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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 ...

Real Madrid squad: Vote on who you think should stay or go

Vote on who you think Real Madrid should keep or ditch from the current squad, including the likes of Gareth Bale, Isco and James Rodriguez. Real Madrid‘s summer overhaul is already well underway following a tumultuous 2018-19 campaign which saw them go through three managers and lose 18 times across all competitions. It was undoubtedly one of Los Blancos’ worst seasons in recent memory as they finished third in La Liga, a record 19 points adrift of champions and bitter rivals Barcelona. Having ended 2017-18 by being crowned European champions for the third time in a row, Madrid struggled to adapt to life after Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo, with Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari both being sacked before Zidane was brought back to the Bernabeu. Matters barely improved...

Real Madrid chief hints at Jurgen Klopp move

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez hints that he could attempt to bring Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp to the Bernabeu. Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has hinted that he could attempt to bring Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp to the Bernabeu at some point in the future. Zinedine Zidane has only just returned for his second spell in charge of Madrid, who have seen their last two head coaches Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari struggle to make their mark. However, Perez has revealed his admiration for Klopp’s work, refusing to rule out making an attempt to appoint the German as Los Blancos boss in the future. The Madrid president also paid tribute to Mauricio Pochettino for his contribution to Tottenham Hotspur, with the capital outfit due to face Liverpool in the 2019 Champ...

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 ...

Preview: Real Sociedad vs. Real Madrid – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Sunday’s La Liga clash between Real Sociedad and Real Madrid, including team news and predicted lineups. Real Madrid will be looking to make it back-to-back wins in La Liga when they travel to the Aneota to face Real Sociedad on the penultimate matchday of the 2018-19 campaign. Third-placed Madrid bounced back from a defeat at Rayo Vallecano by overcoming Villarreal last weekend, while Sociedad, who currently occupy seventh, have won their last two against Getafe and Alaves. Real Sociedad © Reuters Twelve wins, 11 draws and 13 defeats – that is how Sociedad have performed in La Liga this season. A total of 47 points has left them in eighth position in the table, three points off seventh-placed Athletic Bilbao heading into Week 37. The Basque outfit ended la...

Gareth Bale ‘has not had proper chat with Zinedine Zidane’

A report claims that Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale has not discussed his future with boss Zinedine Zidane, despite the transfer window fast approaching. Gareth Bale has reportedly still not held face-to-face talks with Zinedine Zidane since the Frenchman returned to take charge of Real Madrid. The Welsh forward has a fractious relationship with Zidane, who was reappointed by Los Blancos on March 11 following the dismissals of Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari. Zidane has started Bale in six of Madrid’s last eight matches, but the 29-year-old has made little impact and has been strongly linked with the exit. However, the player’s agent Jonathan Barnett has ruled out a move away, even if his client is frozen out of the first-team picture next season. Spanish publication Marca...

Keylor Navas addresses Real Madrid exit rumours

Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas wants to remain at the Bernabeu beyond the end of this summer’s transfer window. Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas is keen to remain at the Bernabeu next season. Navas struggled for minutes under Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari, but has been used between the sticks since Zinedine Zidane returned to the club. The Costa Rica international continues to be linked with a move away from Los Blancos, though, with the club expected to make big changes in this summer’s transfer window. Navas, however, is ‘hopeful’ that he will be able to stay at Madrid heading into the 2019-2020 season. “I’m very happy, grateful to God for giving me the chance to be here,” Navas told reporters. “Whenever I get the opportunity ...

Real Madrid ‘in contact with Paul Pogba, Eden Hazard, Kylian Mbappe’

A report claims that Real Madrid are talking with the representatives of Paul Pogba, Eden Hazard and Kylian Mbappe, with all three players on their transfer radar. Real Madrid are reportedly in close contract with the representatives of Paul Pogba, Eden Hazard and Kylian Mbappe ahead of the summer transfer window. Los Blancos are in the process of overhauling their squad following a terrible campaign this term, which has seen them employ three different managers. Zinedine Zidane was recently reappointed following the failed experiments of Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari, and the Frenchman is expected to spend in excess of £400m on new players. Eder Militao has already agreed to join from Porto, while Chelsea forward Hazard could be close behind as the player seems certain to reject a n...

How Real Madrid could line up against Eibar

Sports Mole looks at how Real Madrid could line up in Saturday’s La Liga clash with Eibar. Real Madrid will be looking to bounce back from Wednesday’s 2-1 loss at Valencia when they welcome Eibar to the Bernabeu on Saturday afternoon. The defeat at the Mestalla has left Los Blancos five points off second-placed Atletico Madrid, while they are now 13 points off La Liga leaders Barcelona. Zinedine Zidane started his second spell in charge of Madrid with back-to-back victories over Celta Vigo and Huesca, but the team’s problems were once again shown on Wednesday night. Huge changes are expected this summer following a disappointing season, but for now, Madrid will be focusing on returning to winning ways against Eibar on Saturday afternoon. Here, Sports Mole looks at how Los...

Keylor Navas: ‘If Zinedine Zidane wants me to leave, I’ll leave’

Keylor Navas says that he is willing to leave Real Madrid if he is no longer required following the return of Zinedine Zidane as manager. Real Madrid keeper Keylor Navas has admitted that he is still in the dark over his future but is willing to leave the club if he is deemed to be surplus to requirements. The 32-year-old spent much of the current campaign as second choice to Thibaut Courtois under Santiago Solari but has started between the sticks twice in three games since Zinedine Zidane returned as manager last month. Prior to Zidane’s arrival, Navas had been tipped to leave the Bernabeu at the end of the season, but he is now thought to be reconsidering his stance after receiving assurances about his role next term. Asked about the current state of play following Madrid’s ...

Madrid clubs to rival Liverpool for Bayer Leverkusen winger Julian Brandt?

Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid are reportedly ready to rival Liverpool in the race to sign Bayer Leverkusen winger Julian Brandt. Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid have reportedly identified Bayer Leverkusen winger Julian Brandt as a potential signing. Brandt has spent the start of his professional career with Leverkusen, but the 22-year-old is eventually expected to make the switch to a bigger club. Liverpool have been linked with an approach for the Germany international but according to Don Balon, both Real and Atletico are considering a bid in the summer. Zinedine Zidane is likely to be handed the funds to make mass changes to Real’s first-team squad ahead of the next campaign after replacing Santiago Solari earlier this month. Atletico currently sit in second place in the La Liga...

Real Madrid ‘hopeful Zinedine Zidane will revive Isco career’

A report claims that Isco will not be sold by Real Madrid at the end of the season as president Florentino Perez is confident he will return to his best form. Real Madrid chiefs are reportedly hopeful that Zinedine Zidane‘s return to the Bernabeu dugout will revive Isco‘s flagging career. After playing a key role during Zidane’s first spell in charge, Isco has since faded out of the picture after being regularly overlooked by former manager Santiago Solari. The Spanish playmaker is rumoured to have been targeted by Premier League pair Liverpool and Manchester United after starting just three matches for Real since the end of October. Marca claims that Real president Florentino Perez still has faith in Isco, however, and he believes Zidane’s reappointment will see a ...

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