Real Madrid advanced to the finals of the International Champions Cup after downing Everton 2-1. The club will face off against a former club of Ancelotti's regardless of the outcome of the other semi-final between Chelsea and AC Milan. If you missed the match, no worries. We've got it recapped right here for you.
Castilla's José Rodríguez is the only Spanish player to crack UEFA.com's 'ten U-19 talents to watch' list. The site says of Rodríguez, "[a]t this stage in their careers, few players look the finished article. Real Madrid CF's José Rodríguez is as close as they come, however -- the ever-pressing, deep-lying midfielder [was] the fulcrum of much of Spain's play." Real Madrid's official site summarized Rodríguez's inclusion on this list as well.
Pepe addressed the murmurings of a possible transfer to Manchester City when speaking to the media following yesterday's defeat of Everton, writes Skysports. He mentions that he has a contract to fulfill with Real Madrid at the moment and that he loves the club and has great affection for the people. Skysports referred to Pepe as "guarded" and "coy" over the Manchester City links.
As you well know, you can't get through a day without a Gareth Bale tidbit around here. The latest news comes in the form of Tottenham boss, Andre Villas-Boas, reiterating that Bale is not for sale, following a Bale-less 5-2 thrashing at the hands of AS Monaco. Several outlets, including Marca, As, The Guardian, BBC and the Daily Mail are reporting on AVB's words, so take your pick. Depending on how British the source is, you may run across statements like 'AVB slams Ancelotti over Real Madrid's buying tactics'. Regardless of levels of sensationalism, it is clear that Villas-Boas isn't pleased with Ancelotti having made Real Madrid's pursuit of Gareth Bale public. He claims that the only communication between Spurs and Real Madrid has been that Bale isn't for sale, and he denies the reports that Bale leaving for the Spanish capital is imminent.
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