Khedira would be perfect for Bayern, says Beckenbauer

The dynamic midfielder has been linked with a move away from Madrid and the ex-Germany star would welcome him with open arms at the Allianz Arena

Bayern Munich honorary president Franz Beckenbauer believes Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira would be a perfect signing for the Bundesliga champions.

Khedira has recently been linked with a return to Germany, while Arsenal and Chelsea are also keeping tabs on the midfielder’s situation as his future at Madrid remains uncertain.

Beckenbauer believes the midfielder would be a great addition to the Bayern squad and would be a suitable partner for Bastian Schweinsteiger or Philipp Lahm.

“Khedira would fit in in any team. He would fit in very well at Bayern, too,” Beckenbauer was quoted as saying by Sport Bild.

“He is incredibly strong in the No.6 position. He could play alongside Philipp Lahm or Bastian Schweinsteiger. That would be perfect.

“It doesn’t matter that he lacks a bit of speed. In midfield, it’s all about the willingness to run rather than about speed.”

Khedira joined Madrid from Stuttgart in the summer of 2010 and has since made close to 100 La Liga appearances for the Santiago Bernabeu side.

He faces stiff competition for places in midfield, though, with Xabi Alonso, Luka Modric, Illarra and Toni Kroos all capable of playing in his position and could therefore be on his way out of Madrid.

The 27-year-old has a contract at the Bernabeu until June 2015.


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Modric signs Real Madrid extension until 2018

The Champions League holders have revealed that the influential midfielder has signed a new four-year contract

Real Madrid have announced on their official website that they have reached an agreement with Luka Modric over a contract extension until the summer of 2018.

The Croatia international’s previous deal was due to expire in June 2017, but he has now signed a new and improved contract that will keep him at the club for one additional season.

“Real Madrid C.F. announce the extension of Luka Modric’s contract, linking him to the club for the next four seasons,” a Madrid statement reads.

The 28-year-old joined the Santiago Bernabeu side from Tottenham Hotspur in the summer of 2012 and has since developed into a key player at the Champions League holders.

Modric has made over 100 official appearances in all competitions for Madrid, winning the Supercopa de Espana, Copa del Rey, Champions League and European Super Cup during his spell at the Bernabeu so far.

The midfielder previously wore the jerseys of Dinamo Zagreb, Zrinjski and Inter Zapresic before signing for Spurs in 2008.


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There's more to come this season, warns James

The Colombia international is confident that he will find the net on a regular basis this term and hopes Cristiano Ronaldo will soon return to the pitch

James Rodriguez has voiced his delight with his goal in Real Madrid’s 1-1 Supercopa de Espana draw against Atletico Madrid and has warned that he will only get better in the weeks to come.

The former Monaco star came off the bench at half-time to replace Cristiano Ronaldo – who had picked up a knock in the opening 45 minutes – and opened the scoring in the 81st minute, only for Raul Garcia to restore parity in the closing stages of the game.

“I’m happy because it is day I had dreamed of. I’m getting there bit by bit and training session by training session. I’m improving. Hopefully I can score many more goals,” James told the official Madrid website.

“I scored a goal, but we wanted to win and that wasn’t to be. The victory was within reach, but now we have to go out to win in the Calderon. We have to be patient, look for spaces, pass the ball and try to score there.

“As a great team we have to go out to win no matter what. Hopefully I can score again in the Calderon and try to help my team win there.”

The Colombia star added he hopes to see Ronaldo return to action swiftly after he was withdrawn with a muscle complaint.

“Cristiano just felt something during the match, hopefully it’s not significant.”


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Alonso: It's easy to play with Kroos

The midfielder believes his new team-mate to be a superb signing for Real Madrid and claims the Spanish Supercup remains wide open after the first-leg draw

Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso says he finds it “easy” to play alongside new team-mate Toni Kroos.

Kroos enjoyed a strong game for Madrid as he started alongside the Spain veteran in the 1-1 Supercopa de Espana first-leg draw against Atletico Madrid.

Kroos almost scored in the second half, volleying over the bar, before playing a part in James Rodriguez’s scrappy goal, and Alonso stated after the match that the Germany international will prove a valuable acquisition for the club.

“It’s easy to play with big players like him,” Alonso was quoted as saying by AS.

“Despite his youth he has experience at the highest level and is a great signing for the club.”

James’s 81st-minute opener was cancelled out by Raul Garcia’s goal as Atletico took the upper hand heading into Friday’s Supercopa second leg but Alonso maintains the tie is still wide open.

“They [Atletico] demanded a lot of us and are very compact. It’s a strategy they’re good at,” he added.

“They drew level and it could have been a better result for us but it’s still open for the return.”


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Di Maria is Madrid's best player, says Simeone

The Argentine coach, who saw his side snatch a late 1-1 draw at the Santiago Bernabeu, claims the unsettled winger is Real’s finest footballer

Atletico boss Diego Simeone says Angel Di Maria is Real Madrid’s best player and believes the Argentine’s introduction changed the first leg of the Spanish Supercopa on Tuesday night.

Di Maria was left on the bench by Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti for the second time in a row this term, but came on for Luka Modric with 12 minutes remaining and immediately caused havoc in the visitors’ defence.

The 26-year-old winger, who is unsettled following the summer signing of James Rodriguez and may still leave the club this summer, was not directly involved as the Colombian opened the scoring but gave life to a previously sterile Madrid attack and the goal arrived just three minutes after his introduction.

“The game changed with Di Maria,” Simeone said afterwards. “It’s logical – he’s the best player they have.”

Asked if he really believes his compatriot to be Madrid’s finest footballer, the Atleti coach added: “He’s the player most likely to create openings in the opposition half.”

Madrid’s lead lasted just six minutes, however, as Raul Garcia levelled from a corner late in the game.

“Thanks to the goal we have a 50 per cent chance in the home game on Friday,” Simeone said. “It’s 50-50 because Madrid always score goals and thinking about a 0-0 draw won’t be good.

“We set up the game to play to our characteristics and the match was more how we wanted it than how they wanted it.”

Summer signing Mario Mandzukic missed a couple of decent chances for Atleti, but Simeone was pleased with the former Bayern Munich man’s overall contribution.

“He did some great work for the team defensively,” the Argentine said. “We want Mandzukic and Raul [Jimenez] to block the counterattacks. The team was compact, it worked fairly well.”


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