Hola Madridistas. Welcome to Saturday’s Real Madrid blog.
Matt Jones and the rest of the Sport360 team will be here throughout the day, bringing you the latest Los Blancos news, views and gossip.
10:14pm – Courtois responds to Chelsea fans’ jabs
Chelsea fans have had an axe to grind with Thibaut Courtois after the goalkeeper left their club in the summer for Real Madrid, with the circumstances of the transfer acrimonious.
The Belgian has finally responded to some of the criticism. Read what he had to say here.
9:05pm – Uruguayan defender nears Madrid move
Young Uruguayan right-back Jose Luis Rodriguez says he’s on the verge of completing a transfer to Real Madrid from hometown club Danubio.
Read what the defender has to say about the move here.
10:56am – Brazilian could be on his way to Real Madrid, but is it Neymar?
Real Madrid have long been linked with Brazilian superstar Neymar, but it is another, unheralded man from the South American football heartland that Los Blancos are currently tracking – Fluminense striker Pedro Guilherme.
Read all about the latest Brazilian wonderkid here.
9:58am – Real Madrid eye move for Man City midfielder Brahim Diaz
Manchester City’s Brahim Diaz is attracting interest from Spanish giants Real Madrid it has been reported.
The 19-year-old winger moved to the Etihad from Malaga in 2016 but has so far only made 12 first-team appearances for Pep Guardiola’s side.
Click here to read the full story.
Uruguayan defender Jose Luis Rodriguez says he is close to agreeing a move to Real Madrid, with the formalities potentially being completed by this weekend.
The 21-year-old right-back plays for Danubio, the same Uruguayan club where famous compatriots Diego Forlan, Edinson Cavani, and Jose Gimenez started their careers.
Rodriguez, who will initially join Madrid’s Castilla side if he moves, says there was a chance a transfer could have been completed before Europe’s August 31 deadline.
“Before Aug. 31 there was the opportunity to go [to Real Madrid],” Rodriguez said to Sport 890. “My agent is talking to them now, and in these next few days I should be able to travel and try to close it.”
There is a possibility that he gets loaned back to Danubio after signing for Madrid, Rodriguez confirmed.
“Yes [coming back to Danubio is one option],” he said.
He also revealed that Los Blancos are not the only European club to have expressed an interest in the defender, although he added that only his agent knows the identity of the club.
“There is another side, but I would be lying if I told you I knew who it was.”
Rodriguez added that he’s likely to miss Danubio’s next fixture, against Boston River on Sunday, as his transfer gets finalised.
“I will not be playing in the next match, I think.
“I trained all week like normal, but not as a starter. The manager knows I won’t be starting.”
Rodriguez will have a fellow Uruguayan at Madrid in midfielder Federico Valverde, who moved to the Bernabeu in 2016 from Penarol and is currently with the club’s B side. The pair have spoken about Rodriguez’s impending move.
“Yes, I’ve talked to him,” Rodriguez said. “It’s very good to have people you know people somewhere you could end up living.”
The youngster says he’s “anxious” to complete a move to one of the biggest clubs in the world.
“We will be looking to travel soon – possibly before the weekend.
“Right now, nothing is concrete so I am very anxious.
“I lost a few a days’ sleep while I waited for this to be resolved. I have already got my bags packed – but only halfway.”
Los Blancos included the highly-rated 18-year-old in their pre-season plans and he was in the squad for their UEFA Super Cup clash with arch-rivals Atletico Madrid.
He has been demoted to the Castilla side since then, however, with Real boss Julen Lopetegui boasting plenty of proven performers within his first team squad.
And that has led to speculation of a return to his homeland for Vinicius, having previously made 69 appearances for Flamengo.
But his representative says there is no clause within his contract that would allow such a switch to be rushed through.
Frederico Pena told Globo Esporte: “This option does not exist in his contract. The plan is being strictly followed, so a return to Flamengo in January is unlikely.”
Vinicius was also involved with Lopetegui’s squad for the La Liga opener against Getafe but is yet to see competitive minutes for Real.
His 2018/19 outings to date have come for Los Blancos’ reserve team in the Segunda Division B.
He made a quiet start to life with a team managed by Santiago Solari but burst into life during the recent derby with Atletico.
Vinicius bagged a brace in a keenly contested 2-2 draw, with that fixture also seeing him involved in a tussle with Tachi which resulted in him appearing to be bitten on the head.