Casemiro: I bet Ronaldo stays at Real Madrid

Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro has revealed he had already made a bet with Cristiano Ronaldo that the superstar forward will stay with the European champions.

Ronaldo threatened to overshadow his team’s 3-1 Champions League final win over Liverpool on Saturday when he cast doubt over his future.

The 33-year-old hinted at a shock exit from the Spanish giants, despite being contracted until 2021.

But Casemiro said he was so confident Ronaldo would stay, he had already made a bet with his team-mate.

“I’ve already bet with him. I bet he stays,” the Brazil international said.

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Gareth Bale was Madrid’s hero in Kiev, the Wales star scoring a brace after Sadio Mane had cancelled out Karim Benzema’s opener.

The 28-year-old also suggested he could leave in search of more game time, while Madrid are linked with numerous players this close-season – including Neymar.

Casemiro said he would welcome any strong additions to the squad, but he wants more of the same from Ronaldo.

“Of course, every year people talk about who arrives and who leaves. No doubt players like Neymar, [Eden] Hazard and [Robert] Lewandowski have lots of quality,” he said.

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“They are always welcome here because they have a lot of quality, but what I want from Cristiano is what he has been doing.

“And in the ends in the finals, it’s always the same.”

He is not the first Real Madrid star to back Ronaldo to stay at the club. Karim Benzema, who netted the opener in Saturday’s final, does not believe the Ballon d’Or winner will depart, while president Florentino Perez also cast doubt on the prospect of the Portuguese departing this summer.

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‘I shouldn’t have said that’ – Ronaldo regrets Real Madrid exit hint

Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted he may have spoken out of turn in suggesting that his Real Madrid days were numbered after the Champions League final. 

Having starred for Madrid throughout the competition, this year’s top scorer drew a blank against Liverpool in Kiev. 

Substitute Gareth Bale stepped up to seal a third straight title as the Blancos prevailed 3-1, with Karim Benzema also getting his name on the scoresheet. 

Ronaldo, however, stole the headlines when he referred to his sparkling Madrid career in the past tense to reporters.

That statement caused an instant reaction, with both Madrid president Florentino Perez and coach Zinedine Zidane speaking out to deny his exit.

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And while he later claimed he was taken out of context, the Portugal striker seemed to regret the storm his comments had caused. 

“It takes away from a beautiful, historic moment for us that is winning three Champions Leagues in a row, obviously it is a special moment,” he told Fox Sports.

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“It’s always great to win the Champions League because I know how important that competition is, I have had a great Champions League from start to finish so I’m very happy.

“A player’s personal things aren’t the most important thing now, it might have been taken out of context but maybe I shouldn’t have said what I said.”

Ronaldo finished the 2017-18 Champions League with 15 goals in 13 starts, and now boasts no less than five winner’s medals in the competition with Manchester United and Madrid.

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Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Man Utd to make Hart move


Man Utd to make Hart move


Manchester United are planning a shock raid on arch-rivals Manchester City which will see Joe Hart become their new back-up goalkeeper, reports The Sun .

The England international, who has been overlooked for World Cup duty this summer, has spent the last two seasons on loan at Torino and West Ham.

Questions have been asked of his form during those spells, but Jose Mourinho fears losing Sergio Romero this summer and sees Hart as an ideal experienced option to provide cover for David de Gea.


Mourinho sees Fred path clear


Jose Mourinho has seen the path cleared for Manchester United to sign Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred, with the Daily Star claiming that Manchester City have pulled out of the race.

The Red Devils are now ready to push through a £53 million ($71m) for the Brazilian, who has been a long-standing target for those at Old Trafford.


Ronaldo hints at Real exit


Cristiano Ronaldo has declared “it was very nice to be at Real Madrid” following his club’s third straight Champions League title, promising to explain more on the potential transfer bombshell in the coming days.

The Portuguese superstar has been linked with the likes of Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United in recent times, while a move to China has also been mooted.

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Bale to discuss Madrid future


Gareth Bale hinted a summer move away from Real Madrid could be on the cards after stepping off the bench to make a record-breaking contribution to an historic Champions League victory over Liverpool.

The Wales international is reported to be registering on the transfer radar at Manchester United and Bayern Munich after enduring form and fitness issues in Spain over recent years.

Read the full story on Bale’s future here!


Martial discussing new deal


Manchester United have opened contract extension talks with Anthony Martial, according to The Sun .

The France international has been linked with a move elsewhere this summer, but the Red Devils are reluctant to let him leave and are hoping to prolong an agreement which already includes an option through to 2020.


Emery eyeing Dortmund defender


Arsenal are readying an approach for Borussia Dortmund centre-half Sokratis Papastathopoulos, claims the Daily Mail .

Unai Emery is eager to bolster the defensive options he inherited from Arsene Wenger and considers the Greece international to be an ideal addition at around £15 million ($20m).


Arsenal turn attention to Rico


Sevilla goalkeeper Sergio Rico is now Arsenal’s favoured option to succeed Petr Cech, reports Spanish outlet Fichajes .

The Gunners were reported to be keen on Bayer Leverkusen star Bernd Leno, but they are now prepared to look elsewhere for a new long-term No. 1.


Messi wants Pjanic purchase


Lionel Messi has called on Barcelona to land Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic, according to Don Balon .

With the Catalan giants having lost long-serving captain Andres Iniesta, a proven winner with the Serie A champions is considered to be an ideal alternative in that role.


Gunners open Praet talks


Arsenal have opened discussions regarding a possible deal for Sampdoria star Dennis Praet, reports Gianluca Di Marzio .

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The Belgian midfielder is a top target for Unai Emery and initial talks have been held with the 24-year-old’s agent.


Everton enter Rose chase


Everton look to have edged ahead of Manchester United in the race for Tottenham full-back Danny Rose, claims The Sun .

The Red Devils have long been linked with the England international, but that interest appears to have cooled and the Toffees are ready to steal in.

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We do not think about that – Zidane shrugs off Ronaldo exit talk

Zinedine Zidane says talk of Cristiano Ronaldo leaving Real Madrid will not detract from celebrations over a third consecutive Champions League crown.

Gareth Bale struck twice from the bench as Loris Karius’ errors proved key in Madrid’s 3-1 win over Liverpool in Kiev on Saturday.

But Ronaldo’s post-match bombshell, the Portugal star indicating he is considering moving on from Madrid , will dominate the headlines.

However Zidane, like Sergio Ramos , shrugged off reports Ronaldo could seek a Santiago Bernabeu exit after helping the La Liga giants to four Champions League crowns in five years.

“We do not think about that,” said the Frenchman.

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“Only about what we are doing. Then we’ll see what happens. ”

Despite, struggles in the La Liga campaign which brought his future into question, Zindane once more led the club to continental glory, achieving some history in the process.

Zidane is the first coach to record three consecutive titles in Europe’s premier competition and he hailed the work of his side over recent years, suggesting their accomplishments may never be repeated. 

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“We have no words. It’s what this team has. Talent and work,” said Zidane. 

“We have hope and desire to do things well. We did it again.

“I’ve told the players to enjoy it because this is not going to be seen again.”

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‘It was nice to be at Real Madrid’ – Cristiano Ronaldo drops transfer bombshell after Champions League final

Cristiano Ronaldo has declared “it was very nice to be at Real Madrid” following his club’s third straight Champions League title, promising to explain more on the potential transfer bombshell in the coming days.

The superstar, 33, nearly had an assist in his team’s 3-1 victory over Liverpool, but Karim Benzema’s goal was called back due to offside.

Benzema would score a fluky opener in the second half while substitute Gareth Bale delivered one of the best goals of the tournament as part of his brace , while Ronaldo was held off the scoreboard.

Despite not finding the net, Ronaldo still finished this year’s Champions League as the tournament’s top scorer , and after a campaign that saw him score 41 goals between the Champions League and La Liga, he showed he had plenty left in the tank.

However, the Portugal international has now set off alarm bells that his future may not be in Madrid, after referring to his time there in the past tense.

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While Ronaldo said he was happy, he refused to clarify his comments further, saying he would speak on the matter in the near future.

“Now we have to enjoy this moment,” Ronaldo told beIN Sports  after the game. “In the next few days I will give an answer to the fans that have always been on my side.

“It was very nice to be at Real Madrid, in the coming days I will talk about it more.”

When asked if he was saying goodbye, Ronaldo answered: “No, no. I’m going to enjoy this moment with my colleagues. In the next few days I will give an answer.

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“We made history, that’s what we were looking for, the future of any player is not important, the important thing is that we made history.”

Ronaldo exit rumours were one of last summer’s big transfer stories, as tax charges in Spain reportedly upset the superstar. However, despite all the talk, Ronaldo elected to remain with the club.

He will feature at the World Cup in Russia this summer in what could be his final international tournament for Portugal, with whom he won the European Championship finals in 2016.

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