Category Archives: Spanish Football

United determined to hold on to Pogba

According to headlines in the Spanish press, Manchester United are keen to hold on to Paul Pogba and are determined not to let their French star go to Real Madrid. Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane is a long term admirer of his compatriot, and despite splashing out millions in the summer market, is keen to bring the medio to the Bernabeu.

However Marca say United are not willing to budge from their 200 million euro tag for Pogba, which may force Zidane to look at alternative options like Christian Eriksen or Donny van de Beek.

Marca Pogba

Croatians at Inter Milan- Modric mulls switch

Inter Milan could have another Croatian in their ranks for the upcoming 2018/19 season after it was revealed that Real Madrid star Luka Modric was mulling a switch to the San Siro. Modric, 32, was a key figure for his country at the recently concluded World Cup, winning three MOTM awards as his side finished runners up to France.

Luka Modric

Inter already have Marcelo Brozovic and Ivan Perisic in their ranks and have taken Sime Vrsaljko on loan. With three Croatians already on the Nerazzurri’s books, the San Siro looks like an attractive destination for Modric, who has pretty much everything there was to win at Real Madrid.

However the question remains whether Real will be willing to sell both Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo in the same transfer window. This may be Real’s best opportunity to cash in on Modric, and the move will also potentially allow more first team football for Mateo Kovacic.

Inter are also in the market for Arturo Vidal, but the Chilean’s transfer may not materialise if they get Modric.

Levante 0:2 Betis 2018- Los Verdiblancos push Granotas closer to the drop

Real Betis became only the second side to win away from home in Round 25 as they beat Levante 2:0 at the Estadio Ciudad de Valencia. The win saw the Andalusians leapfrog the likes of Eibar, Girona and Getafe in the league standings and move to seventh, just three below a Europa League spot.

In the ten games played in Round 25, Atleti (away at Sevilla) were the only team to triumph on the road apart from Los Verdiblancos, who won thanks to two second half goals- the first an own goal from Levante’s Chema (55), the other coming from Sergio Leon (69).

With Las Palmas and Deportivo both picking up points over the weekend, Levante are now just one point above the drop zone. The Granotas have now gone three months without a league win, and their only triumph in 2018 came in the Copa against Espanyol.

Betis are at home to Real Sociedad in their next fixture while Levante will be away at Alaves.

La Liga Flops 2017-18 | Worst players in La Liga 2017-2018 voted by fans

With one half of the La Liga season done and dusted, here are the worst/most disappointing players (aka Flop XI) from the 17/18 La Liga season as voted by fans in Spanish newspaper Marca. Please note that this flop XI is for the first half of the 2017/18 season.

Not surprisingly, the list is dominated by Real Madrid players, with four of them (Achraf, Marcelo, Benzema and Ronaldo), in the XI. The list also contains two Las Palmas players (Chichizola and Lemos), again no surprise given that LPA have the worst defensive record in the league, and one each from Atletico, Alaves (Zinedine Zidane’s son Enzo), Valencia, Villarreal and Barcelona Continue reading La Liga Flops 2017-18 | Worst players in La Liga 2017-2018 voted by fans

Valencia sign Francis Coquelin from Arsenal

Valencia have confirmed the signing of midfielder Francis Coquelin from Arsenal. The 26 year old has chosen to pursue his career in Spain, with Los Che hoping that his acquisition help them maintain their current impressive progress.

Coquelin was at his best for the Gunners when paired with Santi Cazorla (with some fans maintaining him to be better DM than Nemanja Matic back then) , although his form this season hasn’t been anything to crow about. The 26 year old joined the Gunners as a teenager back in 2008 and made his debut in the Gunners’ infamous 8-2 loss at the hands of Manchester United at Old Trafford. In nearly a decade at the Emirates Stadium, he made a little over 150 appearances for the Gunners.

Coquelin has had previous loan stints with Lorient, Freiburg and Charlton. He was the subject of interest of several domestic clubs, most notably West Ham, but has opted for a move south to the Mestalla on a four and a half year deal, with £12m the reported transfer fee. He will have a buyout clause of 80 million euros.

The move also re-unites Coquelin with his former Arsenal teammate Gabriel Paulista

Coquelin Valencia