Luka Modric still the Best Player for Real Madrid

Luka Modric has been a key player for Real Madrid even though the likes of Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo will continue to grab the headlines.

The Croatian midfielder moved to the Santiago Bernabeu in the summer of 2012 for a fee of around £ 30 million. It may have taken him 12 months to get settled in Spanish football, but he has since been one of the finest players in the midfield. It is clear that Madrid value the presence of the Croatian a lot. Hence, it is not surprising to find that he has a massive transfer fee inserted into his release clause.

Given that Real Madrid made a good some money – by 2012 standards, the club will stand to receive at least £ 387 million if a club wants to talk with Modric without the permission of Madrid. The release clause is an astronomical figure and any top player like Modric will be difficult to get on the cheap. Primarily due to this release clause, it looks like Modric will end up playing at Madrid for a few more years before the club eventually want to look at another player in the centre of the park. Current manager Zinedine Zidane continues to place a lot of faith in the Croatian. (more…)

The playing style of Manchester United has seriously changed according to Rio Ferdinand

A few years ago when Sir. Alex Ferguson was in charge of Manchester United, the Premier League club had a free flowing playing style which allowed the players to perform in different ways and have freedom in the pitch but now under the guidance of Louis van Gaal, Rio Ferdinand believes that the team has experienced a huge change as they will not have the same freedom as they had some time ago.

Former player of Manchester United, Rio Ferdinand said: “Unfortunately, I think United fans need to be re-educated about what to expect now. Because it’s not going to be quick football, rampaging wingers, crosses flying into the box, thrills and yes, a few spills.

“If you go to watch them and are expecting that, you are going to be sadly disappointed. It’s all about possession football. Right now, United are well off what will be needed to be champions this season. Well off what I see in Manchester City.”

Ferdinand did not bash out or critique the system that Louis van Gaal is using but the former defender did state that the players will now be more limited as they don’t have any room for: ‘’free thinking’’

Rio Ferdinand worked alongside Sir. Alex Ferguson from 2002 until 2013 and the former defender of Manchester United is well aware of the playing style of the previous manager of the Premier League club and it simply will not be the same as the one that the Dutch coach has been implanting in the team.

When Ferdinand was asked about which Premier League club he believes has the best chances of winning the Champions League of this current season, Ferdinand replied by saying that from his own point of view it’s Manchester City. (more…)

Coaching a club in the MLS is a possibility for Manuel Pellegrini

Manchester City’s Manuel Pellegrini has announced that taking up a coaching job in the American League, the MLS is a possibility that is not so far away from turning into reality as the Chilean manager said that the Major League Soccer is growing rapidly and anything can happen in the future.

Pellegrini has already coached clubs in Chile, Ecuador, Argentina, Spain and England. Even though he’s been in charge of numerous clubs from around the globe, Pellegrini is willing to extend his managerial career even further and make a move to the MLS which has experienced an increase in high profile players.

More and more aging but world class players are choosing to spend the last few years of their respective careers in MLS and Manuel Pellegrini has also thought about it from a managerial point of view.

The Chilean manager Manuel Pellegrini told the media: “You don’t know what will happen in the future. It’s a league that is improving, that is growing every year. We have now an important link with New York City, you never know what happens.”

For the past few days, Manuel Pellegrini and his players have been making a pre-season tour in United States and have already played a friendly match against an American club, Toronto FC which concluded in a 1-0 triumph for Manchester City. (more…)

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Glenn Hoddle belivee MC is vulnerable to loose

Former Chelsea manager Glenn Hoddle believes that Manchester City could be left vulnerable at the back if they decide to play with two strikers in the upcoming Champions League match against Barcelona. City will be going to the Camp Nou chasing the tie after losing the first leg 2-1.

The Premier league champions need to win by a convincing scoreline if they are to reach the quarter-final stages of the Champions League for the first-time in their history. After having recently suffered a 1-0 defeat against Burnley, confidence levels will not be high within the City camp.

Manual Pellegrini decided to opt for the dual partnership of Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero for the match against Burnley. Despite this, City did not create a lot of opportunities during the 90 minutes. If City opt for a similar formation against Barcelona, they could be found out at the back according to Hoddle. The size of the Camp Nou pitch means that City need to be compact and also aggressive in their pressing. (more…)

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