Arjen Robben said politics at Real Madrid, and not just Cristiano Ronaldo's arrival, forced him to suffer a ‘difficult’ exit from the club, but added his subsequent move to Bayern Munich was the best decision of his career.
Zinedine Zidane endeavored to assure fans that he will have the last call on who starts for Real Madrid, responding to reports that Keylor Navas will look for a new club in the summer after being told he will play second fiddle to Thibaut Courtois next season.
Spanish media on Tuesday hailed Zinedine Zidane's surprising restoration as Real Madrid coach as the "return of the hero" and said the "savior" was also the "last shot" of the struggling European champion.
Usually if Real Madrid suffered back-to-back Clásico defeats to a table-topping Barcelona side at the Santiago Bernabeu, and then a Champions League elimination at home to – and this is meant only in terms of finance and expectation – relative minnows, you would fear for the manager’s future.
Barcelona was hailed as La Liga champion-elect in the Catalan media after its 1-0 win at Real Madrid on Saturday, while the capital’s press called for sweeping changes at Real after another domestic failure.
Real Madrid’s resurgent La Liga run skidded to a halt as it fell to a shock 2-1 defeat at home by struggling Girona on Sunday in which captain Sergio Ramos was sent off in added time, leaving the Spanish giant nine points adrift of leader Barcelona.