RUMOURS: Real Madrid to make Mourinho swoop

Florentino Perez is keen to bring the former Chelsea boss back to Santiago Bernabeu with Zinedine Zidane’s performance in the Champions League leaving him under pressure


Real Madrid are planning to bring Jose Mourinho back to the club if they fail in the Champions League, according to the Daily Mirror.

Zinedine Zidane’s side fell to a 2-0 defeat against Wolfsburg in the first leg of their European quarter-final and face an uphill battle to qualify for the last-four.

And president Florentino Perez is keen to take advantage of Manchester United’s failure to bring in ‘The Special One’ and offer the Portuguese a deal should Zidane fail to reach the semi-finals.


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Zidane appointment has been bad for James, says father

The Colombia international has struggled for form in recent weeks and his father says that while injuries have not helped “it is obvious” the change of manager has affected his son

James Rodriguez’s father believes Zinedine Zidane’s appointment as Real Madrid coach is hurting his son’s career in the Spanish capital.

The Colombia international arrived at the Bernabeu under Carlo Ancelotti in 2014 and enjoyed a fine first season, but his form has dipped as of late and has become the subject of boos from fans.

However his father, Wilson Rodriguez, says form is always going to fluctuate but insists Zidane has not helped his son’s cause.

“I think it is normal, football’s like this,” he told Marca. “Injuries play a big part, and make it harder for a footballer to maintain his level.

“[Ancelotti and Zidane] are two very different managers and the fact that he isn’t playing at the moment doesn’t mean anything, but it’s obvious that change of manager was bad for him.”

Wilson was a professional footballer himself and while he never hit the heights his son has been able to reach, he was renowned for scoring goals from distance.


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“I was able to score many goals thanks to this skill,” he said.

“The best goal I ever scored was almost from the halfway line against Navarro Montaya, when I was playing for Deportes Tolima.

“It’s genetic. Even though you must practice a lot, you are born with this ability. You must start with something. James’ shot isn’t so bad.

“Although it’s true that he has achieved much more in his career then I was able to.

“When I was playing there weren’t businessmen who could just relocate you from your country and everything was more difficult than it is now.

“He is a symbol of how much things have changed, athletes are much more athletic now than when I was playing.”

RUMOURS: Costa pondering summer move to China

The Spain international is reportedly weighing up the idea of switching Stamford Bridge for Asia if Atletico Madrid cannot afford to bring him back to the Vicente Calderon


Unsettled Chelsea striker Diego Costa is ready to consider a switch to China if he cannot get his preferred move to Atletico Madrid in the summer, according to The Telegraph.

Costa has become unhappy with life at Stamford Bridge and is keen to depart once the season ends, despite the appointment of new boss Antonio Conte. 

The 27-year-old hopes to return to Atletico, whom he left to join Chelsea in 2014, but is now prepared to discuss moves to China if the Spanish outfit cannot afford him.

Atletico president Enrique Cerezo told Al Primer Toque Onda Cero earlier this month that Chelsea are “almost impossible” to deal with, meaning re-signing Costa seems highly unlikely.


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RUMOURS: Costa to consider summer move to China

The Spain international is reportedly weighing up the idea of switching Stamford Bridge for Asia if Atletico Madrid cannot afford to bring him back to the Vicente Calderon


Unsettled Chelsea striker Diego Costa is ready to consider a switch to China if he cannot get his preferred move to Atletico Madrid in the summer, according to The Telegraph.

Costa has become unhappy with life at Stamford Bridge and is keen to depart once the season ends, despite the appointment of new boss Antonio Conte. 

The 27-year-old hopes to return to Atletico, whom he left to join Chelsea in 2014, but is now prepared to discuss moves to China if the Spanish outfit cannot afford him.

Atletico president Enrique Cerezo told Al Primer Toque Onda Cero earlier this month that Chelsea are “almost impossible” to deal with, meaning re-signing Costa seems highly unlikely.


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Murillo not seeking Inter exit

The Colombia international has stressed that he is happy with life at the Serie A side and is not thinking about a transfer

Jeison Murillo has dismissed suggestions he could leave Inter at the end of the season amid speculation linking him with Manchester United and Bayern Munich.

The Colombia international joined Inter from Granada in July 2015 and has since developed into a key player at San Siro.

Murillo has scored twice in 28 Serie A appearances this campaign and his good performances have not gone unnoticed elsewhere.

Nevertheless, the 23-year-old defender is not thinking about leaving Inter any time soon.

“I was delighted when I heard Inter were interested in me,” the centre-back told Inter Channel.

“I could have joined sooner but the situation wasn’t easy at Granada and they wanted to keep me until the end of the season. 


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“I’m pleased the fans are asking me to stay.

“I have a five-year contract and my focus must be solely on Inter and what the team have to do in order to give 100 per cent.”

Inter, having led Serie A before the mid-season break, are now fifth, eight points outside the Champions League qualification places ahead of their match away to Frosinone on Saturday.