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Chelsea news: Real Madrid hope Barcelona win Champions League clash for shock reason

Real Madrid are eyeing Chelsea forward Hazard with their current attack in sore need of a revamp. Cristiano Ronaldo’s best days appear to be behind him with Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and Marco Asensio also failing to fire. As a result, Zinedine Zidane wants Hazard in order to ensure Los Blancos keep pace with Barcelona at the La Liga summit in the future. And Spanish outlet Don Balon claims the club want to open negotiations as soon as possible – with Barcelona now key to the deal. Chelsea have been…

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Real Madrid equal Barcelona record for Club World Cup wins – who else has lifted trophy?

Cristiano Ronaldo’s free-kick was enough to seal victory over Gremio in the Club World Cup final yesterday, sealing Los Blancos’ third tournament victory. The win – Real’s second consecutive triumph and third in the last four years – equalled the trophy tally of La Liga rivals Barcelona in the FIFA competition. While the Spanish giants have dominated in recent seasons, Brazilian sides also have a superb record in the competition. Despite Gremio meekly stepping aside in this year’s final, Corinthians have triumphed twice while Sao Paulo and Internacional have also…

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Cristiano Ronaldo: Real Madrid star makes surprise Barcelona demand… will they do this?

Ronaldo scored the winner for Real in their Club World Cup final against Gremio yesterday with an incredible free-kick. It means Real have now won the competition a joint-record three times, level with rivals Barcelona. But their focus will swiftly switch back to La Liga action next week when they face Barcelona on Saturday (12pm). Real can ill afford to drop points against their rivals having fallen eight points behind them in the league. Zinedine Zidane’s side won their first La Liga title for five years last season, as well…

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Cristiano Ronaldo: Real Madrid star makes stunning revelation regarding future

Ronaldo has four years remaining on his current contract but has regularly been linked with a move away from the Bernabeu. His tax evasion case in the summer led to suggestions he had grown frustrated with life in Madrid and he wasn’t happy with the lack of support shown from club officials. Florentino Perez later defended Ronaldo’s situation, leading to speculation cooling over Ronaldo’s possible exit. And he proved his worth for Real once again in their Club World Cup final against Gremio yesterday, scoring the winner with a sensational…

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Real Madrid news: Cristiano Ronaldo provides injury update ahead of crucial Barcelona game

The Portuguese was the La Liga giants’ leading light on Saturday, scoring the winning goal as they beat Gremio in the Club World Cup final. Ronaldo stayed on for the full 90 minutes of the encounter in Abu Dhabi with the result far from certain due to Real’s slender 1-0 lead. He revealed post-match that he was feeling “a little discomfort” having played the full game against the Brazilian outfit. Ronaldo says he will be available to play when Real take on arch-rivals Barcelona in El Clasico next Saturday though….

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Man Utd news: Jose Mourinho plots £27m Real Madrid move in January transfer window

The Manchester United boss is expected to be in the market to bolster his squad in the New Year. They have been linked with moves for Gareth Bale and Mesut Ozil most recently. But with Marouane Fellaini soon to be out of contract and Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s future looking more and more bleak every week, Mourinho wants to strengthen his midfield options. And he has reportedly targeted Croatia international Kovacic as the solution to his problem. That’s according to Spanish outlet Don Balon, who claim United are confident £27m would be…

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Manchester United news: Jose Mourinho prepared to sell unhappy players for right price

The futures of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Luke Shaw and Marouane Fellaini are all under scrutiny with the January transfer window opening in a fortnight.  Mkhitaryan has been frozen out to the extent that he has not even made the match-day squad for seven of the last eight games; Shaw’s game time has been limited by Ashley Young’s outstanding form at left-back, while Fellaini can leave on a free transfer in the summer after rejecting the offer of a new contract and United might be tempted to cash in on January.  Mourinho…

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Man Utd news: Henrikh Mkhitaryan involved in huge bust-up with Jose Mourinho

Manchester United star Mkhitaryan has fallen out of favour with Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford. The Armenia international has been omitted from seven of the last eight matchday squads amid fears over his ability. Express Sport understands Mourinho is keen to replace the 28-year-old with Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil, who previously played under Mourinho while at Real Madrid. And ESPN claim Mkhitaryan became embroiled in a spat with Mourinho at the club’s training ground. It is said he took issue with Mourinho’s disappointment at him following a substitute cameo against Brighton….

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Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona: Liverpool settle on £127m transfer fee – report

Coutinho wants to join Barcelona and the Catalan club have continued their pursuit since the summer. Liverpool issued a statement in August insisting the Brazilian won’t be sold. But five months down the line and Barcelona are supposedly closing in on their top transfer target. That is according to Barcelona-based newspaper Mundo Deportivo, who claim a rough transfer fee is being discussed. The newspaper claims a top Barcelona source has told them Liverpool want £127m (€145m) for the 25-year-old. However, Barca want to drive down that price. Mundo Deportivo report that…

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La Liga news: Pique leads revolt over Coutinho deal, Real Madrid receive Courtois boost

Gerard Pique is said to be furious that Philippe Coutinho is set to be handed a bigger contract than him at Barcelona, should the club lure him away from Liverpool. Barcelona have not given up hope of signing Coutinho, despite Liverpool supposedly not willing to listen to offers in the New Year. Coutinho made it clear in the summer that he wanted to leave when he handed in a transfer request with Barcelona having three bids knocked back. But his potential arrival could spark unrest in the Barcelona dressing room….

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