Cristiano Ronaldo has decided to put an end to all the rumours concerning the negotiations that he is supposed to be having with Real Madrid to extend his contract, which runs out in June, 2015: “All the news about my renewal with Real Madrid are false”, he assured on his official Twitter account.
A few days ago, the Portuguese forward seemed quite up-beat and optimistic about the matter: “I’m quite calm, I’m not worried about it. I know that we will reach a renewal agreement and so I’m not really thinking about it”, he explained from the Portugal camp.
According to some sources, Monaco is willing to pay €100 million for the goal-machine, which would make it the most expensive deal in footballing history. Meanwhile, Florentino Pérez has assured in MARCA that he wants to make Cristiano Real Madrid’s new Di Stéfano.
“My wish, and that of Cristiano and the Real Madrid fans, is that he plays here for many years to come. And if everyone wants the same thing, it’s difficult for it not to happen. I, Real Madrid, want it; Cristiano, the player, wants it” he said.
The Zidane dynasty is very much on the up. Enzo, Zizou’s oldest son, is following in his father’s golden footsteps and is set to represent Real Madrid’s under-18s (‘Juvenil A’) next season, the last waypoint before making the leap into senior football. The starlet, who just turned 18, is coming off a fine campaign in Fernando Morientes’ championship-winning under-17s (‘Juvenil B’).
Enzo has been a regular this season, acquitting himself equally well in the hole behind the strikers and in central midfield, where his old man shone in his halcyon days. The 18-year-old is all set for his tenth season at Valdebebas, having risen through the ranks and to the cusp of the big time – José Mourinho invited the youngster to train with the first team two years ago – purely on his own merit.
The starlet has superb technique, including the odd move reminiscent of his father, although it is pointless drawing comparisons at this stage. He possesses a wicked shot from long range and is also a real physical specimen, coming in at 6 feet 1½ and 75 kg, according to the club’s website.
When not in France completing his coaching badges, Zidane Sr. has barely missed a ‘Juvenil B’ game in which his chip off the old block has featured. It is worth remembering that Enzo’s younger brothers, Luca and Theo, are also on Real Madrid’s books.
This Wednesday marked 11 days since Mourinho left Real Madrid as its manager and the club has yet to secure and officially announce the appointment of a new coach to take over at its helm.
Real Madrid is having a hard time signing Carlo Ancelotti, the number one candidate for the post. Florentino Pérez has never before taken so long to bring a new coach on board – an odd fact which has not escaped notice. Florentino has, during his three terms of office, employed eight managers. The longest gap between one going and a replacement arriving has been three days, which happened in the changeover from Vicente del Bosque to Carlos Queiroz and also from Manuel Pellegrini to José Mourinho.
Real Madrid’s lack of coach is even more glaring at a time when arrivals and departures are being discussed and following Florentino Pérez’s comment that movements are on hold until a new coach is in place. Although the truth is that there have already been two with Carvajal and Casemiro moving up to the first team. On MARCA TV’s Monday night ‘Futboleros’ programme, Florentino revealed that he might announce the new manager next week. The clock continues to tick.
Karim Benzema talked with MARCA.com in the lobby of the Sheraton Hotel in Porto Alegre, after one of the toughest seasons of his career. No title, fewer goals and more criticism. Nevertheless, the Frenchman is trying to see the glass half full and look with optimism to the future. Karim analyzes the current situation of Real Madrid with the same serenity with which he plays. Nothing seems to move him. Not even Mourinho’s farewell. Benzema is only concerned about the game, what makes him happy.
Q: What message can you give to the fans after a season like this?
A: Continue to support us forever and that we will fight next season to win the most titles and the Champions League, of course.
Q: How do you rate your season on a personal level?
A: Well, well … Playing with Real Madrid makes me very happy, I love to wear this shirt and in that sense I have to say I’m happy. As a scorer my season has not been like the last, it is true. A year ago I ended up with 30 goals and this year I’ve had 20, but nothing happened. I will continue working hard to try to make things right. Continue reading Benzema: Mou is a great coach
This Wednesday, Florentino Perez and Zinedine Zidane have scheduled a key meeting to determine the future of Real Madrid sports. It not only define the powers of the former football great, but will address vital issues such as those relating to the preparation of the 2013-14 squad.
Florentino and Zidane will see each other to shape the new Madrid design. The plan will slightly revolve around the figure of the mythical former Madrid footballer whose role remains to be defined. The club sees him more in an office role, while Zizou prefers being closer to the pitch, especially if, as it appears, Carlo Ancelotti is the man chosen to lead the Madrid squad.
The team is still taking shape. The base of the team will still focus on Cristiano Ronaldo, but they are still missing the details which will enable Madrid to once again contend for all the titles.. On the table are names such as Gareth Bale, Luis Suarez and Cavani to strengthen the attack.