Bernabéu Bites 07.30.13: Iker Speaks, Golden Balls Visits, Kaká Ultimatum?

Denis Doyle

As the Gareth Bale rumors continue to skyrocket into the heights of silly season, we bring you back down to earth with some uplifting words from Iker Casillas, news on Kaká's situation, and a visit from the original bleached-hair Madridista, David Beckham.

  • Captain Iker Casillas attended to the press following Madrid's first training session in Southern California. Casillas highlighted the roster's balanced blend of youth and experience and recognized the importance of infusing the side with some promising young talent in the quest for titles. Iker said he is prepared to train hard to earn the starting #1 spot but emphasized that the competition between he and Diego López can only be positive for the club as it bolsters the squad and gives the manager options. When asked about Gareth Bale, the captain did not dwell too long on the question: "He is one of the top three or four players in Europe so it's normal that there's so much talk around him."
  • In the latest on "Operation Kaká ," As introduces a new spin on the story that, if true, should excite and unite all Real Madrid fans, be they "Kaká Fans" or not. According to the Spanish tabloid, Ancelotti has made it clear to Ricardo that the preseason tour in the United States will be a make or break situation for the midfielder. Kaká needs to produce the goods in the next few weeks or face a possible exit before the transfer deadline. It's important to note that no direct quotes are attributed to Ancelotti, so take this update with a grain of salt. The Brazilian continues to follow up the team's training sessions with individual gym work intended to protect his knees and boost his agility.
  • As claims Manchester United could make a bid for Real midfielder Luka Modric should the Red Devils fail to sign Cesc Fabregas. The Croatian star has said he intends on remaining with Los Blancos, so chalk up this rumor to silly season.
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