at all.

“When decisions are made [that you may not like] you can sulk and often you get the last word. But I will never look to clash with the club. Chelsea have given me a lot. I left Lille on good terms and I want to do the same thing here.”

Addressing the possibility of a mid-season switch to ​Real Madrid he added: “A transfer in January? It’s not possible.”

While Hazard has not played down his own interests in a move to Spain, links have also amped up in recent weeks due to Real Madrid’s poor early season form. Julen Lopetegui’s side have struggled to replace the goals of ​Cristiano Ronaldo and have not scored in four games in all competitions, as they sit fifth in the ​La Liga table after eight games.

However, a recent policy from president Florentino Perez to shun big money signings in favour of cheaper deals means a move for Hazard next summer, or at the end of his contract, remains the most likely option for all parties.


Napoli Set Asking Price for Star Defender Amid Interest From Real Madrid & Barcelona

Serie A side Napoli have set their asking price for star centre back Kalidou Koulibaly, who is wanted by both Real Madrid and Barcelona.

The 27-year-old has emerged as one of the world’s top defenders since joining Napoli in 2014. He immediately became a key player in Naples​ and, under Maurizio Sarri, was given the chance to showcase his physicality and ability on the ball. His impressive form was recently rewarded as Koulibaly signed a new five-year contract with the club.

SSC Napoli v US Sassuolo - Serie A

Italian outlet La Republicca, as cited by Calciomercato, state that ​Napoli will only consider an offer of at least €100m (around £88m), but would hope to receive offers of almost twice that amount. Koulibaly’s new contract means Napoli will not be forced into selling their star defender, giving them full control of the Senegalese centre back’s future.

The report claims that ​Manchester United made an offer of around €90m for Koulibaly during the summer, but Napoli were not prepared to entertain the offer as it fell short of their asking price. ​Barcelona and ​Real Madrid are both named as interested parties, but it is unlikely that either would be prepared to meet Napoli’s astronomical asking price for Koulibaly.

New Napoli manager Carlo Ancelotti is believed to be a huge fan of Koulibaly, as the defender is the only Napoli player to have featured in every game for the side this season. He has played every minute of Napoli’s ten matches to date, and appears to be a permanent fixture of the side.

As a result, an offer of €100m would likely be refused by Napoli, who are seemingly determined to keep the 27-year-old at the club. Should any club meet the asking price, Koulibaly would become the world’s most expensive defender, overtaking the £75m fee paid by ​Liverpool for Virgil van Dijk.


Koulibaly has 174 Napoli appearances to his name and is also a key member for his country of Senegal. He featured in all three of Senegal’s World Cup matches this summer as his side failed to advance from the group stage.


Real Madrid Keen to Sign ‘World Class’ Centre Back to Compete With Raphael Varane & Sergio Ramos

Spanish giants Real Madrid are looking to sign a new star centre back to provide competition for Raphael Varane and Sergio Ramos at the heart of Real’s defence.

The partnership of Varane and Ramos is arguably one of the finest in the world, but Nacho is their only real competition for the position in the squad. As a result, the duo have been Real’s preferred defensive pairing for almost three consecutive seasons, without any real threat to their positions.

Deportivo Alaves v Real Madrid - La Liga Santander

Spanish outlet ​Marca claim that ​Real’s search for a “world class” centre back began last year when Pepe left the club to join Besiktas. The club targeted the likes of Lucas and Jose Gimenez of ​Atletico, alongside ​Barcelona’s Samuel Umiti, but found their advances instantly rejected by all three players.

The club are also believed to be keen on Paris Saint-Germain’s Marquinhos, but Marca claim that they are not prepared to negotiate with the Parisians as they do not want to risk hampering any potential future deal for ​Neymar.

FC Barcelona v Girona - La Liga Santander

Real are open to signing an incredibly talented youngster who is almost certainly set to become one of the world’s best, similar to the signings of Ramos in 2005 and Varane in 2011. They had hoped to have done that when, in 2015, they signed Real Zaragoza’s Jesus Vallejo. However, after loan spells in ​La Liga and the ​Bundesliga, Real are not convinced by the 21-year-old.

They are keen to arrange a further loan deal for Vallejo, or even a permanent move with a buy-back clause, as their search for their next great centre back continues.

Sevilla v Real Madrid - La Liga

As it stands, Corinthians’ Leo Santos and Espanyol’s Mario Hermoso are high on Real’s wish list, with the club possessing an option to sign the latter for just €7.5m. However, they would prefer to sign a defender with impressive international experience, in order to minimise the risk of the player failing to develop at the club.


Inter Revive Interest in Real Madrid Superstar Luka Modric But Transfer Could Depend on PSG

Serie A side Inter Milan are ready to resume their pursuit of Croatian star Luka Modric following positive talks over the summer.

The World Cup finalist, who walked away with the tournament’s Golden Ball, has had a splendid year playing in midfield for both club and country and was recently recognised as The Best FIFA Men’s Player for 2018.


Modric was one of Inter’s most wanted targets over the summer but, given ​Real’s understandable desire to keep him around, the two clubs could not agree over a transfer for the Croatian. Modric is understood to have been keen on a Nerazzurri move, with his wife and agent even offering him to Inter.

According to Italian publication Corriere dello Sport, the San Siro occupants are prepared to ramp up their efforts to acquire the influential midfielder. However, a deal is unlikely to be reached unless Madrid sign either ​Neymar or ​Kylian Mbappe, both of French side Paris Saint-Germain.

The two attackers have commanded the interest of Real president Florentino Perez, who is said to be ready to sanction what would be a world-record move for either star.

Paris Saint-Germain v Olympique Lyonnais - Ligue 1

Cristiano Ronaldo’s summer departure has affected the club in a huge way and their poor start to the 2018/19 campaign has underlined their deficiencies in attack. Real have failed to score in their last four appearances, with their last goal being scored against Espanyol on September 22.

Since then, Julen Lopetegui’s troops have lost to Sevilla, CSKA Moscow and Alaves, also dropping points in a goalless draw with ​Atletico Madrid, a match they probably should have lost as well if we are to take that valid handball claim into consideration.

The side were forced to deny interest in the PSG pair during the summer, but reports indicate that they are very much on the hunt, especially now that there’s a ​Ronaldo-sized gap to address.


‘I’m Not a Casemiro’: Toni Kroos Speaks About Position After Playing Deeper Role for Real Madrid

​Toni Kroos appears to have sent a message to Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui, who has insisted on playing him as a sole defensive midfielder at times this season.

Kroos formed one of the most formidable midfield trios in Europe under former boss Zinedine Zidane, alongside teammates Casemiro and Luka Modric, as Madrid won La Liga once and the Champions League three times under the Frenchman.

Under new Madrid boss Lopetegui Kroos has been a regular starter for Real this season, playing in seven of their eight La Liga games this season. 

Deportivo Alaves v Real Madrid - La Liga Santander

However, the Spaniard has opted to deploy the German in a more defensive capacity at times this season, most notably in ​Ma​drid’s 1-1 draw with Athletic Bilbao earlier in the season.

It appears that the German World Cup winner doesn’t see himself in this role in the future, saying he is “not a ​Casemiro”, as reported by ​ESPN.

Germany Training And Press Conference

“And [for Germany] Josh [Kimmich] played really good twice. That’s a good model for the future, one I could get used to.”

Kroos remains convinced Germany can turn around their fortunes following a disappointing World Cup campaign that saw them fall victim to the winner’s curse and exit the competition at the group stage. 

He added: “It’s a challenge to turn things around. We have shown at Real that we can do it. There have always been phases like that. I am not worried.”

Germany Training

“There will always be different opinions. Some might argue you should retire after a big success and others that the best time is after a big defeat. New stimuli can come from the same coach if he questions himself. Low did that. I am convinced that we can turn the corner.”


Real Madrid Interested in Re-Signing Former Defender on the Cheap Thanks to Buy Back Clause

​Real Madrid are interested in resigning former central defender Mario Hermoso for just €7.5m, despite Espanyol inserting a €40m release clause into his contract. 

The 23-year-old was signed by the Barcelona-based club for just £400k prior to the 2017/18 season, although it’s his performance this campaign that have really caught the eye. Espanyol sit fifth in La Liga, keeping three clean sheets and conceding just seven goals. 

Real Madrid CF v RCD Espanyol - La Liga

One team that look to be interested in his services as a result is Los Blancos, with Pericos Online (via ​AS) reporting that the Champions League holders could look to bring Hermoso back to the Santiago Berabeu at the end of the season.

They could do so however for considerably less than his €40m release clause, as a €15m buy-back clause was inserted into his contract at Espanyol. However, even that would be halved as ​Real Madrid still own 50% of Hermoso’s image rights – taking the total down to just €7.5m. 

Hermoso never made a senior appearance for Real Madrid during his time in the capital, instead featuring 33 times for their ‘B’ team, Castilla, after coming through the club’s youth system  before leaving to join Espanyol in search of regular first team football. 

While it’s unlikely that Hermoso would dislodge either of the usual paring of ​Raphael Varane and ​Sergio Ramos, he would provide decent cover in that position


Real Madrid have endured a difficult start to the season under new boss Julen Lopetegui, losing two and drawing two of their opening eight games in ​La Liga, and have failed to score in their last five games in all competitions.