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  • River deny agreeing Real Madrid move for...

    River Plate have denied reports that they have agreed the sale of Exequiel Palacios to Real Madrid, while admitting talks are ongoing with the Spanish giants.  Palacios, 20, has won rave reviews in Argentina for his performances with River.  The midfielder has been a key part o...

    River deny agreeing Real Madrid move for wonderkid Palacios

    River Plate have denied reports that they have agreed the sale of Exequiel Palacios to Real Madrid, while admitting talks are ongoing with the Spanish giants.  Palacios, 20, has won rave reviews in Argentina for his performances with River.  The midfielder has been a key part of the team which has battled through to a Copa Libertadores final date with Boca, currently poised at 2-2 after Sunday's first leg in the Bombonera.  Marca had claimed that Madrid were set to announce the signing of Palacios following the return match on November 24, with the two clubs said to have a agreed a fee worth around €20 million (£17.7m/$22.8m).  But according to River president Rodolfo D'Onofrio, no such deal has yet been agreed.  "He has not been sold, but there is an interest from Real Madrid in Palacios," D'Onofrio explained to America TV.  "The Real Madrid sporting director spoke to [River Plate sporting director Enzo] Francescoli regarding their interest on the player, and we will speak further along. But he hasn't been sold." Palacios is the latest young star to roll out of the productive River academy, which in recent years has produced stars like Manuel Lanzini, Erik Lamela, Roberto Pereyra and Sebastian Driussi.  He made his debut with the Millonarios in November 2015, aged just 17, and has gone on to make 41 appearances so far, scoring seven goals.  His potential has also been recognised in the Argentine set-up, with interim coach Lionel Scaloni calling him up to the senior side following the Albiceleste's World Cup failure.  Palacios will not take part in November's friendly double-header against Mexico, however, as River and Boca's players have been excused from international duty in order to focus on the blockbuster Copa Superclasico final.

  • 'Solari has always helped me' - Vinicius...

    Talented teenager Vinicius Junior has credited Santiago Solari with providing a crucial calming presence in the formative stages of his Real Madrid career. Real appointed Solari as head coach on a permanent basis this week following a successful audition for the role in an inter...

    'Solari has always helped me' - Vinicius hails Real manager's permanent appointment

    Talented teenager Vinicius Junior has credited Santiago Solari with providing a crucial calming presence in the formative stages of his Real Madrid career. Real appointed Solari as head coach on a permanent basis this week following a successful audition for the role in an interim capacity. Four successive victories made for a compelling case and the successful integration of his Castilla pupil Vinicius helped Solari's case. The 18-year-old, who moved to Real for a whopping €45 million (£39m/$50m) from Flamengo, was a bit-part player under former boss Julen Lopetegui. However, Vinicius started new man Solari's first match in charge in the Copa del Rey and produced a match-turning cameo in the late defeat of Real Valladolid earlier this month. "Solari has always helped me since I arrived in Madrid," Vinicius said, as quoted by Marca. "Thanks to him, I have a clear mind and I concentrate only on the game. That's what he has done with me in the first team, and I'm happy." Vinicius has appeared in five competitive matches for Madrid since switching from Flamengo. He made his Champions League debut off the bench in the 5-0 crushing of Viktoria Plzen, supplying the assist for the final goal. Real travel to Eibar in La Liga in their next outing on 24 November before facing Roma in the Champions League three days later. Solari's men are currently sixth in La Liga, four points behind leaders and rivals Barcelona, while they are top of Group G in the Champions League and poised to reach the last 16.

  • Modric: 2018 is 'best year' of my career...

    Luka Modric feels 2018 has been the best year of his career even if he does not win the Ballon d'Or. Croatia international Modric is considered among the leading contenders for the award, which has been dominated by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for the past decade. Ronald...

    Modric: 2018 is 'best year' of my career regardless of Ballon d'Or

    Luka Modric feels 2018 has been the best year of his career even if he does not win the Ballon d'Or. Croatia international Modric is considered among the leading contenders for the award, which has been dominated by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for the past decade. Ronaldo and Messi have each won the Ballon d'Or five times, with Kaka in 2007 the last player other than the duo to triumph. Modric's fine performances at the World Cup earned him the Golden Ball, while he won a third consecutive Champions League crown with Real Madrid earlier in the year. Fellow Ballon d'Or nominee Eden Hazard has backed Modric to take the France Football prize, but the 33-year-old says winning would not change his assessment of 2018. "Let's see what happens," Modric said after Croatia's spectacular 3-2 Nations League defeat of Spain.  "I'm very proud to fight for it. If I win perfect, otherwise it will not change anything. "With or without the Ballon d'Or, it's the best year of my career." Life since his World Cup exploits has not been easy for Modric as Madrid struggled under the guidance of Julen Lopetegui. The former Spain boss was sacked after 14 games in charge at the Santiago Bernabeu, with Santiago Solari confirmed as his permanent replacement after winning four games out of four while in temporary charge. "Since Solari came, we started well," Modric added. "You can see in these four games, he arrival has been very good and hopefully we will continue like this. "I feel better day by day, I came back very soon after the World Cup and without pre-season it was normal for me to come back, I feel physically better in the last few matches." Modric was also crowned as the top player in the 2018 edition of Goal 50 - a list of the best-performing players in the 2017/18 campaign.

  • Injured Sergio Ramos to leave Spain squa...

    Sergio Ramos will not travel to Las Palmas for Spain's friendly against Bosnia-Herzegovina after sustaining an adductor injury. The Real Madrid centre-back was in discomfort during Thursday's 3-2 Nations League defeat again Croatia in Zagreb, a match in which he scored from the ...

    Injured Sergio Ramos to leave Spain squad

    Sergio Ramos will not travel to Las Palmas for Spain's friendly against Bosnia-Herzegovina after sustaining an adductor injury. The Real Madrid centre-back was in discomfort during Thursday's 3-2 Nations League defeat again Croatia in Zagreb, a match in which he scored from the penalty spot to tie the match in the 78th minute. Consequently, Spain announced on Twitter that Ramos will leave the squad ahead of Sunday's contest. ⚠️ OFICIAL | @SergioRamos jugó con molestias en el aductor y abandona la concentración debido a una sobrecarga. No viajará a Las Palmas por precaución pic.twitter.com/ZDwRcVwGJJ — Selección Española de Fútbol (@SeFutbol) November 15, 2018 Ramos has been dealing with the injury for several weeks, but has been a key part of the Real Madrid backline due to several key absences. As a result, Spain may turn to Cesar Azpilicueta, who is one of eight defender still on the roster for the team's next match. It remains to be seen if Ramos will be fit for Madrid's return to LaLiga action against Eibar on November 24, but his absence would cause another headache for head coach Santiago Solari. Sergio Reguilon, Nacho Fernandez, Jesus Vallejo and Casemiro are already absent, while Marcelo, Dani Carvajal and Raphael Varane are also struggling with injury as the club looks to win its fifth consecutive match under new manager Santiago Solari.  Hemos luchado con coraje hasta el final pero hoy no ha podido ser. Siempre cabeza alta, siempre #VamosEspaña

  • Asensio wants to 'feel more important' a...

    Marco Asensio says he needs to "feel more important" at Real Madrid, but again expressed a belief that there are others in the squad that need to lead the team. Spain forward Asensio has this season only shown flashes of the talent that has made him one of European football's br...

    Asensio wants to 'feel more important' at Real Madrid

    Marco Asensio says he needs to "feel more important" at Real Madrid, but again expressed a belief that there are others in the squad that need to lead the team. Spain forward Asensio has this season only shown flashes of the talent that has made him one of European football's brightest prospects, with Los Blancos struggling for top form. A 5-1 Clasico thrashing at the hands of Barcelona last month spelled the end for Julen Lopetegui's short and forgettable reign as head coach, with new boss Santiago Solari overseeing an upturn in performances since then. This week, Asensio caused a stir when discussing his role at Madrid when he said: "I don't think it's for me to carry the team. There are players who are much more experienced, have more years playing under their belts and more status than I have and they're the ones who have to lead the team." Asensio dialled back on those comments during an interview with Spanish broadcaster RTVE on Thursday, calling for more faith to be shown in his abilities, but still suggested he is not one of the team's main leaders. "I'm still young, there are players that have to lead the team," he said. "I want to make a bigger contribution to the club, to feel more important and I also need to have that confidence and for the club to give me that responsibility." Asensio, who has managed a goal and an assist in 12 La Liga games this season, also believes too much focus is placed on his performances. He added: "It seems like the whole world came down on me. "When you have a good game, you're the best. And when you don't hit one into the top corner, people get on your back a bit. "This bad month we've had hasn't made me change the way I think, and I know the situation will change."

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