Reports: Real Madrid to part ways with out-of-favour star less than a year after signing him

Reports: Real Madrid to part ways with out-of-favour star less than a year after signing him

The latest word around the rumour mill is that La Liga giants Real Madrid are ready to offload Brahim Diaz in January, less than a year after his arrival from Manchester City.

This is according to Daily Mail, who reports that Real Madrid are strongly thinking about clearing out the deadwood and eliminating fringe players from their squad, before signing any new players. Earlier on Tuesday, the same reason was attributed to the club’s decision to put off the transfer of Christian Eriksen from Tottenham Hotspur until next summer.

Meanwhile, Diaz’s time at the club so far was hampered by a hamstring injury. He has since recovered from the injury, but is yet to break into the first-team.

At the same time, AS reports that Real Madrid has informed the 20-year-old Spanish midfielder that he is free to leave them in January, after failing to make himself a part of manager Zinedine Zidane’s plans at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The former Manchester City youngster changed his agent last year and it is his father who represents him now. As per the report, it is still not certain as to whether he will choose to leave Los Blancos in January to develop his career elsewhere.

Reports: Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid future to be decided after UCL game against Galatasaray

Reports: Zinedine Zidane's Real Madrid future to be decided after UCL game against Galatasaray

Various sources have claimed that Real Madrid’s upcoming Champions League game against Galatasaray could turn out to be Zinedine Zidane’s last game as their manager, if they end up losing against the Turkish side.

The Frenchman is facing increasing pressure at the Santiago Bernabeu after a difficult start to the 2019-20 season, losing to the likes of Real Mallorca in the La Liga and against Paris Saint Germain in the Champions League.

Although Real Madrid lost just one game in both La Liga and the UCL so far, a closer look at the other results will prove that the club is nowhere near its past glory right now.

And Daily Mail reports that Los Blancos are close to sacking Zinedine Zidane, in a bid to turn the tables on their apparent lack of good fortune.

Earlier, Spanish newspaper Marca also claimed that a defeat in Istanbul on Tuesday night could see the former FIFA World Cup winner waving goodbye to the club which he has been managing for a greater part of the last four years.

The 47-year-old himself knows that the pressure is on him, as he said: “It’s always a final, I’ve been here for 18 years, I know where we are and the pressure is always going to be there,” during the pre-match press conference.

Real Madrid superstar Luka Modric reveals how he reacted to winning the Ballon d’Or in 2018

Real Madrid superstar Luka Modric reveals how he reacted to winning the Ballon d'Or in 2018

Real Madrid superstar Luka Modric revealed that he did not know how to react when he discovered that he had won the Ballon d’Or last year – in a state of panic, he even failed to answer his phone when he was called to be told that he won the prestigious award.

“I was in London with my wife and we were in our hotel room,” the 2018 FIFA World Cup finalist revealed in a recent interview with France Football, when he was asked about how and where he found out that he had won the Ballon d’Or.

“I saw the call and didn’t answer, I told my wife ‘the director of France Football has called me, what do I do?’

“When I saw the call, I was so nervous that I didn’t want to hurry and instead prepared what to say. Then he called again and they told me that I won.”

“I wasn’t 100 per cent sure what was happening, but it was an incredible feeling and I started to cry,” he added, before concluding:

“It was a moment that I’ll never forget.”

The ace midfielder enjoyed a fantastic year in football in 2018, as he helped Real Madrid lift their third successive Champions League trophy, before captaining Croatia to their first-ever World Cup Final.

He was also selected as the player of the month-long tournament, having scored two goals and provided an assist in 7 appearances.

Quotes via Marca.

Reports: Why Real Madrid will not sign Christian Eriksen in January

Reports: Why Real Madrid will not sign Christian Eriksen in January

According to reports, La Liga giants Real Madrid have decided to shelve their plans for signing Tottenham Hotspur’s Christian Eriksen in January, because they want to offload some players before attempting to buy any new players.

In the recently concluded summer transfer window, Real Madrid spent almost €320million on new players and only a very few players left the club. As a result, their wage bill has increased phenomenally and it has taken a toll on their spending ability.

And now, according to AS, as reported by Sky Sports, Eriksen will not be signed by Real Madrid, unless they are able to part with a host of fringe players. Mariano Diaz – the forward who was signed last year as a potential replacement of Cristiano Ronaldo – and Isco are two names reportedly close to the exit door at the Santiago Bernabeu, according to the English news agency.

Meanwhile, Manchester legend Dimitar Berbatov opened up on whether joining Los Blancos is a good idea for Eriksen, who recently helped Tottenham reach their first-ever Champions League final.

“Real Madrid have a brilliant team and Eriksen needs to know that going there would represent a massive challenge,” Berbatov told Betfair.

“And yes, it’s true that some of them have been there for a while and are starting to get old but they still have a very strong side.”

“So he will need to ask himself if he’s ready to fight for his place because you can’t just go to Real Madrid and expect to play straight away,” he explained.

Reports: Barcelona identify key Manchester United target as replacement for out-of-favour star

Reports: Barcelona identify key Manchester United target as replacement for out-of-favour star

Barcelona have identified Dinamo Zagreb’s young star Dani Olmo as a potential replacement for Ousmane Dembele, according to reports from various sources. Olmo is a target for Manchester United.

Don Balon claims that Olmo, who is also a Barcelona youth product and a European U-21 Champion, is not only worthy of replacing the Frenchman at the Camp Nou, but he is also a much cheaper option compared to him. In the summer, Manchester United had bid €40million for him, but the offer was rejected by his current employers Dinamo Zagreb.

There were also talks of Barcelona’s arch-rivals Real Madrid trying to snap him up earlier this year, but after Zinedine Zidane’s return as their manager, the club chose to focus on more established players.

Olmo made 44 appearances for Dinamo Zagreb in the 2018-19 season, scoring 12 goals and assisting nine more. This season, he has scored five goals and provided five assists in just 11 appearances so far.

During September, the 21-year-old had also claimed that he wanted to leave Dinamo Zagreb, but the club prevented it by raising his asking price.

“I have nothing to hide – I wanted to leave Dinamo Zagreb. I wanted to move on and join a strong club in the five big leagues,” he told Croatian newspaper Sportske Novosti.

“I thought this summer was the best time to leave. My price was too high. Not because I think I’m worthless, but because I play in the Croatian league, and the foreign clubs pay attention to this,” he further added, before concluding:

“Realistically, it’s difficult for a player in the Croatian league to reach this price.”

WATCH: Nicolas Pepe’s ‘miss-of-the-season’ contender for Arsenal against Sheffield United

WATCH: Nicolas Pepe's 'miss-of-the-season' contender for Arsenal against Sheffield United

On Monday, Arsenal’s Nicolas Pepe missed a real sitter in the Premier League against the newly-promoted Sheffield United, and as a result, Unai Emery’s men ended the day with a shameful defeat.

Watch how Pepe missed his chance, in the videos below:

As you can see, the incident happened in the 21st minute of the game.

Just a minute earlier, Sheffield had been gifted a free-kick which was then taken by Oliver Norwood, but Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno punched the ball away and the Gunners then tried to counter with Sead Kolasinac’s cross finding Pepe with no Sheffield defender near him to defend.

But the former LOSC Lille forward made little to no contact with the ball as he scuffed a golden chance with just the ‘keeper to beat.

Arsenal went on to regret the miss all the more, just nine minutes later – when Sheffield scored via Lys Mousset, who was handed his first Premier League against Unai Emery’s men.

The rest of the game remained goalless, and Sheffield celebrated a 1-0 win in the end.

Needless to say, Pepe’s start to life at Arsenal has been difficult, as it can be understood from the above miss. The Ivorian has really struggled to justify his €80million price tag since arriving at the Emirates Stadium this summer.

The 24-year-old needs to find form soon or else, he runs the risk of getting shipped off to some other club soon.

Reports: Barcelona star wants England move amidst Liverpool, Manchester City interest

Reports: Barcelona star wants England move amidst Liverpool, Manchester City interest

The latest word around the rumour mill is that Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele has expressed interest in moving to England, after reports of Liverpool’s and Manchester City’s interest in him started doing the rounds earlier this week.

This is according to Don Balon, who also reports that Liverpool and Manchester City are interested in bringing the out-of-favour Blaugrana ace to England. Both teams are keen to find replacements for some of their key attackers.

Real Madrid have targeted Liverpool’s Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, while Barcelona are interested in Roberto Firmino. In the case of Manchester City, Bayern Munich have targeted Leroy Sane, while Real Madrid are keen to sign Gabriel Jesus.

Dembele is hence expected to slot right into both sides’ first-team, if he actually decides to leave Barcelona in January or during next summer.

Earlier last month, it was revealed that Lionel Messi himself told the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner to “step up and be more professional” at Barcelona, after not-so-great stories about the former Borussia Dortmund star’s discipline, including time-keeping issues, started affecting the club as a whole.

“I believe he’s an impressive talent who can do whatever he wants,” Messi said in an interview with Sport. “He is very young and I think this year will be very important for him to make the step up that the whole of the Barcelona fanbase wants to see.”

“He needs to make that change to be more professional, to put that idea into his head, so he can be a success at Barcelona like he wants to be,” he added.

Reports: Real Madrid ready to exchange World Cup winner for Manchester City star

Reports: Real Madrid ready to exchange World Cup winner for Manchester City star

According to the latest reports, La Liga giants Real Madrid are ready to part ways with defender Raphael Varane next summer, if they can have Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus in exchange.

It is Don Balon that claims that agreements are already in place between Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane and Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, for a potential swap deal that involves both players. The transfer is most likely to take place just before the 2020-21 season, during the next summer transfer window.

For Real Madrid and their president Florentino Perez, Varane is no longer a long-term signing at the Santiago Bernabeu, and the club is open to selling him, for younger players.

It is worth noticing that the Frenchman is just 26 years old now, and is still on the younger side – which is why Guardiola is interested in signing the centre-back if Los Blancos are no longer interested in keeping him.

Meanwhile, at the Etihad, Gabriel Jesus is yet to break into the first-team as a regular player, as Guardiola is interested to maintain him only as Sergio Aguero’s understudy right now.

The 22-year-old Brazilian is hence reportedly keen to leave them in search of more first-team chances, which Real Madrid have promised as they are seeking a replacing for the ageing Karim Benzema.

Manchester United star labelled ‘Sunday League amateur’ before 1-1 draw against Liverpool

Manchester United star labelled 'Sunday League amateur' before 1-1 draw against Liverpool

A few hours before Manchester United’s Premier League clash against Liverpool on Sunday, United defender Harry Maguire was likened to a “Sunday League amateur” by former Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur star, Rafael van der Vaart.

Van der Waart was speaking to Ziggo Sport ahead of Sunday’s game at Old Trafford, when he slammed Maguire while comparing him with Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk.

“He can do something, but if he is worth so much money, Virgil van Dijk is worth £300million,” the Dutchman said, before adding:

“If I am going to play with the amateurs on Sunday afternoon, I can easily find three who can do this. I mean that seriously.”

“A bit silly to say, but I really think so.”

This is not the first time the former Golden Boy winner has mocked the ex-Leicester City centre-back.

Back in August, during the summer transfer window when he was yet to make his world-record £80million move to Manchester United, he was slammed by van der Waart for his performances with the England national team in the UEFA Nations League.

“It’s funny because, during the Nations League, I was doing work for Dutch television,” he said.

“And I remember we were saying Harry Maguire was by far the worst player on the pitch.”

“And then two months later, £80-£90million for him? Unbelievable,” the ex-attacking midfielder concluded.

Quotes via Metro.

Reports: Barcelona, Real Madrid all set to agree on new El Clasico date as La Liga opposes previous plan

Reports: Barcelona, Real Madrid all set to agree on new El Clasico date as La Liga opposes previous plan

It has been understood that the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF)’s Competition Committee are yet to finalise a date for the Barcelona-Real Madrid El Clasico, and both teams have been asked to fix a new date soon.

Earlier, it was decided that the El Clasico, which was originally scheduled to be held on October 26th, would be postponed to December 18th in the light of recent Catalan protests in and around Barcelona.

However, Marca reports that La Liga does not want the game to be held on December 18, due to two major reasons: it is a Wednesday, and the first round of the Copa del Rey 2019-20 have already been scheduled for that day.

La Liga has also apparently asked both teams to play the game two weeks earlier, on December 4th – which is also a Wednesday.

Scheduling games on weekdays would cause a dip in profits from broadcasting rights and ticket sales, but La Liga are willing to take the risk on December 4 as they do not have to fix their attention elsewhere, at least.

That would have been a difficult task to achieve on December 18, due to the Copa del Rey first-round matches as mentioned earlier.

Marca further adds that both Barcelona and Real Madrid will arrive at a final decision regarding the new El Clasico date, soon.

Reports: Barcelona star identified as key January target by Champions League finalists

Reports: Barcelona star identified as key January target by Champions League finalists

Premier League giants Tottenham Hotspur reportedly want Barcelona’s Carles Alena in January, as per the reports from various sources.

It is Mundo Deportivo that claims that Tottenham are “very attentive” to Alena’s situation at the Camp Nou, after it was reported last month that the young midfielder is “fed up” of manager Ernesto Valverde.

He was also disappointed that Barcelona gave Frenkie de Jong his favourite No.21 shirt without asking, and had publicly slammed the club for doing so.

“I would have liked a message from the board because they promised him the shirt without warning me. They promised him it without telling me anything. I don’t feel good because I’ve always behaved well with the club, we have good communication. They just needed to drop me a message,” he had said.

Alena rose through the ranks at Barcelona as their youth player, before joining the Barcelona B team that plays in the Segunda division. Since the 2017-18 season, he has made regular appearances for the Blaugrana‘s first team as well.

He had also received lots of offers from various European clubs in the summer, but he was in favour of remaining with Barcelona and turned down all the other clubs.

Mundo Deportivo further adds that he is unlikely to do the same anymore, as he wants more first-team action. Apart from Spurs, La Liga side Real Betis are also believed to be keen on signing him on loan, and it is expected that the 21-year-old will make his final decision between both clubs, in January.

Reports: Real Madrid star given final warning by club ahead of must-win UCL clash against Galatasaray

Reports: Real Madrid star given final warning by club ahead of must-win UCL clash against Galatasaray

According to various sources, Real Madrid star Eden Hazard has been issued a final warning by the club, in the light of his poor form in recent games.

The 13-time winner of the Champions League are all set to face Turkish giants Galatasaray in the third group-stage match of this season’s competition on Tuesday. However, contrary to usual, Real Madrid’s future in this season Champions League look bleak, as they are yet to register their first win in the tournament.

Last month, Real Madrid lost 3-0 to Paris Saint Germain (PSG) in the 2019-20 UCL opener and then, a couple of weeks later, they drew 2-2 against Club Brugge. If Los Blancos lose to Galatasaray on Tuesday, there is a chance that they get demoted to the Europa League, and let’s be frank – things cannot get any worse for them if that happens.

And now, it is Express that reports that various Spanish news agencies have claimed that the club has warned Eden Hazard to step up his performances, as they have apparently identified his lack of form as one of the main reasons why they cannot win in Europe.

Marca says that “This is his final” ahead of what is a must-win game for Real Madrid in the UCL, against the Turkish side.

Reports: Barcelona eye January move for €25million-rated rising Bundesliga star

Reports: Barcelona eye January move for €25million-rated rising Bundesliga star

According to reports, La Liga giants Barcelona are keeping a close eye on Schalke star Amine Harit, and are apparently interested in signing him next summer.

Harit, who is a midfielder by trade, is expected to slot right into the Barcelona squad when he joins – as the Catalans are getting ready to replace Ivan Rakitic who is also a former Schalke star, coincidentally.

It is Express that reports that Barcelona are in the market for a new midfielder and that they have identified the 22-year-old as a potential January signing.

Harit has already scored four goals and provided four assists in nine appearances in all competitions for Schalke this season so far.

Rakitic, meanwhile, reportedly had a chat with Lionel Messi last weekend, informing the Barcelona talisman of his decision to leave the club soon.

The Croatian was only used as a substitute in their most recent La Liga clash against Eibar, and that further strengthens the claims made by Sport a couple of weeks ago – that the club’s management, including boss Ernesto Valverde, is steadily losing their trust in him.

Sport had also claimed that the Blaugrana are ready to offload the midfielder to any club that is interested in him, provided they are ready to pay at least €40million for him.

AC Milan, Inter Milan and Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus are the top three teams who have already expressed in him, as per reports from multiple sources.

Liverpool legend apologises to Patrice Evra for supporting Luis Suarez after racist attack on ex-Manchester United star

Liverpool legend apologises to Patrice Evra for supporting Luis Suarez after racist attack on ex-Manchester United star

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has apologised to former Manchester United star Patrice Evra for supporting ex-teammate Luis Suarez after the Uruguayan racially abused the ex-fullback in 2011.

The Reds wore t-shirts in support of Suarez after Evra accused him of racial abuse during Manchester United’s trip to Anfield which finished 1-1. The Football Association found the striker guilty after an investigation and handed him an eight-game ban.

However, Liverpool players decided to wear t-shirts in support of Suarez the day after he was banned.

Carragher has now apologised to Evra and explained what went behind the scenes back in 2011.

“There is no doubt we made a massive mistake; that was obvious. We got to the ground, had our lunch and then had a team meeting – I don’t know if it was the manager [Kenny Dalglish] or [coach] Steve Clarke – asking one of the players if he was still wearing the shirt, and that is the first I had heard of it.”

“I am not lying and saying I wasn’t part of it because as the club we got it wrong, and I was vice-captain. I am not sure who was actually behind it. I don’t think it had anything to do with the manager Kenny; I think it was the players who were close to Luis in the dressing room, who really wanted to support their mate.”

“Maybe I have to look at myself now and say I did not have the courage as an individual to say ‘I am not wearing it’. I don’t think everyone within Liverpool Football Club thought what we were doing was right but I do think as a football club, or you as a family, your first reaction is to support them even if you know that they are wrong, and that is wrong,” he said on Sky Sports.

Quotes via BBC.