UEFA withdraws files accusing Super League clubs

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UEFA has decided to withdraw the sanction from the three teams that maintain the idea of the Superliga (Real Madrid, FC Barcelona and Juventus de Turin) since the deadline for submitting allegations ends this Tuesday and the European body will not make any movement.

UEFA remains firm in its approach to flatly oppose the creation of the Super League and leaves the door open to possible sanctions due to the possibility of future movements in relation to the launch of the project or other similar ones.

The disciplinary proceedings open to Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus have been terminated after the decision adopted by UEFA, but it does not mean that they will admit any competition that could go against their member associations. At present, the aforementioned processes were suspended. UEFA respects all decisions made by the courts, although it does not mean that there may be any possibility that the Superliga will go ahead, according to its criteria.

Judge Ruiz de Lara conveyed to UEFA last week that in five days all sanctioning proceedings against the aforementioned teams should be annulled and this will happen. Next Friday all the parties are summoned in court to present allegations to the case opened after the complaint presented by the 17th court of Madrid.

UEFA’s official statement is as follows: “Following the suspension of the proceedings against FC Barcelona, ??Juventus FC and Real Madrid CF, in the matter related to a potential violation of the UEFA legal framework in relation to the so-called ‘Super League’, the UEFA Appellate Body has declared the process null today, as if the process had never been opened.”

Benzema and Ramos talk about Haaland coming to Madrid

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Karim Benzema has discussed the transfer rumours suggesting Erling Haaland could move to Real Madrid, insisting that a special striker gets linked with the club “every year”.

Madrid are reportedly planning a big-money swoop for Haaland within the summer, with the Borussia Dortmund star also attracting attention from variety of other top European clubs after a shocking start to his career at Westfalenstadion. Blancos captain Sergio Ramos welcomed the prospect of Haaland’s arrival at Santiago Bernabeu last week, but Benzema gave a pointy response when asked if he shares his team-mate’s opinion on the young forward.

Benzema said: “How am I going to talk about a player who is not at our club? What Sergio [Ramos] said the other day was Sergio’s thoughts. I have been here for a long time and every year we talk about strikers who could score goals for Real Madrid. Haaland is a young player who scores a lot of goals at his club. That’s all. He has to work hard to help his team.”

“And if one day he has the chance to come to Madrid, and if he does want to, he would join us. That’s it.”

Ramos has expressed his belief that Haaland would be easier to sign than Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe, but also admits he would take both if it were financially possible.

“Haaland or Mbappe if I were a coach? I would like to have both of them, but a coach does not sign,” said the captain.

“Perhaps, due to the circumstances and the current situation, today I think it would be a little easier to sign Haaland. It would never be bad to reinforce Madrid with a 9 like Haaland, who has something that we do not have: speed, hunger, height … Mbappe has it too, of course, but it would be much easier today to come to terms with Haaland.”

Dortmund snapped Haaland up from Red Bull Salzburg for just €20 million (£17m/$24m) in January 2020, having seen him prove himself within the Champions League group stages for the Austrian club. The 20-year-old has since taken his game to far greater heights, scoring 47 goals in his first 48 games for BVB to assist the team compete for trophies on both domestic and European fronts.

It has been reported that Haaland is now being valued in more than €80m (£69m/$95m), with the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City, PSG, Juventus and Barcelona being credited with an interest in his services alongside Madrid.

Ramos still unclear about his future

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Sergio Ramos believes he can play at the highest level for five more years, but admits his contract situation at Real Madrid is not closer to being resolved.

The Madrid captain’s contract is about to expire this summer and a number of other of Europe’s top clubs are linked with signing him on a free transfer. Zinedine Zidane’s side are monitoring Villarreal defender Pau Torres as speculation continues to surround Ramos, but the 34-year-old says he’s only that specialize in the season at hand.

“I wish I could say something, but everything remains the same,” Ramos told to the interviewers.

“All I’m thinking about is coming back and finishing the season in the best possible way. There’s no news of my renewal, I wish I could [say something]. I’m calm and I’m only thinking about playing again and winning a trophy.”

Ramos hasn’t played since Madrid were beaten 2-1 by Athletic Club within the Supercopa de Espana on January 14, having undergone surgery on a knee injury. Despite that setback, he believes he still has many time left in his career – as long because the injuries don’t compile.

“You can’t please everyone, but there’s one thing you can’t erase: everything you’ve won. The only thing that worries me is that they know that I’m a real guy, that I gave my soul for the Madrid badge. I’ve always stood up for myself and I’ve always told the truth. I’m honest, humble and hard working. It is on the basis of performance that the player should be judged. I can play five more years at the highest level. If injuries are not too bad, my mentality will help me.”

Hierro would like Ramos to stay

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Real Madrid have been urged to renew Sergio Ramos’ contract, as legend Fernando Hierro wants for “the best centre-back in the club’s history” to get a new contract.

As things stand, a long-serving figure at Santiago Bernabeu is thanks to hit representation when his current deal expires within the summer. Failure to hammer out fresh terms has come as a surprise to several , with variety of clubs now sniffing around Ramos, and Hierro hopes a compromise are often reached that suits all parties.

The Blancos legend, who was once a commanding defender himself, told El Confidencial of a World Cup winner: “Sergio is a legend of Real Madrid and hopefully he will finish his sporting career at this club. I believe that players like him should finish in a great club. In the sporting aspect, he has conditions that I did not have and for me he is the best centre-back in the club’s history.”

“That is clear to me because of everything he has represented and I am happy for him, without a doubt.”

Few sides in Europe can match Ramos’ sporting and financial ambition, even with the Spain international now being 34 years aged . Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United are among people who could do a deal if a chance presented itself, with Ligue 1 and Premier League heavyweights said to be keeping an in depth eye on events in Madrid.

A man who has been at the Bernabeu since 2005 has taken in 668 appearances for Real, many of them as captain, and registered a powerful haul of 100 goals.

He has helped the Blancos to 5 La Liga titles and 4 Champions League crowns, while also savouring World Cup and European Championship success across 178 outings for Spain.

In the present, Ramos is currently nursing a knee injury that has required surgery, but he are going to be back to assist bids for domestic and continental honours in 2020-21.

Zinedine Zidane are going to be delighted to possess a talismanic figure at his disposal, with Hierro adamant that the Frenchman remains the proper man for the foremost demanding of roles despite questions being asked of him sometimes this season.

Benzema saves the day again

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Karim Benzema’s late equaliser cancelled out Luis Suarez’s opener as the Liga leaders missed opportunities and saw their lead cut to just three points.

Karim Benzema was the person to deliver it, playing a one-two with Casemiro and slotting range in the 88th minute to secure a 1-1 draw while keeping Real Madrid’s faint hopes of defending their La Liga title alive and also nourishing Barcelona’s chances.

Atletico had the prospect to effectively knock Real out of the running but, like within the 2014 Champions League final, let during a late goal against their bitter city rivals which changed the entire picture. From an eight-point lead on Real with a game in hand, which might have felt unassailable, to only five points and a way of regret gnawing away at them.

Diego Simeone’s side’s performance implied their recent wobble is over, but they might not kill the sport , and Benzema made them pay. Atletico were bolstered by the double return of Kieran Trippier and Yannick Carrasco, from suspension and injury respectively, while Real Madrid welcomed back their French striker and talisman.

Zinedine Zidane’s Real produced an anaemic first 45 minutes, not threatening in the least , with their only opportunity coming when the ball struck Atletico defender Felipe’s arm from a corner, just for penalty appeals to be waved away following a VAR check.

Only Courtois kept Madrid within the game early within the last half , making an outstanding save to deny Carrasco, with Llorente volleying the rebound over, before the goalkeeper saved from Suarez from close range. Angel Correa, meanwhile, had perhaps the simplest chance to double Atletico’s lead but fluffed his lines after good work from the impressive Trippier.

These were key moments, huge openings against a feeble Real Madrid, which all visited waste. it had been not until the 80th minute that the visitors created a clear-cut chance, and Benzema wasted it, with Oblak pulling off a splendid double stop to twice deny him from close range. The Slovenia shot-stopper then emphatically beat away the Frenchman’s free-kick, as Madrid finally began to take the sport by the scruff of the neck.

Eventually their late pressure told, with Casemiro and Benzema, the club’s two best players this season additionally to Courtois, combining and levelling the sport , snatching hope out of Atletico’s hands and leaving the Spanish title race open.