Daniel Levy has had to finally accept defeat in his attempt to stop Real Madrid from signing their best player, the Welsh international Gareth Bale. It has been coming, especially after Bale returned from the recent pre-season games in Asia without playing and then took his parents with him to a meeting with the Tottenham chairman. They made it clear to Levy that they expected him to honour his promise to let Bale leave if they were not in the Champions League this season.
there must have been lots going on behind the scenes between Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur, because the transfer of Gareth Bale, which seemed to have gone cold recently, is now apparently on the verge of completion, according to Marca.
The newspaper has reported that the talented Welsh international set this new phase of the transfer in motion by telling his club bosses that he wanted a move away from White Hart Lane. Apparently the terms between all three parties are now agreed, with Real Madrid due to pay Tottenham around 80 million euros and include the Portuguese left back Fabio Coentrao into the deal.
There has been a mountain of media speculation about the Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain, which only increased when the Argentinean striker took it upon himself to declare that he had decided to leave. The president Florentino Perez, however, was quick to remind his player that the club had to accept an offer first and it had not received any that it felt came close to his value.
Arsenal from the English Premier League and Juventus from the Italian Serie A are the two clubs favourite to sign Higuain, and he has expressed his willingness to play for both. Both are big clubs who will be in the Champions League next season, even if they are not as big as Real Madrid.
The Portuguese left back Fabio Coentrao had better hope that somebody wants to sign him from Real Madrid, because he has effectively burnt his bridges with the club’s fans by issuing a statement about how unhappy he is and has been since arriving at the Bernabeu.
Coentrao said, “From the first day I do not think I was wanted here.
“Today it seems like everyone wants me to leave the club. I don’t know what I’ve done wrong.
“We must find a solution that is good for both the club and myself, so that no-one will lose out.”
Real Madrid face the biggest game of the season so far tomorrow, and it seems as if Jose Mourinho will have fewer players to choose from than he would like. Luka Modric, who was the star of the show as Madrid came from behind to beat Manchester United at Old Trafford, is a real doubt. To add to the problems, the Brazilian left back Marcelo looks like missing both legs.
Real Madrid came up against a Manchester United team that was well organised and stuck to the game plan well, but it could have all been different. If Madrid had got their noses in front, then United would have had to throw off the shackles a bit and be more adventurous, allowing Madrid more space and freedom to play the kind of football we are so good at.
Jose Mourinho did not have the best end to 2012, finishing the year third in the Primera Liga table and trailing main rivals Barcelona by 16 points. Not only that but the Spanish media was full of stories about arguments in the dressing room and Mourinho had been involved in a bust up with prominent journalist. Having finished second in the champions league group, we got a nasty knockout draw against Manchester United.
Jose Mourinho has admitted that Real Madrid will need a miracle if they are to retain the Spanish Primera Liga title this season. The champions have already dropped more points than they did in the whole of the last campaign, while Barcelona have enjoyed a record breaking start to their season.
Real Madrid should have won yesterday, there is no question of that. They should probably have had at least one penalty, but they had plenty of chances to wrap the game up anyway. The failure to do so meant that we dropped deeper and deeper as the game came to it’s conclusion, and Espanyol managed to force the ball into the net with just a minute left on the clock.
Jose Mourinho has another left back dilemma on his hands as he takes his Real Madrid side to play Valladolid tomorrow. With his preferred left back, the Brazilian Marcelo still on the sidelines after an operation, Mourinho was glad to have got Fabio Coentrao back into the team, but the Portuguese defender is now also injured, leaving the Special One a headache as he cannot afford to drop any points in La Liga.
If Real Madrid can avoid defeat against Manchester City at the Etihad stadium tonight, the English champions will have crashed out at the group stages for the second year running and Jose Mourinho will be on the verge of progressing to the next round. That is the easy bit, the complicated part comes in the other game and the possible permutations in the Group of Death.