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  • Ancelotti: Zidane & Real Madrid are ...

    Carlo Ancelotti has offered his full backing to Real Madrid's decision to appoint Zinedine Zidane, insisting that the two of them are a "perfect marriage". Zidane, who played 225 games for the club between 2001 and 2006, had already been in charge of Los Blancos before stepping ...

    Ancelotti: Zidane & Real Madrid are made for each other & they'll be back next season

    Carlo Ancelotti has offered his full backing to Real Madrid's decision to appoint Zinedine Zidane, insisting that the two of them are a "perfect marriage". Zidane, who played 225 games for the club between 2001 and 2006, had already been in charge of Los Blancos before stepping down at the end of the 2017-18 season. That decision took Madrid and president Florentino Perez by surprise, with Zidane deciding to walk away from the job having just led Madrid to their third Champions League title in a row. The Frenchman is now back in charge, however, following the sacking of Santiago Solari, with the Argentine having failed to live up to expectations having only replaced Julen Lopetegui in November. And Ancelotti, who was also manager of the Liga giants between 20013 and 2015, believes Zidane is in an ideal situation having returned to the club during a period of disarray, meaning his results until the end of the campaign will not be scrutinised. "Zidane comes back knowingly, and I don't see any imminent danger for him. Nobody can make him responsible for anything based on the results for the rest of the season," he told France Football. "It will be quiet for several months, and it's an important aspect to have this serenity. It's so rare to not have to be in a hurry in football! It's a good idea to return to Real now because it means he has precious observation time. [A chance to] analyse and prepare for next season.  "I would say that Zidane and Real are the perfect marriage. They are made for each other. That's why I'm sure it'll work out again for both. From next season, you will have to count on them in Spain and in Europe." The World Cup winner will certainly have his work cut out at the Bernabeu. Madrid have struggled throughout the 2018-19 campaign, the first since 2008-09 without Cristiano Ronaldo, and find themselves 12 points behind great rivals Barcelona in the Liga title race. Los Blancos were also dumped out of the Copa del Rey by Barca, while their humiliation at the hands of Ajax in the Champions League proved to be the final straw that saw Solari given the boot. And it would seem Zidane already has one eye on next season, with Goal having revealed that he has made the first steps over a £100 million ($130m) approach for Chelsea winger Eden Hazard.

  • 'Let them keep talking' - Denis Suarez's...

    Denis Suarez has appeared to respond to the rumours suggesting his loan spell with Arsenal is about to be cancelled as he sent a cryptic message on social media. The midfielder only joined the Gunners on a temporary deal in the January transfer window, although he has made just ...

    'Let them keep talking' - Denis Suarez's defiant message amid rumour Arsenal plan to cancel loan

    Denis Suarez has appeared to respond to the rumours suggesting his loan spell with Arsenal is about to be cancelled as he sent a cryptic message on social media. The midfielder only joined the Gunners on a temporary deal in the January transfer window, although he has made just six substitute appearances since arriving in north London. Manager Unai Emery has instead opted to start the likes of Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alex Iwobi ahead of him, leading to The Sun reporting that the former Paris Saint-Germain boss is preparing to cancel the loan agreement. But Suarez appears to be fully committed to Arsenal and with no plans of heading back to Spain early, with his post on Instagram seemingly denying the report that he's set to return to Barca. Adding text to a photo of the player in training during the international break, Suarez wrote: "Back on training with [smile emoji]. Let them keep talking [finger to lips emoji]." One of Suarez's rivals for a starting berth has been playing more regularly recently, with Ozil having started both Europa League last-16 games against Rennes and the 2-0 victory over Manchester United. Speaking to the club's official website, Nacho Monreal was full of praise for the German, and insists that opposition teams are more cautious of facing the Gunners when he is in the line-up. He said: "Mesut had some small problems and he missed a few games, but he’s with the team again and he’s fighting. "If you see him training or playing you can see that he’s completely committed to the team and that’s really good. "He’s very important for us and he’s a top-quality player. He helps us a lot with assists and scoring goals. "When the other teams see him on the pitch, they say, 'Oh Mesut is here, we need to be careful' so he’s an important player." Having missed parts of the season through injury and lack of form, Monreal has started to feature more prominently under Emery of late and says he will continue to give his all for the club. "This season has been a bit different for me because it’s been the first one when I’ve had a few injuries in a row and I’ve missed a lot of games," he said.  "I lost my form over the last few months, but now I’m back I’ve started to feel better again. The team is happy and lucky to have two left-backs who try to help the team.  "I’m really happy with my past performances, but as I’ve said, I just try to give my best every single day, every single training session and every game. I try to help and I’m happy doing that." Next up for the Gunners is a home meeting with Newcastle after the international break, with Arsenal currently fourth in the Premier League table, two points ahead of Manchester United.

  • 'Whatever I did, I wasn't going to play'...

    Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas criticised Santiago Solari, saying he never felt he would get a chance regardless of what he did under the former head coach. Navas made just his fourth start of the La Liga season against Celta Vigo on Saturday, given his opportunity by Zined...

    'Whatever I did, I wasn't going to play' - Navas criticises Solari over lack of Madrid chances

    Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas criticised Santiago Solari, saying he never felt he would get a chance regardless of what he did under the former head coach. Navas made just his fourth start of the La Liga season against Celta Vigo on Saturday, given his opportunity by Zinedine Zidane after the Frenchman returned to the helm earlier this month. The goalkeeper was a regular under Zidane, winning four Champions Leagues under the leadership of the legendary midfielder. Yet his role evaporated under Solari as Thibaut Courtois joined the club and became Solari's go-to starter throughout his tenure. The Costa Rica international said there was nothing he could do to convince Solari he deserved to play more often. "I did have the feeling that whatever I did in practice, I wasn't going to play," Navas told Cadena COPE on Tuesday. "But I've always been a professional. I was motivated to do things well because I'm privileged." Navas, who joined Madrid in 2014, is contracted until mid-2021 at the Santiago Bernabeu. The 32-year-old said he was focused on the La Liga giants, but warned he needed to be playing more often. "I have a contract. My enthusiasm has always been at Real Madrid and I am focused on what is coming," Navas said. "I have given everything for this club and I will continue giving it while I'm here, but I don't want to spend another year like that." Real Madrid are set to take on Huesca following the conclusion of the ongoing international break.

  • Vinicius: I chose Madrid project over Ba...

    Vinicius Junior revealed he chose the "best project" when opting for Real Madrid over Barcelona. The Brazilian forward, 18, signed for LaLiga giants Madrid in May 2017 before officially making the move from Flamengo in July last year. Vinicius said Barca had offered him more mo...

    Vinicius: I chose Madrid project over Barca money

    Vinicius Junior revealed he chose the "best project" when opting for Real Madrid over Barcelona. The Brazilian forward, 18, signed for LaLiga giants Madrid in May 2017 before officially making the move from Flamengo in July last year. Vinicius said Barca had offered him more money, but his decision was based on what he felt was a better move. "My father never told me of interest until Barcelona and Real Madrid," he told Cadena SER. "Then we visited both clubs and liked them both. "Barcelona wanted to pay more, but we wanted the best project and Marcelo and Casemiro spoke to me and helped me decide." Vinicius suffered an ankle injury earlier this month and is set to be sidelined until May in a blow for Madrid. The teenager must wait to feature under Zinedine Zidane, back at the helm after replacing Santiago Solari, and Vinicius said he could already see the differences between the two coaches. "Casemiro told me that, when Zidane spoke, he would get a bit nervous," he said. "It is quite different how Zidane speaks compared to Solari. He is a legend, he won everything and he is special. "To me, he said to be calm about the injury in order to return stronger." Real Madrid are set to face face Huesca following the conclusion of the international break. 

  • Griezmann's sister denies contact with B...

    Antoine Griezmann's sister has denied that her brother has made any contact with Barcelona over a shock transfer. Barca have again been linked with a move for Griezmann, less than a year after the 27-year-old signed a new deal with Atletico Madrid until 2023.  Griezmann was hea...

    Griezmann's sister denies contact with Barcelona

    Antoine Griezmann's sister has denied that her brother has made any contact with Barcelona over a shock transfer. Barca have again been linked with a move for Griezmann, less than a year after the 27-year-old signed a new deal with Atletico Madrid until 2023.  Griezmann was heavily pursued by the Blaugrana for most of last year, but his decision to sign a new deal with Atletico seemingly put an end to the Catalan club's interest.  The France star also reportedly angered Barcelona hierarchy by announcing his decision to stay with Atletico in a televised special called "La Decision." However, after Atletico Madrid were dumped out of the Champions League by Juventus last week, reports emerged that the World Cup winner was unhappy in the Spanish capital.  That has led to a whole new round of speculation over Griezmann's future, with Barcelona linked as well as Manchester United and other European giants.  Speaking to L'Equipe, however, Maud Griezmann attempted to quash any speculation linking her brother with a move away from Atletico.  "That's right, Antoine is disappointed by this elimination, since one of his objectives while staying at Atletico was to win the [Champions League] in his stadium," Griezmann's sister said.  "But he is the same as his teammates, coach, officials and fans. "It's tiring to read new things every day about what my brother thinks and about whoever says they know what he's thinking. "The only people who have been managing my brother's interests for two years are myself, my father, Alain, and our lawyer, Sevan Karian. "If there is a club we are in contact with right now, it's Atletico Madrid and no other." Griezmann is currently with the French national team ahead of their upcoming European Championship qualifiers against Moldova and Iceland, and his sister insisted that his only focus now is on his national team. "Antoine is this week with the France team, which he wants to honour, as with each selection, and it is for now the only thing he's thinking about," Maud Griezmann said.  Les Bleus are away at Moldova on Friday before taking on Iceland at Stade de France on Monday. 

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