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Thibaut Courtois warned teammates after Belgium camp controversy

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Thibaut Courtois warned teammates after Belgium camp controversy
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Thibaut Courtois has threatened to kick the mole out of Belgium squad.

There were rumours of a bust up in the Belgium camp involving Jan Vertonghen, Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard.

Belgium has a chance of crashing out of the World Cup if they lose or draw against Croatia in their final group game.

Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has issued a warning to the person who leaked out information to the media.

“We said things to each other, and sometimes it feels good,” the Real Madrid goalkeeper told reporters ahead of Belgium’s crucial match against Croatia.

“I don’t think we missed it, but it’s one thing to talk to each other at the table or individually or to talk in a group, to solve everything together.

“The problem, it’s that what’s said in the press isn’t always the truth. Whoever leaked this? We don’t need to know that. If it gets out, it’s his last day in the national team.”

“‘There are no problems in the team, it’s just an external attempt to create problems internally.

 

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Real Madrid duo could be drafted into Brazil’s starting XI against Switzerland

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Real Madrid duo could be drafted into Brazil’s starting XI against Switzerland
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Neymar and Danilo will be out of the main XI against Switzerland.

Brazil will look to take a step towards the knockout stages of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar when they face Switzerland later today. Tite’s side is favourite for this event and started the campaign with a win.

However, Brazil suffered a big injury setback as Neymar will be out from the XI due to an ankle injury in the opening game against Serbia.

Real Madrid starlet Rodrygo is tipped as a favourite to replace Neymar, with manager Tite liking the young forward.

But, as per MARCA, that is unlikely to be the case. The report adds that while the other two Real Madrid players in the Brazil squad Vinicius Jr and Eder Militao are in line to start, Rodrygo will once again be a substitute.

The 21-year-old had made his World Cup debut coming off the bench versus Serbia and will once again have to make do with a similar role instead of replacing Neymar in the lineup.

Vinicius was one of Brazil’s main protagonists in the win against Serbia and will have an even bigger role to play today in the absence of Neymar.

An injury to Danilo has opened the space for Militao to get the nod at right-back, ahead of former Barcelona star Dani Alves.

The report also indicates that Manchester United’s Fred is in line for a starting berth.

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Real Madrid winger Eden Hazard not bothered by criticism directed towards him

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Real Madrid winger Eden Hazard not bothered by criticism directed towards him

Eden Hazard also spoke about his team’s chances of winning the World Cup.

Real Madrid star Eden Hazard is currently playing for Belgium in FIFA World Cup. He is the captain of his national team and looking forward to find World Cup this year after 2018’s impressive performance.

Speaking at a press conference ahead of Belgium’s FIFA World Cup 2022 encounter against Morocco, Real Madrid winger Eden Hazard claimed that he is not bothered by the criticism directed towards him.

Since moving to Real Madrid in 2019, the Belgium skipper has been constantly plagued by injury problems and fitness issues, as a result of which he has never been able to hit the heights expected of him at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The 31-year-old has struggled for game-time at Real Madrid this season, but continues to remain a permanent fixture in the Belgium lineup despite his poor form.

There have been question marks over his spot in Roberto Martinez’s side but the former Chelsea ace insists that he is not bothered by what people say and remains focused on delivering his best for the team.

“When I started in Belgium I didn’t do very well either. Criticism doesn’t bother me, people talk and it’s part of football. I focus on the pitch. There will always be criticism. What I do is I try to focus on what I do on the field to help my team and I will always give my all,” he said (h/t MARCA).

Talking about his fitness issues, Hazard insisted that it was all a thing of the past and now he needs to keep playing regularly to get back to his best levels.

“Injuries are part of the past. I just want to enjoy myself on the pitch. Two years ago it was a difficult period for me. Now I’m fine and I want to show that I’m a good player. The more I play often, the better I’ll be. That’s how it is,” he added.

The Belgium captain also spoke about his team’s chances of winning the World Cup, stating that they were much better positioned to do it four years ago.

“We had a better chance of winning four years ago. We still have enough quality to win the World Cup, like the best goalkeeper in the world, the best midfielder in the world, good forwards… a very complete group,” Hazard said.

“We have the mentality to win; if we believe we can win, we can do it. If I play well, it will be easier for us to win the World Cup; now it’s my turn to make the difference, score goals and enjoy.”

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Real Madrid showing no interest in bringing Cristiano Ronaldo back to the club

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Real Madrid showing no interest in bringing Cristiano Ronaldo back to the club

Real Madrid have no plans to make a free transfer offer for Ronaldo.

Real have no interest in bringing Cristiano Ronaldo back to the club in 2023.

Manchester United confirmed an agreement has been reached for Ronaldo to leave Old Trafford with immediate effect following his decision to slam Erik ten Hag, and the club’s hierarchy, in an explosive interview with Piers Morgan this month.

The Portugal international confirmed his intention to leave Manchester United before a ball was kicked in 2022/23, with the former Real Madrid hitman linked to a host of European sides, after stating his desire to play in the Champions League.

But, despite his dramatic departure from Old Trafford, Los Blancos have no plans to make a free transfer offer.

Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano stated his confidence of Carlo Ancelotti not being interested in a move with fresh reports from Diario AS apparently confirming Real Madrid’s stance.

Ancelotti is unlikely to make any major transfer moves in January, despite concerns over Karim Benzema’s fitness, and Ronaldo is not on his radar.

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Antonio Rudiger blasted for showboating against Japan

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Antonio Rudiger blasted for showboating against Japan
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Antonio Rudiger was branded ‘unprofessional’ and ‘arrogant’ by ex-German player.

Japan stunned the four-time World Cup champions with a 2-1 win in their opening game of the tournament.

Takuma Asano scored the winner with seven minutes remaining.

In this game, Antonio Rudiger was seen showboating a bizarre running style to make the ball out of play.

German legend Dietmar Hamann has hit out at the Real Madrid defender’s gesture towards Japan.

‘Rudiger knows he’s going to run the ball out of play and he lifts up his legs,’ Hamann told RTE.

‘You don’t belittle the opposition because it always comes back at some stage.

‘I think it was very unprofessional. I think it was out of order. Arrogant. There’s no defence for it whatsoever.

‘He was having a laugh, there’s only one team having a laugh now.

‘I don’t know how many people picked up on it, but I will highlight it again because it’s not acceptable.

‘This is the spirit of the game, it’s about respect. He didn’t respect his opponent. And he paid the price for it. I think it was very unprofessional.’

 

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Real Madrid leading race for Jude Bellingham next summer

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Real Madrid leading race for Jude Bellingham next summer

Jones thinks that Real Madrid are in the driving seat to sign Jude Bellingham.

Jude Bellingham is now a hot property in the transfer market and Real Madrid are leading the race for the Borussia Dortmund midfielder, according to transfer insider Dean Jones.

Bellingham is currently playing for Real Madrid. He netted his first England goal in their 6-2 World Cup win against Iran. His current form is saying that there’s expected to be a war over his signature at the end of the season.

Bellingham joined Borussia Dortmund from Birmingham City in 2020 and this season, he became part of the England squad.

The Three Lions midfielder has scored nine goals for Dortmund in 22 games and hasn’t missed a single minute in the German top-flight so far this season.

Bellingham started in Gareth Southgate’s England squad at the World Cup. The 19-year-old midfielder is linked with various top clubs in Europe but Madrid takes the first spot.

Jones thinks that Real Madrid are in the driving seat and told GIVEMSPORT: “Real Madrid have been very confident that they lead the way in this.

“From a personal point of view, that probably is the case. I think that they probably do lead the race in terms of persuading the player’s camp to consider them.”

Bellingham is linked with Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea. However, According to reports in Spain, Madrid could be put off by the £130million price tag on Bellingham and are not prepared to meet Dortmund’s valuation of the player.

Manchester City can spoil the party for Real Madrid. Pep Guardiola has penned a two-year contract extension. It means the former Catalan coach would back this move. Haaland has also discussed this with his former teammate. Both players have played together for Dortmund.

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Aurelien Tchouameni reveals why he snubbed Liverpool to join Real Madrid

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Aurelien Tchouameni reveals why he snubbed Liverpool to join Real Madrid
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Real Madrid were lucky to sign Aurelien Tchouameni this summer.

Many European clubs were after the French midfielder this summer but the 22-year-old made his move to the Santiago Bernabeu.

Liverpool were the first club to approach the former Monaco midfielder as the club had limited options in the middle of the park.

Tchouameni has been in brilliant form this season as he replaced Casemiro at the Bernabeu.

The midfielder further explained why he turned down a move to the Anfield this summer.

“The first to come forward was Liverpool, we had discussions. Then Real arrived,” Tchouameni explained.

“And in my head everything was clear. It was Real and not another.

“It’s the biggest club in the world. If you want to accomplish great things, to mark the history of your sport, there is no better.

“So I didn’t hesitate for a second. I told my agent: as long as there is interest, we do everything to go there.

“I was already convinced. When Paris showed up, my choice was already made, even if I was happy to be approached by PSG.”

 

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Real Madrid set their sights on West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice

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Real Madrid set their sights on West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice

Declan Rice’s contract at the London Stadium will end after the current season.

According to a fresh report from Defensa Central, Real Madrid have set their sights on West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice. Los Blancos are eyeing a move to land the Englishman in 2023.

West Ham star had a difficult season in Premier League and struggled to help the Hammers be consistent in the Premier League. The 23-year-old midfielder has scored one goal and provided a couple of assists in 26 matches.

The England international is accurate in distributing possession from midfield. He can anchor the midfield for Real Madrid. Some top English clubs are also interested in Declan Rice.

His current contract at the London Stadium will end after the current season. Real Madrid will have a good chance of recruiting him on the cheap next summer.

Currently, Rice is enjoying his time in Qatar while representing England in the 2022 FIFA World Cup. We can expect him to inject a lot of bite and steel into Real Madrid‘s midfield department if Carlo Ancelotti can devise a way to get him on board next year.

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Marco Asensio clarifies his misinterpreted comments on Barcelona

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Marco Asensio clarifies his misinterpreted comments on Barcelona
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Marco Asensio himself did not deny it when he had the chance.

Real Madrid winger Marco Asensio has clarified his comments about a potential move to Barcelona have been ‘misinterpreted.’

Asensio has struggled to get regular games under Carlo Ancelotti. The Spaniard is in the final year of his contract which has seen his career arrive at a crossroads.

Reports in Spain add Asensio’s agent Jorge Mendes has contacted Barcelona to explore the possibility of the 26-year-old joining the Barca in the summer, and the player himself did not deny it when he had the chance.

“Honestly, I don’t know if they have called,” he told radio station COPE last month.

“A lot of other clubs have been linked [with me] as well. But it’s normal because in seven months, well, from January actually, I am free to speak to other teams.

“It’s just that I have not thought about [joining Barca] or considered it. Honestly, right now, I can’t give you an answer. I don’t know,” he added.

Asensio has attempted to distance himself from those comments, as well as expressing his desire to extend his stay at Madrid.

Asked about his previous comments on Barcelona, Asensio said: “They were interpreted in many ways. I just said that I was comfortable at Real Madrid.

“There is talk that I am changing Real Madrid’s mind, but I have always tried to give the best that I have. The one who decides, too, is the club, it does not only depend on me.

“After the World Cup, we’ll both make a decision. What if I want to renew? Hopefully it can happen and I’ll be very happy at Real Madrid for many years. Hopefully everything will be given to stay for 10 more years”

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Dirty tackles could’ve costed Vini Jr his World Cup dream

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Dirty tackles could've costed Vini Jr his World Cup dream
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Vinicius Junior is one of the most fouled players in La Liga.

The Real Madrid attacker has been on the receiving end of harsh tackles for quite some time now.

He has started all 14 games for Real Madrid this season and has been tackled 10 more times than Getafe’s Enes Unal.

The 22-year-old was afraid that these ‘dirty tackles’ could have costed him the World Cup.

“What happens of the field stays on the field, but it went too far,” Vinicius told Reuters on Thursday.

“You can come strong but they were being dirty with their challenges. Rodrygo and I suffered a lot in those last games and feared the worst, to get injured and miss the World Cup.

“When you start to become an important player, rivals come after you harder. You have to learn to deal with that.

“I learned a lot from Neymar when he played for Barcelona, he suffered a lot too. Cristiano [Ronaldo], when he played for Real, suffered a lot too.

“But it was Karim [Benzema] who told me to stay calm and have peace of mind because if the rivals are chasing you it is because you are relevant, because they are afraid of you.

“So that’s why when I take the ball and burst forward I do with a vengeance. Yes, I can get hurt. But I’m prepared for the challenge.”

 

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