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Arsene Wenger EXCLUSIVE: Former Arsenal manager rules himself out of Real Madrid job

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has ruled himself out of taking over at Real Madrid, saying he is not planning to return to football until next year.

The Frenchman has been just one of the top bosses linked with the role since the Spanish giants sacked Julen Lopetegui on Monday following their humiliating 5-1 Clasico defeat to Barcelona.

Tottenham’s Maurico Pochettino and former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte have been the two managers most strongly linked with the role, although it is now claimed Conte is out of the running.

Roberto Martinez is another candidate, while Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has also been linked with a shock move back to the Bernabeu.

Wenger has been tentatively linked with the role, having yet to make his return to management since leaving Arsenal at the end of last season after 22 years in charge.

Wenger says farewell to fans in his last game in charge of Arsenal last season
 

But the 69-year-old has ruled himself out of the Los Blancos role, telling talkSPORT he is not looking to take another job until after the New Year.

Speaking at the launch of former Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein’s ‘Twinning Project’ initiative at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday, Wenger said: “Look, I am not the Real Madrid manager, I am here today to support David Dein.

“Overall I don’t know what I will do next year, but I will be back in football and back in sport.

“I have huge experience and a huge desire to share what I know about the game and what is important in the game with people who need it.

“Where? I don’t know, but only in the New Year.”

Listen to Arsene Wenger’s response to links with the Real Madrid job above

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Atletico Madrid star Lucas Hernandez reveals he turned down ‘impossible’ summer transfer to Real Madrid

Atletico Madrid defender Lucas Hernandez has revealed he turned down an offer to join rivals Real Madrid during the summer, according to RMC Sport.

Lucas signed a new long-term deal at Atleti until 2024 but last summer his brother Theo moved from the club to Madrid in a £22m deal.

Atletico Madrid superstar Lucas Hernandez
 

Despite consistent speculation linking the 22-year-old with a move to Bernabeu too, the France international and World Cup 2018 winner stayed loyal to Atletico and has since admitted a move across the capital would have been “impossible”.

Hernandez said: “My agent said to me about the offer.

“He told me there was an opportunity to join Real Madrid and I did not need to think to say that it was not a possibility, because I could not do that.”

“Atletico are the club of my life, they have given me everything and for those reasons it would be impossible for me to join Madrid.

“I want to stay here for many years, who knows what will happen in the future if an offer comes on but that move would not have happened.”

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Real Madrid are monitoring Raheem Sterling’s situation at Manchester City as the 23-year-old England forward enters the final two years of his contract. (ESPN)

Real Madrid are monitoring Raheem Sterling‘s situation at Manchester City as the 23-year-old England forward enters the final two years of his contract. (ESPN)

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – JANUARY 02: Raheem Sterling of Manchester City celebrates after scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Watford at Etihad Stadium on January 2, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

 

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Real Madrid make Tottenham Hotspur star Christian Eriksen No.1 transfer target ahead of ahead of Eden Hazard – reports

Real Madrid have made Tottenham Hotspur star Christian Eriksen their ‘number one transfer target’, according to reports in Spain.

Although Los Blancos reportedly have had their eye on Spurs teammate Harry Kane in the past, it seems as though Eriksen is now their main priority.

Eriksen celebrates scoring at the San Siro last month
 

The Denmark international has been in excellent form for Spurs so far this season, scoring once in eight appearances and he continues to be closely monitored by Europe’s biggest clubs.

The 26-year-old has been linked with Barcelona in the past, but continually pledged his long-term future to Spurs.

Spurs are bracing themselves for renewed interest in their star midfielder next summer and Real Madrid are reportedly plotting their move.

According to Cadena Cope, The Bernabeu giants have made Eriksen top end of season target, in a bid to beat Barca to his signature.

The news will be greatly received in west London, with Chelsea talisman Eden Hazard recently declaring he is still interested in signing for the Champions League holders.

Chelsea winger Eden Hazard has been on scintillating form this season.
 

However, it is understood Real see Eriksen asa more realistic target.

Eriksen joined Spurs from Dutch club Ajax in the summer of 2013 and has scored 57 goals in 232 appearances since, while winning 83 caps for Denmark.

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Eden Hazard urged to stay at Chelsea by golfing great Justin Rose

Eden Hazard has been urged to stick with Chelsea by Ryder Cup-winning golfer Justin Rose.

In-form forward Hazard cast fresh doubt on his Stamford Bridge future by admitting it has been a dream of his to play for Real Madrid.

World number two Rose, a big Blues fan, hopes the Belgium international opts to stay with Maurizio Sarri’s side.

Hazard has been in scintillating for this season
 

Asked if he had a message for the Ballon d’Or nominee, Rose told Sky Sports News: “Stay. He’s obviously been unbelievable, hasn’t he?

“He’s a player that I think even if you’re not a Chelsea fan you enjoy watching him play football, he’s incredible.

“He does so much for us and when he’s engaged mentally and if he has a good reason to stay he’ll be unbelievable for us still in the future.

“Hopefully they can entice him to (stay) and keep him motivated.”

Hazard, who has two years left on his Chelsea contract, was heavily linked with a move to Madrid after the World Cup.

The 27-year-old has begun the season in sensational style for Sarri’s unbeaten team, topping the Premier League scoring charts with seven goals following Sunday’s win at Southampton.

However, uncertainty again surrounds his future after he revealed he is torn between signing a new deal in west London and moving to the Spanish capital, having described Real as the “best club in the world”.

Rose is a massive Chelsea fan
 

“I don’t want to say: ‘Yes, I am signing a new contract’ and then in the end I don’t end up signing,” he was quoted as saying in several national newspapers on Monday.

“So I will see. Sometimes in my head, I wake up in the morning and think I want to go.

“Sometimes I think I want to stay. It is a hard decision. It is my future.

“Real Madrid is the best club in the world. I don’t want to lie today.

“It is my dream since I was a kid. I was dreaming about this club. We will see.

“I don’t want to talk about this every day. I don’t have time, but we will talk about my future soon. I think so.”

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‘Losing Eden Hazard would be a DISASTER for Chelsea’, says Harry Redknapp on talkSPORT

Harry Redknapp has told talkSPORT Chelsea would immediately become a lesser team if Eden Hazard leave the club to join Real Madrid.

The Blues talisman recently admitted that he constantly wrestling in his mind over where his future lies – Stamford Bridge or the Bernabeu.

Hazard is torn between staying at Chelsea or moving to Real Madrid
 

Speaking on international duty, Belgium star Hazard told the media: “Sometimes in my head, I wake up in the morning and think I want to go. Sometimes I think I want to stay. It is a hard decision. It is my future. I am 27 and I will turn 28 in January.”

Real are expected to make a move for Hazard either in January or next summer, and many feel his self-confessed ‘dream’ move to the Spanish giants is inevitable.

Others believe he could be persuaded to remain at Chelsea, but Redknapp says there is little the London club will be able to do.

And he claims losing Hazard would be a ‘DISASTER’ for the Blues, who are ‘not the same team without him’.

“He’s won it and done it all at Chelsea and, if Real Madrid come, it’ll be difficult to hang onto him in all honesty,” the former Tottenham boss said on Tuesday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.

“If they lose him it’s a massive blow. They’ve started the season in great form. They’ve put themselves in a good position where they can be challenging.

Hazard has been on fire for Chelsea so far this season – with eight goals and three assists in ten appearances
 

“A lot of people at the start of the season probably didn’t fancy Chelsea as contenders, but the start they’ve had puts them in the picture.

“So to lose Hazard would be a disaster. Without him they’re nowhere near the same team – he’s that good.

“They’ve got to do everything in their power to hang onto him, but at the end of the day it’s going to be down to the player.

“It will be difficult to hang onto him when Real Madrid come calling.”

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‘Chelsea should offer Eden Hazard £750,000-a-week to make him stay’, says Jason Cundy on talkSPORT

Former Chelsea defender Jason Cundy has told the club to make Eden Hazard the highest paid player in world football in an effort to convince him to stay, saying the Belgian star is ‘irreplaceable’.

Hazard recently admitted he is still struggling over where his future lies, having decided to remain at Stamford Bridge this summer despite strong interest from Real Madrid.

Jason Cundy has told Chelsea to offer Eden Hazard HUGE wages to make him stay in London
 

“Sometimes in my head, I wake up in the morning and think I want to go – sometimes I think I want to stay,” Hazard told the media whilst on international duty.

The 27-year-old also revealed it is his ‘dream’ to pull on a Los Blancos shirt, and it is expected Real will make another bid for the Blues star either in January or next summer.

But while some feel Hazard’s move to LaLiga is inevitable, Cundy believes the Stamford Bridge hero can be persuaded to sign a new deal with Chelsea.

Asked about Hazard’s comments while away with Belgium, The Sports Bar host said: “I think it’s a very open and a very honest statement. He’s a lovely lad and he doesn’t cause problems.

“As Chelsea fans we’ve got to accept he’s not a west London boy and he wants to play for Real Madrid.

“If they come in with a big enough offer, I think we have to accept that there is a time and a place in a player’s career and he wants to go on and play for one of the biggest clubs, if not THE biggest club, in world football.

Hazard has been on fire for Chelsea so far this season – with eight goals and three assists in ten appearances
 

“But, from my point of view, I want him to stay – of course I do.

“It’s a really horrible situation for the club because he’s playing well and he’s clearly happy right now, but he has ambitions to go on a do something.”

“I would make him the highest paid player in the world.

“I would give him £650k, £700k, £750k-a-week. Why not? Tell me why not?

“To replace him… you can’t replace him!

“What’s he worth on the open market, say £150million? You’re not going to be able to replace him!”

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‘Eden Hazard would be a MASSIVE player for Real Madrid’ – Chelsea star’s move to Spain is inevitable, says Danny Higginbotham

It’s only a matter of time before Eden Hazard leaves Chelsea to make his dream move to Real Madrid, believes Danny Higginbotham.

The former Premier League defender has told talkSPORT the Blues can do little to prevent their Belgian wizard from following the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Suarez, Philippe Coutinho and Gareth Bale to the Spanish top flight.

Hazard has been on fire for Chelsea so far this season
 

Ballon d’Or nominee Hazard has recently admitted he is still struggling to decide where his future lies.

The 27-year-old flyer was widely expected to leave Stamford Bridge when he returned from a successful World Cup, but he ended up staying with the Blues.


“Sometimes I think I want to go, sometimes I think I want to stay” – Hazard unsure of future


And he has somehow got even better for Chelsea this season under new manager Maurizio Sarri, with his newfound freedom seeing him claim eight goals and three assists in ten appearances.

Losing the Belgian star would be a huge blow for Chelsea, but Higginbotham believes the lure of becoming Real’s latest Galactico will win out in the end.

Eden Hazard would be a massive player for Real Madrid,” the former defender-turned-pundit told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.

“He’s a phenomenal player and he’s only getting better all the time. He hasn’t even reached his peak.

Hazard is Chelsea’s talisman
 

“He’s been the best player in the Premier League this season and he’s really enjoying his football at Chelsea under Sarri. He has freedom playing on the left of a front three, he’s got a really good understanding and partnership with Olivier Giroud and it’s very fluid. It works for him.

“But, when a Real Madrid or Barcelona come calling, it’s very difficult to refuse.

“A lot of players’ dream destinations, especially foreign players who come to the Premier League, are Barcelona and Real Madrid.

“If Real Madrid were to come in for Hazard it would be very difficult to turn them away, no matter the size of the club you’re already playing for.

“You only have to look at the examples – Ronaldo, Suarez, Courtois, Coutinho, Bale…

Could Hazard join fellow Belgian and former Chelsea team-mate Thibaut Courtois at Real Madrid?
 

“I honestly thought Hazard was going to go in the summer.

“But Hazard is a player where Real Madrid, like they did with Ronaldo, could say, ‘It’s OK, we’ll wait for you’.”

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Harry Kane transfer latest: Tottenham star tops Real Madrid’s shortlist as La Liga giants target new striker

Real Madrid have renewed their interest in Tottenham star Harry Kane heading into the January transfer window, according to reports.

Kane has been a long-term target of Real’s, who have viewed the England forward as the latest Galactico to bring to the Bernabeu.

Kane has scored six times this season
 

And Florentino Perez, the Real president, has given orders for club officials to find two players that can improve Julen Lopetegui’s squad in January, following Los Blancos’ poor start to the season.

Real have won just four of their eight league matches so far to sit fourth in La Liga, while they also suffered a shock defeat in their second Champions League group stage match to increase doubts they may struggle to progress to the knockout rounds.

Real appear to be struggling without Cristiano Ronaldo, who left for Juventus earlier this year, and Perez wants to bring in a pair of players to replace the Portuguese’s influence.

And, according to El Confidencial, Kane has been placed at the top of Real’s shortlist – with the club confident they could perhaps sign him when the transfer window reopens in January.

Madrid believe Spurs’ struggles in the Champions League – they’ve lost both their opening two matches – could open the door to a move for Kane, as Tottenham would suffer a ‘serious economic stumble’ by failing to reach the latter stages of Europe’s premier club competition.

Furthermore, due to new UEFA regulations, Kane WOULD be allowed to play for Real in European competition this season despite already playing for Spurs; playing for two clubs in the same Champions League season was previously not allowed.

Kane netted a fine goal in Barcelona’s defeat of Spurs earlier this month
 

RB Leipzig and Germany forward Timo Werner, 22, is named in the report as an alternate target for Real should a move for Kane prove impossible. while the Madrid club continue to hold interest in Eden Hazard, the Chelsea forward.

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Real Madrid want to sign Tottenham and England striker Harry Kane, but may be put off by the 25-year-old’s £200m price tag. (El Confidencial – in Spanish)

Real Madrid want to sign Tottenham and England striker Harry Kane, but may be put off by the 25-year-old’s £200m price tag. (El Confidencial – in Spanish)

 

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