Real Madrid

  • Why didn't Real replace Ronaldo? They sh...

    Real Madrid’s decision not to replace Cristiano Ronaldo has been slammed by Robert Prosinecki, with the Blancos told they should have spent big landing Kylian Mbappe and Eden Hazard. A five-time Ballon d’Or winner took the decision to leave the Santiago Bernabeu for Juventus on ...

    Why didn't Real replace Ronaldo? They should have signed Mbappe and Hazard! - Prosinecki

    Real Madrid’s decision not to replace Cristiano Ronaldo has been slammed by Robert Prosinecki, with the Blancos told they should have spent big landing Kylian Mbappe and Eden Hazard. A five-time Ballon d’Or winner took the decision to leave the Santiago Bernabeu for Juventus on the back of his World Cup exploits with Portugal. Florentino Perez was given plenty of time in which to try and find suitable cover for the loss of a record-breaking talismanic presence, but was unable to make any marquee additions. Madrid are now paying the price in what has been a testing 2018-19 campaign, with the likes of Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema struggling to step up in Ronaldo’s absence. Former midfielder Prosinecki believes they should never have been left in that position, with it difficult to understand why Real did not pursue star performers at Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea. He told Sportske novosti: “I can't believe Perez bought no replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo! “A man who gave you 50 goals each season leaves and you get nobody! How did he think their current players would make up those 50 goals?! “With all the problems Real are facing now, with Ronaldo they'd still be at or near the top of the league.” Prosinecki, who spent three years at the Bernabeu between 1991 and 1994, added: “Who could he have bought? Hazard and Mbappe! “Put those two together up front and you'll see how strong your attack would be. “Yes, they cost over 300 million but is that money Real cannot afford? Modern football went that way, you have to constantly keep active on the market and buy the best ones. “I saw Perez lost investors in the new stadium, so he is trying to save the money for that. “But Real cannot afford to save the money in a way that harms the team. “I am not sure how long the fans will tolerate this, and when they go crazy, it is inconvenient for everyone.” Madrid are still in the Copa del Rey, having reached the quarter-final stage, while a fourth successive Champions League crown remains on the cards after booking a place in the last 16. They have, however, been left 10 points off the pace in the Liga title race after suffering six defeats across their 20 fixtures so far.

  • Real Madrid's next manager? Germany boss...

    Former Real Madrid player and coach Bernd Schuster has tipped Germany coach Joachim Low to take over in the summer. Although the Champions League holders only recently hired current boss Santiago Solari on a contract that runs until 2021, there have been reports they are looking...

    Real Madrid's next manager? Germany boss Low tipped to take over by Schuster

    Former Real Madrid player and coach Bernd Schuster has tipped Germany coach Joachim Low to take over in the summer. Although the Champions League holders only recently hired current boss Santiago Solari on a contract that runs until 2021, there have been reports they are looking for a bigger name to replace him in the summer. Jose Mourinho, recently sacked by Manchester United in December, has also been linked with a return to the Santiago Bernabeu, while they are also interested in luring Tottenham's Mauricio Pochettino to the Spanish capital. But ex-West Germany international Schuster, who spent two years at the club as a player and returned for a brief spell as coach, believes World Cup winner Low would be an excellent appointment. "I spoke with president Florentino Perez at an honorary event and I explicitly mentioned Low," he told Die Welt. "[Perez] looked at me oddly, as if I had surprised him. "Germans are very highly regarded at Real. After all, we have done a good job there, I would not be surprised if the Real tried to hire Low next summer." Solari has been in charge since Julen Lopetegui was sacked in October following a poor start to his debut season as Zinedine Zidane's successor. He was given the job on a provisional basis at first, but two weeks later the club confirmed he would take the Blancos reins full-time. However, Real Madrid's goalscoring struggles following last summer's transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus have continued and the European champions remain well adrift of Barcelona in La Liga, leading to speculation that Solari could be cut adrift at the end of 2018-19. Low's future as Germany coach has been in doubt since his side crashed out of the 2018 World Cup group stages and he admitted last month he is open to taking over at Madrid when he returns to club football. "I am still interested in coaching a club," he said last month. "I think it would be abroad, not in Germany. Real Madrid are an interesting club for any manager."  The 58-year-old's contract with Germany expires in 2022, after the World Cup in Qatar.

  • 'When Klopp or Guardiola do it they're s...

    Jose Mourinho believes he is treated differently to Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola, suggesting that, while his actions on the touchline may bring sanctions, the others are praised for showing passion.   The former Manchester United boss, who was relieved of his duties at Old Tra...

    'When Klopp or Guardiola do it they're special' - Mourinho feels he is treated differently to rivals

    Jose Mourinho believes he is treated differently to Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola, suggesting that, while his actions on the touchline may bring sanctions, the others are praised for showing passion.   The former Manchester United boss, who was relieved of his duties at Old Trafford in December, has a chequered history when it comes to behaviour on the sidelines, infamously clashing with opposition coaches on a number of occasions during the course of his career. However, he is adamant that his counterparts at Liverpool and Manchester City are perceived differently when they indulge in the same touchline antics. “Some people confuse passion with emotional control. I’ll give you an example that you know that I’m right. Similar situations, with me and other managers, different consequences," Mourinho told beIN Sports . "When Mourinho behaves bad on the touchline, when Mourinho kicks a bottle, when Mourinho does this, when Mourinho does that, he’s out, he’s suspended, he’s paying for this.   “When Jurgen [Klopp] does he’s special. When Pep [Guardiola] does, he’s special. When Mourinho does, he’s out.”  The Portuguese considers himself an outsider in the football world, claiming that he is not part of the ' football tribe' because of his lack of a playing career.   He has taken up work as a pundit since his dismissal from the United job and, while he says he has turned down a number of offers to return to coaching , he insists he’s had to make a name for himself the hard way. “Honestly I think that for some reason, I don’t belong to what I used to call ‘the tribe,’” said Mourinho. “I don’t belong to the football tribe.   “I love football, football is my life. I’ve been in football since I can remember, but I don’t belong to the tribe. I don’t lose time in the tribe. I don’t lose time in creating an image, in creating a position of privilege.   “I don’t belong to the tribe. I have the situation that I have, the prestige that I have, only because of my work and because of my results. Nobody gave me nothing.”  Mourinho also believes that, because of him, it’s much easier for a manager to make his way to the top without having been a top player.   “Nowadays, it’s much easier than when I started,” he said. “When I started, no football top manager without a big career as a player.   “I broke every wall. I was the first, or one of the first, that from zero I became what I became, alone. Nobody gave me anything.”

  • 'My desire is to stay here' - Modric wan...

    Real Madrid star Luka Modric said he wants to stay at the La Liga giants beyond his current contract. Modric, who was linked with Serie A side Inter at the start of the season, is contracted to Madrid until 2020. And the 33-year-old Ballon d'Or winner is happy at the Santiago B...

    'My desire is to stay here' - Modric wants to extend Real Madrid stay

    Real Madrid star Luka Modric said he wants to stay at the La Liga giants beyond his current contract. Modric, who was linked with Serie A side Inter at the start of the season, is contracted to Madrid until 2020. And the 33-year-old Ballon d'Or winner is happy at the Santiago Bernabeu as he eyes an extension. "I have a year and a half left on my contract and I am calm, as that's a long time," Modric told reporters.  "My desire is to stay here for more time. I am as happy as I was on the first day." Modric was speaking after scoring in Madrid's 2-0 victory at home to Sevilla in La Liga. Casemiro put Madrid ahead with a sensational long-range strike in the 78th minute before Modric - who was denied by the crossbar in the second half - sealed victory in stoppage time. The win saw Madrid leapfrog Sevilla into third position, seven points behind leaders Barcelona. "I am very happy and think we played a great game," he said. "We are happy with our play and happy with the three points. "We need to follow this path. Every player had a great game and our fans want to see us like this. "We needed a match like this one to give some joy to ourselves and to the supporters. Personally, I feel good and have felt good for the past month and a half." On the title race, Modric added: "We don't need to think about Barcelona or about how many points we have.  We need to go game by game. "We need to fight and see where we get to at the end of the season. That's what we need to do, not worry about others." Madrid face a Copa del Rey quarter-final first leg against Girona on Thursday before returning to La Liga action next weekend with a clash against Espanyol.   

  • 'You never know' - PSG's Mbappe not ruli...

    Kylian Mbappe did not rule out a future move to Real Madrid in the future, though the Paris Saint-Germain sensation insisted he is "very happy" at the Ligue 1 champions.  Madrid have been long-term admirers of Mbappe and the 20-year-old star continues to be linked with the Champ...

    'You never know' - PSG's Mbappe not ruling out future Madrid move

    Kylian Mbappe did not rule out a future move to Real Madrid in the future, though the Paris Saint-Germain sensation insisted he is "very happy" at the Ligue 1 champions.  Madrid have been long-term admirers of Mbappe and the 20-year-old star continues to be linked with the Champions League holders and La Liga giants.    Mbappe, who helped France win the 2018 World Cup, has become a world superstar in recent season, with he and PSG ripping Ligue 1 apart.   Saturday’s 9-0 destruction of Guingamp left the club 13 points clear at the top of the table with two games in hand on their nearest challengers.   Mbappe scored a hat-trick in that contest, adding to a hat-trick from Edinson Cavani and a brace from Neymar, with Thomas Meunier supplying the other tally.   Following the win the youngster was asked about his future and the possibility of joining the Spanish giants.   "I'm fine here, but in football and the future you never know," Mbappe said via AS. Mbappe, who has scored a Ligue 1-high 17 goals and 21 in all competitions this season was also quick to add that he was happy in France, where he is surrounded by talent. Team-mate Cavani is second in the league scoring charts, with Neymar sat fourth.   "I'm very happy with how things are going for me at Paris Saint-Germain,” he said.   "I'm under contract until 2021 and so now's not the moment to think about anything else."  PSG are back on the pitch Wednesday in French Cup action against Strasbourg before returning to league action next Sunday against Rennes to close out the month of January.   The club will face a difficult February, with Lyon and Bordeaux on tap in league play and the first leg of a round of 16 tie against Manchester United set for the second week of the month.

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