Lucas Silva is unlikely to join Real Madrid in January with the Spanish giants not planning to make any moves in the winter transfer market.
The Cruzeiro midfielder has been strongly linked with a transfer to the Bernabeu in recent months.
However, the Brazil Under-21 starlet, who has a 15million euro (£11.8million) price tag, will have to wait until the summer if he is to join the European champions.
“Unless there are extraordinary circumstances, we will not bring reinforcements in the winter transfer market,” Real Madrid president Florentino Perez told Spanish radio station Cadena Ser. “Right now there are none.
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti is almost certain to be offered a contract extension this summer, according to club president Florentino Perez.
The Italian tactician’s current deal expires in June 2016 and Real have indicated they want Ancelotti to continue in charge.
“We will be delighted to renew Ancelotti’s contract,” Perez told Spanish radio station Cadena Ser. “I’m sure there will be no problem with Ancelotti’s renewal, but this will be negotiated at the end of the season.
“We only speak about renewing contracts at the start or at the end of the season.”
Manchester United target Diego Godin has dealt the club a big blow after revealing he has no intentions to leave Atletico Madrid in the near future.
Louis van Gaal had been hoping to snap the 28-year-old up to add some more muscle to his defence after the Uruguayan impressed for Diego Simone’s side. However, speaking to reporters, Godin claims he wants to stay with Atleti:
“At this point, I feel that I’m in the best time of my career and I still see my retirement very far. I would like to stay many years here (at Atletico Madrid).
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Villarreal emphatically booked their spot in the last 16 of the Copa del Rey after a 3-0 victory over Cadiz lifted them to a 5-1 aggregate triumph on Wednesday.
Lower league Cadiz would still have had hope of upsetting the odds when they went into half-time of their second leg encounter goalless. But that was snuffed out by Manuel Trigueros’ 56th-minute strike while Gerard Moreno’s late brace put an impressive stamp on proceedings.
It was a fifth consecutive win in all competitions for the Yellow Submarine, who were joined in the next round by Getafe, Granada, Real Sociedad, Espanyol and Levante.
Pedro gave Barcelona coach Luis Enrique a reminder of his talents on Tuesday with a hat-trick in the Spanish giant’s 8-1 second leg thrashing of third tier Huesca to secure a 12-1 aggregate win in their last 32 Copa del Rey tie.
Pedro, who has largely been relegated to the bench for Liga and UEFA Champions League games since Uruguayan Luis Suarez’ long suspension ended, scored with a header, despite being off balance, a neat left-footed shot and then a bullet of a right-foot effort all the goals coming in a 23 minute period of the first-half. The treble took his tally for the season to five.
Real Madrid proved too strong for CONCACAF Champions League holders Cruz Azul when they defeated the Mexican side 4-0 in their FIFA Club World Cup semi-final.
Real Madrid made it 21 consecutive wins in competitive matches as they triumphed comfortably in what was their first ever official meeting with Cruz Azul. First-half goals from Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema gave Madrid the commanding lead. Goalkeeper Iker Casillas saved Cruz Azul captain Gerardo Torrado’s penalty before the break to thwart any potential comeback from the Mexican side.
Real Madrid’s Club World Cup semi-final clash with Cruz Azul has been moved to Marrakech due to a waterlogged pitch in Rabat.
The Mexican side reached the competition’s final four courtesy of a 3-1 extra-time victory over Western Sydney Wanderers in torrential conditions in Rabat on Saturday.
Iacopo La Rocca looked to have put the A-League side through, but Matthew Spiranovic’s sending-off left them short and Gerardo Torrado’s 89th-minute penalty took the contest to extra-time.
Spiranovic’s defensive partner Nikolai Topor-Stanley was also dismissed in the additional periods as Mariano Pavone’s strike and another Torrado spot-kick did the damage.
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Barcelona captain Xavi rued his side’s missed chances as they were held to a goalless draw against Getafe at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez, with the veteran playmaker describing the result as “a step backwards”. Luis Enrique’s men, who had won their previous eight matches in all competitions, slipped four points behind Spanish La Liga leaders Real Madrid after failing to find the breakthrough against mid-table Getafe.
The result means Real are guaranteed to be top of the table at Christmas, while Atletico Madrid could go level on points with Barcelona if they beat Villarreal on Sunday.
Barcelona slipped four points behind Spanish La Liga leaders Real Madrid after drawing a blank on a damp and luckless afternoon at Getafe. Luis Enrique’s side could even have lost the game in the final seconds of stoppage time as substitute Alvaro Vazquez muscled his way towards goal, but the final whistle was blown before the striker could get his shot away, with the game ending 0-0.
The closest the Catalans came to scoring was from a Lionel Messi free-kick that hit the woodwork. The result means Real Madrid are guaranteed to be top of the table at Christmas, while Atletico Madrid could go level on points with Barça if they beat Villarreal on Sunday.
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Two late Cristiano Ronaldo goals helped Real Madrid make it 20 consecutive victories in all competitions as they saw off Almeria 4-1 at the Estadio de los Juegos Mediterraneos.
In their final La Liga game of 2014, Los Blancos stretched their lead over Barcelona, who travel to Getafe on Saturday, at the top of the table to five points. First-half goals from Isco and Gareth Bale either side of Verza’s stunning equaliser sent the visitors in ahead at half-time, but they needed a big save from captain Iker Casillas when he parried Verza’s penalty on the hour mark. Ronaldo then sealed the win when he turned home crosses from Karim Benzema and Dani Carvajal to take his La Liga tally to 25 goals this season.