Real Madrid have their eyes set on Real Betis midfielder Giovani Lo Celso

Sport360 staff 12:29 09/03/2019
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Real Madrid reportedly enquired Real Betis about Argentine midfielder Giovani Lo Celso before the Ajax upset hit Santiago Bernabeu earlier this week. 

A senior representative is believed to have contacted Betis about the player who is currently on loan at the club from Paris Saint-Germain and it’s very likely that he will be roped in on a permanent deal. 

Betis will then obtain 80 per cent of his rights for €25 million while PSG hold the other 20 per cent. 

It is believed that the Seville club are willing to listen to offers once the player becomes theirs and will let him leave for around 60 million. 

With the decline of Luka Modric and Toni Kroos clearly visible, Madrid could find themselves in a desperate need to sign a quality midfielder. 

The Argentine has had a great season so far and it should come as no surprise that he has attracted interest from top clubs in Europe. 

Los Blancos might have to tussle with Manchester City and Tottenham if they are to acquire the midfielder’s signature though. 

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'Pay me up and I'll leave': Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos and Florentino Perez in stunning dressing room row

Aditya Devavrat 17:13 08/03/2019
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Sergio Ramos and Florentino Perez.

Real Madrid‘s shock exit from the Champions League prompted an astonishing row between club captain Sergio Ramos and president Florentino Perez, according to AS.

Ramos was suspended for Madrid’s stunning 4-1 loss to Ajax at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday, having deliberately gotten himself a suspension-triggering yellow card at the end of the first leg in Amsterdam during a 2-1 Los Blancos win that seemed to have put them in pole position to qualify for the quarter-finals.

The defender watched the game from the stands and joined his team-mates afterwards in the dressing room, where a livid Perez proceeded to lay into the players, reportedly berating them for their poor attitude and dedication and going as far as to call the players “disgraceful”.

That particular word incensed Ramos, who allegedly turned the tables on Perez and accused the president and the club’s board of poor planning, blaming them for Madrid’s disastrous season which has seen them collapse in the space of a week, as they fell 12 points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona after a 1-0 loss to their rivals last Saturday, got knocked out of the Copa del Rey semi-finals last Wednesday thanks to a 3-0 loss to the same team, and then relinquished their hold on the Champions League trophy, which Ramos had lifted for three straight seasons before watching his team get knocked out on Tuesday.

AS claim Perez responded by threatening to sack the centre-back, prompting Ramos to say, “pay me up and I will leave”, before adding, “I have given everything and broken my back for this badge, this club and for you.”

The spat shows no signs of abating as Perez and the rest of the Madrid hierarchy are contemplating the future of manager Santiago Solari and potentially replacing him with former Madrid manager Jose Mourinho, who does not have a good relationship with Ramos.

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Real Madrid's Vinicius Junior admits 'rebuilding year' was meant to be difficult

Sport360 staff 08:28 07/03/2019
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Vinicius Junior

Real Madrid attacker Vinicius Junior admitted that things were meant to be difficult this season as it was seen as a rebuilding year. 

Los Blancos have had a terrible season so far, which was summed up by their elimination from the Copa del Rey and Champions League in a span of one week. A 12-point deficit in the league means that they are virtually out of the title race too. 

“We knew that it would be a rebuilding year and that things would be difficult,” Vinicius admitted in a post-match interview with Esporte, as quoted by Marca. 

“Now we have to take advantage of the rest of the season. We have to play well in matches to regain our confidence.” 

The 18-year-old was taken off due to an injury during Madrid’s defeat to Ajax and could miss up to two months of football. He has been one of their best players this season and his absence could provide them a challenge in securing a Champions League spot. 

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