Lionel Messi: I never want Real Madrid to win

David Cooper 10/06/2018
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Barcelona club legend Lionel Messi was asked about Los Blancos.

Lionel Messi has revealed he doesn’t even follow Real Madrid‘s results, but nevertheless, always wants Barcelona‘s eternal rivals to lose.

The Argentine, who is currently preparing for another World Cup bid for his country, claimed the La Liga and Copa del Rey double for Blaugrana last season.

However, the Whites’ Champions League success and Barca’s costly defeat at Levante, ending their unbeaten run, took some of the shine off the season.

Messi, though, insists he has never been focused on Real’s exploits and is only ever concerned with what Barcelona do.

Speaking in an interview with Sport, he said: “I want to win. What the other teams do doesn’t interest me.

“As a Barcelona player, and when we’re not [left] in a competition, I never want our main rival to win. But, first of all, I want to win myself.”

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Gareth Bale favours Premier League return, rather than Bayern Munich switch

David Cooper 10/06/2018
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Gareth Bale has reportedly told Bayern Munich that he wants to return to the Premier League, should Real Madrid decide to sell him this summer.

The Sunday Mirror reports that the Welshman is a top target for new Bavarians coach Niko Kovac but Bale, who scored two goals in the Champions League final against Liverpool to seal his fourth European Cup medal with Los Blancos, would prefer to play in England again.

Both Manchester United and former club Tottenham have been linked with his signature though it is now not a certainty he will leave the Spanish capital given Zinedine Zidane‘s departure last month.

Zizou and Bale did not see eye to eye in what was largely a troubled campaign for the flying winger, the showpiece Kiev final aside.

Bale is set to make a call on his future in the coming weeks after he meets with Whites hierarchy.

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Live Real Madrid Blog: Mohamed Salah has not yet forgiven Sergio Ramos

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Hola Madridistas!

It’s David Cooper here, who along with the rest of the Sport360 team, will be in place throughout Saturday to provide you with the latest news, pictures, comment and analysis on Real Madrid.

Our daily blog will ensure you have all the latest updates throughout the day but we want you to get involved, too.

Tell us your thoughts on what’s happening by tweeting @Sport360.

11.07pm – Mohamed Salah has not yet forgiven Sergio Ramos

Ramos on Salah

Mohamed Salah has revealed he has not buried the hatchet with Sergio Ramos following their tangle in the Champions League final which forced the Liverpool man off injured.

“He sent me a message, but I never told him it was ‘OK’,” Salah said, quoted on Marca’s website.

Read what Salah had to say in full here.

7.49pm – Michel Salgado feels Guti can replace Zinedine Zidane as Real Madrid boss

0607 Guti

Michel Salgado sees no reason why his former Real Madrid teammate, Guti, can’t become the next Los Blancos boss.

Former Real right-back Salgado believes Guti, currently in charge of the Merengues youth team, can step into the hotseat vacated by Zinedine Zidane.

He said: “Why not? It is the same situation: Guti has been coaching for two years in the lower categories of Real Madrid and Zidane had one [year]. “Why can’t he do well at Real Madrid?”

Read the full story here.

1:30pm – Ronaldo leaves for Russia

A thumbs up for the cameras.

Cristiano Ronaldo was the centre of attention at Lisbon’s Humberto Delgado airport on Saturday ahead of Portugal’s flight to Russia for the World Cup.

Check out the full gallery, here.

12:01pm – Whites seeking world-record fee for Bale

THAT goal...

THAT goal…

Real Madrid are in no mood to sell Gareth Bale after his Champions League final heroics against Liverpool. However, if the Welshman does insist on leaving the Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid will demand a record transfer fee.

Get the full story in our Rumour Mill, here.

11:22am – Tite viewed as successor to Zidane

In command: Tite.

In demand: Tite.

Real Madrid have identified Brazil boss Tite as the man to succeed Zinedine Zidane at the Bernabeu, according to AS.

Read the full story, here.

10:15am – La Liga president plays down Real’s Neymar pursuit

Injury affected Neymar’s superb first season at PSG.

Real Madrid will not shell out a world-record €400 million transfer fee for Neymar, according to La Liga president Javier Tebas.

Read more, here.

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