July 28, 2010

Real Madrid on the way to America

Real Madrid are en route to Los Angeles, where they will stay until 7 August


Real Madrid are planebound for Los Angeles, where they will land at approximately 1:20 am CET on Thursday. The team will stay at the Beverly Hills Hotel located on Sunset Boulevard.

The 18 players who are making the trip will begin two-a-day workouts on Thursday on the UCLA campus. The US tour includes a match against Club America in San Francisco on 4 August followed by a game against the LA Galaxy in the Rose Bowl on 8 August. The team will then travel to Germany, where on 13 August they will play against Bayern Munich in a match in honor of club President of Honor Franz Beckenbauer. The tour wraps up on 17 August with a game in Belgium against Standard Liege. Real Madrid will then return to Spain where they will play against Hercules in Alicante and the Santiago Bernabeu Trophy.

04/08Club America - Real Madrid Candlestick Park (San Francisco)
07/08Los Angeles Galaxy - Real Madrid Rose Bowl (Los Angeles)
13/08Bayern Munich - Real Madrid Allianz Arena (Munich)
17/08Standard Liege- Real Madrid Stade de Sclessin (Liege)

Players traveling to US: Dudek, Adan, Pepe, Marcelo, Garay, Drenthe, Diarra, Lass, Granero, Gago, Pedro Leon, Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema. Youth teamers: Nacho Fernandez, Marcos Tebar, Alex Fernandez, Juanfran, Alvaro Morata. Other World Cup and Under-19 internationals will steadily rejoin team over the next few days.

Raul signs Schalke 04 -- Good bye el capitano

Raul Gonzalez Blanco Completes Move to Schalke 04

Real Madrid idol Raul Gonzalez Blanco has been presented as a player for German side FC Schalke 04. The forward has been confirmed to wear his favoured number seven shirt for the upcoming Bundesliga season. The all-time leading scorer at the Bernebau, Raul was welcomed at the Veltins Arena after having signed a two-year contract with his new club.

Schalke midfielder Hao Junmin has reportedly passed up the number seven shirt for the upcoming season, stating it would be an honour to allow the former Madrid captain to wear the number of his choosing. According to reports, the Chinese international will now play wearing the number eight shirt.

As 33 year-old Raul was unveiled as a Schalke player, he showed his delight at moving to last season’s Bundesliga runners-up. He said: "For me this is a very special day, as I'm leaving after 16 years at (Real Madrid). Now I have the desire to take on a new challenge. I come to a very competitive club that is playing in the Champions League and that is fighting for the Bundesliga. Schalke and their coach have shown their confidence in me and from the beginning showed great interest in making this a reality. This is an important challenge. I hope that the fans enjoy the team as well as me, and that we accomplish our goals that we have set for ourselves at the beginning of the season."

The Miners’ Club

Raul posed with two miners and a block of coal, as his new side, located near the mining area of Ruhrgebiet, is known as “The Miners’ Club." He revealed to reporters that he had decided on Schalke as his destination due to the interest the club had shown in him and because they had "what I want in terms of level of competition."

The former Spain international said he is "excited to play and work very hard. I hope that these two years are a marvellous experience. I am sure that everything is going to go very well. I want to score goals, but the most important thing is the team, not the personal objectives. It has been that way for me for the past 16 years."

At Schalke, Raul has been reunited with former Madrid teammate Christoph Metzelder. The 29 year-old German central defender moved to the Bundesliga side on a free transfer earlier this summer. Raul, also known as El Siete (The Seven, after his iconic shirt number), also commented on the possibility of meeting his former club in the Champions League. While he said there “is no clause in my contract that impedes me from playing against Madrid," he conceded that such an event would be “a very special one."

‘Great news’

Schalke coach Felix Magath told the club’s official website: “It's great news for FC Schalke 04, I am pleased that we have succeeded in signing such an exceptional footballer and world-class striker switching to the Bundesliga for Schalke 04. He will be an inspiration. His qualities will help us. His commitment is a crucial step in our efforts to strengthen the squad for future tasks, and to restructure. I look forward to working with this good professional."

The player had been with Real Madrid since joining their youth set-up in 1992. His 323 goals in 741 games aided his team to three UEFA Champions League titles and six La Liga Championships. He is also his country’s all-time highest scorer with 44 goals in 102 games for Spain.

The presentation had initially been set to take place behind closed doors, but due to the enormous press attention given to the Madrid legend’s arrival, Schalke fans were allowed access to cheer the arrival of "El Angel del Madrid."

July 17, 2010

Mourinho confirms Khedira 's buyout clause

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has confirmed that the club are looking to sign Stuttgart midfielder Sami Khedira.

The 23-year-old midfielder was one of the stars of the World Cup as Germany finished third, falling at the semi-final hurdle to eventual champions Spain. Now he has been identified as a key target for Mourinho, who says he wishes to sign one midfielder and one defender to add to the current squad.

It has been suggested that Khedira's buyout clause sits at a mere
€10 million, which certainly wouldn't stretch Madrid's purse. "We're not going to be kings of the [transfer] market. I'll bet on the usual philosophy of Madrid, signing players with projection, with more room for learning.

We signed [Angel] Di Maria, who it's true that he was expensive [
€30 million], but he has great potential, and we go for [Sami] Khedira, with a huge room for improvement. It is a market direction that I love," the Special One is quoted as saying by AS.

"We need a defender and a midfielder, but with balance and without dramatics.
There is a great base from last season and that will give competition to the group. It is complicated, because when Madrid is interested in a player prices soar so astronomically."

Madrid have also captured Pedro Leon from Getafe, which suggests that if Khedira signs, a defender will be the final signing of the summer for los Merengues.

July 16, 2010

Mourinho's first training as Real Madrid coach

Real Madrid new coach Jose Mourinho made his first training as Real Madrid coach.
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho and his players took the training pitch 20 minutes earlier than scheduled today in Los Blancos' first training session of the pre-season, marking the beginning of the Mourinho era at the Bernabeu.

The Blancos squad, consisiting of eight youth team players along with the 10 first team players who did not take part in this summer's World Cup, took to the pitch at 9:10 rather than the scheduled 9:30 training session time and after a brief chat with the new Portuguese signal caller, began a rigorous first training session of the day, which lasted for an hour and 40 minutes.

The ball was included in many of the training exercises, including those which called for a large amount of physical exertion, and Mourinho also had his players fitted with heart-rate monitors to observe their individual effort.

The second training session of the day is to take place this afternoon after the Blancos players and coaching staff dine together at the Mirasierra Suites hotel for lunch.

July 11, 2010

Mourinho efforts to buy Ashley Cole

Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho is preparing to increase his efforts to buy Chelsea star Ashley Cole, with hopes he will be able to pair him with Inter Milan defenderMaicon at the Bernabeu next season.

The former Chelsea manager believes having two of the world’s premier attacking full-backs will help bring out the best in Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka. Real's top-brass have provided the Portuguese self-proclaimed 'Special One' with £40 million to bring both defenders to Spain, according to the
Daily Mail.

Mourinho brought Cole to Stamford Bridge from Arsenal in 2006 and hopes to take advantage of the left-back’s problems in England and lure him to La Liga.

The England international was condemned for his attitude after the Three Lions crashed out of World Cup 2010 and has become an unpopular figure after his split with wife Cheryl. Mourinho was also interested in Liverpool defender Glen Johnson, but prefers Maicon in the right-back position.

Chelsea interested in Kaka says Ancelotti

Ancelotti worked with the Brazilian at AC Milan and is open to the idea of signing him fromReal Madrid - who are now led by former Stamford Bridge manager Jose Mourinho.

The Italian told The People: "Kaka would do well for my cause and I speak to him on a regular basis. It would be a multi-million pound operation."

Chelsea's latest signing Yossi Benayoun has singled out Rafael Benitez as the reason he left Liverpool for Stamford Bridge, accusing the Spaniard of trying to break him and treating him with a lack of respect.

Benayoun, who joined Chelsea for an undisclosed fee on July 2, blames Benitez - who has also left the club for Inter Milan - for his decision to leave Anfield.

He told the News of The World: "I made up my mind to leave a long time ago because of Benitez. He never treated me with the respect I deserved. If I played well, I never felt he gave me credit.

"When I scored, I still expected to be out of the team the next game. And when the fans wanted me to play, Benitez told me he couldn't understand why."

The 30-year-old continued: "There are many examples of him treating me badly. Last season, against Fulham and Lyon, the fans booed when I was subbed. They thought I was playing well but Benitez told me he was surprised they booed because I was not good enough.

"It was as if the fans' reaction worked against me. The situation got worse afterwards. He told me I was a better player as a substitute instead of starting in the team.

"I felt so unhappy but, out of respect to the club, I never spoke out. The players and the people at the top of the club knew how I felt.

"It is good for Liverpool he has gone, but it was too late for me."

July 04, 2010

Raul to Schalke

Raul looks set to snub a move to the Premier Leagueafter German side Schalke confirmed they were in talks with the Real Madrid striker.

The 33-year-old has been linked with Manchester United and Blackburn Rovers but could be set for a switch to the Bundesliga instead.

Schalke boss Felix Magath confirmed negotiations were taking place with Raul but insisted a deal may not be reached for a month.

"We are interested in him and are negotiating with his agent," Magath told

"The player has not decided yet and wants time until the end of July to make up his mind.

"It would be a huge signing for Schalke and the whole Bundesliga."

Raul has been at Real Madrid since since 1992, scoring 323 goals in 741 games and is regarded as a legend amongst supporters.

But the former Spain captain appears to be surplus to requirements at the Bernabeu and could be released from his contract one year early.

Real Madrid And Portugal Star Cristiano Ronaldo Becomes A Father

Real Madrid star and former Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo has announced that he has become a father.

The announcement came on Saturday night via his official Twitter account and Facebook page in which the 25-year-old stated that the newborn child will be under his "exclusive guardianship". However, the former Manchester United star didn't disclose the identity of the mother.

The full statement on Ronaldo's official Facebook page reads:

"It is with great joy and emotion that I inform I have recently become father to a baby boy. As agreed with the baby's mother, who prefers to have her identity kept confidential, my son will be under my exclusive guardianship.

"No further information will be provided on this subject and I request everyone to fully respect my right to privacy (and that of the child) at least on issues as personal as these are."

Ronaldo has had a disappointing time with Portugal in South Africa, where his team lost 1-0 to Spain in the second round of the World Cup.

July 03, 2010

Mourinho defends Cristiano Ronaldo

Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho insists Cristiano Ronaldo should not shoulder the blame for Portugal's World Cup exit.

Mourinho has defended his fellow countryman, who the former Chelsea boss will be coaching next season having moved to Santiago Bernabeu after his Treble triumph with Inter Milan.

failed to shine at the World Cupand could not prevent Portugal from crashing out of the competition at the hands of rivals Spain at the second round stage.

The 25-year-old admitted he was a 'broken man' after the tournament, but national team bossCarlos Queiroz later hinted the world' most expensive player needs to do more do deserve his place in the side.

Now Mourinho has added his voice to the issue, and has pledged that Real will not always look to the former Manchester United star to be their sole inspiration.

"I will not allow all the responsibilities of the team to fall on Ronaldo," he told

"In my teams, when we win, we all win, and when we lose, I lose - so Ronaldo can relax and enjoy his holidays."

S. Ramos:"Mourinho will land Gerard and A.Cole"

REAL MADRID star Sergio Ramos insists new Bernabeu boss Jose Mourinho will land Steven Gerrard AND Ashley Cole this summer.

Ramos, 24, who can play at centre-back or full-back, says the pair will follow in the footsteps of fellow Englishmen David Beckham and Michael Owen by joining the Madrid mega-club.

Mourinho, who has just won the Treble with Inter Milan, is a long-time admirer of Liverpool skipper Gerro and signed Cole from Arsenal when he was in charge at Chelsea.

And Ramos said: “We are a club that is always looking to improve by adding the best players in the world.

“We have a proven record of signing English players – with David and Michael – and it would not surprise me at all if our two new arrivals this summer were English. Ashley Cole is a terrific player.

“For me, he is by far the best left-back in the world and, along with Drogba, Chelsea’s best player.

“I am sure Chelsea will do all they can to keep him but he had a difficult year in England.

“A change might be what he is looking for. When a player is the best in his position in the world and doesn’t play for Real Madrid, you have to consider it a waste.

“He has done everything in England for Arsenal and Chelsea. It’s now time for him to come and win La Liga and the Champions League with Real Madrid and Jose Mourinho.”

And it is the Portuguese boss who Ramos believes will seal the deal.

He added: “Jose will know all about him. He has a history of signing players and trying to sign players from his previous clubs.

“More importantly, players seem to love playing under him.

“I spoke with Cristiano Ronaldo about him – and he told me Cole is the toughest defender he has ever played against.

“That’s quite a compliment coming from the world’s best player and he is exactly the sort of player we want.”

As for Gerrard, Ramos thinks Liverpool’s lack of cash – and failure to win a major trophy in the past four seasons – will prove crucial.

He added: “I think Madrid’s admiration of Steven Gerrard is not a secret.

“He is at the point now where he needs to win things. I can guarantee that under this Real Madrid set-up he will win things. I really think both of them are Real Madrid-bound.”

Real Madrid confirms Di Maria deal

Real Madrid have confirmed they have reached an agreement with Benfica over the transfer of Argentina winger Angel di Maria.

His switch to the Bernabeu, on a six-year deal, is reported to be worth 25 million euros (£20.3m).

The 22-year-old, who is currently part of his country's World Cup squad, becomes Jose Mourinho's first signing since taking charge at Real last month.

Di Maria moved to Portugal in 2007 from Argentine side Rosario Central.

The attacking midfielder has started all four of his country's World Cup matches so far, playing on the left side of a central three - although he has not yet hit top form in South Africa.

Di Maria won the World Under-20 Championship with Argentina in 2007 and scored the extra-time winner against Holland in the final of the 2008 Olympic Games.

But he especially caught the eye of Europe's top clubs last season as he helped Benfica to a Portuguese league and cup Double.

Despite reported interest from elsewhere, Di Maria has opted to become the first player to join Mourinho in Madrid since the ex-Inter, Chelsea and Porto boss signed a four-year deal with the Spanish giants on 31 May.