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Notes & Quotes: November 20, 2018

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Real Madrid reportedly in on another Brazilian youngster, UEFA president denies Super League rumors and Modric comments on Ballon d’OR

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Real Madrid reportedly in on Pedrinho for January

According to a new report from Cadena SER, Real Madrid are interesting in transferring for 20-year-old Corinthians midfielder/winger Pedrinho. After already adding two Brazilian youngsters in Rodrygo and Vinicius, they are looking to add a third with Pedrinho.

While Pedrinho is usually listed as an attacking midfielder, he primarily plays on the right wing for Corinthians.

According to the report, if Real Madrid do indeed sign Pedrinho, he will likely be loaned out to Valladolid for at least a season for development. Pedrinho has a €50 million release clause, though it doesn’t make clear if Real will trigger it or not although it alludes to it.

With about €45 million apiece spent on Rodrygo and Vinicius, triggering the €50 million clause on Pedrinho’s contract would bring the three transfers to a total of €140 million. That is certainly a lot of money being spent and banking on the trio capitalizing on their potential and becoming stars at the club.

UEFA president denies Der Spiegel report of Super League formation talks

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has denied the rumors of a new “UEFA Super League” after Der Spiegel released documents several weeks ago evidencing these formation talks between. Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has already issued a denial of these talks, Ceferin now joins him.

“We have some ideas. All I can say is that any super league is out of the question. It will not happen. It is in a way a fiction now or a dream.”

In addition to Ceferin’s denial, Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli has also come out denying these Super League rumors.

“I can confirm we have never seen, never discussed, never been involved in the creation of this document.”

“We are fully engaged with UEFA in shaping the game going forward.”

It seems as though UEFA are backtracking on the idea of a Super League, if there was truly serious discussions being held. This is fairly good news if UEFA make good on this promise, a Super League of the top clubs in Europe would likely destroy domestic football; it would certainly change the leagues around Europe as we know them now.

Modric asked about Ballon d’Or chances again

Luka Modric was recently interviewed and asked about his chances at this year’s Ballon d’Or. He was very brief this time around on how he would feel if he took the honor home.

“If it happened, no-one [would be] happier than me, but if not, nothing will change.

“My year was great and that’s it.”

Modric certainly had a great year indeed, both winning another Champions League with Real Madrid and captaining Croatia all the way to the World Cup Final in Russia.

There’s obviously still debate about who should take it home this year, with Modric still seemingly a favorite for it. It is a great individual honor, especially for what would be a first-time winner in Modric.

Luka doesn’t seem to be too held up on winning the Ballon d’Or, though he would obviously be elated as he said if he were to win it. We’ll find out soon, on December 3, who will take home the trophy this year and if Modric did enough to beat out the likes of Ronaldo and Messi.