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Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema’s record vs. Levante

Ahead of Real Madrid’s La Liga clash with Levante on Sunday, Sports Mole looks at how Karim Benzema has fared against the Valencia-based outfit in the past. Real Madrid travel to the Estadio Ciudad de Valencia on Sunday evening to take on Levante in a must-win match for their title ambitions. A shock defeat to Girona last weekend has left Santiago Solari‘s side third in the table, with leaders Barcelona opening the gap to 12 points with a Lionel Messi-inspired win over Sevilla. Solari has refused to rule his side out of the title race, but he will know that another slip-up would surely end any lingering hopes of catching their Clasico rivals. Karim Benzema‘s recent form is a big reason as to why Madrid are still hanging on in contention, and here Sports Mole looks at how ...

Report: Luka Modric set to extend Real Madrid contract

Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric will reportedly stay on at the Bernabeu for at least another two seasons, despite strong interest from Inter Milan. Luka Modric has decided to commit himself to Real Madrid and is on the verge of signing a new contract, according to a report. The Croatia midfielder was close to leaving Madrid for Inter Milan on the back of his national side’s run to the World Cup final last summer, only for a move to break down. Inter had been expected to renew their interest in Modric at the end of the season, but Marca claims that the 33-year-old is now likely to stay put at the Bernabeu for another couple of years. Modric joined Los Blancos from Tottenham Hotspur in 2012 and has more than justified his £30m transfer fee by helping the club to four Champions Leagu...

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale ‘has no interest in Premier League return’

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale reportedly has no interest in returning to the Premier League during the summer transfer window. Manchester United and Chelsea have reportedly been dealt a blow regarding the potential signing of Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale. The Wales international has found himself in and out of the starting lineup at Real for a number of seasons, and it has recently been suggested that the Spanish giants are prepared to sell the former Tottenham Hotspur man. However, according to AS, the 29-year-old has little interest in leaving Real for a return to the Premier League in the summer window. The report claims that Bale is settled at the Bernabeu and with life in Spain, and that there is currently no desire to look for a new challenge despite an indifferent campaign at t...

Santiago Solari ‘gives up on Isco’

Real Madrid boss Santiago Solari ‘gives up’ on struggling attacker Isco, according to a report. Real Madrid boss Santiago Solari has reportedly ‘given up’ on struggling attacker Isco. Isco recently claimed that he ‘does not receive the same opportunities’ as his teammates, which led to a defiant response from Solari, who questioned the Spaniard’s professionalism. The 26-year-old has struggled for regular action since Solari replaced Julen Lopetegui as head coach of Madrid, while he has found the back of the net just once in La Liga this term. According to AS, Solari has ‘lost all confidence’ in the Spain international, which is expected to lead to a summer exit. The report has claimed that Madrid want £75m for Isco, with Chelsea, Manche...

Real Madrid boss Solari hails duo ahead of Girona clash

Real Madrid boss Santiago Solari has hailed the progress made by Vinicius Junior and insists his team mates deserve credit for his development. The Brazilian forward, just 18 years old, has scored two goals in 12 LaLiga appearances this season and his performances in all competitions have helped to justify the club’s reported £45million outlay for him last year. Vinicius played 81 minutes of Madrid’s 2-1 first-leg win at Ajax in the Champions League this week and Solari was full of praise for the way he has established himself at Santiago Bernabeu. ¡HALAMADRID! ⚽️?? pic.twitter.com/8yAqyLHijl — Vinicius Jr ⚡️ (@vini11Oficial) February 13, 2019 “He’s a very young lad, with a really bright future ahead of him,” Solari told the club’s official website. R...

Real Madrid, Barcelona ahead of Manchester United in race for Joao Felix?

A report claims that Real Madrid and Barcelona have signalled their intent to sign Joao Felix from Benfica in a huge blow to Manchester United’s hopes of landing him. Manchester United have reportedly suffered a blow in their hopes of signing Benfica youngster Joao Felix as Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona lead the race. The teenage midfielder is rumoured to be at the centre of a massive bidding war between a number of European football’s heavyweight clubs, potentially driving his valuation into nine-figure territory. Felix has nine goals and five assists in 24 Benfica matches this season, including a combined six in his last four, each of which have been watched by United scouts. The Mirror claims that the Red Devils are expected to miss out on the 19-year-old, though,...

Club information: Real Madrid – Sports Mole

Club information page for Real Madrid Football Club. Full name: Real Madrid Club de Futbol Nicknames: Los Blancos, Los Merengues, Los Vikingos Founded: March 6, 1902 (as Madrid Football Club) Stadium (capacity): Santiago Bernabeu Stadium (81,044) Most appearances: Raul (741) Most league appearances: Raul (550) Most goals: Cristiano Ronaldo (450) Most league goals: Cristiano Ronaldo (311) Biggest win: 11-1 vs. Barcelona (Copa del Rey, June 13 1943) Biggest league win: 11-2 vs. Elche (February 7 1960) Biggest defeat: 1-8 vs. Espanyol (La Liga, March 5 1930) Highest transfer fee paid: £86m – Gareth Bale from Tottenham Hotspur (September 1, 2013) Highest transfer fee received: £88.5m – Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus (July 10, 2018) Honours La Liga (33): 1931–32, 1932–33, 1953–54, 19...

Gareth Bale ‘facing 12-match suspension’

Real Madrid attacker Gareth Bale faces a 12-match ban for a gesture that he made during his team’s 3-1 win over Atletico Madrid last weekend. Real Madrid attacker Gareth Bale could be banned for 12 matches for a gesture that he made during his team’s 3-1 win over Atletico Madrid in La Liga last weekend. Bale registered his 100th goal for Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano, coming off the bench to score in the 74th minute. The Welshman celebrated by making a gesture which involved him raising a bent arm and hitting it with his other hand, which is deemed to be offensive in Spain. A statement from La Liga has revealed that the Spanish Football Federation has been approached, which could lead to a long suspension for the former Tottenham Hotspur left-back. “In the celebration...

Juventus rule out selling Real Madrid, Manchester United target Paulo Dybala

Juventus rule out the possibility of selling Real Madrid and Manchester United target Paulo Dybala as they believe that only Lionel Messi would improve their team. Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici has ruled out the possibility of selling Paulo Dybala, who has been linked with the likes of Real Madrid and Manchester United. Dybala’s future has come under the spotlight frequently during recent transfer windows and reports had suggested that Madrid were lining up a £105m bid for the Argentine as part of their planned overhaul this summer. However, Paratici believes that only Lionel Messi and perhaps Neymar would be an improvement on Dybala, and with both players seemingly unattainable he rejected suggestions that the 25-year-old could leave. “Those who leave are those who...

VAR produced the right decision in disallowing Ajax goal – Thibaut Courtois

Thibaut Courtois felt video technology had come to the right decision after Ajax had a goal chalked off in Real Madrid’s 2-1 Champions League win. A header from Nicolas Tagliafico was ruled out by VAR, apparently because Dusan Tadic was in an offside position and standing in front of Real goalkeeper Courtois as the ball looped in. However, Courtois seemed to think the offence had occurred seconds earlier when Tadic had swung his leg in front of him and the Belgian keeper spilt Matthijs de Ligt’s initial header. “I think it was the right decision, when it happened I thought maybe offside,” Courtois told BT Sport. “It was a mistake by me but I went to go and catch it and Tadic made an attempt to shoot, yet didn’t touch it, and as he’s offside he’s offside. “Because of his intention I made a ...

Report: Real Madrid confident of signing Eden Hazard

A report claims that Real Madrid target Eden Hazard could force his way out of Chelsea in the summer as he is losing faith in manager Maurizio Sarri. Real Madrid are reportedly confident of signing Eden Hazard at the end of the season due to Chelsea‘s recent struggles under Maurizio Sarri. The Belgium international is a long-term target for Madrid and he has admitted that he ‘dreams’ of joining the reigning European champions. Hazard is due to enter the final year of his contract in the summer, though Chelsea remain reluctant to sell their star player. However, a report carried by The Mirror suggests that Hazard, along with a number of his teammates, is losing faith in under-fire manager Sarri’s methods. A number of big names are said to be looking to quit Stamford ...

Real Madrid defender Marcelo denies links with Juventus

Real Madrid defender Marcelo dismisses suggestions that he is close to agreeing a deal to sign for Juventus. Real Madrid defender Marcelo has insisted that he remains in the dark regarding reports linking him with a switch to Juventus. Marcelo has spent the last 12 years at the Bernabeu, but the left-back is currently playing second fiddle to Sergio Reguilon who has impressed since the appointment of Santiago Solari. The Brazilian’s lack of regular action has resulted in speculation regarding a transfer to Juventus, but the 30-year-old has said that he is only focusing on life at Real. Marcelo told Esporte Interativo: “I’d also like to know where are these rumours coming from because it’s not normal. It’s funny because they [the press] make pictures with a Juv...

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