Keylor Navas attracted the attention of Real Madrid after the shot-stopper from Costa Rica made a number of splendid performances during the 2014 World Cup and the Spanish side did not hesitate in offloading €10 million in order to trigger the buyout clause that Navas had with his former club Levante.
Real Madrid may have set a new record of winning 22 matches in succession in all competitions, but they suffered a defeat against his former AC Milan team in a friendly match.
This was one of the high profile friendlies for the team during the winter break. Madrid have gone into the winter break not just as the European champions, but also the world champions after winning the Fifa Club World Cup title in Morocco. Carlo Ancelotti has managed to put behind a poor start to get his team on the path towards yet another league title.
The German midfielder Sami Khedira has been dropped from being a consistent and regular starter for Real Madrid to only being able to play a few minutes on a few matches.
Luka Modric, James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos are preferred options of Carlo Ancelotti in his midfield and this leaves Sami Khedira on the sidelines of Real Madrid as the German defensive midfielder has to settle with a place on the bench.
Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal believes that neither Cristiano Ronaldo nor Lionel Messi should receive the coveted FIFA Ballon d’Or award this year.
The case against Lionel Messi is significantly strengthened by the fact that the Argentine did not lift any major title with Barcelona last season, although he did help his national team reached the final of the World Cup 2014.
Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic, who has been a major reason behind the club’s great start to the season, says that he wants to be behind yet another Real Madrid defeat. The former Sevilla man has already been on the winning team against Madrid. His Sevilla side managed a 2-1 win over Carlo Ancelotti’s men last season. Barcelona will be going into the first El Clasico of the season in an imperious form especially in terms of league. They have yet to concede a league goal this season, which is a new record.
QPR manager Harry Redknapp has confirmed that the club has looked into the possibility of signing Peter Crouch for a number of times in the last two transfer windows. The 33-year-old striker has an uncertain future with Stoke City, has his contract runs out in the end of the campaign. Given his age, it is highly unlikely that Stoke will be looking to renew the deal. This has opened the possibility of Crouch being reunited with Redknapp. The pair have worked together on several occasions before. Redknapp signed him when he was manager at Portsmouth and Tottenham.
Chris Brunt is going to continue captaining West Bromwich Albion. The new boss Alan Irvine confirmed that yesterday.
West Brom has changed managers quite a lot in the last few seasons, but, there’s been no change in captaincy. Brunt has been leading the side for the last three years and he will have the armband during the 2014-15 Season too.
According to Irvine, there is no point replacing Brunt as skipper at the moment. He has been pretty good at that position in the recent times. Also, he is a unanimously respected figure in the dressing room.
Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos has confirmed that he will be joining Real Madrid in the next few days. The future of Kroos has been subjected to much speculation. He was linked with Manchester United several months ago, but Bayern Munich refused to consider him. He has lost 12 months left on his contract. After several weeks of negotiations, it became clear that Kroos was not going to sign a new contract. Hence, Bayern Munich have decided to sell him rather than lose him for nothing.
Real Madrid’s summer transfer window is going to be an occupied one with Luis Suarez entering their radar with a bid of €70 million expected to take place in the summer while there are other players who could be seeing their way out of the Santiago Bernabeu.
Real Madrid’s manager Carlo Ancelotti has reportedly turned down an £ 18 million offer to become the manager of Manchester United. This would have made him the highest-paid manager in the world. Ancelotti has always been one of the top names to be linked with every major club whenever there has been a vacancy. Despite being just a decade into his managerial career, he has already overseen spells with AC Milan, Chelsea, Paris St Germain and Real Madrid. Due to his pedigree and experience in the Premier League, Ancelotti was reportedly a target for United.