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Notes & Quotes: March 25, 2019; Open Thread

Mourinho says Zidane is right fit for Real Madrid, JLS quashes Mbappe rumors and yet another midfielder transfer rumor

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Mourinho says Zidane is the right fit for Real Madrid as manager

Jose Mourinho was interviewed by MARCA recently where he gave his thoughts on Zidane as manager of Real Madrid yet again.

“I think it is too early to talk about his career at Real Madrid. But, in this short space of time he has won what nobody else has managed to do, which is three consecutive Champions Leagues.”

“This is the start of a new era for both him and the players. He has to come in and build a new team. He has to bring in new players and also oversee the exit of others. He will have to leave his mark.”

“I believe he is the right man for the job.”

This was a very reasonable take from the man that many felt was a lock to return to the Bernabéu and manage the club once again. It’s good to see that Mourinho believes Zidane is the right choice to lead the club forward.

In a way, it is really a new era with Zidane. Not just because he departed last summer and has now returned, but also because the club truly lost their identity without him seemingly. This Zidane 2.0 era of sorts will start when he is able to have the full summer transfer window to assess the problems.

“Mbappe is an unreal goal”—José Luis Sánchez tweets

It’s no real stretch to say that PSG is not keen on the idea of selling , but still many reports the past few weeks have hammered the idea that Mbappe is Real’s top transfer target this summer. That all changes with the latest update via Twitter from Jose Luis Sanchez.

JLS claims that Mbappe is an impossibility right now for any club looking to purchase Mbappe from PSG, even a transfer record will not convince them. He also says that it is more accessible past 2020 and that Real will opt to focus on more feasible targets this summer.

This is the closest and most reliable reporter that Real Madrid have, so it goes with out saying that he knows much more than many of the European tabloids do. JLS is a Tier 1 source, he holds the most credibility here.

So, if this proves to be true like usual then Real will be focusing more on targets they can actually get this summer. Whether it’s Hazard, Eriksen, Pogba, or someone else, it seems like it will not be Mbappe unless something drastically changes this summer.

Juventus midfielder now a transfer target—AS reports

AS is reporting now that Real Madrid are targeting Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic this summer. This report is perhaps one of the least credible I’ve seen in quite a while.

AS base this idea off of an article from Il Bianconero who report that Pjanic’s agent with meet with Juventus at the end of the season to discuss his contract and status at the club, even though he just extended his contract to 2023 last summer.

Straight from the article:

“This is to either negotiate a lucrative extension to his contract with them, or to discuss a potential exit to those clubs that have shown an interest in his services. This is where Real Madrid come in.”

“Zinedine Zidane is a big admirer of the Bosnian...”

And that’s basically the only time Real Madrid are mentioned in this report, other than reiterating their other own Madrid links about Pogba and Sadio Mane at the end of the article. So, AS is basing this entire premise on Pjanic either wanting a new contract or wanting to leave, so if he leaves that must mean Real Madrid are interested.

It’s an awful premise and it shows why most of these reports that come out from sources that are regarded as low-tier aren’t to be taken that seriously. Juventus has become a popular link with Real Madrid this season, probably because of Ronaldo’s departure so now these outlets think Juventus and Real will do business all the time.

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