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Real Madrid fans vote for Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez to leave club

Real Madrid supporters vote for Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez to leave the club this summer, but want the likes of Isco, Marco Asensio and Luka Modric to stay. The 2018-19 campaign will go down as one of the worst in recent memory for Real Madrid as they failed to pick up any silverware, finishing third in La Liga and losing 18 times across all competitions throughout the season. While Cristiano Ronaldo‘s departure undoubtedly had an inevitable impact, the issues appeared to run deeper and none of Julen Lopetegui, Santiago Solari or the returning Zinedine Zidane were able to halt the slide. Club president Florentino Perez has already begun to throw money at the problem, bringing in more than £350m worth of talent with more expected to follow amid links with the likes of Paul Pogba ...

How Real Madrid could line up with Paul Pogba next season

Real Madrid are allegedly attempting to sign Paul Pogba this summer, but how may the Spanish giants line up with the Manchester United man in their side? Real Madrid‘s third-placed finish in La Liga during the most recent campaign has resulted in Zinedine Zidane going on a spending spree during the summer window. Deals have already been reached for each of Eder Militao, Ferland Mendy, Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic to link up with Los Blancos ahead of the new season. However, there continues to be persistent speculation regarding interest in Paul Pogba, who has indicated that he is keen to leave Manchester United. The Premier League giants are said to be demanding in the region of £150m, a figure which may lead to Real missing out on the World Cup winner. Nevertheless, Zidane is a big ad...

Real Madrid close to confirming Ferland Mendy arrival?

A report claims that Lyon defender Ferland Mendy will be the next big-money arrival at Real Madrid as he is close to signing a six-year deal. Real Madrid are on the verge of announcing the arrival of left-back Ferland Mendy from Lyon in a £44m deal, according to a report. Los Blancos reached an agreement with Eintracht Frankfurt for Luka Jovic on Tuesday to continue their big summer of spending, having also brought in Eder Militao and Rodrygo Goes. Following weeks of negotiating, Marca claims that Mendy is to sign a six-year deal with Madrid and will provide competition for long-serving defender Marcelo from next season. The report indicates that Sergio Reguilon and Theo Hernandez may be loaned out once Mendy, currently on international duty with France, officially signs. Meanwhile, talks ...

Real Madrid ‘to sell Sergio Reguilon this summer’

Real Madrid place defender Sergio Reguilon on the transfer list, according to a report. Real Madrid have reportedly placed defender Sergio Reguilon on the transfer list. The 22-year-old, who came through the youth system at the club, made 22 appearances for Los Blancos during the 2018-19 campaign. The Spaniard lost his place to Marcelo once Zinedine Zidane returned as head coach, though, and according to AS, Madrid will look to sell the defender in this summer’s transfer window. The Spain Under-21 international only has one year left to run on his contract with the capital giants, and Alaves have been credited with an interest ahead of the new season. Madrid are expected to spend heavily this summer following a disappointing 2018-19 campaign, while a number of players could also be m...

Report: Ferland Mendy agrees terms with Real Madrid

A report claims that French left-back Ferland Mendy is on his way to Real Madrid as terms have already been agreed between the La Liga giants and Lyon. Real Madrid have already agreed a deal with Lyon for left-back Ferland Mendy, according to a report. The Spanish giants have so far signed Eder Militao from Porto and Rodrygo Goes from Santos for £43m and £39m respectively ahead of next season. Eden Hazard is expected to be the next big-name arrival at the Bernabeu, with his unveiling rumoured to have been scheduled for Monday, and AS suggests that the spending will not stop there. Terms are said to have been agreed for Lyon defender Mendy, who is also believed to have been a target for La Liga rivals Barcelona. Mendy, seen as a direct replacement for the long-serving Marcelo, is currently ...

Marcelo Bielsa agrees to stay at Leeds United

Argentinian agrees to another 12 months in charge. Leeds have announced manager Marcelo Bielsa will remain at the club for another season. Bielsa, 63, who guided Leeds to the play-offs in his first season, has agreed to stay at Elland Road after the Sky Bet Championship club activated their option to extend his deal for another 12 months. “Leeds are delighted to confirm that chairman Andrea Radrizzani has officially exercised the option to extend Marcelo Bielsa’s contract for a second season,” read a statement on Leeds’ official website. “Marcelo has met with the board of directors on a number of occasions over the past few days and has confirmed his intention to continue on in his role of head coach.” ✍️ | #LUFC are delighted to confirm that Chairman @a...

Result: Sorry Real Madrid lose at home to Real Betis on final weekend

Real Madrid’s disappointing 2018-19 La Liga campaign ends with a 2-0 home defeat to Real Betis on Sunday afternoon. Real Madrid‘s disappointing 2018-19 La Liga campaign ended with a 2-0 home defeat to Real Betis on Sunday afternoon. Loren Moron and Jese Rodriguez were on the scoresheet for Betis, who proved to be far too strong for the struggling hosts in the Spanish capital. Madrid had already confirmed third spot in the table ahead of kickoff, but Zinedine Zidane‘s side could end the campaign 21 points behind the champions Barcelona. © Reuters Casemiro and Jesus Vallejo were both absent for Madrid through suspension, while captain Sergio Ramos missed out with a hamstring problem once again. Zidane did shuffle his pack, though, with Raphael Varane, Marcos Llorente, Luka ...

From Spygate to playoff heartbreak: Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United tenure so far

Leeds are ready to activate their option to extend Marcelo Bielsa‘s stay at Elland Road for another year. But the 63-year-old Argentinian gave no guarantees over his future after his side’s heartbreaking Sky Bet Championship play-off semi-final defeat to Derby. Here, Press Association Sport charts Bielsa’s timeline at Elland Road. Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani, left, introduced Marcelo Bielsa to English football last summer (Mike Egerton/PA) June 15, 2018: Leeds made Bielsa the Sky Bet Championship’s highest-paid manager when appointing him as Paul Heckingbottom’s replacement. The Argentinian shook hands on a three-year agreement, with the club having the option to extend his stay at the end of each year. September 18, 2018: Bielsa’s side set the early s...

Marcelo Bielsa refuses to discuss Leeds future after playoff heartbreak

Marcelo Bielsa is ready to consider an offer to extend his stay at Leeds, but gave no guarantees over his future after his side’s play-off heartbreak. Leeds, top of the table with nine games of the regular season left, missed out on a top-two finish and blew a second chance of promotion by losing 4-3 on aggregate to Derby in their Sky Bet Championship play-off semi-final. Bielsa and Leeds have in place a three-year agreement, which gives the club the option of extending his contract at the end of each season for another 12 months. Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa is dejected after defeat to Derby (Nick Potts/PA). The agreement allows for Bielsa to leave, should he choose, at the end of each year, with clauses in place to protect Leeds if he took charge at another club. Had Leeds gone on ...

Result: Ten-man Real Madrid fall to defeat at Anoeta as away woes continue

Real Madrid’s winless away run continues as they lose 3-1 to Real Sociedad after having Jesus Vallejo sent off. Real Madrid squandered an early lead to lose 3-1 at Real Sociedad in their final La Liga away game of the season. The visitors were ahead inside six minutes through Brahim Diaz‘s strike, but Mikel Merino equalised and Jesus Vallejo was shown a straight red card for handling the ball on the line. Despite Willian Jose failing to convert the penalty, Joseba Zaldua and Ander Barrenetxea scored in the second half to give Sociedad a deserved third win in a row. As for Madrid, they are now winless in five away matches under Zinedine Zidane – losing three of those – and they can no longer finish any higher than third in La Liga. © Reuters Brahim Diaz made the most...

Real Madrid ‘pushing for Ferland Mendy deal’

Real Madrid want to sign Lyon defender Ferland Mendy this summer, according to a report. Real Madrid are reportedly determined to seal the signature of Lyon defender Ferland Mendy. Marcelo has been reinstated as Madrid’s first-choice left-back since Zinedine Zidane returned as head coach. The position remains an area of concern for the European champions, though, and according to Marca, Mendy has been identified as the perfect player to put pressure on Marcelo next term. The report adds that Madrid have already met with Lyon to discuss terms, and are hopeful of sealing a deal in the early stages of this summer’s transfer window. The 23-year-old, who made his senior France debut last November, joined Lyon from Le Havre in 2017. The defender – also linked with Barcelona ...

Marcelo Bielsa laughs off ‘quit’ reports

Bielsa will lead the Whites into a play-off campaign. Marcelo Bielsa insisted he never said he would walk away from Leeds if they did not win promotion to the Premier League this season. Speculation over the 63-year-old Argentinian’s future has been mounting since Leeds’ bid for a top-two finish floundered during the Sky Bet Championship run-in. Bielsa said last week that the decision whether he remained at Elland Road beyond the play-offs was not up to him and he refused to comment further. But he offered Leeds fans hope he will remain at the club even if they failed to end their 15-year exile from the top flight. “I never said that if we don’t get promoted I won’t carry on my work here,” Bielsa said before his side play at Ipswich in their final game o...

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