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RECAP OF CELTA VIGO VS REAL MADRID

Coming into the new season, there were all sort of problems for Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane. pre-season had displayed a growing problem that the team has faced in the past two seasons, which was the lack of motivation and hunger.

Defeats to Atletico Madrid and Juventus had shown that the team was setting up for disaster this season, alongside the well-documented problems with Gareth Bale. The Welsh ace was rumoured to be closing in on a move to China with presidentFlorentino Perez pulling the plugs off the move in the last minute.

This was the backdrop of the team going into the game at Baladois against one of the tough opponents for any team away from home Celta Vigo.

However, when the chips were down, Real Madrid were able o come out trumps winning a grueling contest by 3-1. This was not the typical 3-1 victory, but a hard-fought game which was determined by teamwork in defence and individual brilliance in the attack.

Bale who has been maligned all summer came out of the block fastest and showed why he is a world-class player. Showing his famed acceleration, he sped past the Celta Vigo right back to place a sumptuous low drive for Benzema to finish.

Celta Vigo equalized at the end of the first half and the scores was tied heading to the break. However, the game would change with the sending off of Luka Modric early in the second half. Modric had been caught stamping on a player after a VAR review and was issued a red card.

This brought the best out of Madrid with Courtois making a vital save before Kroos scored a contender of the goal of the season. Lucas Vasquez made the game safe with a late finish to secure all three points for the Galacticos.

REAL MADRID TO SELL BALON D’ OR WINNER

Real Madrid are reportedly contemplating the sale of Croatia international Luka Modric as part of their summer clearout. According to Spanish tabloid AS Madrid boss, Zinedine Zidane has put his approval on a transfer for the flamboyant midfielder.

The 33-year-old has been an ever-present in the starting line-up but has been ineffective this season. The current Balon d’Or winner has struggled to display the form that has seen him become one of the best midfielders in the past few seasons.

Modric has been a vital cog in the Madrid squad that has achieved successes in the past five seasons alongside Toni Kroos in the midfield. He has enjoyed a trophy-laden career at the Bernabeu winning four Champions League titles as well as theLiga BBVA title.

He was also awarded the best player at the 2018 FIFA World Cup where he led Croatia to their first appearance in the final.

However, at 33 he is in the twilight of his career and Zidane is looking to rebuild ahead of next season and wants players in their prime.  The likes of Christian Ericksen and Paul Pogba have been linked to the club as possible replacements for the Croat.

It is understood that Zidane has met the Modric in which he revealed to him that he is not part of his plans for next season.  Madrid have already moved to sign Luka Jovic from Eintracht Frankfurt and Eden Hazard is expected to be on his way from Chelsea/

Inter Milan are favourites to sign the midfielder with the Italian side coming close last summer to securing a transfer.

 Inter Milan have already confirmed the signing of Atletico Madrid captain Diego Godin and Modric would be a decent signing for the club.

However, there could be other twist and turns that could occur between now and the end of the transfer window.

MADRID STAR SET FOR EXIT AFTER AJAX SNUB

Real Madrid playmaker Isco is on his way out of the club in the summer according to reports from Spain. Marca reports that Isco was furious when he learnt that he had missed the cut ahead of Real Madrid’s infamous clash at home to Ajax.

According to the report the 26-year-oldfailed to board the team bus and failed to show up in the dressing room before and after the clash. Madrid lost by 4-1 to crash out of the Champions League for the first time in four seasons.

The defeat appears to have sealed coach Santiago Solari’s fate as this was the culmination of three successive home defeats in the space of a week. Isco had fallen out of favour with Solari and had not started a single league game since the Argentine took over in October.

Isco is interested in leaving Madrid and has instructed his agent to begin looking for potential clubs ahead of the summer transfer window.

It is understood that several clubs are monitoring the situation and looking to bid for the midfielder in the summer. Liverpool is believed to be mulling a transfer offer for the player as the club have lacked a creative midfielder since the departure of Phillipe Coutinho to Barcelona last season.

Big Money signing Naby Keita has failed to sparkle this season and Klopp wants the Spaniard as he looks to strengthen the squad in the summer.

AC Milan have also been linked with the player but any move would depend on whether the club can make the Champions League at the end of the season.

There is still a chance that he could remain at Madrid if a new coach comes in the summer. However, all signs lead to a summer exit for the talented midfielder.

MADRID’S LA LIGA STRUGGLE CONTINUES

Real Madrid’s struggles in La Liga this season can be put down to various factors but one very obvious reason behind their weakness in the Spanish top flight have been their struggles in front of goal.

The Spanish giants managed to defeat Real Betis 2-1 at the Benito Villamarin on Sunday night with a last-gasp victory secured, thanks to long range efforts from World Cup finalist Luka Modric and Dani Ceballos. Again, manager Santiago Solari had to rely on individual brilliance for victory.

Real managed just 26.3% of the possession in Seville with Betis claiming 73.6% of the possession. Betis were in total control of the game bossing the engine room as Modric was left chasing shadows throughout the match.

Once again, Solari had no place for Isco in the starting lineup as the midfielder settled for a place on the bench igniting further speculations the Spaniard is on his way out of Spain.

Solari finished the game with a forward line consisting of the 19 year old Brahim Diaz, 21 year old Cristo Gonzalez and 18 year old Vinicius Junior, a far cry from what we have become used to seeing at the Spanish club over the years.

While this attack might be one for the future, it is certainly not good enough for the present.

Real Madrid are just being punished for their failure to sign a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo who departed Madrid for Turin in the summer. Gareth Bale and Marco Asensio are both out with long-term injuries.

Karim Benzema is also sidelined with a minor injury to his finger and Lucas Vazquez is suspended after seeing red in their last game. Luka Modric will be looking to step up for the Spanish giants as they continue to flounder this season. The Croatian certainly has what it takes.

MODRIC OPENS UP ON FRIENDSHIP WITH RONALDO

Croatian maestro, Luka Modric recently wrote his name in the history books, becoming the first player to beat Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to the FIFA Best Men’s Player Award in over ten years.

The Real Madrid midfielder has enjoyed a phenomenal calendar year which has seen him win his fourth Champions League title, advance to the final of the 2018 World Cup and win the Golden ball at the same tournament.
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Julen Lopetegui insists Gareth Bale is content at Real Madrid

Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui has suggested that Gareth Bale would be staying put for the upcoming campaign after indicating that the Welshman is ‘very happy’ at the Bernabeu. Bale’s future came under question shortly after his Champions League heroics versus Liverpool where he admitted his frustration over the reduced gametime.

However, the club have since witnessed the high-profile exit of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lopetegui has now suggested that the Welshman could transform into a key player after the Portuguese’s departure, he said: “He’s very, very happy. He’s very happy to play at Real Madrid. He’s happy to be here, this is a fantastic opportunity for him to show his talent.I’ve talked to him like I’ve talked to everyone. He’s with the team, he’s happy, he’s in line with our goals and it’s a start of a new exciting path for us that I’m looking forward to.  Bale is a magnificent player with qualities and we are convinced he and everyone else can fill the void[Ronaldo exit].”
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Luka Modrić Is The Main Person In Three-Way Deal Between The Giants Of Champions League

According to the reports, Luka Modrić, the Real Madrid midfielder is the main person for unlocking a major effect in this transfer window. This transfer window could see Lazio star Sergej Milinković-Savić in-demand and João Mário of Inter also secure moves before the new season. The transfer window chaos is showing no signs of getting slow down and international Modrić of Croatian has presumably told his employers that this summer he wants to leave the Santiago Bernabéu.

He is now 32-year-old and he is pushing for a move to San Siro and the Luciano Spalletti Inter boss had made the confirmation that he is “dreaming” to sign Luka Modrić in the summer of 2018. Spalletti in an interview cleared his mind about this rumor and said “Players like Modric is important for everyone and it is clear that he is important for everyone and not for us, I dream with the fans.”
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Modric Provided Contract Extension

Luka Modric has been provided a 4-year contract extension at Real Madrid. He will now remain at the club till the 2017-18 Season.

There have been quite a few changes in the midfield of Madrid this summer with the likes of Kroos and Rodriguez coming in, while, Alonso and Casemiro going out. But, Modric is still there which shows how vital the club management considers him.

Madrid had been benefitted immensely by Modric’s terrific playmaking abilities the previous season. The consistency of the Croatia international was one of the big factors behind the club’s continental victory.

Modric’s versatility gives Carlo Ancelotti the opportunity to try out different combinations. The 28-year old is capable of playing in aggressive as well as holding role.

Although, he seems to be at ease playing slightly up but, he does a job for his manager when he is asked to play deep as well.

Many a time last season, Modric showed how good he is against the teams having congested defences. He has that special ability to get through the lines and create opportunities for the front line of his team and with the kind of attacking combination Madrid plays with, rarely a scoring opportunity goes begging.

So, Modric holds a key position in Madrid’s line up.

Of course, the new signing Toni Kroos is also a similar kind of player in the sense that he is also versatile, but, still, given the kind of performances Modric put up in 2013-14 La Liga, it’s him who would be the manager’s go-to man in any tricky situation this season and a new contract to him is an acknowledgement of the fact that Ancelotti sees him as one of the anchor players around whom a young Madrid team is to be built.

Arteta Rejects SUggestions Of Move

Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta has rejected suggestions that he is looking for a move away from the club. The 32-year-old is out of contract next summer, while it is believed that he is not happy with Arsenal’s decision to offer him only a 12 month extension. The club has a policy of not offering players above 30 more than 12 months on a new contract. Arteta recently criticised this policy because he felt that experienced players offered a lot more than Arsenal imagine. After having been playing in the Premier League for several years, a return to Spain appears to be on the cards for the former Everton man.

However, he has rejected speculation linking him with a return to Spanish football by saying that he is happy at the Emirates stadium. Arteta has been a first-team regular since his £ 10 million move from Everton. He has been used in a deeper position by manager Arsene Wenger. Up until now, injuries to the likes of Abou Diaby and the departures of Alex Song have made him a permanent fixture in the centre of the park. This could change after the club recently strengthened its midfield with signings like Alexis Sanchez. Sami Khedira is also believed to be on the verge of joining Arsenal.

“I can’t stop the rumours, but what I am certain is that I’m really happy here, I feel valued, I have been given a lot of responsibility and I like it. Until they think something different about me, I’m happy. I had a conversation with the manager. He knows my opinion and we’re fine,” said the midfielder. Arteta also hailed the arrival of Sanchez from Barcelona for around £ 35 million. Khedira is expected to join the Premier League outfit for around £ 20 million from Real Madrid.

CASILLAS STRUGGLING

When Jose Mourinho departed Real Madrid during the last summer and the arrival of Carlo Ancelotti was announced it created expectations that Iker Casillas would undoubtedly be placed into the main squad of the team just as he has been doing for the majority of his playing career with the Spanish club.

Unfortunately for the captain of Spain, he has not played a single match, a single minute of this season of La Liga as Carlo Ancelotti has preferred placing Diego Lopez ahead of the World Cup champion.

Iker Casillas has already said that this campaign would be his last one in Real Madrid as the frustration of only being able to play in the Copa del Rey has reached him but the question that remains is where will he be playing in the next season.

Just about any club in the world would be willing to secure the services of the Spanish goalkeeper who still is regarded to be one of the best shot-stoppers in the world. Real Madrid has to face Barcelona in the Copa del Rey finale and it is very likely that it will be the last match that Iker Casillas gets the chance to appear facing off against their eternal rivals Barcelona.

While Iker Casillas will be seeing his way out of the club in the summer, Real Madrid is believed to be interested in signing the Chilean midfielder of Juventus, Arturo Vidal and are prepared to launch an offer to the Italian club when the transfer window re-opens in the summer but they have stiff competition as Manchester United are also keeping close tabs on Vidal.