Bernabeu Bites 10.07.2013: Xabi Alonso's Renewal

Jasper Juinen

Xabi Alonso's contract renewal, Uncle Florentino's thoughts on Madrid as world heritage institution, the striker-situation on a day when Marca's cover-story comes off as parody.

  • The Curious Case of The Xabi Alonso Contract Renewal enters a new chapter today with Marca claiming talks are under-way only a few months after previously claiming that talks were under way. Whether we will be discussing, in a few months, talks that are supposedly underway is anyone's guess. Watch this space.
  • For those who can't watch Florentino Perez on Univision, details of the interview continue to drip out. Yesterday Madrid's Uncle Flo was convinced that Cristiano Ronaldo would sign a new contract. Today we learn it distresses him that people consider the club arrogant. "We believe we have inherited the history of a magnificent, spectacular brand of football. I'm ashamed that people think we are a bit arrogant; maybe we are, but for a club that has no owner." He also claims that the critical Bernabeu crowd's whistling has a special affectionate tone that only dogs and small children can hear ("if people don't like the line-up, they whistle, but they are affectionate whistles") and finished by calling Real Madrid a "World Heritage" institution.
  • In As, Manuel Salinero believes Madrid are going to make a big final pitch to get Liverpool's resident still-teething-toddler Luis Suarez, who will be on the naughty-step for a lengthy time-out until October if he comes because his FA ban carries over. It could be true, but at this point, it would probably be easier to just list the strikers in Europe the Spanish papers have not yet linked Madrid with to save time.
  • Meanwhile, the silence on the Pipita Higuain transfer to Arsenal is becoming deafening and in a not-entirely-unrelated story, Sky Sports notes that the same Luiz Suarez that As believes we are after even though Marca reports Florentino Perez wants Higuain to stay has been approached by Arsenal. There has been some nauseating flirting on Suarez's part. See the link for details.
  • Finally we have Marca's cover today claiming that Ancelotti will "set players straight on privileges" which is brilliantly stirring, Steven Spielberg's main character about-to-march-into-battle-and-make-over-the-top-pronouncements stuff, until you realize the article is entirely innocent of quotation marks. Truth or fiction? Take your pick.
  • In This Article

    Teams
    Players
    X
    Log In Sign Up

    forgot?
    Log In Sign Up

    Forgot password?

    We'll email you a reset link.

    If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

    Forgot password?

    Try another email?

    Almost done,

    By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

    Join Managing Madrid

    You must be a member of Managing Madrid to participate.

    We have our own Community Guidelines at Managing Madrid. You should read them.

    Join Managing Madrid

    You must be a member of Managing Madrid to participate.

    We have our own Community Guidelines at Managing Madrid. You should read them.

    Spinner.vc97ec6e

    Authenticating

    Great!

    Choose an available username to complete sign up.

    In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

    tracking_pixel_9353_tracker