Casemiro welcomes the interest of Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho
Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro has welcomed the interest of Manchester United head coach Jose Mourinho. The 25-year-old midfielder was linked with Red Devils this week, where 54-year-old specialist, who worked with him at Real, sees the Brazilian as an ideal midfield partner for Paul Pogba. According to Don Balon, the player's camp has welcomed the chatter, as they want to use this as leverage in new contract talks. Casemiro is happy at the Zidane squad, where this season he has established himself as a first-choice. Nonetheless, he could threaten to leave if Real refuse to consider new contract talks with his agents in the coming weeks.
Real Madrid eye Monaco starlet
According to Marca, Real Madrid are the latest side to monitor Monaco starlet Kylian Mbappe. The 18-year-old striker, who scored for Monaco in their 5-3 defeat at Manchester City earlier this week, is arguably the hottest prospect in French football and has prompted admiring glances from suitors across Europe. Real Madrid have been scouting Monaco matches for some time due to their long-standing interest in Portugal midfielder Bernardo Silva but they are now interested in his teenage team-mate Mbappe too. The Bernabeu giants have received several positive reports on the 18-year-old, whose contract at Monaco expires in 2019.
Zinedine Zidane eye Monaco striker
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is taking a personal interest in Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe. Mbappe's profile has exploded this season and he already boasts a first senior hat-trick. Zidane has been following Mbappe since the youngster turned down a move to Real at 14. Despite the striker's decision, Zidane hasn't held a grudge and remains a big fan of the teen. The Real coach is convinced by Mbappe's potential and believes swooping for him now would be canny business for president Florentino Perez.
Zidane to make final decision on Isco
Zinedine Zidane will make the final decision over whether or not Real Madrid offer Isco a new contract, reports Cadena SER. Isco’s current deal expires in 2018 and the Spanish playmaker reportedly rejected an initial contract offer from the club as he wanted to see how much regular first-team football he would have in the second half of the season. Now, according to Cadena SER, club chiefs will wait to listen to coach Zidane’s opinion before deciding whether to offer the midfielder a new deal once again. Various clubs are interested in signing Isco but they could wait until the summer of 2018, when he will be available on a free transfer, to make a move for him.
Alaves midfielder wants to return to parent club Real Madrid
Alaves midfielder Marcos Llorente has made it clear he wants to return to parent club Real Madrid. The 22-year-old midfielder has shone this season on-loan. "I feel like coming back (to Real), it's my dream to play there. My intention and what I want is to return," he said. "My biggest dream to fulfill is to succeed in Madrid. I will always remember Alavés, it has been the club that has trusted me since I left Segunda B and that is not easy." Llorente has made 25 appearances during this season.
Isco is unsure about his future at the Bernabeu
Real Madrid playmaker Isco is unsure about his future at the Bernabeu and will base his decision on how much game time he gets between now and the end of the season. The midfielder has started just 11 La Liga games this term but reports in Spain claim he is stalling on signing an extension to his current deal, which expires in 2018. Tottenham are understood to be among a number of clubs interested in the 24-year-old, who moved to the Spanish capital from Malaga in 2013 for £23m. He told beIN Sports "I'm calm. What worries me is to have minutes. A player's career is small. "From now until the end of the season, I'll make a decision. It's my future at stake."
Inter defender on several clubs radar
Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United and Real Madrid are tracking Inter Milan defender Jeison Murillo, according to calciomercato.com. City reportedly made an official offer for the Colombia international in January, which was met with negativity from Inter. It is understood Inter would like to extend Murillo’s current deal at the San Siro beyond its expiry in 2020. Note that Murillo has made 27 appearances during this season.
Zidane: It’s not time for summer transfer talks
Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane refused to be drawn on the long-term futures of a number of players in his current squad at the Bernabeu. When asked about summer exits at a press conference, the Frenchman said: "We cannot talk about what is going to happen in July. “The players are not thinking about those things right now, only about the competition and about what we can do on the pitch. We will see what happens this summer." A number of high-profile players – including Isco and James Rodriguez – are believed to be unsettled with the lack of game-time under Zidane, while the likes of Pepe are out of contract in the summer.
Manager in Mexico sent off for coming onto pitch and tackling opponent
Famous Argentinian coach Ricardo La Volpe is one of the most interesting and well-known figures in Mexican football. He is not only a world-cup winning goalkeeper, but also managed Mexico national team and now works for Club America. During their latest match, Ricardo La Volpe couldn't hesitate to come onto the pitch and to tackle the opponent, who prevented that hadn't heard the referee whistle. However, La Volpe was sent off after this action. To recall, Club America were participating in Club World Cup 2016, and La Volpe was one the spotlight again, as he warned his players not to concede a late goal from Sergio Ramos or they will get a punishment.
Isco thinks about leaving Real Madrid
Isco is willing to leave Real Madrid this summer, reports Marca. The Spain international is happy at the Bernabeu but he has not established himself as a key first-team player during three-and-a-half-year spell in the Spanish capital. As such, his representatives have informed the Spaniard's suitors that he would be willing to accept a good offer to leave the European champions this summer. Isco is out of contract in 2018 and Real Madrid have yet to reach an agreement with the playmaker over a new deal. The club are aware that they will have to sell him this summer if they cannot agree a new deal as they face the prospect of losing him on a free transfer next year. Manchester City, who are long-term admirers of Isco, have shown a lot of interest in him of late, while Chelsea, who are also interested, have met with an intermediary. Juventus are keen too, but the player would prefer to move to the Premier League.