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Real Madrid Sign Eduardo Camavinga
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Real Madrid Sign Eduardo Camavinga

Real Madrid are close to completing a deal for Rennes midfielder, Eduardo Camavinga. The LaLiga side will sign Camavinga on a five-year deal for €30million, ESPN reports. Camavinga, who has one year left on his current contract with the Ligue 1 club, will undergo his medical on Tuesday. Rennes didn’t want to see the 18-year-old leave as a free agent next summer and are said to be satisfied with the deal. The transfer is expected to be made official on Tuesday. Madrid have been following Camavinga for several seasons, with former manager, Zinedine Zidane a longtime admirer of the player who made his Ligue 1 debut as 16-year-old. He will be expected to eventually replace Toni Kroos and Luka Modric in Real’s midfield.
Mbappe to take Zidane’s iconic shirt number at Real Madrid
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Mbappe to take Zidane’s iconic shirt number at Real Madrid

Real Madrid have reserved Zinedine Zidane’s iconic No 5 shirt for Kylian Mbappe, according to AS. The LaLiga giants are confident of signing the player from Paris Saint-Germain, despite a second bid of €180million being knocked back by the Ligue 1 club. Mbappe currently wears no 7 for PSG and no 10 for France. But Real have reserved their no 5 shirt for him, as Eden Hazard wears no 7 and Luka Modric has taken the no 10 shirt. Mbappe has always dreamed of playing for Real Madrid and previously named Zidane as his childhood idol. Therefore, the opportunity to wear the club’s iconic No 5 will appeal to the French international. As it stands, the No 5 shirt currently belongs to Jesus Vallejo. But the club will pass it on to Mbappe, as Vallejo is unlikely to be a regular fir...
Benzema Tests Positive for COVID-19
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Benzema Tests Positive for COVID-19

  Real Madrid have confirmed that striker Karim Benzema has tested positive for COVID-19. The LaLiga giants, who have replaced Zinedine Zidane with Carlo Ancelotti, are already in preseason ahead of the 2021/2022 season. However, Benzema will play no part in pre-season training, as he must now take in a period of self-isolation. A terse statement on Real’s official website reads: “Real Madrid C. F. confirm that our player Karim Benzema has tested positive for Covid-19.” He will not be cleared to rejoin the rest of Ancelotti’s squad before a negative test has been posted. Benzema has already made a delayed return to the Real fold following his involvement with France at Euro 2020
Hakimi dreaming of Real Madrid return after PSG move – Agent
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Hakimi dreaming of Real Madrid return after PSG move – Agent

The Morocco international recently left Inter Milan to pen a five-year deal with the Ligue 1 giants from Paris New Paris Saint-Germain signing Achraf Hakimi still has his mind set on playing for Real Madrid again, according to his agent Alejandro Camano. The two-time Caf Youth Player of the Year spent the early years of his career in the Spanish capital, developing through the ranks in Madrid's La Fabrica and he went on to make his professional debut for the first team in 2017. Although he enjoyed a brief success under Zinedine Zidane, Hakimi struggled for regular playing time with just nine appearances in La Liga and he was subsequently loaned to Borussia Dortmund for two years, then Inter Milan secured his permanent signing in 2020.
Zidane’s next job Revealed
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Zidane’s next job Revealed

Former Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane, will return to club management. ESPN reports that Zidane wants to take over from Didier Deschamps as coach of the France national team. It is believed the former Les Bleus midfielder is ready to wait for Deschamps to leave after the 2022 World Cup or even the 2024 European Championship. French FA president, Noel Le Graet, is also keen to appoint Zidane and would have given him the job if Deschamps decided to step down from the role. Instead, Le Graet has confirmed Deschamps will continue after a conversation surrounding about future only lasted “three minutes.” Deschamps has a contract until December 2022 and could see his deal extended until the summer of 2024 if he wants to stay and the results were positive. He has been in c...
Odegaard confirms Real Madrid return to end Arsenal hopes for permanent transfer
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Odegaard confirms Real Madrid return to end Arsenal hopes for permanent transfer

The Norwegian playmaker spent the second half of the 2020-21 campaign on loan with the Gunners, but he is heading back to Spain Martin Odegaard has confirmed that his immediate future lies with Real Madrid, with Arsenal seeing any hope of a permanent deal brought to a close. The Norway international midfielder spent the second half of the 2020-21 campaign on loan at Emirates Stadium after finding regular game time hard to come by with his parent club. There has, however, been a managerial change at Santiago Bernabeu, as Carlo Ancelotti replaces Zinedine Zidane, and the 22-year-old playmaker is ready to wipe the slate clean in Spain
Zidane reacts as Sergio Ramos officially leaves Real Madrid
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Zidane reacts as Sergio Ramos officially leaves Real Madrid

  Former Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane, has reacted to the departure of captain Sergio Ramos from Los Blancos. Ramos, 35, officially leaves Real Madrid on Thursday after spending 16 years at Santiago Bernabeu. The veteran Spanish centre-back won 22 trophies during his time at Real Madrid. Reacting, Zidane thanked Ramos for the time they spent together at Real Madrid, describing him as a great captain in the club’s history. In a post via his Instagram account, Zidane said, “It was a great pleasure and honour to have you as a teammate and a player. A great captain in our history. Thanks so much for everything.” Ramos featured 671 times for Real Madrid and scored 101 goals.
‘Your work is shameful’ – Zidane snaps at journalist over Real Madrid departure
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‘Your work is shameful’ – Zidane snaps at journalist over Real Madrid departure

The Frenchman was in no mood to answer questions about his decision to leave Santiago Bernabeu when cornered by reporters in Vallecas Zinedine Zidane has snapped back at a Spanish journalist for asking questions over the acrimonious nature of his Real Madrid departure, stating: "your work is shameful". Zidane took the decision to step down from his role as head coach at Santiago Bernabeu following Real's trophyless 2020-21 campaign. The Frenchman, who guided the club to three successive Champions League crowns in his first stint in charge between 2016 and 2018, has since written an open letter explaining why he chose to cut short his contract.  
Zidane Clashes with Spanish Reporter over Question on Real Madrid
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Zidane Clashes with Spanish Reporter over Question on Real Madrid

  Former Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane, was involved in a spiky public fight with a Spanish reporter after he took offence to a question asked about his departure from the Los Blancos. Zidane walked out on Real Madrid for the second time after the 2020/21 season, where the LaLiga giants finished trophyless. The Frenchman was replaced at the Santiago Bernabeu by former Everton manager, Carlo Ancelotti. Following his departure, Zidane penned an open letter to Real Madrid supporters admitting he felt a lack of respect from certain figures at Real Madrid and no longer had the faith of president Florentino Perez. In footage obtained by Spanish publication Directo Gol TV, Zidane was approached and asked if he had any regrets about his candid letter to Real Madrid f...
James Rodriguez not expecting Real Madrid reunion with Ancelotti and is ‘fine’ at Everton
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James Rodriguez not expecting Real Madrid reunion with Ancelotti and is ‘fine’ at Everton

The midfielder has been linked with a move back to the Spanish capital after the Italian coach was appointed as Zinedine Zidane's replacement James Rodriguez does not expect to follow Carlo Ancelotti back to Real Madrid. Rodriguez worked with Ancelotti in his first spell at the Santiago Bernabeu and the Italian then brought him on loan to Bayern Munich. The pair were reunited at Everton but they have been separated once again following Ancelotti's decision to move back to Madrid this summer to replace Zinedine Zidane.  
Zidane’s new club after Dumping Real Madrid revealed
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Zidane’s new club after Dumping Real Madrid revealed

  Paris Saint-Germain is working on bringing Zinedine Zidane to the club, according to Le 10 Sport. Zidane walked out on Real Madrid for the second time after the 2020/2021 season, where Los Blancos finished trophyless. His availability has now alerted the decision-makers at PSG. The Ligue 1 giants have been trying to hold on to Mauricio Pochettino, who is keen to return to Tottenham Hotspur. While not ushering the Argentine out the exit door, Pochettino won’t find as much protest now should Spurs firm up plans to take him back to London. A move for Zizou is already being discussed in Qatar, where PSG’s owners are planning for the new season, and initial contact is being considered. Zidane’s long time agent and confidant, Alain Migliaccio, has made it clear to Ziz...
Real Madrid Appoints Another Manager after Carlo Ancelotti
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Real Madrid Appoints Another Manager after Carlo Ancelotti

Real Madrid has appointed Antonio Pintus as the club’s fitness manager. The LaLiga giants made the announcement in a statement via their website on Friday. Pintus’s appointment is coming less than three days after Real Madrid appointed Carlo Ancelotti as the club’s manager on Tuesday Ancelotti replaced Zinedine Zidane, who stepped down from his role last month. The statement read, “Real Madrid C. F. announce the incorporation of Antonio Pintus as first-team head of physical preparation and physical preparation methodology manager for all the football teams at the club.” Meanwhile, Real Madrid finished the 2020/21 LaLiga season in the second position behind champions Atletico Madrid. The Los Blancos were also knocked out of the Champions League in the semi-final stage by c...
Mbappe Reveals why he Snubbed Real Madrid Move
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Mbappe Reveals why he Snubbed Real Madrid Move

  Paris Saint-Germain forward, Kylian Mbappe, has revealed that he turned down a move to Real Madrid in 2014. According to the France international, his parents wanted him to have his football education in France. Mbappe chose to leave Monaco for another Ligue 1 side PSG in 2017, despite interest from Spain. The forward had even taken a trip to Santiago Bernabeu, meeting with Cristiano Ronaldo and the then manager, Zinedine Zidane, but he preferred to remain in his homeland. Explaining why he turned down Real, Mbappe has told L’Obs: “My parents wanted me to start my career in France, to be educated in France. “To play football, but also to continue my education. To go to Spain, even if it was with Zidane, it was another country, another culture.”
Ancelotti Reveals Decision on Arsenal loanee, Odegaard
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Ancelotti Reveals Decision on Arsenal loanee, Odegaard

  Arsenal’s hopes of keeping midfielder, Martin Odegaard, at the Emirates have taken a decisive blow with new Real Madrid manager, Carlo Ancelott, ready to welcome the Norwegian back into his squad ahead of next season, Spanish newspaper ABC reports. Odegaard is currently on loan at Arsenal from Real Madrid after he failed to feature regularly in former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane’s squad. The 22-year-old thrived impressively at Arsenal in the second half of the campaign under the Gunners manager Mikel Arteta. Arsenal had hoped to secure either a permanent deal or another loan for Odegaard. But Ancelotti’s return to Real Madrid has effectively ended those plans as the former Everton boss is keen to include Odegaard in Real Madrid’s first-team squad next seas...
LaLiga: Ancelotti to Replace Zidane as Real Madrid Manager
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LaLiga: Ancelotti to Replace Zidane as Real Madrid Manager

  Real Madrid want to bring Carlo Ancelotti back as manager to replace Zinedine Zidane, according to Sky Sports. Ancelotti previously coached Los Blancos between 2013 and 2015. During his spell at the Santiago Bernabeu, the Italian led the club to victory in the 2014 Champions League final against rivals Atletico Madrid. Champions League semi-final: Zidane speaks on Real Madrid facing Chelsea He also guided Real to Copa del Rey, UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup glory that year. However, Ancelotti was sacked in 2015 after ending the season without a major trophy. The Spanish giants are now keen for Ancelotti to return following the resignation of Zidane – who was himself in his second spell as the club’s manager – last week. Zidane quit his post after seein...
I’m very Disappointed by Zidane’s Exit from Real Madrid – Hazard
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I’m very Disappointed by Zidane’s Exit from Real Madrid – Hazard

  Real Madrid midfielder, Eden Hazard, has said that he was ‘very disappointed’ by manager Zinedine Zidane’s departure from the club. Hazard said he regrets not performing better for Zidane following his exit from the Santiago Bernabeu. Zidane stepped down from his role as Real Madrid manager for the second time in his coaching career a few days ago. The Frenchman failed to win a trophy during the 2020-2021 season. “Zidane’s departure? I am very disappointed,” Hazard said at a Belgium press conference ahead of Euro 2020. “Individually I have not been able to give him what I have in me and that is disappointing, with all those injuries. “That was difficult. But he knows I value him highly both in terms of player and coach. “I had two wonderful years with him...
Zidane Pens Open Letter to Real Madrid Fans after dumping LaLiga club for second time
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Zidane Pens Open Letter to Real Madrid Fans after dumping LaLiga club for second time

  Zinedine Zidane has broken his silence on why he decided to leave Real Madrid, revealing what hurt him the most about his second spell in charge. The 48-year-old returned to the Santiago Bernabeu only 10 months after walking away in 2018. Zidane then led Los Blancos to a 2019/20 LaLiga title. He,however, left Madrid again after failing to win a trophy in the 2020/2021 campaign. In an open letter to Real fans, Zidane claimed he had stepped down because he feels president Florentino Perez has lost faith in him. “In May 2018 I left because after two and a half years, with so many victories and so many trophies, I felt the team needed a new approach to stay at the very highest level. Right now, things are different. I’m leaving because I feel the club no longer has...
Real Madrid President, Perez shortlists 4 Managers to Take Over from Zidane
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Real Madrid President, Perez shortlists 4 Managers to Take Over from Zidane

  Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez, has shortlisted four managers to take over from Zinedine Zidane. Zidane stepped down from his role as Real Madrid manager a few days ago. The Frenchman, who is one of Real Madrid’s successful managers in their history, led the Los Blancos to finish the 2020/21 season trophyless. According to COPE, Perez has now drawn up a four-man shortlist of managers to succeed Zidane at the Santiago Bernabeu, comprising Mauricio Pochettino (PSG), Antonio Conte (Free agent), Xabi Alonso (Real Sociedad B) and Raul Gonzalez (Real Madrid Castilla). Pochettino is currently the manager of Paris Saint-Germain. He joined the French Ligue 1 giants in January. Conte, who led Inter Milan to win this season’s Serie A title, is currently without a...
Real Madrid Confirm Signing of Bayern Munich Defender David Alaba on Five-year Contract
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Real Madrid Confirm Signing of Bayern Munich Defender David Alaba on Five-year Contract

Real Madrid have confirmed they signed David Alaba from Bayern Munich on a five-year contract. The announcement of the signing of the 28-year-old Austria International, who had also been linked with several English Premier League clubs, comes a day after Zinedine Zidane quit as Real coach. "Real Madrid has reached an agreement with David Alaba, who will be linked to the club for the next five seasons," Madrid said in a statement. Alaba will be presented as a Real player after Euro 2020, the statement added. The Austria international has been hugely successful at Bayern, having won two Champions League trophies and 10 league titles among other silverware. Alaba had said in February that he would leave Bayern when his contract expires at the end of the season after 13 ...
Zinedine Zidane Resigns as Manager of Real Madrid with Immediate Effect after Missing out on LaLiga title to Rivals Atletico Madrid
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Zinedine Zidane Resigns as Manager of Real Madrid with Immediate Effect after Missing out on LaLiga title to Rivals Atletico Madrid

Zinedine Zidane has resigned as manager of Real Madrid with immediate effect. Los Blancos were knocked out of the Champions League in the semi-final and also missed out on the LaLiga title. According to Sportsmail,  Zidane would have walked away from the club regardless of whether they secured the title after Zidane sensed for some time that he did not have the backing of the club's president, Florentino Perez. Spanish publication AS, report Zidane has already informed both the club's directors and the first team squad that he has left the club. The Frenchman had been in charge of in two spells since 2016, and has won three Champions Leagues in the Spanish capital. He also guided Madrid to the LaLiga title last season but they were unable to repeat the feat this time...
LaLiga: Zidane ‘Gutted’ after Losing Title to Atletico Madrid
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LaLiga: Zidane ‘Gutted’ after Losing Title to Atletico Madrid

  Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane, has said he is “gutted” after they fell short in the defence of their LaLiga title. Karim Benzema and Luka Modric scored as Los Blancos fought from a goal down to beat Villarreal 2-1. But Atletico Madrid’s own comeback win against Real Valladolid was more than enough to snatch the title from their city rivals. It means that Madrid end the campaign trophyless for the first time in over a decade. “My mood is gutted. We didn’t win La Liga. If you ask me that, that’s the answer. “We have to congratulate Atletico, who deserve [to be champions], because whoever is at the top deserves it. “But the most important thing is what the [Real Madrid] players have done.I have to thank our fans because they have always supported the tea...
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Simeone: Atletico will give our lives to win Liga title on final day

The Rojiblancos' hunt for a second domestic crown under their boss will be decided on Saturday as they jostle for a sophomore triumph Diego Simeone says that Atletico Madrid will "give their lives" in order to be crowned champions of La Liga this weekend, as the title race goes down to the wire with Real Madrid. The Rojiblancos, who have led the top flight for the majority of the 2020-21 campaign, head into the final matchday against Real Valladolid two points ahead of Zinedine Zidane's crosscity rivals and current holders. Yet owing to Los Blancos' superior head-to-head record, any tie at the summit would see Atletico let the title slip through their fingers, while Sergio's hosts at Estadio Jose Zorrilla are fighting for their own survival against relegation - and Simeone fully...
LaLiga: Zidane Denies Telling Real Madrid players he is Leaving
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LaLiga: Zidane Denies Telling Real Madrid players he is Leaving

  Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane, has denied telling his players that he would leave the club. According to the Frenchman, he “would never, ever say that to my players”. It is believed that Zidane has announced his exit to the squad behind closed doors. Despite beating Athletic Bilbao on Sunday, Real are in danger of finishing 2020/2021 without a trophy, as they remain two points behind Atletico Madrid on the table with one match to go. But Zidane insists they are fully focused on trying to win the title. “How could I tell the players I’m leaving now? We’re giving our everything for the title and I just say ‘by the way, I’m off’? “People outside the club can say whatever they like, but I would never, ever say that to my players,” Zidane told reporters....
Five Managers Fight to Replace Zidane as Real Madrid Head coach
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Five Managers Fight to Replace Zidane as Real Madrid Head coach

  Real Madrid will be looking for Zinedine Zidane’s replacement this season, with the Frenchman set to leave the club. It is understood Zidane has informed his players that he will not be in charge next term. Five managers are in the race to replace the 47-year-old in the Santiago Bernabeu hotseat. According to the UK Mirror, they are: Max Allegri, Raul, Joachim Low, Antonio Conte and Carlo Ancelotti. Allegri won the Serie A five times and added the Coppa Italia on four occasions while he was at Juventus, before he went on a sabbatical. Raul spent almost two decades at the Bernabeu before leaving in 2010 but is now back coaching the club’s B team and youth ranks. Florentino Perez has shown his willingness to promote from within having hired Zidane when he was B t...
I can Leave Real Madrid for Good of Everyone – Zidane
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I can Leave Real Madrid for Good of Everyone – Zidane

  Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane, has said change is “good for everyone” in the biggest hint that he will leave the club at the end of the season. Although Los Blancos still stand a chance of winning LaLiga, they have endured a largely disappointing campaign. Pressure has been growing on Zidane ever since Chelsea eliminated them from the Champions League at the semi-final stage. The Frenchman was asked about his future ahead of his side’s crucial game against Athletic Bilbao on Sunday. “The answer is very boring. There are two games left. I don’t know what will happen after that. “Anything could happen. This is Real Madrid. People think I would quit because I don’t want responsibility when things get complicated. That is not true. Everything I do I do to my...
Real Madrid rocked by Kroos blow as World Cup winner must isolate ahead of crunch clash with Athletic Club
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Real Madrid rocked by Kroos blow as World Cup winner must isolate ahead of crunch clash with Athletic Club

  The German has come into contact with a person who has tested positive for Covid-19 and must steer clear of the Blancos' main group Real Madrid's preparations for a crucial clash with Athletic Club on Sunday have been rocked by the news that Toni Kroos must take in a period of self-isolation. The German midfielder has come into contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19, meaning that he must now stay away from the Blancos' main group. Kroos has not contracted coronavirus himself, but every precaution is being taken to help prevent any spread within Zinedine Zidane's squad.  
Marcelo dropped from Real Madrid squad after argument with Zidane
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Marcelo dropped from Real Madrid squad after argument with Zidane

The Brazilian has grown increasingly frustrated with his manager after being relegated to a back-up role behind Ferland Mendy Real Madrid defender Marcelo was left off the squad list for Thursday's match against Granada due to an argument with manager Zinedine Zidane, Goal can confirm. With Ferland Mendy out for the remainder of the season, Marcelo appeared to be in line to start the crucial match at the Nuevo Estadio de Los Carmenes. Instead, the Brazilian, who turned 33 on Wednesday, saw himself axed entirely when Madrid announced their matchday squad on Wednesday.
Zidane ready to bet big on Real Madrid youngster compared to Sergio Ramos
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Zidane ready to bet big on Real Madrid youngster compared to Sergio Ramos

Los Blancos worked hard to sign the young defender from Mallorca in 2019, and he is now set to step up to the first team With Real Madrid enduring an injury crisis in defence, manager Zinedine Zidane is preparing to gamble on youngster Pablo Ramon, who has impressed for Castilla, the Liga giants' reserve team. The losses of Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Nacho and Ferland Mendy have left Real with shoestring options at the back - which could provide an opportunity for Mallorca-born Ramon, a favourite player of Blancos legend Raul, who is currently Castilla manager. Ramon was first called into the Real first team for the Liga clash with Getafe last month and was an unused substitute in a goalless draw - but could make his senior debut in the final three games of the league season....
Zidane ‘Very angry’ with Controversial Sevilla Penalty as Real Madrid Lose Ground in La Liga
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Zidane ‘Very angry’ with Controversial Sevilla Penalty as Real Madrid Lose Ground in La Liga

A VAR review determined Eder Militao had handled the ball in the box, negating a penalty at the other end after a swift counter. Zinedine Zidane has said he is "very angry" after a controversial VAR decision went against Real Madrid in a disappointing 2-2 draw with Sevilla on Sunday, which stalled their pursuit of Atletico Madrid at the top of La Liga. During a review of a 78th-minute penalty won by Karim Benzema, referees determined an earlier play at the other end involved a handball in the box by Real Madrid defender Eder Militao. Rather than giving Real Madrid a spot kick, Sevilla were awarded one. Ivan Rakitic converted to take a one-goal advantage before Eden Hazard equalised deep in stoppage time. While Zidane had the call explained to him, he said later: "What they hav...
Real Madrid Drop Points in Sevilla Draw
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Real Madrid Drop Points in Sevilla Draw

Eden Hazard’s 94th-minute equaliser salvaged Real Madrid a dramatic 2-2 draw against Sevilla on Sunday as an extraordinary penalty decision swung La Liga’s title race back in Atletico Madrid’s favour. Zinedine Zidane’s side had levelled through Marco Asensio midway through the second half and thought they had a penalty when Karim Benzema was brought down after rounding Sevilla goalkeeper Yassine Bono. But VAR prompted referee Juan Martinez Munuera to check an Eder Militao handball a few seconds before, with a huge decision seeing Madrid’s penalty cancelled and a spot-kick awarded to Sevilla instead. Ivan Rakitic converted and while Madrid still managed to hit back in injury time, Toni Kroos’ shot deflecting in off Eden Hazard’s foot, the draw hands the advantage back to Atleti...
Zidane insists he won’t dig in heels at Real Madrid amid Allegri rumours
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Zidane insists he won’t dig in heels at Real Madrid amid Allegri rumours

Zinedine Zidane says he won't dig in his heels if it's decided he must leave Real Madrid. He has a contract at the Bernabeu until June 2022, but told the media today that it was irrelevant. “What I can say is that I will make things simple for the club, because they have given me everything," said Zidane in his press conference. “I don't want to cause problems for the club. I will concentrate on the final four games and we'll see about the rest later on." There's claims in Italy that Real have already settled on terms with former Juventus coach Max Allegri.
UCL: Zidane Finally reacts to Hazard Laughing after Chelsea Eliminated Real Madrid
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UCL: Zidane Finally reacts to Hazard Laughing after Chelsea Eliminated Real Madrid

  Real Madrid boss, Zinedine Zidane, has reacted to forward Eden Hazard’s laughing following their Champions League semi-final second-leg 2-0 defeat against Chelsea last Wednesday. Hazard struggled to make an impact against his former club and then angered those connected with Real Madrid after television cameras caught him laughing with Kurt Zouma just minutes after the full-time whistle at Stamford Bridge. Reacting, Zidane said that Hazard apologized to Real Madrid players for laughing and joking after their Champions League defeat to Chelsea, adding that it was not his intention to hurt anyone. “Hazard knows what he has to do on the pitch, and he is going to do it, we spoke the other day after the game to say that he apologized for the reaction, with me, with the cl...
Lopetegui Names Right Manager to coach Real Madrid after Champions League exit
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Lopetegui Names Right Manager to coach Real Madrid after Champions League exit

  Sevilla manager, Julen Lopetegui, has said that Zinedine Zidane is the right manager to coach Real Madrid following their Champions League exit last Wednesday. Zidane suffered huge criticism from fans after Chelsea eliminated Real Madrid from the Champions League, following Timo Werner and Mason Mount’s goals. However, Lopetegui, who replaced Zidane as Real Madrid head coach in 2018, believes there is no room for critics to doubt the Frenchman’s ability. “I don’t have much to say [about the criticisms of Zidane],” said Lopetegui in his pre-match press conference ahead of Real Madrid’s LaLiga clash with Sevilla on Sunday. “Zidane’s work speaks for itself, there’s no room for doubting his ability. “He’s the ideal coach for where he is.”
LaLiga: Real Madrid Suffer Major Injury Blow Ahead Sevilla Clash
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LaLiga: Real Madrid Suffer Major Injury Blow Ahead Sevilla Clash

  Real Madrid has confirmed that captain, Sergio Ramos, has been diagnosed with tendinosis of the semimembranous muscle of his left leg ahead of the team’s home LaLiga clash with Sevilla on Sunday at Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano. Real Madrid made this known in a statement on their official website on Saturday. Zinedine Zidane’s side head to the game following a 2-0 defeat against Chelsea in the Champions League semi-final second-leg tie last Wednesday. The Los Blancos are currently in the second position on the LaLiga table with 74 points from 34 games. The statement read, “After the tests carried out on our player Sergio Ramos by Real Madrid’s Medical Services, he was diagnosed with tendinosis of the semimembranous muscle of his left leg. Pending evolution.” The k...
Real Madrid Ready To Listen To Offers For Eden Hazard 
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Real Madrid Ready To Listen To Offers For Eden Hazard 

Laliga giants Real Madrid are ready to start listening to offers for Belgian star Eden Hazard after losing patience with him, reports Marca. While injuries have affected the £90million signing’s development since he arrived from Chelsea back in 2019, manager Zinedine Zidane is ready to offload the winger due to his performances and attitude. Hazard found himself in trouble with Madrid fans this week after he was pictured laughing and joking with his former Chelsea team-mates moments after his side were knocked out of the Champions League semi-final. However, the report suggests that his recent actions at Stamford Bridge have not influenced the decision and that Madrid have been planning to make him available for transfer for weeks. Madrid have ‘reached a limit’ with Hazard’...
Champions League: Hazard Under fire for Laughing with Chelsea Players after Real Madrid Exit
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Champions League: Hazard Under fire for Laughing with Chelsea Players after Real Madrid Exit

  Real Madrid fans are angry with Eden Hazard, as he was pictured laughing with his former Chelsea team-mates, after the LaLiga side were dumped out of the Champions League on Wednesday night, SportsMail reports. Hazard, who was back at Stamford Bridge for the first time since his massive £90million transfer to Spain in 2019, was seen joking and laughing with his former colleagues at full-time. Madrid lost 2-0 in London, after holding the Blues to a 1-1 draw in Spain. It marks something of a breaking point for Hazard, who has endured a miserable spell since he signed for the Spanish giants and now both Madrid supporters and the Spanish media appear to be turning on the star. Los Blancos boss, Zinedine Zidane, had been saving Hazard for the crucial second leg, after ...
UCL: ‘Well Done’ – Zidane tells Chelsea, Reveals Why Real Madrid lost 2-0 at Stamford Bridge
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UCL: ‘Well Done’ – Zidane tells Chelsea, Reveals Why Real Madrid lost 2-0 at Stamford Bridge

  Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane admitted that his team were not good in the attack during their 2-0 defeat to Chelsea in the Champions League semi-final second leg tie at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday. He said that the Premier League side ‘deserved’ to win the semi-final tie but insisted he was ‘proud’ of his team despite their exit. Timo Werner and Mason Mount gave Chelsea a deserved 2-0 win over the 13-times Champions League winners. The Frenchman said his team did not do well in the attack even though they enjoyed a huge possession during the game. “We can say that yes, they deserved the win,” Zidane told beIN Sport “We fought and tried but they deserved to win and go through. “The players who have played tonight were fit to play. I’m proud of my boys...
UCL: I Fear for Chelsea, Hazard will Hunt them – Sinclair
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UCL: I Fear for Chelsea, Hazard will Hunt them – Sinclair

  Trevor Sinclair has said that he fears for Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea as they face Real Madrid in the return fixture of their Champions League semifinal at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday. According to him, the Blues former star, Eden Hazard will come back to haunt them. Eden Hazard looks set to start at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday after coming off the bench late on in the reverse fixture but failed to make much of an impact. The Belgium international left Stamford Bridge in 2019 on a £140million move to the Santiago Bernabeu. Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane said his side ‘will need’ the winger for the second leg. Former Man City and England winger Sinclair thinks Hazard could prove to be a big problem for Chelsea. “I can’t help but think Eden Hazard is going to...
Chelsea vs Real Madrid: Tuchel makes Sergio Ramos prediction ahead of UCL semi-final
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Chelsea vs Real Madrid: Tuchel makes Sergio Ramos prediction ahead of UCL semi-final

  Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has predicted that Sergio Ramos will be recalled by Zinedine Zidane for Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final first leg against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. The first leg ended 1-1 in Spain last week. Chelsea’s impressive defensive record under Tuchel will be put to the test in the return leg. But their hopes of breaking down Real’s defence could even be tougher, should Ramos return for the first time since March 13. The 35-year-old suffered a calf injury playing for Spain and is working his way back to match fitness. Tuchel however expects Ramos to start for the first time in nearly six weeks for his club. He said: “Does Ramos play or not? This is a tough question because I simply don’t know it. We will see after the trainin...
UCL: Zidane Announces Real Madrid Squad to tackle Chelsea at Stamford Bridge
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UCL: Zidane Announces Real Madrid Squad to tackle Chelsea at Stamford Bridge

  Real Madrid boss, Zinedine Zidane, has announced his side’s squad to tackle Chelsea in the Champions League semi-final tie at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday. Zidane named 23 players to face Chelsea in a post via Real Madrid’s website on Tuesday. Real Madrid had played a 1-1 draw with Chelsea in the first-leg last week. Zidane’s side head to the game after beating Osasuna 2-0 in the LaLiga last Saturday. Below is Real Madrid’s squad against Chelsea: Goalkeeper: Courtois, Lunin and Altube. Defenders: E. Militão, Sergio Ramos, Nacho, Marcelo, Odriozola, Mendy and Miguel. Midfielders: Kroos, Modrić, Casemiro, Isco, Valverde, Arribas and Blanco. Forwards: Hazard, Benzema, Asensio, Vini Jr., Mariano and Rodrygo. The kick-off for the game is 8 pm, Nigerian t...
Chelsea vs Real Madrid: Rio Ferdinand predicts winner of Champions League tie at Stamford Bridge
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Chelsea vs Real Madrid: Rio Ferdinand predicts winner of Champions League tie at Stamford Bridge

  Manchester United hero, Rio Ferdinand, has predicted the winner between Chelsea and Real Madrid when both teams clash in the Champions League semi-final second-leg tie at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night. Chelsea had played a 1-1 draw with Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final first-leg encounter last week in Spain. Thomas Tuchel’s side head to the game following a 2-0 victory over Fulham in the Premier League last weekend, while Real Madrid defeated Osasuna 2-0 in the LaLiga. Providing his prediction, Ferdinand backed Chelsea to beat Zinedine Zidane’s side to qualify for the Champions League final because the Blues play at a high pace. “After watching Real Madrid play and navigate their way through against Liverpool, I thought the experience was going ...
Chelsea vs Real Madrid: Zidane Expecting Double Injury boost ahead of UCL Semi-final
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Chelsea vs Real Madrid: Zidane Expecting Double Injury boost ahead of UCL Semi-final

  Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane, is hopeful of having both Raphael Varane and Sergio Ramos fit for their Champions League semi-final second leg against Chelsea on Wednesday. Ramos is back to full fitness after suffering a calf injury, but has not played a game since mid-March. Varane, meanwhile, suffered a minor knock and was withdrawn at half-time of Saturday’s 2-0 win over Osasuna. “I hope Varane has a small thing, he thinks it is a small thing and I hope so,” Zidane told Movistar after the game. “I hope Ramos is back. If he’s good, he’ll be with us.” With Ramos and Varane sidelined several times this season, Eder Militao has stepped up to become a vital part of the team’s defence.
Zidane hopeful defensive duo Varane and Ramos will be fit to face Chelsea
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Zidane hopeful defensive duo Varane and Ramos will be fit to face Chelsea

The Blancos could be shorthanded in defence for Wednesday's Champions League semi-final second leg Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane is hopeful that Raphael Varane and Sergio Ramos will both be fit for Wednesday's clash with Chelsea in the Champions League. Ramos has returned to full fitness after suffering a calf injury but has not played a game for Madrid since mid-March. Varane, meanwhile, suffered a minor injury and had to be withdrawn at half-time of Saturday's 2-0 win over Osasuna.
Pogba’s agent hints at Man Utd’s swap deal with Hazard
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Pogba’s agent hints at Man Utd’s swap deal with Hazard

  Mino Raiola, the agent to Manchester United midfielder, Paul Pogba, has said the player may move to Real Madrid and suggested that a swap deal involving Eden Hazard be discussed with Manchester United. Pogba is being linked with an exit from Old Trafford this summer and has previously caught the attention of Madrid, who are managed by his compatriot Zinedine Zidane. Speaking to AS, Raiola was asked why Pogba is yet to sign for the Spanish giants. He replied: “It’s a question for Madrid. “At one time, Pogba felt a lot of love for, and trust in, United, and there are various other clubs. “Afterwards, it’s really hard for United and Madrid to reach an understanding on a massive transfer because big clubs don’t like selling great players to other big clubs. “And...
Zidane confirms Ramos ready for Real Madrid return against Chelsea
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Zidane confirms Ramos ready for Real Madrid return against Chelsea

seeThe central defender has not played since March due to a calf injury sustained while on international duty Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has regained full fitness and is in line to feature in his side's Champions League crunch match against Chelsea, coach Zinedine Zidane revealed. Ramos has been out of action for a month after suffering an injury setback while on international duty with Spain. But he is set to return in the nick of time with his side needing a big result to turn the tables on the Blues at Stamford Bridge next Wednesday.
Champions League: Zidane Predicts What will Happen in Second Leg Against Chelsea
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Champions League: Zidane Predicts What will Happen in Second Leg Against Chelsea

  Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane, has said he expects a “competitive” contest when they face Chelsea in the Champions League semi-final second leg. The two sides played out a 1-1 draw on Tuesday, with both goals coming in the first half. Christian Pulisic gave the visitors the lead, before Karim Benzema equalized before the break. With the tie on a knife-edge going into the second leg at Stamford Bridge next week, Zidane is not expecting the Blues to sit back at Stamford Bridge. “They’re very quick, have good players and started very well. In the second half we had more control. We are still in the tie and we’re happy with the overall performance. We’re also good at playing away from home, we press high. “They’re [Chelsea] in the semi-final for a reason, th...
UCL: How Chelsea will Approach Real Madrid Clash – Thomas Tuchel
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UCL: How Chelsea will Approach Real Madrid Clash – Thomas Tuchel

  Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has said that his team will approach their UEFA Champions League, UCL, semi-final first-leg tie against Real Madrid on Tuesday night in Spain with full confidence. Tuchel explained that Chelsea players would go on the offensive against Real Madrid, adding that they will be adventurous against the Zinedine Zidane’s side at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano stadium. Tuchel’s men had eliminated FC Porto from the Champions League last-8 earlier this month, while Real Madrid knocked Liverpool out of the competition. Chelsea head to the match following a 1-0 victory against West Ham in the Premier League over the weekend. “If you arrive in a semi-final, you arrive at pretty much the highest level in European football and to play Real Madrid ...
Real Madrid vs Chelsea: Zidane Announces Squad for Champions League tie in Spain
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Real Madrid vs Chelsea: Zidane Announces Squad for Champions League tie in Spain

  Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane, has named a 22-man squad to tackle Chelsea in the Champions League semi-final first-leg tie at the Alfredo Di Stéfano stadium in Spain on Tuesday night. Zidane announced the squad in a post on Real Madrid’s official website on Monday. Zidane’s men had eliminated Liverpool from the Champions League quarter-final stages, while Chelsea knocked Porto out of the competition. Real Madrid head to the game after playing a 0-0 draw with Real Betis in the LaLiga over the weekend, while Chelsea defeated West Ham United 1-0 in the Premier League. Below is Real Madrid’s squad against Chelsea; Goalkeepers: Courtois, Lunin and Altube. Defenders: Carvajal, E. Militão, R. Varane, Nacho, Marcelo, Odriozola and Miguel. Midfielders: Kroo...
Real Madrid vs Chelsea: Zidane, Varane Hint on Referees Favouring Tuchel’s Men
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Real Madrid vs Chelsea: Zidane, Varane Hint on Referees Favouring Tuchel’s Men

Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane and defender Raphael Varane have played down fears they could face biased refereeing against Chelsea, because of their European Super League involvement. The two teams clash in the Champions League semi-final first leg on Tuesday evening at the Bernabeu. This comes a week after Los Blancos president, Florentino Perez, tried to lead 12 clubs to create a breakaway competition to rival the Champions League. Following a massive backlash, Chelsea withdrew their membership, but Real is yet to follow suit. That has led to suggestions in the Spanish media that UEFA’s referees might be biased against Madrid. “I don’t believe that. The referee will do his job, as always, and we just think about playing football, nothing else,” Zidane told a pre...
Real Madrid vs Chelsea: Tuchel Tasks Players ahead of Champions League tie
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Real Madrid vs Chelsea: Tuchel Tasks Players ahead of Champions League tie

  Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has asked his Blues players to be focused as they prepare for Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League semi-final first-leg tie against Real Madrid. Tuchel wants Chelsea to play at the highest level against Zinedine Zidane’s side when both teams clash at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano in Spain. Chelsea head to the game following a 1-0 victory against West Ham United in the Premier League over the weekend. Asked about the forthcoming clash against Real Madrid, Tuchel told his post-match press conference after Chelsea’s win over West Ham: “All the performances are a new benchmark for us. “If we do it now, we want to do it on Tuesday again, and if we do it on Tuesday, we want to do it on Saturday again. “This is how we approach our team, and...

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