He might have made his high-profile move from Norwegian Tippeligaen side Stromsgodset IF to Real Madrid in Spain, but Martin Odegaard already seems to be wanting a loan move away from the Spanish giants in order to improve himself.   Odegaard, who is still just 16 years old, has already made seven appearances for the Norwegian national team, and is considered a prodigious talent in the Scandinavian country. However, after being signed by the Los Blancos earlier this year, Odegaard was relegated to the Real Madrid B team, which plays in the Segunda B, the third tier of Spanish football. Even there though, the teenage Norwegian has found it difficult to cement a place in the first team squad. Odegaard was called up to represent the first team side a couple of times, but both of those were pre-season friendlies. Thus, the 16-year-old Norwegian is believed to be looking for a short-term loan move away from the club in order to get more playing time, […]

High-quality football was played all around Europe in the season just concluded.  It was a season that saw the mighty Barcelona become the first team in history to lift a second European treble, when the Scudetti fell agonizingly short, nonetheless with heads held high, as Juventus brought back Italian football to its former European glory.  Several fresh footballing philosophies were practiced on the pitch and a host of other young, dynamic, bold managers earned the due recognition in the European football circuit. However, years later when a particular season is being referred to in retrospect, the primary talking point more often than not is some of the most memorable games the season had to offer.  There are a number of parameters to judge a game of football.  While we all love to see exciting, scintillating pieces of action on the field, there are several other considerations too that one must not neglect while judging the quality of a game.  Managerial […]

Ex-Real Madrid star and club legend Raul Gonzalez firmly believes that newly appointed Los Blancos manager Rafa Benitez will succeed as the club manager. Real Madrid took the decision of sacking Carlo Ancelotti from the helm of affairs after the club failed to win any trophies this season. Spaniard Rafa Benitez who was in charge of Napoli until this season was appointed as the new manager. Regarding Benitez’s appointment, Raul opined: “It was Benitez’s dream to manage Real Madrid, and his successes at the other teams he has managed have eventually brought him to Real Madrid, and he will certainly build a very competitive and winning team. “He was the manager when I made my debut and played my only game for Real Madrid B [Castilla], against Palamos. He is a very keen and methodical manager. He likes to have the whole squad ready and able to play. “I believe you have to be optimistic. And hopefully we can lift lots […]

Manchester United have been jolted with the news that their star goalkeeper David De Gea may leave the club in the summer for Real Madrid. The Spanish media had reported that De Gea had agreed personal terms with the Los Blancos and will move out of the Manchester club by the end of this season. It is believed that United boss Louis van Gaal has started thinking about possible replacements of the Spanish custodian. Van Gaal said, “When we have a very good scouting commission, then we shall already know who shall be the next goalkeeper. “We also have a list of goalkeepers who can replace him because we have to be organised always. Not only for that position but for every position.” The Dutch manager also mentioned that they would want to retain De Gea beyond this season and believes that he will not leave the club. He further opined: “We want him to stay and I hope he shall sign. […]

Jose Mourinho has ended all speculations regarding Eden Hazard’s exit next season by saying that the Belgian star is extremely special to the team and any team would have to pay around £200m in order to procure his services. Real Madrid legend and current coach Zinedine Zidane had most recently said that, he admires the Belgian star and hinted that his club may run behind him in the next summer. Many speculated that £100m would be enough to lure the Premier League giants to sell him. On that issue, the Chelsea boss addressed the media saying, “Plus one of their three best players. £100m each leg, because he’s very young.” He further said that he had good terms with Real Madrid officials and he is sure that no such intention has been revealed by the Spanish club or else he would have been informed. “I don’t believe (it) because they didn’t tell me”,  said Mourinho. “If they want him, I […]

Real Madrid have reportedly made Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea their top transfer target this summer, but will go for Blues shot stopper Petr Cech if a move falls through. Real have drawn up a plan of action for a generational change between the posts at the Bernabéu. At the club’s offices they are already working on bringing De Gea ,the man who is the first-choice goalkeeper at Manchester United and is also the future of the Spanish national team to Real. The 24-year-old, according to Spanish paper AS, is Real’s top transfer target this summer.The report suggests De Gea, who is out of contract in 2016, is viewed as a natural long-term successor to Iker Casillas. However United it is thought will want much more than the €22.7 million they spent to bring De Gea to Old Trafford from Atletico Madrid and if reports in the British media are to believed , United have priced him up at […]

De Gea Will Say No To Real Madrid; Rumors Of A Swap Deal Untrue: Reports

  Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea might reject any move from Spanish giants Real Madrid this year, as the player’s heart is set on winning silver ware with the English club, reports suggest. The Spanish international has had a brilliant season at Old Trafford so far, with his saves single-handedly winning games for Louis van Gaal’s side. De Gea is close to winning the club’s player of the year award for the second consecutive time this season, and has developed into one of the finest shot-stoppers during his time in England. But his recent prowess on the football field has attracted the attention of the Blancos, and with the 24-year-old’scontract at Manchester United set to expire in the summer next year, the Champions League’s holders are reportedly interested in bringing the player to Santiago Bernabeu as a replacement for ageing Iker Casillas, Rumours also suggested that a swap deal between De Gea and Gareth Bale was also on the […]