Man United end Mourinho’s nightmare US tour on a high with a win over Real Madrid

Very little has gone right for Manchester United on this tour of the US, but they should just be grateful for whoever approved Alexis Sanchez’s travel visa.

The Chile star missed the first week of the trip over the hold-up and trained alone at Carrington. Since joining his teammates in America, however, he has led the attack almost single-handedly at times.

Here at the Hard Rock Stadium, Sanchez scored one and set up another as Jose Mourinho’s side ended the trip on a high note against the European champions.

Man of the match Sanchez fired United into the lead after 18 minutes, converting Matteo Darmian’s neat cut-back, and his knockdown set up Ander Herrera for their second nine minutes later.

Karim Benzema reduced the deficit in first-half stoppage-time and Madrid improved in the second period with Raul De Tomas spurning a glorious chance to level on 82 minute.

But United held on for the morale-boosting win to ensure Julen Lopetegui’s first game in charge of Real Madrid ended in defeat.

Granted, this was an unfamiliar and under-cooked Real Madrid side. But when you have experienced such a problematic tour as United have in the US, then it’s best to take whatever positives you can.

Mourinho and his depleted squad flew home straight after the match after an arduous three weeks, and have a win over Madrid to add to a shootout victory over AC Milan.

A heavy 4-1 defeat by Liverpool is best forgotten, as are the draws against Club America and San Jose Earthquakes, but at least it isn’t all doom and gloom despite the manager’s downcast mood.

Mourinho’s extraordinary outburst about the state of the tour and the squad available to him had overshadowed United’s defeat by Liverpool in Michigan and the build-up to this one as well.

The United manager could at least welcome back David De Gea, a goalkeeper so often linked with Real Madrid, and give his new £52million signing Fred a 67-minute run-out on his first start.

But with Chris Smalling unable to play after going off in the warm-up on Saturday, Mourinho had no choice but to play Scott McTominay in a back-three alongside Eric Bailly and Timothy Fosu-Mensah. Having said that Bailly ‘isn’t a leader’ at the weekend, it was surprising to see the Ivory Coast defender given the captain’s armband.

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‘It might be time for something different’ – Chelsea forward Eden Hazard

– Eden Hazard has hinted at a possible move away from Chelsea this summer

– The Belgian has been linked to the Bernabeu following Cristiano Ronaldo’s move

– Reports suggested the La Liga giants were preparing a £200m bid for Hazard

– He scored against England as Belgium secured third place at the World Cup

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Chelsea’s Eden Hazard said that he wants to leave the club for Real Madrid, with the Spaniards ready to make a possible £200million bid for him.

On the day that new manager Maurizio Sarri took over at Stamford Bridge, Hazard emerged from helping Belgium beat England 2-0 in the World Cup third-place match to say that he wanted no part in the future the Italian had mapped out.

Hazard, who has two years left on his contract, said: ‘I have spent six years with Chelsea. I played a fantastic World Cup, so it’s maybe time to change something. Chelsea will make the final decision — if they want to let me go, you know my preferred destination. After six wonderful years at Chelsea it might be time to discover something different.

‘It’s not my decision, so now I just want to go on holiday and see what happens.’

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It is understood that Hazard will not fight to leave Chelsea and if they attempt to keep him, he may stay. But Real, the European champions, may be willing to break the world transfer record, as they look to rebuild after the £88m departure of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus.

Hazard’s recent form has impressed them. He was strong during Belgium’s World Cup, scoring the second goal against England. But the midfielder, who came close to joining Real in 2017, did fade during the semi-final loss to France.

Hazard’s declaration of intent came as Napoli were attacked by Manchester City for ‘unprofessional’ conduct in the £57m sale of midfielder Jorginho to Chelsea.

City sources claim the 26-year-old has been ‘bullied’ into signing a five-year deal for Chelsea, having indicated as recently as Thursday that he wanted to play for Pep Guardiola.

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It is also claimed that Napoli threatened the Italy international with having to see out the remaining two years of his contract at Stadio San Paolo if he rejected Chelsea.

City sources also say Chelsea offering an extra €10m (£8.8m) persuaded Napoli into a U-turn on their agreement. Jorginho’s agent, Joao Santos, was not able to persuade the club to honour a £44.2m deal they had effectively shaken hands on with City.

Chelsea reject City’s claims and could not be contacted on Saturday.

It was not an ideal way for Sarri to begin his reign, a day after the club sacked Antonio Conte.

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Real Madrid issue statement to rule out bid for Neymar

– Real Madrid have appeared to rule out making a bid for Neymar this summer

– The Paris Saint-Germain winger had been linked with a switch to The Bernabeu

– are seeking to replace Cristiano Ronaldo following his move to Juventus

Real Madrid issued a statement on Friday night that appeared to rule out a bid for Neymar this summer.

The club said: ‘Regarding the constant stories that link the player of PSG, Neymar, with our club, Real Madrid want to make it clear that we are not planning to make any offer for the player.

‘The relation between the two clubs is extraordinary, and therefore, the first thing we would do would be to direct [our interest] to the club.’

Florentino Perez wants to sign Neymar but PSG are refusing to let the player leave after just one season in Paris.

Next season a release clause kicks in which would allow Madrid to sign the Brazilian if they match the 222m euros that PSG paid for him last summer.

With every intention of making that move in 2019 they want to keep relations with PSG cordial which is why they have moved to silence talk of a bid.

The club are focusing their attention this summer on the possible acquisition of Eden Hazard and are also looking at bringing in a centre forward to cover the 40-goal a season deficit they now anticipate suffering, having lost Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus.

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He’s Gone! Ronaldo Quits Real Madrid To Join Juventus In Staggering Sh11.7 Billion

Cristiano Ronaldo has made an astonishing £88million move to Juventus after Real Madrid granted him permission to leave the Santiago Bernabeu.

Ronaldo met Juventus club president Andrea Agnelli on Tuesday afternoon in a hotel in Greece before agreeing a four-year deal worth an estimated £500,000 a week.

It is believed that the transfer was finalised at the meeting in Greece, where Ronaldo is currently on holiday with his girlfriend and family.

Real Madrid confirmed the transfer late on Tuesday afternoon.

In a statement, the club admitted that they had granted Ronaldo his wish to leave the club.

It read: ‘Today, Real Madrid wants to express its gratitude to a player who has proved to be the best in the world and who has marked one of the brightest times in the history of our club and world football.’

‘Beyond the titles won, the trophies collected and the triumphs achieved on the pitch during these nine years, Cristiano Ronaldo has been an example of dedication, work, responsibility, talent and improvement.’

Ronaldo thanked Real Madrid for making his time at the club ‘possibly the happiest of my life’, but added that he felt it was the right decision to move on.

He said: ‘I believe that the time has come to open a new stage in my life and that is why I have asked the club to accept transferring me. I feel that way and I ask everyone, and especially our followers, to please understand me.’

An hour after Real Madrid’s statement, Juventus confirmed the news of Ronaldo’s capture on their website.

The club confirmed that they will pay £88m (€100m) to the Spanish giants, with a further payment of £10m is believed to be going to his first club Sporting Lisbon.

‘Juventus Football Club SpA announces that it has reached an agreement with the company Real Madrid Club De Futbol SpA for the definitive acquisition of the right to the sports performances of the player Dos Santos Aveiro Cristiano Ronaldo against a fee €100million, payable in two years, plus the solidarity contribution provided for by the FIFA regulations and accessory charges for €12million,’ the statement read.

‘Juventus signed a four-year sports performance contract with the same player until June 30, 2022.’

Ronaldo leaves Real Madrid with a legacy littered with smashed records and a haul of trophies.

He is the Spanish club’s all-time top scorer with 450 goals in all competitions and won two La Liga titles and four Champions League trophies with them.

‘For Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo will always be one of its greatest symbols and a unique reference for the generations to come,’ Real Madrid’s statement added.

‘Real Madrid will always be his home.’

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Real Madrid agreed personal terms with Roma goalkeeper Alisson

Real Madrid are going to have to better their offer by £18million if they are to land Roma goalkeeper Alisson.

The Spanish giants have earmarked the Brazilian as one of their main transfer targets this summer as they look for competition to current No 1 Keylor Navas.

And according to Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo, they have moved a step closer to doing that by agreeing personal terms with Alisson.
They claim that his agent Ze Maria has agreed personal terms for a five-year deal with an option for a sixth.

However, the one sticking point for the move being concluded is the fee.

Real have made a £52m bid, with £4.4m of that in bonuses, but Roma are holding out for a £70m transfer fee, Mundo Deportivo adds.

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Alisson is under contract at Roma until 2021 and remains a target for Premier League duo Liverpool and Chelsea.

Speaking about his situation last weekend, the 25-year-old was keen to resolve his situation before Brazil start their World Cup campaign against Switzerland in Group E on Sunday night.
‘I believe and I hope that everything will be resolved before the start of the World Cup,’ he said following Brazil’s 3-0 friendly win over Austria on Sunday.

‘To be honest, I left everything in the hands of my agents.

‘If it’s not resolved before the World Cup, then it will be discussed after it because my head will be focused only on Brazil.

‘There are many possibilities on which we are working, but always together with Roma and with respect to my club. We will see what will happen this week.’

Alisson kept 22 clean sheets in 49 outings for Roma in Serie A and the Champions League last season, helping them to the semi-finals of the European competition against the odds.

He is likely to be Brazil’s No 1 when they begin their quest for a sixth World Cup triumph.

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Spain sack boss Julen Lopetegui a day before the start of the world cup

Julen Lopetegui has been sacked as Spain boss on the eve of the World Cup after Spanish FA chiefs were left furious following his announcement as Real Madrid boss.

Spain hastily called a press conference as reports emanated that the head of the Spanish FA, Luis Rubiales, was left outraged by the timing of the announcement.

Following a bizarre morning, during which the Spanish players pleaded with Rubiales for Lopetegui to keep his job, it was decided that the manager’s position had become untenable.

‘We thank Julen for all he has done because he is one of the great people responsible for us being in Russia, but we are forced to dismiss him,’ said Rubiales.

‘I do not feel betrayed, the problem is how things have been done with the total absence of participation of the Spanish Football Federation, that is something we cannot ignore, Lopetegui is an impeccable professional but the process is important.

‘The negotiations [between Lopetegui and Real Madrid] have occurred without any information to the Spanish FA and we were informed just five minutes before the press release. There’s a way to act that needs to be fulfilled.

‘I took a plane, came back from Moscow, missed the vote on the next World Cup to be here. We had to react, I know that whatever I do I will be criticised, I accept that.

‘To win is very important, to have the best coach very important, but above everything is acting in the right way. Maybe this is tough now, but in the end it will make us stronger.

‘I have spoken with the players and I can guarantee they will do everything, along with the new coach, to take the team as far as possible [at this World Cup].’

Fernando Hierro, a former Real Madrid player himself and current sporting director of the Spanish FA, is understood to be an early frontrunner to succeed Lopetegui.

Sportsmail understands, however, that Hierro will give the job to Albert Celades, the national team’s Under-21s coach, should Lopetegui get the axe.

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Cristiano Ronaldo told team-mates ‘he wants to leave Real Madrid’

Cristiano Ronaldo may have shocked Real Madrid fans by throwing his future into doubt in the immediate aftermath of their 13th Champions League triumph, but his team-mates reportedly knew of his intentions for weeks.

The 33-year-old strongly suggested he would look to leave the Bernabeu this summer after helping them to a 3-1 victory over Liverpool in Kiev, securing a record fifth Champions League title for himself in the process.

‘It was very nice to be in Madrid,’ he told beIN Sports. ‘In the next few days I will give an answer to the fans, who have always been by my side.’

But while Ronaldo has since left Real Madrid fans on tenterhooks, Spanish outlet Marca claims he has long decided to quit and told his team-mates ‘weeks ago’.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has regularly threatened to quit only to be awarded a new and improved contract, and it seems that he may again be angling for a pay rise.

It has been widely reported that Ronaldo is seeking parity with his rival Lionel Messi, who was made the world’s best-paid player by Barcelona earlier this season with a new deal worth a staggering £35million per season.

President Florentino Perez has been reluctant to give Ronaldo, who currently earns £18m per season, such a massive increase and the fact that he has a €1bn (£870m) release clause puts the power in the club’s hands.

Zinedine Zidane’s shock decision to quit as head coach has further set Ronaldo’s agenda back with Perez and the Real Madrid board now firmly focussed on finding a replacement as quickly as possible.

Significantly, Real Madrid are also confident that no club in Europe will match either their asking price or his wage demands. Paris Saint-Germain are settled with Neymar and Kylian Mbappe while a return to Manchester United looks to have died a death.

Only a lucrative move to the Chinese Super League could satisfy Ronaldo’s insatiable appetite for more money, but would certainly see his standing as one of the world’s best players end once and for all.

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Zinedine Zidane Steps Down As Real Madrid Coach 5 Days After Winning Champions League Title

Zinedine Zidane has sensationally quit Real Madrid after landing an historic Champions League hat-trick.

The Frenchman called an unexpected press conference on Thursday afternoon to reveal that he will be leaving after two-and-a-half years in charge.

The 45-year-old revealed that he feels this is the right time to go despite being a legend as both a player and a manager.

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and Chelsea’s Antonio Conte are the early front-runners to take over.

Appearing alongside Real president Florentino Perez, Zidane said: ‘I have taken the decision to not continue going into the next season. For me and for everybody, I think the moment to change has arrived. It was not an easy decision.’

Zidane told club president Florentino Perez of his plans on Wednesday as he believes the team needs a change.

‘I love this club, I love the president,’ he said. ‘He gave me the opportunity to come as a player and now manager and I am eternally grateful.’

‘But we have to change.’

The quest to find a high-profile successor will now commence: Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and the Italian Maurizio Sarri, most recently of Napoli, have all been linked with the Bernabeu hotseat.

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Shida Za Ushindi: Real Madrid have no space for 13th European trophy in the club’s museum

Real Madrid will need a bigger trophy cabinet after there was no space to show off their 13th European title.

Gareth Bale’s brace against Liverpool helped Zinedine Zidane’s side secure their third consecutive Champions League title on Saturday but the club’s museum is now struggling to put their latest bit of silverware on display.

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Following Real’s historic ‘decima’ victory in Lisbon four years ago which took them to 10 European trophies, Florentino Perez extended the cabinet’s space by two more slots to accommodate for more trophies but Real filled them in quick succession.

According to Spanish news outlet Marca, the club will not be able to show off the new Champions League trophy for another week while president Florentino Perez makes more space for their latest title.

The club may extend the cabinet even further as they look to secure their fifth Champions League title in six years.

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Gareth Bale ready to leave Real Madrid after becoming frustrated with lack of playing time

Gareth Bale is ready to leave Real Madrid this summer over his lack of game time and a troubled relationship with manager Zinedine Zidane.

Bale’s play-me-or-lose-me comments after the final had been brewing over three months of snubs and humiliations. They would have been delivered with or without his sensational double strike in Kiev.

The 28-year-old has asked his representatives to meet with Real Madrid in the coming weeks to clarify his position under Zidane, who dropped him for the final despite having watched him score five goals in the last five games of the season.

Manchester United are watching the situation with interest and Chelsea look to be his other possible Premier League suitors.

There are doubts over their current financial muscle being strong enough to take the full weight of Bale’s wages and a £86 million transfer fee but Madrid’s interest in Eden Hazard could go some way to resolving that problem.

‘I was very disappointed to not be starting, I thought that I deserved to start,’ Bale said after the final. ‘I want to be playing every week. And if I can’t do it at Real Madrid then I will have to do it elsewhere.

‘I just want to enjoy this moment and have a rest. Then I will sit down with everybody at a big table and see what my next move is.’

Those planned talks will be with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez’s right-hand man Jose Angel Sanchez. Perez said on Saturday that his current squad was ‘difficult to improve on’ and labelled Bale, who he signed in 2013, ‘one of the best players in the world’.

Zidane will not be present at the talks but it is the coach’s plans for Bale next season that will go a long way to deciding if the Welshman pursues a path away from the club.

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