Real Madrid live blog: Luka Modric deserves the Ballon d'Or, says Solari

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Hola Madridistas. And welcome along to Wednesday’s Real Madrid blog.

The Sport360 team will be in place throughout the day to bring you all the latest Los Blancos news, views and gossip.

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22:00 – Luka Modric deserves the Ballon d’Or, says Solari

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Luka Modric

The Croatian broke the Lionel Messi-Cristiano Ronaldo duopoly at the Ballon d’Or awards ceremony after he bagged the prestigious award on Monday.

Real Madrid boss Santiago Solari is of the opinion that the midfielder is worthy of the award. For context, there is serious debate in the footballing world whether Modric actually deserved to be the winner and Solari dropped his two cents.

Click here to read what Solari said.

19:00 – Exequiel Palacios negotiations set to begin

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Real are ready to boost their midfield ranks and they could do so by signing a player set to take to the Bernabeu pitch on Sunday.

Find out what the player’s agent had to say here.

14:00 – Past Madrid Ballon d’Or winners

Luka Modric is the latest Real Madrid player to win the prestigious Ballon d’Or award.

Watch the video here.

Luka Modric

10:20 – Sarri wants Hazard to end transfer speculation

Maurizio Sarri says Eden Hazard is in the position to end the uncertainty over his Chelsea future at any moment by agreeing an offer to extend his contract.

The Belgium playmaker’s current deal runs until June 2020 and the 27-year-old has admitted his quandary over whether to re-sign with the Blues or seek a “dream” move to Real Madrid.

Read more here.

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Real Madrid target Exequiel Palacios wants move, according to his agent

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Real Madrid target Exequiel Palacios has his heart set on a move to the Bernabeu, according to the player’s agent.

The 20-year-old midfielder is currently gearing up with River Plate for the second leg of a Copa Libertadores final against arch rivals Boca Juniors that has been beset by controversy and crowd problems.

The match, having been moved to Spain, is scheduled for the Bernabeu on Sunday – and if Palacios has his way he’ll be seeing a lot more of that particular stadium very soon.

According to his agent Renato Corsi, Real and River will begin negotiations for the youngster – who would likely compete with fellow anchor Casemiro for playing time – once the final is put to bed.

“Palacios, as a River Plate fan and as a player, wanted to play the Final in (River’s stadium) El Monumental. With this problem, he’s also said that he’d like to play in such a beautiful stadium and country as Spain. I hope this can become true and that he can become a Madrid player,” Palacios agent’ Renato Corsi told Diario AS.

“Clubs have not talked yet. Madrid are being very classy and honest with us. Both teams agreed to talk after the Final. They will talk about it in Madrid in the upcoming days. There are many teams interested but Madrid have the edge.”

Palacios has won two caps for Argentina and played the full 90 minutes in the first leg 2-2 draw between River and Boca last month.

 

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Watch: Looking back at Real Madrid's Ballon d'Or winners

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Luka Modric is the latest Real Madrid player to win the prestigious Ballon d’Or award.

Following a fine 2018 during which the Croat won the Champions League and led his country to the final of the World Cup, he ended Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi’s dominance of the Ballon d’Or.

Modric became the first player other than the duo since Kaka in 2007 and win the prize.

The video below looks at the other Madrid recipients.

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