We take a look at some of the biggest stories regarding Real Madrid doing the rounds today.
Neymar would like Marcelo for Barcelona
In a recent interview with CNN, the Brazilian was asked which player he would pick from arch rivals Real Madrid to be a part of Barcelona. The 24-year-old, who is one-third of the infamous MSN trio also comprising of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, was respectful of Real Madrid’s own attacking trio of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema, but picked none of them.
“They are star footballers who are respected. Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Ballon d’Or three times (now four) and Bale is having a great season,” he said. “Benzema is a great striker who I think is a superstar. It’s a good battle, a healthy battle which we have in the Clásico.” But on being asked about who he would pick for Barcelona, he chose his Brazilian teammate Marcelo. The duo feature regularly for the Brazilian national team and are known to be good friends off the pitch.
Real Madrid were close to signing Andre Gomes
The Portuguese international was subject to interest from a number of clubs like Real Madrid, Juventus, Chelsea and Manchester United among others, before he ultimately signed for Barcelona in a deal rumoured to be worth around €50 million, including add-ons. However, Valencia Sporting Director Jesus Garcia Pitarch recently revealed that Real Madrid were close to signing the 23-year-old.
In a report by Spanish publication MARCA, he revealed that Valencia initially wanted to send him to Juventus, with Simeone Zaza and Hernanes coming to the Mestalla as a part of a exchange deal. “This summer we tried to sign him [Zaza] before the frustrated situation with Andre to Real Madrid,” he said. “We wanted to do a deal with Juventus that included Zaza and Hernanes but Andre preferred to discard Juve and so it was ruled out. However, despite Real’s interest in the player and rumours of him agreeing personal terms with the club doing the rounds, he ultimately chose to go to Barcelona.”
Ramos made Carvajal apologise
In the most recent edition of the El Clasico, Sergio Ramos ensured that points were shared at the end of match with a stunning last minute equaliser. Needless to say, emotions were running high amongst the players and Dani Carvajal, in the midst of celebrating with his teammates, made a vulgar gesture to the Barcelona fans in the Nou Camp. According to a report in AS, Sergio Ramos being the leader that he is, insisted that Dani Carvajal send a message to Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta apologising for showing the middle finger to the home fans. The 24-year-old later took to twitter to post this tweet, which translates to “I would like to apologize for the gesture to a section of the stand responding to the insults. This is something that should not be done.”
Me gustaría pedir disculpas por el gesto a un sector de la grada respondiendo a lo insultos. Es algo que no se debería hacer.
— Dani Carvajal Ramos (@DaniCarvajal92) December 3, 2016