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Zinedine Zidane accepts blame for poor Real Madrid season

Zinedine Zidane has accepted his share of the blame for Real Madrid‘s disastrous season. Speaking after watching his side slip to a 2-0 home defeat by Real Betis in their final LaLiga fixture, Zidane, who returned to the Bernabeu to replace Santiago Solari in March, pulled no punches in his assessment of the campaign. He told a press conference: “What happened this year has to be accepted. I’m to blame – we’ve had 11 games and won just 5. That is what it is. 🏁 FT: @RealMadrid 0-2 @RealBetis_en⚽ Loren 61′, Jesé 75′#RMLiga pic.twitter.com/fD7w1U1qCY — Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) May 19, 2019 “When a season starts off badly and then you are not playing for a trophy, I think it is hard to play well if there is nothing to play for. Motivation ...

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 ...

Paul Pogba ‘told by Real Madrid to hand in transfer request’

Real Madrid are holding off from making a formal approach for Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba until he demands a move, according to a report. Paul Pogba has reportedly been told by Real Madrid to hand in a transfer request in order to force through his Manchester United exit. The France international has publicly admitted that it is a “dream” of his to play for the La Liga giants, who are managed by one of his heroes in Zinedine Zidane. Pogba is high on the list of Zidane’s summer targets but, according to The Sun, Los Blancos are going to hold off from making a formal approach until the midfielder demands a move away. Zidane is also rumoured to have told his compatriot that it is now or never in terms of putting on the famous Madrid shirt as the club are prepared...

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane planning £265m summer splurge?

Real Madrid chief Florentino Perez will reportedly follow through on his promise of backing Zidane Zidane this summer by giving him £265m to splash out on new players. Zinedine Zidane reportedly intends to spend around £265m on new players for his Real Madrid squad during the summer transfer window. Los Blancos can finish no higher than third in La Liga with one match left to play – at home to Real Betis on Sunday – and they fell well short in the Champions League and Copa del Rey. After the disappointing tenures of Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari, Zidane was reappointed in March and was supposedly assured that he would have plenty of money to spend. Spanish outlet Marca suggests that president Florentino Perez intends to fulfil his promise by giving the Frenchman a record ...

Real Madrid ‘want Neymar to force Paris Saint-Germain exit’

Real Madrid want Paris Saint-Germain attacker Neymar to force a move to the Bernabeu this summer, according to a report. Real Madrid reportedly want Neymar to force a move to the Bernabeu in this summer’s transfer window. The 27-year-old has scored 51 times in 58 appearances for Paris Saint-Germain since joining the French giants from Barcelona in the summer of 2017. The Brazil international has continually been linked with a return to Spain, though, with Madrid said to be long-term admirers of the left-sided attacker. According to AS, Los Blancos president Florentino Perez ‘would love’ to sign Neymar ahead of the 2019-2020 campaign, but the European champions ‘do not want a war with PSG’. As a result, the report claims that Madrid want Neymar to force a move ...

Paul Pogba ‘to lower wage demands to secure Real Madrid move’

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba will reportedly lower his wage demands in order to force a move to Real Madrid. Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is reportedly prepared to lower his wage demands in order to complete a move to Real Madrid in this summer’s transfer window. Last week, it was claimed that Pogba was in danger of pricing himself out of a summer switch to Madrid due to the fact that he wanted a £13m-a-year deal at the Bernabeu. However, according to Mundo Deportivo, the 26-year-old is prepared to take a pay-cut to move to the European champions, who are expected to spend heavily ahead of the 2019-2020 campaign. Pogba, who has previously called Los Blancos ‘a dream club’, scored 16 times and registered 11 assists in 47 appearances for United in all ...

How Real Madrid could line up against Real Betis

Sports Mole looks at how Real Madrid could line up in Sunday’s La Liga clash with Real Betis. Real Madrid will look to end what has been a disappointing 2018-19 season on a positive note when they welcome Real Betis to the Bernabeu on Sunday. Madrid will end the campaign in third position in La Liga, but can give their supporters something to cheer heading into an important summer transfer window. Los Blancos have only won once in the league since April 21, though, suffering defeats away to Rayo Vallecano and Real Sociedad in two of their last three matches. That said, Zinedine Zidane‘s side have been victorious in each of their last five games in front of their own supporters and will be confident of overcoming an out-of-form Betis side this weekend. Here, Sports Mole has take...

Zinedine Zidane ‘wants Mohamed Salah at Real Madrid’

Real Madrid are reportedly determined to sign Liverpool attacker Mohamed Salah in this summer’s transfer window. Real Madrid are desperate to sign Liverpool attacker Mohamed Salah in this summer’s transfer window, according to French journalist Philippe Carayon. Madrid are widely expected to seal a move for Chelsea’s Eden Hazard after the Europa League final, while the European champions have also reportedly secured the signature of Eintracht Frankfurt’s Luka Jovic. However, according to Carayon, Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane is also determined to bring Liverpool’s Salah to the Bernabeu in this summer’s transfer window. “Concerning Real Madrid and its reconstruction, after Hazard, Zidane and Real want another big striker,” Carayon told Can...

Real Madrid ‘complete big-money Luka Jovic swoop’

Real Madrid complete the signing of Eintracht Frankfurt forward Luka Jovic in a £52m deal, according to a report. Real Madrid have reportedly won the race for Eintracht Frankfurt forward Luka Jovic, with the European champions agreeing to sign the Serbia international in a £52m deal. Jovic has spent the last two seasons on loan with Frankfurt from Benfica, scoring 36 times in 74 appearances for the German club in all competitions. Frankfurt recently completed the signing of the 21-year-old on a permanent deal, but it had always been thought that the Bundesliga side would sell him on for a profit this summer. Liverpool, Manchester City and Barcelona have all previously been credited with an interest, but according to Sky Germany, Madrid have completed a £52m swoop for the striker, with a fi...

Real Madrid target Eden Hazard ‘fears being forced to stay at Chelsea’

Eden Hazard fears that he will not be granted his dream move to Real Madrid this summer as Chelsea may not be able to bring in a replacement. Chelsea forward Eden Hazard is reportedly worried that his side’s transfer ban has left his dream move to Real Madrid in tatters. The Blues plan to appeal the two-window suspension handed to them by FIFA for 29 breaches of the rules on the international transfer of minors. With the transfer window opening later this month, Chelsea are still unsure whether they will be able to further add to their squad once Christian Pulisic completes his switch from Borussia Dortmund. According to The Sun, that has left Hazard fearing the worst as the West London outfit may not be able to bring in another replacement. The report suggests that Chelsea will cons...

Paul Pogba wage demands ‘holding up Real Madrid move’

Manchester United Paul Pogba is in danger of pricing himself out of a move to Real Madrid, according to a report. Paul Pogba is reportedly in danger of pricing himself out of a move to Real Madrid this summer. The 2018 World Cup winner continues to be linked with a switch away from Manchester United, and Madrid are believed to have submitted a huge £121m offer for the France international in recent days. However, according to L’Equipe, Pogba has made it clear that he wants a £13m-a-year deal to move to the Bernabeu, which the European champions are not prepared to meet. The 26-year-old ended the 2018-19 campaign with an impressive 16 goals and 11 assists in 47 appearances for the 20-time English champions in all competitions. Pogba’s form tailed off in the latter stages of the ...

Barcelona, Real Madrid ‘in battle for Donny van de Beek’

Barcelona and Real Madrid are both monitoring Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek, according to a report. Barcelona and Real Madrid are reportedly preparing to go head to head for the signature of Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek in this summer’s transfer window. Barca have already secured the services of Ajax’s Frenkie de Jong ahead of the 2019-2020 campaign, while the Catalan giants continue to be linked with teenage centre-back Matthijs de Ligt. However, according to Mundo Deportivo, the Spanish champions are also tracking Van de Beek. Madrid, meanwhile, have also been credited with an interest by the same publication. The 22-year-old, who is a five-time Netherlands international, has scored 17 times and registered 13 assists in 56 appearances in all competitions for his Dutc...

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