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Zinedine Zidane Has Particular Plans For Every Real Madrid Player For Pre-Season Training

The Champions of Europe, Real Madrid, are easily the strongest side in Europe at the moment but Zinedine Zidane, the current manager of the club is looking to make some top class additions to the first team, to help them repeat their achievements from the previous campaign.

Los Blancos lifted the Champions League and the league title last season and it will not be easy to repeat such performances in the upcoming campaign.

But the French manager is already making plans at how to approach the upcoming campaign at the Bernabeu.

The Spanish giants start their preseason in a fortnight but they are already back in training and Zidane has decided to travel with almost 30 players for his team’s preseason in the US.

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Real play some crunching games in the International Champions Cup before the start of the next season and it is now revealed that the manager has some plans chalked out.

Zidane to talk with each player separately

According to reports from Marca, the former French international will use a similar technique from the previous season and will have a personal conversation with his squad on the preseason tour.

The La Liga outfit are travelling with upto 7 junior players in the squad and it is understood that Zidane wants them to gain as much exposure as possible on this trip.

Like he did with Cristiano Ronaldo last season, Zidane wants to sit with each and every player, including the youngsters and wants them to know their role in the squad, so as to make everyone happy before travelling back to Spain.

It is claimed that before they are back at the Spanish capital, every player will know what is expected of them and this will make it easier for the players to decide on their future this summer.

Midfield of prime importance

At the start of the previous season, the likes of Marco Asensio, Alvaro Morata, Mateo Kovacic, Lucas Vazquez and James Rodriguez were all travelling to the pre-season with doubts about their immediate future at the Bernabeu.

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But none of the players ended up leaving the club and Zidane wants to have a similar impact in the preseason this year.

However, this time around, he wants to concentrate on his midfield options as the likes of Dani Ceballos and Marcos Llorente will also be knocking on the door.

It is understood that every player will finally take his own decision but surely, this preseason tour will help the player get some clarity about their futures.

 

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Huge: Chelsea Offered Chance To Sign Bundesliga Goal Scoring Machine; Conte Still Wants Real Madrid Star

Antonio Conte will not be a happy man with the way things are going at his club since the end of the previous season.

The Italian manager lifted the Premier League title in his first season in England and is now determined to improve the quality in the first team to make sure that they are able to repeat their performances from the previous season.

Spanish star Diego Costa was the top goal scorer for the club in the previous season but Chelsea and Conte have decided to let him go and are now in the search for the right player to replace him for the next season.

While Everton’s Romelu Lukaku was high up the wish list, he has now completed a switch to Manchester United, leaving Chelsea to look elsewhere.

One player, they will surely look at is Gabon international Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

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Auba offered to Chelsea

The Blues are set to receive a decent fee for Costa and will not be shy of spending on their top transfer targets for the next season.

And reports today suggest that they have been given an opportunity to sign the Borussia Dortmund star this summer.

English news outfit Sky Sports revealed that the 28-year old has been offered to the Blues but the German outfit.

“We are hearing this morning that Chelsea have been offered the chance to sign Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang,” reporter Kaveh Solhekol said on Sky Sports News

He was the top scorer in Germany last season.

“He can leave Dortmund this summer for £70m,” they add.

Aubameyang was close to a move to PSG, which later collapsed while AC Milan and Liverpool have also been linked with a move for him recently.

He is easily one of the best strikers in Europe at the moment but his £70m price tag is a problem for many clubs as it is for the Blues.

Chelsea are also reportedly ready to reject him and are already looking elsewhere for players for the next season.

Morata top transfer target

And reports today claim that Spanish international Alvaro Morata has now become a priority for Chelsea this summer.

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The Blues are yet to make a single signing this summer but need a genuine goal scorer who can walk into the first team next season and Morata fits the bill perfectly.

It is understood that Chelsea have made a £62m bid for his services and that they are confident that it will be enough to land Morata this summer.

Do you think this is the right move by Chelsea?

 

 

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Blow For Arsenal As Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Has Little Chance Of Signing New Contract, Liverpool On High Alert

Arsene Wenger failed to take his side to the Champions League for the next season as Arsenal failed to finish in the top-4 for the first time in 20-years under their French manager.

They did manage to lift the FA Cup on the final day of the campaign, helping save Wenger’s position in the club for the next two years.

However, not much is going well for the Gunners this summer.

They have added the likes of Sead Kolasinac and Alexandre Lacazette to their ranks already this summer but they are now set to lose two of the most important players of their squad before the start of the next season.

While Chilean winger Alexis Sanchez is rejecting offer after offer from Arsenal for a new deal, the Gunners are now in danger of losing the versatile midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

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Arsenal confident of a deal

The 23-year old midfielder joined the Emirates outfit as a teenager and grew on to establish himself in the senior squad under Wegner.

He was terrific in the previous season as well, impressing with his tireless displays in more than one position in the squad.

Wenger recently revealed that he likes the youngster and the losing him was not an option.

I personally think it is vital that Chamberlain stays at Arsenal,” he said.

“We bought him when he was very young, we have built him up and I think he has a great mentality, Wenger said in an interview.

However, he has never been able to win a regular place in the first team under the manager.

He has just a year left on his contract at the Emirates and extending it will mean that he will not be able to quit the club for at least a couple of years, which might stunt his growth even further.

The Ox definitely quitting

This has seen him unsettled at the club and reports suggest that he has officially decided that he will quit the club this summer.

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According to English news outfit Sky Sports, Oxlade-Chamberlain has rejected all contract offers with the club and is up for sale in the current transfer market.

The report claims that the chances of the ‘Ox’ signing a new deal are ‘virtually nil’.

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are extensively linked with a move for the midfielder and are reportedly ready to meet his valuation of around £25m this summer.

Chelsea and Manchester City are also interested and it will be interesting to see where he will play next season.

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Jose Mourinho Aims Dig At Wenger Yet Again: This Time For Signing Alexandre Lacazette

After a mediocre season by their standards, Arsenal failed to qualify for the Champions League for the next season but they will have to make some serious progress in the upcoming campaign to maintain themselves as a heavyweight in England.

The manager has been desperate for a genuine goal scorer for more than one summer now but he has finally been able to land one his top transfer targets in Alexandre Lacazette this summer.

The French international is easily one of the best goal strikers in world football at the moment and he surely makes Arsenal a stronger outfit in attack next season.

But one person that does not think Lacazette is worth the fuzz is Jose Mourinho.

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Mourinho scouted for Lacazette

The Red Devils lost Zlatan Ibrahimovic, their top goal scorer from the previous season and were also in desperate need of a striker who can fill the Swede’s boots next season.

They have managed to sign up Everton’s Romelu Lukaku for the next season but reports claim that Mourinho had an eye on Lacazette before he completed his move to Arsenal.

Lacazette joined the Gunners in a £52m deal, which is a club record transfer but the Express claims that Manchester United were also scouting for the 26-year old and were ready to meet his valuation.

Not good enough

However, Mourinho decided against making a move for the French star as he felt that he is not as good as his image.

The Express claims that a source close to them has revealed that Mourinho, who had an eye on Lacazette for six long months, decided against spending on him, due to the lack of strength and big game mentality in the player.

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A United source said: “Lacazette was followed because he was top scorer in French football – but a lot of his goals were penalties [10 of his 28 goals last season came from the spot].

“In the end he wasn’t considered because he has no stamina, no physical impact and isn’t a big-game player.”

Manchester United finally decided to spend £100m on Romelu Lukaku this summer and Jose Mourinho is surely going to rub it in Wenger’s face next season.

Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho were never the best of friends with a number of controversies have seen them exchange some unkind words.

Mourinho is always alert to an opportunity to do so and having signed Lukaku, he found a chance to do so, and took it with both hands.

 

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Dani Alves Takes To Social Media To Call Barcelona’s Chief Agent A ‘Liar’

Barcelona endured a tough campaign in Europe and also in the La Liga as the only trophy they managed to lift last season was the Copa del Rey.

They had a number of issues with the squad but the biggest frailty in the squad at the Camp Nou is at the right=back position.

The Catalan giants had Brazilian star Dani Alves take care of that role for almost a decade and he was impeccable in his services to the club, helping them to innumerable trophies.

However, he was allowed to quit the club last summer and Alves decide to join Juventus, where he won the league title and also went into the Champions League final.

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He is already moving on from Turin, but Barcelona are yet to find a replacement for him and are still searching high and dry in the transfer market.

Barca claim Alves quit for personal reasons

Alves had a stellar campaign at the Camp Nou, winning almost everything possible.

He became a local for the Barcelona faithful and his chemistry down the flank with Argentine star Lionel Messi was just sensual to watch at times.

He was in his prime even the season before he left the club and many were left wondering why Barcelona did not want to keep him for another season.

His efforts in Turin only intensified those calls and it was not boding well for the Spanish side.

An agent of the La Liga outfit, Josep Maria Bartomeu recently revealed that Alves quit Catalonia for personal reasons.

“Dani does not have any problems with the board, he and I know exactly what his problem is, which is very personal and not sporty,” Bartomeu he said in a recent interview

“He is a very nice guy, he signed three years but left after one,” he added.

He revealed that Alves quit the club for reasons only he and his agent knew but that did not go down well with the player.

Alves calls Bartomeu a cheat

The Brazilian full-back took to social media to vent his anger on these comments and went on to call the Barcelona agent a liar.

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The 34-year old, who is usually outspoken may have seen an opportunity to come out with the truth on social media but he decided to keep it in the dark and only gave a hint about the comments.

“Lies!” was the only word that Alves put on his Instagram account next to a link with Bartomeu’s words.

It will be interesting to see if this issue is prolonged now that the player has gotten involved.

 

 

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Real Madrid Unveil Theo Hernandez, Who Made A Smooth Shift From Atletico Madrid

Real Madrid managed to finally lift the league title in Spain after four long years but it was all worth the wait as they pipped their arch rivals Barcelona to the title on the last day.

The Spanish side also managed to lift the Champions League title, which was their 12th in the history of the club, second in two years. This meant that Real Madrid became the first team to retain the UEFA Champions League title, and the first team to retain the European title after 58 years.

Zinedine Zidane has worked wonders in less than two full seasons with the club but he is now determined to add some quality additions to the squad to make sure that they are able to compete at the highest level yet again next season.

This has seen them linked with some of the finest stars in world football at the moment, and one such player who has now completed his move to the club is a full-back, Theo Hernandez.

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In-demand

The 19-year old French full-back had a sublime season at the back for Spanish side Alaves, where he played on loan from La Liga giants Atletico Madrid.

He was genuinely impressive in his time in the top flight last season and Real Madrid decided that he was the right man to act as a backup for Marcelo and to take up his baton after his retiree.

However, the La Liga champions were not the only team that wanted Theo this summer.

The likes of Barcelona, Juventus and Liverpool were interested in his signature while his parent club wanted him to sign a new deal.

Incredibly, he found no problem in cutting through the barrier at the Spanish capital, which cannot always be smooth.

Reports suggest that he was pressured into signing a new deal with Atletico Madrid but the deal is now completed without any hiccups.

Theo unveiled

And the Los Blancos have now announced his signature for a fee of €24m for the next season.

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Speaking to the media as a Real Madrid player, the 19-year old said that he had no problems in making the switch once he decided to quit the Vicente Calderon.

“There was no pressure from anybody and it wasn’t a tough decision to say ‘Yes’ to Real Madrid,” Theo said.

“I’m here because I want to be and because this is the best club in the world,” he added.

It is not always smooth when players shift clubs within the city and it will be interesting to see how the Atletico Madrid fans receive Theo when he travels to the Calderon with his current club.

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Gabriel Jesus And Neymar Jr Show Off Their Skills In 5-A-Side Game In Brazil

Brazil is the land of football and it does not come as a surprise that some of the most gifted players in the world of football hail from this portion of the universe.

The likes of Ronaldinho, Ronaldo and Roberto Carlos are just a few of the many exceptional talents that have come out of the country in the last three decade but most of them are now no longer playing the game at the highest level.

But Brazil now has its own set of superstars who are ready to take the world of football by storm.

Barcelona star Neymar Jr is one such player who is hogging all the headlines in the pre-season.

The Brazilian star is expected to be back in Spain with his Catalan teammates as they get ready for the pre-season but he did not miss out on one final opportunity to entertain the crowd.

Neymar, accompanied by Manchester City superstar Gabriel Jesus took it to a local 5-a side charity match, and they did not miss out on an opportunity to showboat their skills.

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The trick shot took place during the Neymar Jr’s Five a side tournament.

The winning team from the competition was given the chance to strut their stuff in a game against Neymar and Jesus.

It was no surprise that Neymar’s side managed to win the game 3-2 and again, unsurprisingly, both Neymar and Gabriel were on the score sheet in the tie.

The Brazilian skipper was all praises for the young Gabriel and felt that he has great future in the sport.

“The kid is a crack, a phenomenon,” he said.

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As well as being at the highest level on the pitch, off the pitch he is exceptional, too.”

Here are a few images of this event:

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Both players are now back with their respective teams as they get ready for the next season, which is sure to be gruelling.

Here is a full video of this game:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJccZrTqze8

 

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Gareth Bale Will Leave Real Madrid Only For Manchester United!!

Real Madrid have surely turned into the best team in Europe as they managed to lift the La Liga title after three years before they lifted their 12th Champions League title last season.

Zinedine Zidane became the first manager to retain the Champions League title, winning it twice in less than two complete seasons in charge at the Bernabeu.

However, the manager is desperate to add some more quality to the first team and is looking to make some stellar signings this summer.

That will push a couple of first team players down the pecking order and one such player who is now pondering over a move away from the club is Welsh international Gareth Bale.

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Arguably one of the best players in his position in Europe at the moment, Bale was hit by a few injuries last season, which saw him replaced in the first team and though he was decent, he is now having to fight for his place in the first team next season.

Bale no more a first team option

The 27-year old was a constant absentee from the first team last season and reports from Spain claim that Zidane will not think twice in pushing him onto the bench next season.

Spanish news outfit Diario Gol claims that the lack of Bale’s influence in the first team might see him lose his place once and for all next season as Zidane is already desperate to improve on the options in the squad.

According to the story, Cristiano Ronaldo, the Portuguese superstar, lead the queue of Los Blancos stars who preferred to see Isco in Zidane’s starting XI for the final against Juventus.

It is also claimed that the skipper of the side Sergio Ramos, also prefers other players over Bale in the starting XI, which might end the Welshman’s time in Spain this summer.

Only one club he will join

But it will not be easy for Real Madrid to off-load him this summer, as they will not let him leave for anything less than the £85.1 record fee they paid for him more than three years ago.

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The report from Diario Gol claims that Gareth Bale is not unsure if he wants to leave the Bernabeu yet but has already decided on the only club that can make him quit the Spanish capital.

According to the story, Bale’s agent has had a conversation with the Spanish club and has told them that the 27-year old will only move to Old Trafford this summer.

It is claimed that Bale’s agent has asked the club to listen to any offers from the English club Manchester United, who are one of the few clubs who can meet his valuation this summer.

Do you think United can land Bale this summer?

 

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The Amazing Numbers Behind Lionel Messi’s New Deal That Makes Him Highest Earner In Europe

Barcelona are not in the greatest states this summer as they are in a state of transition after a less than impressive end to the previous campaign.

They failed to lift the league title or the Champions League and were not able to send Luis Enrique off with a blast.

The Spanish manager decided to quit the club at the end of the previous season and though the Catalan giants have already replaced him with Ernesto Valverde for the next season, they are yet to improve on the squad and are still waiting to make their first signing of the summer.

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However, they did have great news for the fans after it was revealed that Argentine superstar Lionel Messi signed a new long-term contract with the club recently.

Messi new deal

The Barcelona man is one of the best players to ever play the game and he has been as productive as ever at the Camp Nou, but failed to take his side for a top-flight title last season.

He had two years left on his contract at the end of the previous season and this saw a few stories link him with an exit.

Manchester City and PSG were reportedly ready to break the bank for his signature, and after Messi was alleged of tax fraud recently, it looked like he will look to leave Spain this summer.

However, those allegations have now cooled down and Messi has put pen to paper on a new deal, that will keep him at the club 2021.

At this time, Messi will have turned 34, so it looks like he has decided to end his career at the club.

Numbers behind the deal

But this deal offered to Lionel Messi to ward off interests from anywhere has some astonishing numbers, sure to drop some jaws.

To start off with, Messi has signed a new contract for four years, which will make him immune to any bids for at least two summers.

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He is now insured with a release clause of £263m, which astonishingly is not the highest for a player in Europe.

However, Messi could have easily been tempted with some financial incentives before the new deal but Barcelona also have that covered in the deal that Messi signed.

According to the Sunday Times, Messi’s gross salary will be £54.8m, which equates to more than £1m a week.

This makes Messi the highest paid footballer on the planet, surpassing Cristiano Ronaldo form Real Madrid, who earns £19m a year on his current contract.

Do you think Messi is worth these insane figures at 30 years of age?

 

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Revealed: The Secret Behind Real Madrid’s Preparations For Next Season

Real Madrid managed to lift their 12th Champions League title last season and became the first team to retain the elite trophy, winning it for the second time in two years.

They also managed to lift the La Liga title for the first time in three years and are looking to make some serious strides and improve on their results from the previous season, if that is even possible.

However, they do have a chance to do so, as the Spanish giants are now going to participate in six different competitions next season, giving them a chance to win six trophies in one year.

The Sextet, as it is called, is something Real Madrid have never had a chance to win and reports today claim that Zinedine Zidane is making plans to create history in this form next season.

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Los Blancos won the four of the five trophies they could have in the previous season, missing out on the Copa del Rey but the UCL and league title will now give them a chance to go one better and win all six next season.

The concept of a Sextet

Not many teams in Europe can even dream of playing in six different competitions in a single season, leave along winning them but if any club can, Real Madrid in its current form can.

The concept was first established in 2009 when now Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola managed to win almost every possible trophy to set up a season with a chance to win the Sextet.

But unsurprisingly, they were halted in the domestic arena by Real Madrid all those years ago.

However, Zinedine Zidane now wants to do what Barcelona failed to at that time and is reportedly prepping up his team with regards.

Real Madrid regroups for pre-season

So it does not come as a surprise that Zidane wants to start his preparations right from the first day back in training.

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According to reports from Spanish news outfit Marca, the Real Madrid player seemed determined reconvening for the pre-season training ahead of Tuesday’s flight out to California for a camp at UCLA’s world-class facilities, strengthened by their star players remaining at the club and injury free, adding to some youth that could shine under Zidane next season.

It is reported that Zidane does not want to take the approach that Pep took back in 2009 and that he wants to have a squad that he can rotate freely and get the best out of next season.

Do you think Real Madrid have a shot at the Sextet next season?