utorak, 29. prosinca 2009.

Real Madrid Star Cristiano Ronaldo Wants All-Spanish Champions League Final

In an interview with sports daily Correio da Manha, Cristiano Ronaldo revealed his great ambition of winning titles with Real Madrid, expressing that his principal desire was to "face Barca in the Champions League final and to beat them".

With respect to the rest of the season, Ronaldo was hopeful that he would be able to avoid the medical ward.

"I hope not to have any more injuries and to be able to help Real Madrid win all the titles for which we are competing this season.

Furthermore, 'CR9' remained sure of Los Blancos' progression over the past few months stating, "I have complete confidence that we are going to improve even more in what is left of the season."

Real Madrid Reach Verbal Agreement With Bayern Munich For Franck Ribery

Fifty million euros. Such is the figure upon which Bayern Munich and Real Madrid have agreed for the transfer of Franck Ribery next summer.

According to the web-page of Munich Europolitan.de, both clubs have reached a verbal agreement for the transfer.

Although the English press continues to report that Chelsea is closer to securing the French midfielder's signature, the report seems to align with Ribery's rumoured desires, as the Frenchman has previously shown his penchant to play at Real Madrid.

Bayern president Uli Hoeness has previously stated that should Bayern not reach a deal to renew Ribery's contract, they would sell their player since in 2011 the Frenchman would have license to walk away without a transfer fee.

Real Madrid's Karim Benzema: I Am Ready For The Challenges Of 2010

The Karim Benzema who returned to training yesterday with Real Madrid after enjoying his Christmas holiday is a footballer full of hope and ambition.

As reported by AS, the Frenchman has matured from an introvert into a good humoured, ultra-motivated player and has confessed that he "is ready for the great challenges that await in 2010".

In his first few months in his new Spanish life, Benzema had some difficult moments of solitude, principally because he was unable to express himself in Spanish. But the 22-year-old has no doubt that he will succeed and that the worst has passed. "Now I can communicate with all of my team-mates. I can understand Spanish and I also understand the direction given to me by the coach," said the Frenchman.

Benzema is currently third in Real Madrid's scoring charts with six goals (five in La Liga and one against Milan in the Champions League). Gonzalo Higuain is second with 12 goals in all competitions, whilst Cristiano Ronaldo leads with 13 goals.

Christoph Metzelder: I Do Not Think Real Madrid Will Renew My Contract

Real Madrid central defender Christoph Metzelder gave a press conference after Real Madrid's second training session back from their Christmas break, and admitted that his future at the club beyond this season does not look good.

"One has to be realistic; I do not think Madrid will renew my contract," confessed the German. "I have lived two and a half years here and I do not think that it is appropriate for me to speak, not now and not in the months that come, of my situation with the club".

The central defender also joked about the series of automobile accidents suffered by Karim Benzema, saying "I would get into a car with Karim, but I might tell him to ease up just a bit."

Metzelder has only played in one Liga match and one Copa del Rey fixture (the 4-0 drubbing to Alcorcon) and he emphasises that it was the coach that made such decisions. "I am a professional 100% of the time and I will work until the end. I need to defend this team and the image of the club."

Metzelder's contract at the Santiago Bernabeu is due to expire at the end of June 2010.

Manchester City Owner Sheikh Mansour Not In Talks To Buy Real Madrid

Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour and Real Madrid have moved to quell the speculation surrounding a £1 billion takeover of the Blancos.

Reports in the Spanish media claimed that the Sheikh was considering a bid to buy out the Madrid-based club and erase its mounting debts. It was consequently said that the billionaire was set to meet Real president Florentino Perez early in the New Year with the idea of placing a bid.

However, both parties have moved to pour cold water on any such speculation.

A source close to the Sheikh allegedly told WAM that the rumours are "unfounded and totally lacking in credibility".

Meanwhile, the La Liga club issued a statement, saying: "The president of Real Madrid, Florentino Perez has had a great friendship for many years with His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan."

"It is not true there is alleged interest or an existence of any offer to purchase Real Madrid - for which His Highness has always shown great respect for, being well acquainted that Real Madrid is a club owned by its members."

Real Madrid Set To Bid For Manchester United Centre Half Nemanja Vidic

Real Madrid are set to launch a bid to bring Manchester United centre half Nemanja Vidic to the Bernabeu, according to Spanish publication Marca.

Real are said to have identified Vidic as the preferred option to step into the centre of Los Merengues defence after the loss of Pepe, through injury, for the rest of the season.

The Serbian defender is reported to be unhappy in England and it is suggested that Alex Ferguson is resigned to losing Vidic and has already identified Porto defender Bruno Alves as his replacement.

The 28-year-old was named in the FIFA World Team of the Year alongside John Terry of Chelsea and is now believed to be the latest step in Florentino Perez's new Galacticos project at Real Madrid.

Vidic's international team-mate Branislav Ivanovic is also believed to still be on the radar at the Bernabeu.

About Real Madrid C.F.

Real Madrid Club de Fútbol , commonly known as Real Madrid (and in Spain, within an adequate context, simply as el Madrid), is a professional football club based in Madrid, Spain. It is the most successful team in Spanish football and was voted by FIFA as the most successful club of the 20th century, having won a record thirty-one La Liga titles, seventeen Spanish Cups, a record nine European Cups and two UEFA Cups. Real was a founding member of FIFA and the now-defunct G–14 group of Europe's leading football clubs as well as its replacement, the European Club Association. The word "Real" in the club's name is the Spanish term for "Royal", and was added in 1920 together with the royal crown in the emblem.

Founded in 1902, Real Madrid has since spent all of its history in the top flight of Spanish football. In the 1940s, the club, the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium and the Ciudad Deportiva were rebuilt following the Spanish Civil War. The club established itself as a major force in both Spanish and European football during the 1950s. In the 1980s, the club had one of the best teams in Spain and Europe (known as La Quinta del Buitre), winning two UEFA Cups, five Spanish championships in a row, one Spanish cup and three Spanish Super Cups.

The team traditional home colours are all white, although it initially adopted a blue oblique stripe on the shirt. Its crest has been changed several times in attempts to modernise or re-brand; the current crest is a modified version of the one first adopted in the 1920s. Real's home ground is the 80,354-person-capacity Santiago Bernabéu football stadium in downtown Madrid, where it has played since 1947.

Real Madrid holds long-standing rivalries with some other clubs; the most notable of these is with FC Barcelona, the two teams regularly contest in El Clásico. Unlike most European football clubs, Real Madrid's members (socios) have owned and operated the club since its inception. The club is the world's richest football club (€351m) in terms of revenue and the second most valuable (worth over €950m as of 2008).