Live Real Madrid blog: Prospect of Thibaut Courtois signing for Real Madrid this summer diminishes

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Hola everyone, David Cooper here. Welcome to Friday’s Real Madrid blog where we will be keeping you up to date on all the latest news, features and gossip from the Santiago Bernabeu.

Follow our updates below…

11:42pm: Prospect of Thibaut Courtois signing for Real Madrid this summer diminishes

The prospect of Thibaut Courtois signing for Real Madrid this summer is becoming less and less, Marca reports.

The deal hinges on Chelsea and given the Blues have yet to find a suitable No1 replacement who could fill Courtois’s boots, the Belgian is set to stay put in west London.
Read more on this story here.

9:51pm: Julen Lopetegui weighs in on Cristiano Ronaldo departure

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New manager Julen Lopetegui has weighed in on the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo for the first time since the Portuguese star’s shock transfer to Juventus.

Ronaldo’s departure has left a huge hole for Madrid to fill. However, Lopetegui says he’s relishing the challenge of leading the side into a new era.

Read more on this piece here.

8:35pm: Julen Lopetegui reassures No1 Keylor Navas of his place

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Real Madrid are continually being linked with a new goalkeeper in this transfer window but new manager Julen Lopetegui says he has spoken to incumbent No1 Keylor Navas and reassured him of his place.

Read more about Navas here.

7:49pm: Julen Lopetegui “delighted” with his team’s pre-season preparations

How will Lopetegui handle the pressure of the post-Ronaldo era?

How will Lopetegui handle the pressure of the post-Ronaldo era?

Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui says he is “delighted” with his team’s preparations during a pre-season that has been marred by players being absent due to the World Cup.

Read more on what the boss had to say here.

7:01pm: Bale needs to show he can be the star now Ronaldo’s gone

Bale has to prove he can be the star player at a club of Madrid's stature.

Bale has to prove he can be the star player at a club of Madrid’s stature.

Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo were teammates until a month ago. Now, two players whose careers have been intertwined for the last five seasons have stages to themselves – and with that, the responsibility to deliver.

At Real Madrid, Bale needs to show he can be the star now Ronaldo’s gone. For Ronaldo, a change of club after a shock transfer to Juventus comes with the pressure of delivering European club football’s biggest trophy.
Read Aditya Devavrat’s piece here.

4:37pm: Real Madrid players said to be unhappy with Sergio Ramos’ extended summer holiday

Ramos of Real Madrid celebrates with Rafael Varane

Sergio Ramos is an integral figure to Real Madrid, but several of his teammates are said to be unhappy about the club allowing the captain to extend his summer break for the second successive year.

Read more on this story here.

4:19pm: Chelsea join race for Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic

Wanted man: Mateo Kovacic.

Wanted man: Mateo Kovacic.

Chelsea are the latest club to pursue Mateo Kovacic after the Real Madrid midfielder turned down Manchester United, Italian outlet CalcioMercato claim.

Read on here.

12:00pm: Agent of Thibaut Courtois turns up heat on Chelsea

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It’s a transfer saga that has rumbled on since the World Cup was done and dusted and now Christophe Henrotay, agent of Thibaut Courtois, has revealed that Real Madrid have made a concrete offer for their client.

But so far that’s not enough for Chelsea – read more here.

10:54am: Real Madrid arrive in Washington ahead of clash with Juventus

Los Blancos have touched down in Washington D.C. for their next match in the International Champions Cup, against Juventus at FedEx Field, the home of the NFL team the Washington Redskins

Real will be looking to bounce back from their 2-1 loss to Manchester United in Miami on Wednesday, in new manager Julen Lopetegui’s first match in charge.

Consternation was building around Sergio Ramos’ late return from his holiday but to the relief of Madrid fans the no-nonsense defender is finally back with the team in time for tonight’s match (Kick-off: 02:00 Sunday UAE Time).

One player who won’t be lining up for Juventus is new signing Cristiano Ronaldo, who recently unfollowed Los Blancos on instagram.

As you’ll see below the fans were out in force to welcome Madrid to the US capital.



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