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Notes & Quotes: May 8, 2019; Open Thread

Real Madrid reach Adidas extension, Chelsea’s transfer ban appeal rejected, and Pochettino talks about rejecting Madrid job

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Real Madrid reach new extension with Adidas

According to a new report from AS, Adidas will remain Real Madrid’s kit outfitter until at least 2028. The report does not disclose financial details of the new agreement.

The article also quotes club president Florentino Perez’s reaction to the new deal between the two organizations.

“It is a natural step to extend our successful deal until 2028. Together we will continue to build this strategic alliance that helps us set a benchmark and remain leaders in football. Adidas is an ideal sponsor for us.”

Adidas has been Real’s outfitter since around 1998, taking over for Spanish outfitter Kelme.

We already have the details of what next year’s kits under Adidas will look like for the club. A return to the 2011-12 white and gold home kits, a navy and gold away, and a teal third.

Chelsea lose transfer ban appeal with FIFA, potential affect on Hazard deal

It was also announced earlier by ESPN on Wednesday that FIFA would not hear Chelsea’s appeal to their transfer ban ahead of the summer window opening on June 11.

The report does state that Chelsea will appeal to the Court of Arbitration of Sport. Chelsea are also allowed to sign youth players 16 and under.

This potentially throws a wrench into the workings of a deal for Eden Hazard this summer. With Chelsea qualifying for next season’s Champions League, they will need all the players they can to remain competitive with the ban in place.

While it doesn’t mean any potential deal is now off, it just makes things a bit more interesting and a bit more difficult. Hazard’s loss could still be replaced by the arriving Christian Pulisic.

We’ll have to see how this plays out this summer and whether or not Real Madrid get their long-rumored man at the Bernabéu finally.

Pochettino talks about decision to stay in North London despite Madrid interest

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino was recently interviewed by El Pais about the rumored move to Real Madrid earlier this season, prior to the appointing of Solari and Zidane.

“It was a difficult situation because the dream of any coach was at stake coaching one of the biggest clubs around. And I had to say no. That was tremendous.”

“It created a conflict because you know that if a coach wants to leave, he will leave. But, I had just signed a new contract with Tottenham and I felt that I couldn’t do anything.”

Obviously, it has worked well for Pochettino staying with Tottenham this season and not making a move. Spurs are likely to clinch top 4 and they are in the Champions League Final after an incredible comeback of their own against Ajax.

Real Madrid are also likely satisfied with getting Zidane back, despite the continued disappointing play from the club. He’ll at least have the summer to work with bringing in new players and molding the squad back in his image before the new season’s start.

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