Real Madrid by James Fuente

Real Madrid – James Fuente

With the transfer market set to open in a month, all football clubs are busy chalking out their possible transfer targets as Champions League and domestic leagues enter a crucial phase in European football. Topping the list of transfer speculation is Spanish giants Real Madrid who have earned the dubious reputation of being interested in every player available in the market. Having heavily reinforced their squad this summer, bringing in a plethora of young Spanish talent and a certain Welsh winger Gareth Bale to Madrid, it will be interesting to see how the transfer market will pan out for the Spanish giants.

Thrashing Valladloid at home last Saturday, which saw Gareth Bale score his first hattrick for the Los Blancos, Real Madrid seem to have finally found their momentum going with the La Liga gearing up for an exciting climax over the next few months. Without their ‘commander’ Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid showed great depth in the squad as they managed to put four past Valladolid in a comfortable home fixture. Often struggling against smaller sides in the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid have finally shown that they are not all dependent on the Portuguese winger. Though Gareth Bale made a slow start to his career at the Bernabeu, he seems to have started justifying his astronomical transfer fee, a move that raised many eyebrows this summer. Having scored nine goals in nine games this season, the Welsh winger has lived up to his billing and the manager believes that he will be crucial in Madrid’s campaign this season.

I have already commented that Bale’s period of adjustment is now over. He is fine and he is brimming with confidence. He is very important to us, and he has done very well.

While his arrival has strengthened the Spanish side, it is Angel Di Maria who has faced the brunt of his arrival after losing his starting spot to the Welsh signing. Despite notching his game a step higher following Bale’s arrival, Di Maria has often found himself sitting on the bench, with Carlo Ancelotti preferring to start with Bale in an attempt to justify his arrival. With Bale regaining his form, it is no surprise that the onus is now on the Argentinian to regain his place in the starting-eleven. Transfer rumours have been hounding the winger, with many suggesting that he might make a move to England keeping in mind that the World Cup is looming large on the horizon.  But the lanky winger has shown everyone that he is no push-over and intends to fight for his place at the Los Blancos instead of looking for safer harbours.  Speaking to the press a couple of months ago, he stated his desire to continue at the Spanish capital.

I decided to stay. I knew big players would be arriving, expensive players, and that getting a game was going to be difficult, but I stayed. I knew that my form was good for the national team, and with the Madrid squad during pre-season. My contract runs until 2018 and hopefully I’ll reach that point, which would be a privilege. Every day I try to give everything to be here, and I’m going to fight for the shirt until the death, and until the day I leave.

But in spite of this statement, the Argentinian is still linked to English clubs such as Manchester United and Arsenal though no official statement has been issued to justify this rumour. It will be interesting to see how he deals with his current situation. But what has been made clear is that he is not leaving without putting up a strong fight. Showing once again why he is instrumental to Madrid’ success, he led the charge at Bernabeu against Valladolid even though it was Gareth Bale who ran away with the plaudits. It was a performance that didnt go unnoticed as the manager marked out the winger for his contribution after the match.

Di Maria’s performance was fantastic. He was our most dangerous player and he adapts to different positions on the field.

Real Madrid Barcelona - Ramos played in midfield, as Neymar outshone Bale

All’s not well with the Stand-In Captain

Interestingly, while Real Madrid are often linked with bringing new players to club, this transfer season seems to be all about which players are to leave the capital. And surprisingly, it is the stand-in captain Sergio Ramos who is linked with a move away after having reportedly fallen out with club President Florentino Perez. After having made a crucial error against Galatasary last week, Ramos found himself in the eye of another storm as he earned a red card which saw the team reduced to ten men in the Champions League fixture. Carlo Ancelotti chose to play down the event commenting that everything is normal with the management and the player.

I have no issues with Sergio Ramos and Sergio Ramos has no issues with me. It was just a tactical chat. He made a mistake on the pitch, which happens.

He also denied the possibility of the Spanish defender leaving the capital insisting that Ramos was a crucial component of the squad.

I wouldn’t give the ok to selling Sergio Ramos, because he’s one of the best in the world. Everyone knows how important he is to this team. The relationship between the president and the players is good.

Ramos too took to the social media to clear the rumour of a possible exit this January. He insisted that his relationship with the President is normal and that he is privileged to play for the Los Blancos.

I always say hello to my president. What they’re trying to sell is another matter. I’m privileged to play for Real Madrid. The truth is corrupted just as much by lies as it is by silence. Go Madrid!!

While the player has denied a possible move, it remains to be seen what this transfer season will bring to the Los Blancos who are currently trailing behind Barcelona and Atletico Madrid in their domestic campaign.