Living in Madrid, writing on football for ESPN, Irish Examiner, WSC & Unibet and host of new @coveringfutbol podcast.

Zinedine Zidane the right manager for Real Madrid - Roberto Carlos — Real Madrid great Roberto Carlos has said former teammate Zinedine Zidane has already proven he is a perfect fit as coach of Los Blancos. Zidane was promoted from his position as head coach of the club's reserve team, Castilla, to Rafa Benitez's replacement in January, and steered Real to a runners-up finish in La Liga and to Champions League glory.

Gabi would consider coaching Atletico Madrid after retirement — Atletico Madrid captain Gabi has suggested he would like to continue at the club as a coach after he retires as a player. Gabi has spent most of his senior career at the Estadio Vicente Calderon -- and skippered Diego Simeone's side to their recent successes, including the 2013 Copa del Rey and 2014 La Liga title, and into two Champions League finals.

Police presence strengthened for Real Madrid vs. Legia Warsaw at Bernabeu — A strengthened security presence of 2,000 officers will be in place for the game between Real Madrid and Legia Warsaw at the Santiago Bernabeu due to concerns about the possibility of trouble involving visiting ultra supporters.

Manchester City interest in Lionel Messi and Neymar and Luis Suarez wouldn't surprise Barcelona's Gerard Pique — BARCELONA -- Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has said he would not be surprised if Manchester City tried to sign Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez this past summer. Mundo Deportivo reported on Monday reported that the Premier League side made unsuccessful moves for each member of Barca's front three during the transfer window, while also claiming they'd attempted to bring Sergio Busquets to England.

Fabinho happy at Monaco despite interest from top clubs — Fabinho says he has no plans to leave Monaco despite links with clubs including Manchester United, Manchester City and Napoli. United were reportedly in talks with Fabinho, who turns 23 next week, over the summer with a view to bringing the versatile Brazil international to Old Trafford, while City and Napoli have also been linked.

Javier Hernandez would be welcomed back at Real Madrid - board — Bayer Leverkusen striker Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez would be welcomed back to Real Madrid, two members of the club's board have told Mexican television. Hernandez spent the 2013-14 season on loan at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu from Manchester United -- scoring nine goals in 33 appearances, with by far the most important being his late winner in the Champions League quarterfinals at home to Atletico Madrid.

Luka Modric agrees new Real Madrid contract until 2020 — Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric has agreed a contract extension until 2020. Croatia international Modric, 31, joined Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur in 2012 and has won the Champions League twice as well as the 2014 Copa del Rey with the club. Official Announcement: Modric. #Modric2020 #RealMadrid - Real Madrid C.F.

Brazil legend Ronaldo wants Philippe Coutinho at Real Madrid — Brazil legend Ronaldo says he would like to see Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho join Real Madrid and added that he considers Cristiano Ronaldo to be the world's best player at the moment. Ex-Inter Milan and Espanyol playmaker Coutinho, 24, has been linked with clubs including Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain in recent months but remains under contract at Anfield until 2020.

Granada win proves Atletico Madrid are arguably the best side in world football — It is not often Atletico Madrid score seven times in a game. Indeed, the last time was in the year they won La Liga against hapless Getafe. They are rarities, but often cause for celebration aside from the three points. Namely the quality of the performance.

Mascherano on new deal: 'I never imagined I would spend so long here' — Javier Mascherano says his new Barcelona contract will be the last one he signs with the Spanish champions. The Argentine was linked with a move to Juventus in the summer and even admitted himself he could leave Barca, but he eventually agreed a new three-year deal, which he signed on Monday.
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Oct 24, 2016

RT @SteveNash: Think my career just ended after missing the penalty to win the scrimmages! Thanks @RCD_Mallorca for a great run.

Oct 24, 2016

On AGM / democracy theme, would be interesting to see referendum of Madrid socios on whether Ronaldo worth new €20m a year long term deal.

Oct 24, 2016

Also interesting that Florentino praised Ronaldo, but didnt mention any new contract / future plans. At AGM yesterday.

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