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ZIDANE’S TOMORROW, OUR FUTURE
Uncle Flo is being patient with Zidane in deciding whether he will continue as head coach next season or step down after this season is over. With Allegri and some other unknown managers in the pipeline as possible replacements for Zidane.
Zinedine Zidane will decide his future at the end of the season - now he wants to focus on La Liga final matches. Florentino Perez is waiting. ⚪️ #Real— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) May 8, 2021
If Zizou decides to leave, Real also consider Massimiliano Allegri as option in a shortlist with three candidates.
EUROPEAN SUPER DOOM LEAGUE UPDATE:
In yet another awe inspiring attempt to save football, Italian football federation president (FIGC), Gabriele Gravina, has said that if Juventus is still part of the ESL, they will be expelled from Seria A starting next season. Crazy, not only are they on the verge of playing Europa League football with Ronaldo, now they could possibly be playing Seria B football too, Per Sky Sports. IMO, this is UEFA trying to move heaven, hell and earth to make sure that the ESL never happens, ever. Ironically, the new 2021-22 Coppa Italia format now blocks Seria C & Seria D teams from participating starting next season. Only 40 teams can contest, 20 from Seria A and 20 from Seria B. So much for meritocracy and caring for the little guys.
The 9 clubs that renounced to the #SuperLeague have agreed with UEFA to be fined €100M if they seek again to play in an unauthorized competition (as the #SuperLeague) or €50M if they breach any other commitments to UEFA as part of the settlement. #Uefa @RobHarris— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) May 7, 2021
According to MARCA, Real Madrid will be listening to offers for Eden Hazard as he’s been reportedly put on the market. I don’t mean to sound cold but if he’s sold, we won’t lose anything at all, other than some money.
Neymar has renewed with PSG till 2024 with an extra one year extension clause for 2025. Meaning Mbappe can pack his bags quickly and come to Besikt...i mean to us (Real Madrid), now that Neymar is staying in france, which bodes well for Ligue 1’s TV deal being stabilized. Oh and Barca feel they were used by Neymar in his renewal negotiations with PSG LOL.
Neymar: “It’s a great pleasure to extend the adventure at PSG as I'm very happy in Paris. It is a real pride to be part of this team. Here I grew up as a person, as a human being and as a player. So I'm very happy to extend and I hope to win a lot more trophies here”. #PSG pic.twitter.com/WFCdbP3zPg— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) May 8, 2021
Im all open for us saving Ronaldo from playing europa league football with a terrible Juventus team and God awful fans that blame him for every loss. He doesnt need to start every game here and should accept a small wage. So he can retire here.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THIBAUT COURTIOS
Our keeper turns 29 today. More years of success to come with more zamora trophies.