Villas-Boas thinks Real Madrid wants to sign Modric

As The Guardian reported yesterday, Villas-Boas, the Portuguese coach, who is negotiating a move to Tottenham bench, has known that the Spurs could sell Luka Modric to Real Madrid. As noted by English newspaper, the coach, who is also upset because president Daniel Levy is “talking with other ten coaches”, would have said “no” to the transfer of the Croatian footballer, 26 years old, as a condition for his signing. Meanwhile, Levy, who needs incomes because his team did not classify for the Champions League, would prefer sell the player to Real Madrid (both clubs have a good relationship after the transfer of Van der Vaart). The other options are Chelsea and Man. United.

Real Madrid has in mind the option of Modric, star of the Premiership since joining Tottenham in 2008 from Dinamo Zagreb for 20 million euros, if Silva transfer operation fails. But the Spanish midfielder remains as the major target of the white team. David Silva would be the star signing of the summer. Besides Tottenham would sell Modric for about 40 million euros. The same price Real Madrid is willing to pay to sign Silva.

Modric tried to leave Tottenham last summer. Then, Chelsea (coached by Villas-Boas) submitted a bid of 27 million euros and the answer was “no”. His contract ends in 2016 (signed the renewal in 2010) and is fully affected by the salary policy that Tottenham will impose shortly (top earnings: 4.2 million euros a year). He has played well against Spain and Italy at Euro 2012 and before that and knowing the news about the possible transfer to Real Madrid he said: “Real Madrid is the best club in the world”.

Jose Mourinho has said several times that Modric is a great player. The Portuguese coach commented during Euro 2012 that the player can play as a playmaker and as a midfielder (could play alongside Xabi Alonso). Luka is an elite player in European football, with quality and goal skills who is not 27 years old yet.

The commitment of the player is to leave Tottenham, where he thinks he has already completed a cycle after four seasons. Luka wants to change and enjoy other challenges. His salary will not be low. The Croatian manages more offers, so he would not sign for less than 5 million euros per year.

Maicon would reduce his salary to sign for Real Madrid

On June 13, last Wednesday, was the first rapprochement between Maicon and Real Madrid. Ernesto Bronzetti who is mediating in the transfer operation, called by phone to Maicon’s agents to stop any negotiations with other clubs (because the player has decided to leave Inter Milan and there are several options on the table) until Real Madrid was asked about its interest to sign the Brazilian player. The next step was a meeting in Porto Alegre. There, Maicon and his representatives set the base to develop at negotiating strategy.

At the meeting, the player, who earns 5 million euros net at Inter Milan (the player has a year of contract remaining), agreed to charge a little less to move to Real Madrid and sign a two years contract with one more depending on the number of matches he is going to play in the second season, or lower his salary drastically, to 3 million euros net and sign for four years. On the other hand, the agents believe Inter would sell Maicon for about 8 million euros. Moratti, the president of the Italian team, would save 10 million of the salary and would take 8 (total; 18 million euros) A good operation for Inter because is rumored that the team is struggling to meet the financial fair play that UEFA imposes.

Therefore, Maicon has been offered to Real Madrid, which still thinks about him as a possibility. But it’s been two years since white team tried to sign him for 35 million euros and although there is no a better right-back in the market, Real Madrid staff thinks that there is an option in the youth squad: Carvajal.

Juventus cancels friendly against Real Madrid in Las Vegas

According to The Washington Post, Juventus announced the cancellation of its North American tour, so the friendly match Real Madrid was going to play against the Italian squad on August 5 has been cancelled. This friendly was as part of the ‘World Football Challenge’, a competition that aims to promote football in the U.S.A.. Real Madrid won the tournament last year.

Despite the cancellation, it is expected that the tournament organizer is able to find another rival for Real Madrid in order to play a friendly match on the same date and in the same place (Las Vegas). The other Italian club matches on North American soil were a friendly against DC United in Washington and other match against Paris Saint-Germain in Montreal.

Link: Real Madrid Pre-season 2012-2013

Euro Cup Matchday Two Open Thread: Cristiano, Özil and More Madridistas Kick Off Their Tournament

Portugal's men (photo via

After yesterday’s matches, it’s time for Real Madrid players to begin their tournament. Coach José Mourinho will be in the stadium supporting his German and Portuguese players on the field. All of them are expected to start: Pepe and Coentrao will be key in the defensive line of Portugal and Khedira will try to stop Cristiano Ronaldo. Mesut Özil will also have the chance to shine in another international tournament.

You can comment both this match and the previous one (Denmark-Netherlands) in this very post. Managing Madrid will recap how the madridistas performed in this game.

Madridistas in the UEFA Euro 2012: Coentrao and Khedira Shine in Germany’s Win

L'VIV, UKRAINE - JUNE 09: Fabio Coentrao of Portugal crosses the ball past Jerome Boateng of Germany during the UEFA EURO 2012 group B match between Germany and Portugal at Arena Lviv on June 9, 2012 in L'viv, Ukraine.  (Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images)

That headline describes pretty well how the game was. Germany managed to beat Portugal (with Jose Mourinho and his son in the stands) thanks to a late Mario Gómez goal, but the Mannschaft wasn’t as great as expected. It is true that Portugal showed big improvements since the last few friendly matches, but the German team clearly has more potential at reach. The Dutch team lost its game against Denmark, and that might be why Portugal and Germany were so respectful with each other’s chances.

Neither Cristiano Ronaldo nor Mesut Özil impacted the game. The Portuguese star played well at the end but was mostly invisible through the 90 minutes. Özil wasn’t key neither, probably because Thomas Müller and Lukas Podolski weren’t able to get through Portugal’s defenders. Coentrao was arguably Portugal’s best player alongside Manchester United’s Nani, and Sami Khedira was the reason why Cristiano Ronaldo performed so poorly.

Pepe, on his part, was brilliant as well. He even had a chance to score in the first half but the ball went off the post. With Bruno Alves’ help, he stopped Mario Gómez’s aerial game until the very end. Gómez was very lucky to get the ball in his late goal because Khedira’s cross was deflected by one of Portugal’s midfielders and that prevented Pepe and Alves from clearing the danger.

The Portuguese team probably played better than Germany. They didn’t enjoy as much possession, but had a lot of good scoring opportunities in the second half with Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani, and Varela. Mourinho and his son were caught by the cameras complaining after Oporto’s player missed what was Portugal’s best chance to tie the game up.

Fábio Coentrao hasn’t performed this well with Real Madrid. If he’s at this level, Real Madrid has the world’s two greatest left backs on its roster. The Portuguese defender needs to shake up from his poor season at Real Madrid (and so does Marcelo) and be ready for next season. After Denmark’s win, Portugal will need to win Bendtner’s team in order to have a chance to get the ticket to the Quarterfinals. Paulo Bento’s team is capable of doing that, and if Cristiano Ronaldo finds his groove, Portugal can be very dangerous.

Ronaldo scored two goals, Ozil three and Benzema one

Germany 6-2 Austria
In this game the best played was definitely Mesut Ozil who scored 3 goals, and prooved that he is one of the best players in the world.

8′ [1 – 0] M. Özil
23′ [2 – 0] M. Özil 
28′ [3 – 0] L. Podolski
42′ [3 – 1] M. Arnautovic
47′ [4 – 1] M. Özil 
51′ [4 – 2] M. Harnik
84′ [5 – 2] A. Schürrle
89′ [6 – 2] M. Götze

Cyprus 0-4 Portugal
In this match Cristiano Ronaldo ruled in the whole game, and so he scored two goals.

17′ S. Dobrasinovic
34′ S. Dobrasinovic
35′ [0 – 1] K. Makrides C. Ronaldo (pen.)
37′ R. Micael
82′ [0 – 2] C. Ronaldo
83′ C. Ronaldo
84′ [0 – 3] H. Almeida
90′ [0 – 4] Danny

Albania 1-2 France
Karim Benzema scored a goal against Albania and and so he justified his place in the national team.

11′ [0 – 1] K. Benzema
18′ [0 – 2] Y. M´Vila
36′ A. Teli
46′ [1 – 2] E. Bogdani
49′ A. Dallku
65′ L. Cana


Drenthe, Gago and Pedro Leon left Real Madrid



Pedro Leon joinded Getafe on a loan. Getafe will have the right to repurchase the contract at the end of the season for €6m. The 24-year-old midfielder played for Getafe in the 2009/2010 season, and last summer came to Real Madrid for €10m.



Fernando Gago joined Roma on a loan. 25-year-old began his career in Boca Juniors (2004) and then he came to play for Real Madrid (2007). He should play in Roma for a season. Mourinho said that Gago for now, has no future in the Royal Club, and that is probably the reason for this loan.



Royston Drenthe joined Everton. Real Madrid’s official website announced that Drenthe is the new player of Everton. The dutchman arrived at Real Madrid in the 2007th year for €15m. He spent his last season on a loan in Hercules.

Internazionale wants Kaka








A little surprisingly, the Italian football club, Inter Milan took part in the race for Real Madrid’s Ricardo Kaka. The Nerazzuri are ready to offer €30m for the Brazilian, and they believe that this amount will be sufficient.

It is known that Kaka said that he wants to stay in Madrid, and he wanted to show Mourinho that he is good enough to play in the first team. But it is hard for Real Madrid leaders to reject such lucrative and sums of money, of which the most concrete offer is from Inter.

Milan showed interest first in Kaka, then Arsenal, but Inter will probably be his new club.