Good day Madridistas!
The Sport360 team is here bringing you the latest Real Madrid news on Tuesday.
10pm – Vinicius Junior tipped for stardom
Real Madrid Castilla coach Santiago Solari says young Brazilian Vinicius Junior will bring “a lot of happiness” to the club in the future after handing the 18-year-old his Castilla debut on Sunday.
9pm – Xabi Alonso begins coaching career
Former Los Blancos midfielder Xabi Alonso has taken his first steps into management, taking charge of Madrid’s Infantil A side. He’s one of three former Madrid players climbing up the coaching ranks at the club.
Read more here.
5:30pm – Ronaldo wins UEFA.com goal of the season award
Cristiano Ronaldo’s bicycle kick goal against Juventus, his new employers in the first leg of last season’s Champions League quarterfinal has been voted the goal of the season on UEFA.com.
Read more here.
5.15pm – Madrid celebrate Lopetegui’s birthday
Head coach Julen Lopetegui is celebrating his 52nd birthday on Tuesday, and the club marked the occasion with a montage of the manager’s best moments of his short Madrid career so far.
3.30pm – Lopetegui in contact with Mariano
According to Marca, Whites boss Julen Lopetegui has been in touch with Lyon striker Mariano in a bid to convince the former Los Blancos star to move back to the Bernabeu.
Reportedly, their conversation could be make-or-break for the striker over whether he returns to the Spanish capital.
12.30pm – Los Blancos chase Mariano signature
Real Madrid could make a late move for former White and Lyon forward Mariano, who had been set on a transfer window switch to Sevilla.
Read the full story, here.
10am – Lunin loan deal agreed
Los Blancos, on Monday evening, confirmed young Ukrainian goalkeeper Andriy Lunin will spend this season on loan at Leganes.
The 19-year-old arrived from Zorya Luhansk in June and is set to gain valuable first-team experience, given Thibaut Courtois and Keylor Navas are the two senior goalies at the Bernabeu.
9.30am – Watch Bale’s August goals
Whites superstar Gareth Bale has a habit of finding the net in August…
🐲👌 Watch @GarethBale11‘s GOALS in August!
— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) August 27, 2018
Former Madrid midfielder Santiago Solari, now Castilla manager, gave Vinicius his first appearance in a 2-0 win over Las Palmas Atletico, then backed the 18-year-old to bring Madrid “a lot of happiness”.
“It’s not about what Vinicius can give to Castilla,” Solari said. “It’s about what the club, the institution, Castilla and the technical staff can give him to improve and to adapt because he will bring us a lot of happiness in the future.”
The Brazilian youngster linked up with Madrid this summer after agreeing to join the side last July, and featured heavily in preseason. However, manager Julen Lopetegui dropped him from the first team for the UEFA Super Cup tie against Atletico Madrid, and then the La Liga opener against Getafe.
Xabi Alonso has returned to Real Madrid to begin his coaching career.
The former Los Blancos midfielder, who left the club for Bayern Munich in 2014, is taking charge of Real Madrid’s Infantil A youth team.
Alonso has made no secret of his desire to go into management, and has completed his UEFA coaching courses to that end. The next step to full-time coaching is to complete a year at academy level, which Alonso is beginning now.
Along with Alonso, former Madrid players Raul and Santiago Solari are also completing their first steps in coaching at Madrid’s academy teams. Raul is the manager of the Cadete B side while Solari is heading up Real Madrid Castilla.