Kaka and Carvalho named in Real Madrid Champions League squad

Jose Mourinho has named his squad for Real Madrid’s Champions League campaign, including both Ricardo Carvalho and Kaka, who were heavily linked with moves away from the club this summer.

New signing Luka Modric has been awarded a place, after his arrival from Tottenham, aswell as loan signing Michael Essien, who has rejoined his former manager from Chelsea.

Castilla players Nacho Fernandez and Denis Cheryshev also have been given a position in the squad.

Full squad list:

Iker Casillas
Jesus Fernandez
Sergio Ramos
Fabio Coentrao
Ricardo Carvalho
Alvaro Arbeloa
Raul Albiol
Nacho Fernandez
Sami Khedira
Mesut Ozil
Xabi Alonso
Michael Essien
Luka Modric
Jose Callejon
Di Maria
Denis Cheryshev
Cristiano Ronaldo
Karim Benzema
Gonzola Higuain

Barcelona is a happy club, says secretary Toni Freixa

Barcelona secretary Toni Freixa says Tito Vilanova’s camp is a happy one, in response to questions regarding the troubles of Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo in the Spanish capital.

Speaking during an announcement regarding the club’s finances, Freixa was asked whether Lionel Messi is treated better than Ronaldo, which he answered by stating that the Argentine star ‘deserves everything,’ while moving to insist a new contract was not yet in the offing for the player.

The Barca spokesman told those in attendance that ‘here at the club we are all very happy’, in contrast to Ronaldo’s recent media outburst.

The accounts revealed at the press conference showed revenue of €470 million and expenses of €427.29m, leaving the club an estimed profit of around €35.9m.

The previous year ended with a record profit of €48.8m. All of the figures given by Freixa have been approved by Barca’s board, but await ratification by the relevant authorities.

'He's a very experienced player, he will push forward' – Fabregas gives his verdict on Ronaldo

Barcelona’s Cesc Fabregas has backed Cristiano Ronaldo to recover from his unhappiness at Real Madrid and move on.

Both players have come in for criticism during the early stages of the new season but the former Arsenal midfielder declared that while the Portuguese may get past his current issues, the Liga will take many more dramatic turns.

“He’s a very experienced player, he’ll certainly push forward,” Fabregas told Radio Marca.

“Playing football is 95 per cent of the happiness of each [player]. Then each one will know what you want or deserve.

“Last year we won quite a lot of points, but then got to the match at Camp Nou, which they won. This [season] has just started and will take many twists and turns.”

Fabregas has been selected in the Spain squad for the forthcoming friendly fixture with Saudi Arabia on Friday September 8.

'The media cannot change things' – Iniesta on Ronaldo's Real Madrid problems

Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta has suggested that Cristiano Ronaldo’s decision to make his predicament at Real Madrid public may not be the best course of action.

The 28-year-old relunctantly spoke of the controversy whilst appearing on ‘El Larguero’ and stated that an alternative approach may have been more beneficial.

“Sometimes I have felt unfair things but my personality or my respect for my team-mates or coaches, or the education I had always made me wait for my chance and have confidence that in the future better things appear,” he explained.

“I never thought to get out in the media and crack, things would change. If you work well in the end, it all comes back.

“You must always try to think in general, globally, not just in a particular situation.”

Speculation has alleged that a disagreement with senior figures and team-mates at the club may be at the route of the 27-year-old’s problems and Iniesta  gave his view on the his experiences inside the dressing room.

“You must be better than your friend or your team-mate, butyou should never exceed the limits of your health. Rivalry is a healthy benefit of you and your team,” he continued.

“There are times when you are wrong but you must do your part to be better. Moments when things do not go well or you’re not playing well, there has to be calm, think about the team and better times to come.

“We’ve all gone through times like this.”

Ozil: If you play for Real Madrid, you learn to deal with critics

Mesut Ozil has revealed that he has learned to deal with criticism of his performances at Real Madrid and stated he is not worried by the arrival of Luka Modric.

The Germany international was picked out for below-par performances as Los Blancos failed to win their first three domestic games of the season and was replaced in the starting line-up by the former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder for the visit of Granada.

Nevertheless, the 23-year-old insisted that he is not phased by such issues as they are part and parcel of playing for one of the world’s biggest clubs.

“If you’re playing for Real, you have to live with these kind of of critics,” Ozil told Bild.

“And the way in which the Spanish media speaks is quite a bit tougher than in other countries. But we, as players for Real, learned to deal with this. If you can’t deal with it, you won’t make it with Real.
“Every Madrid player is always under pressure and has serious competition. Real have got a minimum of 18 players, not only 11. You get used to it. But it’s not about Ozil, Kaka or Modric…it’s all about Real.”

Ozil went on to offer his opinion as to why Madrid struggled in their opening games but affirmed that he and his team-mates will be firing on all cylinders soon enough.

“It is certain, Madrid aims for the highest goal. We as a team don’t have the right flow yet, but still it’s nothing lost. But we have to move and make progesses quickly.
“We are a little bit unlucky and don’t score enough goals. That’s the nature of football, to fight starting problems at the beginning of a season.”