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Real Madrid unveil €45m Brazilian teenager Vinicius Junior


Vinicius Junior in the famous white shirt today. Vinicius Junior in the famous white shirt today. VINICIUS JUNIOR ADMITS he would love to play alongside his “idol” Neymar, although it is unlikely to happen at Real Madrid this year. The 18-year-old was presented at the Santiago Bernabeu today after finalising his move from Flamengo for a reported fee of €45million. ...

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'I'll stay': Neymar vows PSG return amid Real Madrid speculation


NEYMAR HAS DISMISSED rumours of a Paris Saint-Germain exit as the star reaffirmed his commitment to the French champions in his quest for silverware. Real Madrid – seeking a replacement for Juventus recruit Cristiano Ronaldo – have been strongly linked with Neymar, though the European champions ruled out an approach for the Brazil international. Former Barcelona forward Neymar’s future dominated ...

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Spain taxes chased Ronaldo away from Real Madrid, says La Liga president


Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo SPAIN’S HIGH TAX rate was a contributing factor in Cristiano Ronaldo’s decision to join Juventus, according to La Liga president Javier Tebas. Ronaldo ended his nine-year association with Real Madrid when he agreed a switch to the Serie A champions worth €112 million, signing a four-year contract. The Portuguese forward released a statement via Madrid’s ...

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'I'm not enjoying what I'm doing': Cazorla plays through pain on first run-out in nearly two years


Santi Cazorla makes his long-awaited return to the football pitch for Villarreal Santi Cazorla makes his long-awaited return to the football pitch for Villarreal FORMER ARSENAL MIDFIELDER Santi Cazorla has admitted he is still playing through the pain after being given a pre-season run-out for Villarreal. The 33-year-old came on as a substitute in a 1-1 draw with Hercules on Tuesday, making his ...

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Familiarity with Real Madrid an advantage, says Lopetegui as he fills Zizou's shoes


Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui and president Florentino Perez Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui and president Florentino Perez NEW REAL MADRID coach Julen Lopetegui thinks his familiarity with the demands and expectations of the club following his previous spells there will serve as an advantage to his chances of success. Madrid found themselves without a coach less than a week after ...

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Sevilla won't let Arsenal and Barcelona target N'Zonzi leave for less than €40m


N’Zonzi holds the World Cup trophy and his child. N’Zonzi holds the World Cup trophy and his child. WORLD CUP WINNER Steven N’Zonzi will not be leaving Sevilla for less than the €40 million stated in his buyout clause, according to the club’s director of football Joaquin Caparros. N’Zonzi, who played the last 35 minutes of France’s 4-2 victory over ...

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Ronaldo swapped Real Madrid for Juventus in an effort to 'keep motivated' – Kaka


Image: EMPICS Sport Image: EMPICS Sport KAKA BELIEVES CRISTIANO Ronaldo’s desire to remain motivated at the highest level was the determining factor in his decision to swap Real Madrid for Juventus. Ronaldo will be presented as a Juve player on Monday after nine trophy-laden years at the Santiago Bernabeu that have also seen him become the Spanish club’s all-time leading ...

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'You know my preferred destination': Hazard drops Real Madrid hint


Hazard scored against England in Saturday’s third-place play-off. Image: Getty Images Hazard scored against England in Saturday’s third-place play-off. Image: Getty Images EDEN HAZARD CAST fresh doubt over his Chelsea future as the Belgium star appeared to confirm his interest in a move to Real Madrid. New Blues boss Maurizio Sarri faces a battle to keep the forward, who believes his World ...

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'He's obsessed with being better than Messi' – Giggs' theory about Ronaldo's move to Juventus


Image: EMPICS Sport Image: EMPICS Sport CRISTIANO RONALDO’S POSSIBLE obsession with being better than Lionel Messi may have motivated him to join Juventus, according to former Manchester United team-mate Ryan Giggs. Ronaldo and Messi have battled to be deemed the best player in the world for the past 10 years, winning five Ballons d’Or apiece as Real Madrid and Barcelona fought ...

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Former Man United winger Nani completes permanent return home


Image: Getty Images Image: Getty Images PORTUGAL WINGER NANI has re-joined Sporting CP on a permanent basis more than a decade after originally departing for Manchester United. Valencia reportedly allowed the 31-year-old to leave on a free in order to reunite with the club that gave him his professional debut in 2005. He previously returned for a loan spell during ...

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