Securing the services of one of the most talented young players in world football is a true symbol of Real Madrid’s ability to attract the very best to a club steeped in heritage and unparalleled success. Carlo Ancelotti certainly had one eye on the future for Los Blancos when he managed to sign much-coveted 16-year-old Martin Odegaard from Stromsgodset for £2.3 million – a teenager who has already won three international caps with Norway.
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As Real Madrid slumped to a shock defeat at Villareal last night after going in to a 2-0 defeat and looking nailed on to increase the lead, it was the defensive side of Madrid that looked like it could do with a boost. But it is the forward are that Carlo Ancelotti has improved on deadline day.
As Sky Sports have just reported, Madrid have sealed the deal with Manchester United for their Mexico international Javier Hernandez. Commonly known as Chicharito which means `little pea`, the 26-year old has joined on a season long loan deal. The contract also apparently includes a clause which gives Madrid the option to sign him on a permanent basis if we want to.
Before the Spanish La Liga season has even started, quite a few football pundits are writing off the chances of Real Madrid finishing top of the table next May. And following their defeat to the reigning champions Atletico Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup, you may never get such good odds on Carlo Ancelotti leading his players to the title.
With Barcelona having spent well on a few key players and with a new man at the helm, the Catalans are expected to be a real force again this season. No matter what you think of Luis Suarez and his wayward teeth, there is no doubt that the Uruguay international striker is a top player who can make a big difference.
The case of Alvaro Morata and Real Madrid is a curious one and it has taken a few twists in the past year or so. And there could be another one coming soon, with rumours that manager Carlo Ancelotti and the club are ready to siften their stance on the promising young striker and let him leave the Santiago Bernabeu during this January transfer window.
When Jose Mourinho was getting grief from the media and fans alike last season about his failure to use promising youngsters, Morata was just about the only one he seemed to like and the young striker rewarded his faith with two massive goals coming on as a late sub.
There was quite a lot of speculation about Real Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo for much of last season and this summer. Talk about the Portuguese superstar being unhappy at the club, unhappy with the lack of support from the fans, unhappy with the signing of another superstar Gareth Bale to challenge his role and much more.
Well all of those problems seem to have been put to bed. He gets on very well with Bale and they complement each other on the pitch, the fans absolutely adore him and the new management team of Carlo Ancelotti and Zinedine Zidane have fostered a much better atmosphere in the dressing room after all the tension of the Mourinho years.
The transfer of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid was one of the worst kept secrets but also longest running transfer sagas of the summer. It gave people lots of time to discuss it before it happened and there was a lot of doubt about whether Bale and Ronaldo would work well together on the pitch for Real Madrid.
There have been some reports doing the rounds in the Spanish media about the Real Madrid forward Angel Di Maria. According to the rumours, the Argentine international was keen to leave the Santiago Bernabeu in January.
Apparently he had already been in contact with the French Ligue 1 club AS Monaco, who have been taken over by a super rich Russian tycoon and have been spending big on the likes of Radamel Falcao as they try to challenge the other mega rich French club PSG. The story was that the manager Claudio Ranieri had made Di Maria a great financial offer and he had agreed.
There may have been some concern among Real Madrid fans yesterday, with Cristiano Ronaldo ruled out of the Champions League game through injury. The opponents, Turkish champions Galatasaray, had improved a lot since Madrid beat then heavily in Istanbul, with Roberto Mancini working his magic, so people expected a tough test.
Those fears were much worse when Sergio Ramos was sent off for denying what the referee deemed to be a scoring opportunity. Although it was a bit soft, Ramos does it too often and must control himself, especially in Europe.
It is always a danger during the international break, and it has happened again to Real Madrid. A number of players last season came down with the so-called FIFA virus, including Marcelo and Coentrao at the same time, and it struck again last night.
This time it was the Germany midfielder Sami Khedira who was injured, and it was a bad one. The powerful midfielder lasted just over an hour against Italy in his countries 1-1 draw, and today it has been revealed that he has torn a cruciate ligament in his knee, meaning that Real Madrid will have to do without him for around six months.
If there is any truth in the rumours linking Real Madrid with the Juventus player Paul Pogba and the Chelsea player Ramires, it suggests that Carlo Ancelotti has identified a weakness in his La Liga side. Both if the players mentioned play in a box-to-box midfield role, with the onus being on energy and work rate.
That is currently the position filled by Sami Khedira and Luka Modric, and while the former Tottenham man seems happy, is playing well and has become a fans favourite at the Santiago Bernabeu, the German international does not seem entirely settled. There have been stories in the press about Khedira and he was critical of the decision to sell Mesut Ozil to Arsenal.