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.
Real Madrid has always been known to be as one of those clubs which are willing to offload huge amounts of cash in order to sign players. This is the case with C.Ronaldo and Gareth Bale as the Spanish club had to pay around €185 million in order to secure their services.
Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has entered for the first time that the club may try and sign Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba in the summer. The former Manchester United man has been one of the most sought-after players in Europe over the last few years.
There has been widespread speculation that Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas will leave the club at the end of the season after losing his first-team spot to Diego Lopez. The Spaniard lost his place when the club was under Jose Mourinho’s management.
He was expected to get back into the first team after the appointment of Carlo Ancelotti, but that has not happened. The Italian has been only using the goalkeeper in European matches. As result, he is in danger of losing his Spain national team place. Lopez has been used as the goalkeeper for league matches.
Xabi Alonso was rumored to be a high profile target of many top European clubs including Chelsea and Manchester United. Jose Mourinho has already worked with the Spanish midfielder and it was believed that the Portuguese was interested in working once more with Alonso.
Manchester United on the other hand have been going through an underperforming campaign and one of the areas that needs most improvements is in the midfield which is why Alonso would have been a great option for Moyes to try and sign.