Eden Hazard Reveals How Luka Modric Responded to His Request to Take Real Madrid’s Number 10 Shirt

​Eden Hazard has revealed that he jokingly asked for the number ten shirt off Luka Modric upon his arrival at Real Madrid – though his request was eventually denied by the Croatian midfielder.

The former Chelsea man was officially unveiled at Real Madrid on Thursday evening, where he was paraded out in front of some 50,000 supporters shortly after completing a medical at La Moraleja University Hospital.

​Hazard was provided with a blank ​Real Madrid shirt for the presentation having not yet been handed a squad number, but he has revealed that he is very unlikely to be wearing the number ten shirt – which he wore for the majority of his time with ​Chelsea – any time soon.

Speaking after his arrival at the Bernabeu, Hazard said, as per the ​Evening Standard: “I have been able to talk to ​Modric through [former Chelsea team-mate Mateo] Kovacic.

“I was joking when I asked him to lend me the number 10. He said no, so I’ll have to find another number.

“But right now, the number is not important for me, I just [want] to play with this badge.”

Hazard is just one of a number of high-profile signings made by Real already this summer, as he joins Eder Militao, Rodrygo, Luka Jovic and Ferland Mendy at the club.

Real don’t appear to have concluded their business in the transfer window just yet as Manchester United’s ​Paul Pogba appears to be the next player in their sights – if ​recent reports from France prove to be accurate, that is.


Real Madrid Only Want Pogba & Rule Out Eriksen But Face Competition After Juventus Open Talks

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is said to be so determined to sign Manchester United star Paul Pogba this summer that he apparently doesn’t want the club to entertain any other midfield targets – including Tottenham maestro Christian Eriksen.

Pogba has been heavily linked with a switch to Real ever since fellow countryman Zidane returned to the Bernabeu in March and speculation hasn’t faded, despite continuing to be involved United marketing for next season and stories that he could be made captain.

Paul Pogba

It is French outlet L’Equipe that has published the latest on Real and Pogba, alleging that Zidane only has a ‘very specific name in mind’ for his ‘new project’.

Somewhat harshly, the story could hardly be clearer in its claims that the three-time Champions League winning coach does not want Eriksen to join Real.

The Dane, who has only one more year left on his current Tottenham contract, recently admitted that he could be ready to move on from north London in order to ‘try something new’.

However, L’Equipe insists that Eriksen is ‘not the style of player’ that Zidane wants. The newspaper also highlights an underwhelming performance in the Champions League final against Liverpool and claims that Real have received ‘negative reports’ about his personality. But the most important reason remains that Zidane only wants Pogba, and no one else.

Christian Eriksen

That would appear to also rule out rumoured interest in Lyon starlet Tanguy Ndombele.

Real may still have their work cut out trying to land Pogba, though, and L’Equipe acknowledges that it would be ‘complicated’ – even while they also report that Pogba has zero intention of remaining at United next season. That ties into gossip earlier this week that Manchester United would demand at least £150m (€168m) for Pogba, an enormous new Real transfer record.

Another reason why it is complicated is the interest of Pogba’s former club Juventus.

Sport Witness notes on the ongoing saga that ‘Pogba himself has been surprised by Madrid’s approach to talks and would now also consider a return to Juventus this summer.’


What’s more, according to Sky Sports, Juve sporting director Fabio Paratici has already made contact with Manchester United after visiting the club’s London office this week.

It is said that the purpose of his visit was to hold ‘face to face talks’ over a possible deal for Pogba, with Juventus right-back Joao Cancelo, a rumoured target for Manchester City, part of the discussions. 

Paratici also met with Chelsea while in London to thrash out a deal for Maurizio Sarri, seemingly successfully, while he is said to have stopped in Lyon to talk about Ndombele.


Marco Asensio Linked With Real Madrid Exit Despite Zinedine Zidane’s Overwhelming Backing

Marco Asensio is being dubiously linked with a move away from Real Madrid this summer, despite the fact that Zinedine Zidane has previously insisted that the young Spaniard is a key part of his plans going forward.

It’s fair to say that Asensio hasn’t quite lived up to the significant hype that surrounded him when he first broke on to the scene with Real​, so it comes as no real surprise to see that the Spanish press are peddling the notion that Los Blancos are looking to part ways with him as soon as possible.

Marco Asensio

Cadena Ser are reporting that ​Real Madrid are suddenly willing to ‘listen to offers’ for Asensio – particularly as he flattered to deceive in 2018/19, registering just one goal and six assists in La Liga.

While this is all fine and dandy, the report fails to mention the fact that Zidane – who it must be presumed knows what he’s talking about – has already declared that Asensio will be going nowhere this summer.

Amidst rumours linking the winger with a move to ​Liverpool, Zidane previously ​said: “I have spoken to him and told him that he will be fundamental to the team. And I want him here with us.” 

Pretty conclusive then.

Real Madrid have made a splash in the transfer market already this summer, signing the likes of ​Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic, but that doesn’t immediately mean that Asensio is on the chopping block. 

Zinedine Zidane

This is especially true when you consider the number of high earners who are over the age of 30 who, it must be said, had even more underwhelming seasons than Asensio.

If Real really are ‘willing to listen to offers’ (whatever that may mean), then Zidane may want to have a quiet word with the board.


Real Madrid Supporters Call for Los Blancos to Sign Kylian Mbappe at Eden Hazard’s Presentation

​Real Madrid supporters were heard crying out for Los Blancos to sign Kylian Mbappe prior to Eden Hazard’s official presentation on Thursday evening.

Hazard was presented in a Real Madrid shirt for the first time following his move from Chelsea where he greeted thousands of supporters at the Bernabeu shortly after completing a medical at La Moraleja University Hospital.


While ​Real supporters were undeniably thrilled to witness ​Hazard parade around the stadium – ​kissing the badge in the process – they seemingly had other things on their mind before the Belgian made his grand entrance.

​Marca report that the some 50,000 supporters were heard repeatedly chanting: “We want ​Mbappe! We want Mbappe!” 

That’s as clear a message as you’re likely to hear.

Real have been routinely linked with a move for Mbappe, with ​recent reports claiming that the French star is now ‘pushing’ for a move to his dream club, but those claims remain unsubstantiated for the time being.

The report also tentatively claims that Mbappe’s father is also trying to generate a move across to the Spanish capital, though Paris Saint-Germain are unsurprisingly unwilling to give an inch.

Real have already made a splash in the transfer market this summer as they look to rebuild after a thoroughly disappointing 2018/19 campaign which saw them fall well short on all fronts.

Alongside Hazard, Los Blancos have also snapped up Eder Militao, Rodrygo, Luka Jovic and, most recently, Ferland Mendy.

The La Liga giants may not be finished there as they are also being linked with both Manchester United’s Paul Pogba, as well as Lyon’s Tanguy Ndombele.


Eden Hazard Kisses Real Madrid Badge During Official Unveiling at the Bernabeu

​Eden Hazard was filmed kissing the Real Madrid badge while being officially unveiled at the Bernabeu following his move from Chelsea.

The Belgian winger was presented in a Real Madrid shirt for the first time on Thursday evening following the move from Stamford Bridge, where he greeted thousands of supporters shortly after completing a medical at La Moraleja University Hospital.

Whilst posing in front of the cameras, ​Hazard was ​captured responded to pleas from supporters to give the ​Real Madrid badge a kiss, which he did, subsequently earning a rapturous response.

The former ​Chelsea man also filmed himself in front of the Real Madrid supporters, saying: “Hey guys! This is for you, all of you!”

He then signed off with an address to the supporters, saying: “Many thanks…and Hala Madrid!”

Prior to being shown off to the Bernabeu faithful, Hazard spoke in a press conference alongside president Florentino Perez.

“Hi, everyone,” he said, as per Real’s ​club website“Thank you very much, Mr. President. Thank you to my parents and all my family. I can’t wait to start playing for Real Madrid and winning lots of titles. 

“As the president said, my dream ever since I was a little boy, has been to play for Real Madrid. Now I’m here and I want to enjoy this moment. Thank you very much.”

Hazard is just one of a number of high profile signings made by Real already this summer, as the club have already completed the acquisitions of Rodrygo, Eder Militao, Luka Jovic and, most recently, Ferland Mendy.

The La Liga giants may not be finished there as they are also being ​linked with both Manchester United’s Paul Pogba, ​as well as Lyon’s Tanguy Ndombele.


Ferland Mendy Completes €55m Move From Lyon to Real Madrid

Ferland Mendy has completed his move from Lyon to Real Madrid, signing a 6-year contract with the 13-time European champions.

The 23-year-old France international completed a medical with his new club while on international duty with France on Tuesday, after Real Madrid met Lyon’s asking price of €55m and agreed terms with the player.

​The club statement reads: “Real Madrid CF and Olympique Lyonnais have agreed to the transfer of player Ferland Mendy. The player is linked to the club during the next six seasons, until June 30, 2025. 

“Mendy will be presented next Wednesday, June 19, at 1:00 p.m., in the VIP box at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium. Subsequently, Mendy will step on the turf of Santiago Bernabéu for the first time wearing the Real Madrid CF jersey and will attend the media in the press room.”

Mendy, who joined Lyon from Le Havre for just €5m back in 2017, became one of the most coveted full backs in world football thanks to his progress with Les Gones, attracting attention from both Barcelona and Juventus as well as Real Madrid.

It is understood that ​Los Blancos officials flew to France to negotiate with new Lyon director Juninho Pernambucano, as they hurried to come to a swift agreement for the player they hope will become Marcelo’s successor at the Santiago Bernabeu.


Mendy is already Madrid’s fifth signing of the summer after Eden Hazard, Rodrygo Goes, Eder Militao and Luka Jovic, with the club’s total transfer fee outlay currently at around €215m.


Man Utd Reject Gareth Bale Talks With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Uninterested in Welshman

​Manchester United have rejected the opportunity to enter talks with Gareth Bale after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer informed Real Madrid that the Welshman is not on his summer wishlist.

It has been made no secret by returning Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane that Bale is not in his plans for the coming season, after freezing the player out from the starting XI and publicly stating that he doesn’t fit into his side.

However, ​Bale himself is in no rush to leave the Spanish capital, currently earning £350k-per-week in wages and tied down to ​Madrid until 2022. Despite netting 102 goals in 231 outings for the club, the 29-year-old has repeatedly come under scrutiny from Madrid supporters and in the Spanish press during his six seasons with the club. 

​United are one of the sides that have attempted to sign the forward for a number of years, but it appears now such interest has finally waned, claim ​ESPN.

In a cruel twist, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had made it clear to the Madrid hierarchy that he has no intention of signing the four-time Champions League winner, with vice-chairman Ed Woodward turning down the La Liga side’s offer to enter talks.

Paul Pogba

With United uninterested in Bale, that could spell the end of the Madrid’s hopes of signing the their World Cup winner Paul Pogba. The Frenchman has been touted as a potential incoming at the Santiago Bernabeu, as Zidane looks to rebuild a squad that endured a miserable 2018/19 season, with the ​Daily Mirror claiming £150m is the fee Madrid would have to cough up. 

The Norwegian is keen to continue adding to his squad this summer, after bringing in Bale’s international teammate Daniel James, however, Bale has seemingly been removed from Solskjaer’s shopping list as Madrid desperately bid to rid themselves of the former Tottenham star.


FIFA 19 Ultimate Team: Sergio Ramos, Joshua Kimmich & Jordan Pickford Star in International TOTW 39

​You know what time it is. Wednesday comes around and all eyes are fixated on EA’s FIFA TOTW announcement.

While most players’ respective club seasons are now over, there was still time for them to shine on the international stage during early June’s national team fixtures, which they most certainly did.

Granted, it’s not as glamorous as some of the reveals of recent weeks, but there are still some absolute crackers here that would gladly fit into anyone’s starting XI.

Here’s a rundown of the highlights of TOTW 39.

Sergio Ramos (93)

Sergio Ramos

Often in the headlines for the wrong reasons, Ramos has certainly made a name for himself for all the right reasons in TOTW 39.

The Spaniard captained his side to a 3-0 win over Sweden in Euro 2020 qualifying, keeping a clean sheet as Spain made it four wins from four to continue their perfect record in Group F. Not only was he a rock at the back though, Ramos went one better and opened the scoring from the spot in the second half to lead his side on the pathway towards a comfortable victory.

A 93 overall defending stat is simply outstanding, with the added bonus of 86 physical meaning any opposing strike force will be hard pressed to drift past the ​Real Madrid defender, wherever he is on the pitch.

Joshua Kimmich (89)

Joshua Kimmich

Having initially started life out as midfielder, Pep Guardiola redeveloped Kimmich as a right back during his time at ​Bayern Munich, where the German has gone on to solidify the role as his own in recent years. 

That said, Joachim Low is seeking to restructure Die Mannschaft after their World Cup failings and build a side capable of competing with the world’s best. In doing so, Low played Kimmich as a holding midfielder in their Euro 2020 qualifying match against Estonia. And blimey, did he excel. The 24-year-old was unplayable as Germany obliterated their opponents 8-0, dictating the play from his deep-lying role as his country also kept their 100% qualifying record intact. 

His 89 passing stat is the pick of the bunch, something that has become a trademark of his as he recorded 13 assists in the Bundesliga this season. Equally, 86 dribbling means trying to prevent him from making such passes will be work in itself.

Jordan Pickford (86)

Jordan Pickford

He’s come under scrutiny this season for some below-par displays for ​Everton in the ​Premier League, but Pickford put all such worries aside as he lined up between the sticks for England in their Nations League match against Switzerland.

After Pickford held his own to keep the scores level, the third-place play off tie went to penalties, a scenario he was familiar with one year after his heroics in Russia. The former Sunderland keeper stepped up to smash his own penalty into the back of the net with consummate ease, but topped that by saving the decisive penalty as England secured a 6-5 penalty success.

His reflexes were on show even during the 3-1 loss to the Netherlands, with his new card receiving a more than credible 90 rating for that stat. Also known for his ability with the ball at his feet, a 90 rating for kicking means those FIFA players who like a bit of tiki-taka will be encouraged to sign the 25-year-old.

Honourable Mentions

Gabriel Jesus

Up front there are two standout cards to choose from, with Premier League duo Gabriel Jesus and Marko Arnautovic both scoring highly (86 and 87) after netting for their respective countries in midweek. 

​Manchester City striker Jesus scored twice in a 7-0 rout of Honduras, while ​West Ham’s Austrian forward did the same as they saw off North Macedonia 4-1.

A player who continues to be linked with a move away from his club is Ivan Perisic, whose new 87 rated card is just reward for his man of the match display in Croatia’s 2-1 win over Wales.


Paul Pogba ‘Willing to Pressure’ Man Utd Into Sale This Summer as Real Madrid Wait in the Wings

​Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is prepared to pile on the pressure onto the club’s decision-makers to force through a move to Real Madrid this summer.

The 26-year-old has been heavily linked with a move away from Old Trafford and Zinedine Zidane is desperate to lure Pogba to the Spanish capital, placing his compatriot ahead of Christian Eriksen and Donny van de Beek as his top midfield target. 

Paul Pogba

Tuesday’s edition of Marca (via Sport Witness) claims that Pogba is also eager for the move to go through, adding that the midfielder is ‘willing to pressure’ Manchester United into completing the deal.

Real Madrid manager Zidane has faced an uphill battle convincing his superiors to commit to the deal, but Marca’s report states that Los Blancos will now go full throttle to sign Pogba ahead of the new La Liga season.

Unsurprisingly, it’s been suggested again that Gareth Bale could be used as a makeweight to drive Pogba’s price down this summer.

Their latest update on Pogba’s future will also have ramifications for Tottenham midfielder Eriksen, who at times has been linked with a switch to the Santiago Bernabéu.

Spanish outlet AS claims that despite Eriksen reaching a verbal agreement with Real Madrid, their decision to focus their attention on Pogba has forced the Dane into questioning his future once again this summer.

The 27-year-old has just one year left on his contract in north London, but the reports suggests that Eriksen is now considering the possibility of signing an extension at the club.

It claimed that Tottenham are prepared to make Eriksen the second-highest paid player at the club, only behind England captain Harry Kane.


Neymar Edges Closer to PSG Exit as Barcelona and Real Madrid Maintain Interest

The relationship between Neymar and the club’s hierarchy ​at Paris Saint-Germain has reportedly broken down as the Brazilian could be heading for an exit this summer.

Neymar became the most expensive player in footballing history when he made the £200m-plus move from Barcelona to PSG in 2017 in a bid to escape the shadow of Lionel Messi, but his days in France could now be numbered.


Just two years on, the former ​Barca forward could be on his way back to La Liga, as ​​Sport report that he has stated his desire to leave the Parisian club and could potentially return to the Camp Nou.

The attacker is reportedly keen to move to a club with more serious hopes of winning the ​Champions League, as PSG have continually failed in the competition despite huge investment in the playing and management staff.


Their latest European failure came at the hands of ​Manchester United in the last 16 stage, as the Red Devils’ last minute penalty earned them a spot in the quarter-finals on away goals.

​Neymar left Barcelona not only for more money, but to become the star of PSG, as he had grown tired of being outshined by ​Messi. In reality, the Brazilian has found that his superiority in Ligue 1 has led to him being targeted by opposition more often, meaning he has picked up injuries more frequently.


A return to the Catalan giants looked unlikely this time last year, but recent developments have made it look more and more feasible. PSG are reportedly interested in Phillippe Coutinho, which could help negotiations progress even further.

This could spark a bidding war between Spain’s top two clubs, as ​Real Madrid have also expressed an interest in the Brazilian in the past, with Zinedine Zidane aiming to rebuild a Los Blancos side badly lacking in quality.

Neymar Jr.

Aged 27, Neymar has three years left on his contract at PSG. The club must now decide whether they should hang on to a wantaway player, or cash in whilst he still holds a significant market value.