Live Real Madrid Blog: Golden Ball winner Luka Modric praised at World Cup

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8.30pm –  Ronaldo’s move to Juventus is good for Serie A, says Kaka

Cristiano Ronaldo‘s move from Real Madrid to Juventus raised a few eyebrows, but Kaka believes it is a step in the right direction for Italian football.

The Portugal superstar has signed for the Serie A giants on a four-year contract, after having spent nine years at Real Madrid.

Kaka has offered his take on why the five-time Ballon d’Or winner decided to call time on nearly a decade at the Bernabeu

“I think Cristiano is a very experienced player now, 33 years old so he knows and understands the situation very well,” Kaka told Omnisport.

“This decision to move from Madrid to Juventus, it’s a very conscious decision. He knows [it’s] time to move.

3:26pm – Modric turns heads in Russia

If there was any doubt heading into the World Cup that Luka Modric is one of the best players in the world, there isn’t now after the Croatian wizard earned the Golden Ball award for his stunning campaign in Russia.

Check out what Modric’s peers and others had to say about his impact here.

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2:13pm – Ronaldo arrives at medical centre to complete move

Juventus supporters have wasted no time in making Cristiano Ronaldo feel welcomed as a large crowd greeted him with cheers when he arrived to the medical centre to complete his move from Real Madrid.

Chants of ‘Ronaldo’ and ‘Cristiano’ broke out among the fans, while Ronaldo waved to his new supporters.

Check out more on Ronaldo’s arrival here.

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11:25am – Mbappe commits future to PSG

Kylian Mbappe has been heavily linked with Real Madrid, but the newly-minted FIFA Young Player award recipient poured cold water on transfer rumours by saying he will remain at Paris Saint-Germain after France’s World Cup triumph on Sunday.

The 19-year-old shined at the tournament in Russia and helped Le Bleus lift the trophy by scoring in the final against Croatia. Following the coronation, Mbappe reaffirmed his commitment to PSG.

“I will stay with PSG, continuing on my path with them,” Mbappe told reporters, via Goal.

“I am at the beginning of my career.”

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Real Madrid confirm they have no plans to make an offer for Neymar

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Neymar looks unlikely to move to the Bernabeu this summer.

Real Madrid insist they have not made a bid for Neymar.

Speculation has suggested the European champions may make a move for Paris St Germain‘s Brazil international forward, following the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus.

However, Real have moved to set the record straight – stressing the “excellent relationship” they have with the French champions as they continue to be linked with the former Barcelona man.

A statement, issued on Friday evening, read: “In the face of the constant reports linking PSG’s Neymar Jr. to our club, Real Madrid C.F. wish to clarify that the club has no intention of making any offer for the player.

“The two clubs enjoy an excellent relationship and, as such, if Real Madrid were at any stage to consider securing the services of a PSG player, they would approach the club in the first instance.”

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Gareth Bale reveals he was upset after not starting in Champions League final against Liverpool

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Real Madrid star Gareth Bale has admitted that he was upset after not being named in the starting line-up for the Champions League final against Liverpool.

The Welshman was left out by then coach Zinedine Zidane despite having had a few good games on the trot, leading up to Kiev’s May showpiece.

“I was frustrated, I’ve said it before, for not being a starter,” he said.

“I knew I was capable of being important in the game but that’s how it was.”

The 28-year-old though still managed to steal the limelight, after coming on as a substitute and scoring an unbelievable over-head kick that was crucial in leading his team to a 3-1 win and their third consecutive Champions League title.

“It was great to score that goal, pure emotion, it’s one of those things you do not think about, you just react,” Bale explained while speaking in Cardiff.

“I always wanted to score an overhead kick, but to score it on that occasion… it was definitely the place to do it.

“I went on vacation afterwards and tried to disconnect, so I have not seen it many times… but if you don’t try those things, they never come off.”

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