Real Madrid 2-2 Arsenal (aet; Real Madrid win 3-2 on pens): International Champions Cup – as it happened


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Gareth Bale’s move from Real Madrid will not be a loan, player’s agent says


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• ‘There will be no makeshift deals,’ says Jonathan Barnett
• Coach Zinedine Zidane says move is best for club and playerWhile Zinedine Zidane expects Gareth Bale to leave Real Madrid imminently, the player’s agent says his move will not be a loan. The Wales forward, who has been linked to a move to the Chinese Super League, is only interested in a permanent move away from the Spanish side.

Related: Zinedine Zidane hits back over Gareth Bale, Dani Ceballos set for Arsenal loan

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Football transfer rumours: Eriksen to replace Pogba at Manchester United?


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This gossip must be living in paradise

Chinese Super League clubs Beijing Guoan, Jiangsu Suning and Shanghai Shenhua have no end of ambition. They’re banking on the fact that Gareth Bale’s own horizons have run out. Though to be fair, the offers look pretty fine to us, including benefits such as a luxury pad, lucrative image rights, regular first-class flights back home, and a manager that doesn’t think he’s a complete waste of space. We say go for it.

Bale’s departure would allow Real to sign Paul Pogba. What Manchester United then do with their money is a moot point. Spend it on £90m Juventus striker Paulo Dybala, perhaps. Or maybe they’ll go for Christian Eriksen, whose frequent come-and-get-me pleas to nobody in particular, anyone, just anyone, have been met on the continent with thundering indifference. Atlético Madrid were thinking about it, but turns out they’re more Continue reading “Football transfer rumours: Eriksen to replace Pogba at Manchester United?”

Zinedine Zidane hits back over Gareth Bale, Dani Ceballos set for Arsenal loan


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  • Zidane claims it was Bale’s choice not to play against Bayern
  • Unai Emery hints at loan deal for Real midfielder Ceballos

Zinedine Zidane has denied disrespecting Gareth Bale, and claimed the Welsh forward was left out against Bayern Munich because he did not want to play.

“I have not disrespected anyone,” the Real Madrid head coach told a press conference before the friendly against Arsenal in Washington. “The club is dealing with his departure. Period.”

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Zinedine Zidane says Gareth Bale could leave Real Madrid in matter of days


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• Real are ‘working on his departure’ with unnamed club
• Bale has been linked with Manchester United and SpursGareth Bale appears to be edging closet to leaving Real Madrid after Zinedine Zidane revealed the Spanish club are in talks with an unnamed club about a transfer.

Zidane confirmed the Wales international was left out of Real’s matchday squad to face Bayern Munich in the International Champions Cup in Houston on Saturday night because “the club is working on his departure”. The Frenchman also said he hopes a deal for Bale can be struck soon “for everyone’s sake”.

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Football transfer rumours: Pogba and Lukaku to stay at Manchester United?


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This gossip doesn’t recognise all of these things

The transfer window is full of surprises, so here’s another. It turns out that, after spending more than £400m on players already this summer, Real Madrid have no money left with which to sign Paul Pogba. Apparently this is not because they never actually wanted him in the first place and have no use for an unreliable adornment who has never been the best player in a good team. As such, Florentino Pérez must convince Zinedine Zidane to use Gareth Bale instead – once the Open is finished, of course.

Another Manchester United player who might not be on the move is Romelu Lukaku. Inter are interested in securing his services, but are not sure that he’s worth £75m. It’s now up to Ed Woodward to explain that the fee includes not just the player but the antique grand piano he carries Continue reading “Football transfer rumours: Pogba and Lukaku to stay at Manchester United?”

Éder Militão falls ill during Real Madrid unveiling – video


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Real Madrid’s new signing Éder Militão’s introductory news conference was brought to a halt on Wednesday when the Brazilian complained of feeling unwell. The 21-year-old, who has joined for around €50m from Porto, was nearing the end of his first meeting with journalists at his new club when he tried to loosen his tie and then held his head in his hands

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Arjen Robben: master of the expected who brought joy and trophies


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Defenders knew what Robben would do but still could not stop him and his retirement after 10 years at Bayern is a shameThere is beauty in the unexpected but sometimes even more so in the expected. Everyone knew what Arjen Robben would do, yet they could do nothing to stop him.

He would pick up the ball on his right flank, feign to go down towards the byline, then cut inside and score. And then he would do it again. True, there were variations. Sometimes he would score at the near post and sometimes he would take a few more steps inside the penalty area, or just outside it, and score at the far post. Sometimes he would shoot low and sometimes he would shoot high.

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Arjen Robben: master of the expected who brought joy and trophies


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Defenders knew what Robben would do but still could not stop him and his retirement after 10 years at Bayern is a shameThere is beauty in the unexpected but sometimes even more so in the expected. Everyone knew what Arjen Robben would do, yet they could do nothing to stop him.

He would pick up the ball on his right flank, feign to go down towards the byline, then cut inside and score. And then he would do it again. True, there were variations. Sometimes he would score at the near post and sometimes he would take a few more steps inside the penalty area, or just outside it, and score at the far post. Sometimes he would shoot low and sometimes he would shoot high.

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Football transfer rumours: Arsenal in for Real Madrid’s Marcelo?


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Today’s rumours can’t find the mares

Arsenal need to shore up their defence if they are to stand a chance of qualifying for the Champions League next season, so naturally they have been linked with Marcelo, the Real Madrid left back. Now 31, Arsenal could yet fall foul of handing a mammoth contract to the Brazilian, who has a very particular set of attacking skills, skills he has acquired over a very long career. Skills that make it a nightmare for people like Laurent Koscielny, who could be tearing his hair out at the 31-year-old’s forward forays. What’s more, Marcelo is very good mates with Mesut Özil from the German international’s time in Madrid, with the left-back even including Özil in his all-time XI of players he has played with. High praise indeed.

Related: Ander Herrera signs five-year deal with PSG after leaving Manchester United

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Chelsea close to sealing Mateo Kovacic signing in £45m deal with Real Madrid


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  • Croat to make last season’s loan move permanent
  • Chelsea hope to appoint Frank Lampard this week

Chelsea are poised to complete the permanent signing of Real Madrid’s Mateo Kovacic for a fee which could rise to €50m (£44.8m) with add-ons. The Croat spent last season on loan at Stamford Bridge and, as part of that deal, is allowed to join the club despite a transfer ban.

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Iván Zamorano on Ronaldo, Chile at the Copa América and his 1+8 shirt


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Zamorano took a break from watching the Copa América to talk about his days with Inter, Real Madrid and the national team

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Iván Zamorano smiles and lets out a little laugh. “The idea came about because the best in the world had arrived,” he says with a knowing glance. “I had to hand the No 9 over to him.”

Zamorano was at the top of his game when Ronaldo joined him at Inter in the summer of 1997. He had won the Copa del Rey and La Liga with Real Madrid, picking up the Pichichi prize for top scorer in his last season in Spain before moving to Inter, where he was well on his way to becoming a legend. But he was humble enough to know he had no choice. Zamorano says he “did not play with Continue reading “Iván Zamorano on Ronaldo, Chile at the Copa América and his 1+8 shirt”

How Real Madrid snatched Takefusa Kubo from under the noses of Barcelona


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The Japanese prodigy is one of a new generation of players who have been scooped up by Real MadridTakefusa Kubo joined Barcelona when he was 10, spent four years at the club and was singled out as a future star but that future now belongs to their greatest rivals after Real Madrid announced the signing of the Japan international.

Just 18, Kubo was forced to leave Barça in 2015 after the club was investigated for breaking Fifa regulations on signing young players, returning to Japan and joining FC Tokyo’s youth system. Barcelona had hoped to bring the attacking midfielder back when he came of age but instead it is Madrid who have agreed a €2m deal with Tokyo and handed Kubo a six-year contract believed to be worth €1m a season. He will initially join the club’s B team, Castilla, but the plan is he will be incorporated into Continue reading “How Real Madrid snatched Takefusa Kubo from under the noses of Barcelona”

Eden Hazard fulfils his dream of a lifetime with Real Madrid move | Sid Lowe


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The boy from Belgium is now the man in Madrid after being presented to fans following €150m transfer from ChelseaThe Garden of Eden moved to the Bernabéu. Eden Hazard took a stroll around the grass at his new home, kicking gold and white footballs into a crowd that was bigger than those that came to see some La Liga matches last season, and then said that he had been waiting for this since he was a kid in La Louvière. Now, at last, the time had come and it was the “right time”, he said, having left Chelsea with the Europa League – even though he admitted this was a move that he had thought he might make 12 months ago.

Still, better late than never. And Hazard insisted it was not too late. “I’m 28 years old, I think I can go to 32, 33 years. It’s a Continue reading “Eden Hazard fulfils his dream of a lifetime with Real Madrid move | Sid Lowe”

Real Madrid make Lyon’s Ferland Mendy their third summer signing


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• Left-back moves to the Bernabéu for £42.7m
• Atlético expect Antoine Griezmann to join Barcelona

Real Madrid have signed the Lyon left-back Ferland Mendy, making the defender the third summer addition to their squad.

While across the city, the Atlético chief executive, Miguel Ángel Gil Marín, believes Antoine Griezmann will join Barcelona this summer – and insisted he has known about the move since March.

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Real Madrid make Lyon’s Ferland Mendy their third summer signing


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• Left-back moves to the Bernabéu for £42.7m
• Atlético expect Antoine Griezmann to join Barcelona

Real Madrid have signed the Lyon left-back Ferland Mendy, making the defender the third summer addition to their squad.

While across the city, the Atlético chief executive, Miguel Ángel Gil Marín, believes Antoine Griezmann will join Barcelona this summer – and insisted he has known about the move since March.

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Luka Jovic ‘happiest man in the world’ to be joining Real Madrid – video


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The striker Luka Jovic was officially unveiled by Real Madrid on Wednesday in a ceremony at the Bernabéu following his move to Spain from Eintracht Frankfurt. The 21-year-old Serb said he is the ‘happiest man in the world’.

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Eden Hazard to Real Madrid: a transfer almost 10 years in the making | Sid Lowe


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Zinedine Zidane identified the Belgian in 2010. Finally he has his man and Hazard will start despite the heftiest competition“I would take Eden Hazard with my eyes closed.” Zinedine Zidane’s words are not from this week or last; they’re not from last year, the year before, or even the year before that. Real Madrid’s manager said that in April 2010, almost a decade ago, when the Frenchman was just about to return to the Bernabéu as presidential adviser and Hazard was 19 and playing for Lille. He was also, Zidane said, “the star of the future”. Now, aged 28, he is Madrid’s present, not just their latest galáctico but their first for five years. He has been a long time coming.

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Real Madrid announce signing of Eden Hazard from Chelsea for £88.5m


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• Deal, subject to medical, could rise to £130m with add-ons
• Belgian will sign five-year deal and earn £400,000 a weekReal Madrid have announced the signing of Eden Hazard on a five-year deal. The 28-year-old will be officially unveiled on Thursday once he has undergone his medical and with Real and Chelsea having agreed a fee of €100m (£88.5m) rising to €146.1m (£130m) with add-ons.

The fee – as revealed by the Guardian on Wednesday– reflects the fact Hazard had only one year left on his contract and, therefore, making Chelsea largely powerless to keep the Belgian. He departs after seven hugely successful years at Stamford Bridge, winning the Premier League twice, one FA Cup and two Europa League titles, and is expected to earn £400,000 a week at the Bernabéu.

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Real Madrid to sign Eden Hazard after agreeing a fee with Chelsea


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• Belgian to cost in the region of £88.5m plus add-ons

• He becomes third Real summer signing after Militão and Jovic

Eden Hazard is set to join Real Madrid after the Spanish club and Chelsea agreed a fee in the region of €100m (£88.5m) plus add-ons.

Hazard said after Chelsea won the Europa League final against Arsenal that “I think it is a goodbye, but in football you never know”. At that point Real and Chelsea had not agreed on a fee but on Wednesday night they did with the announcement set to follow in the next few days. The two clubs are now preparing the contracts to be signed.

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