Pepe ruled out of Getafe clash

Pepe lesionado

Pepe, tras el choque con Casillas

Real Madrid defender Pepe has been forced out of his side’s clash with Getafe on Sunday because of the concussion he sustained during Los Blancos’ season opener against Valencia on August 19.

The Portugual star was involved in a clash of heads with club captain Iker Casillas as Mauricio Pellegrino’s side took a corner, and left the pitch soon after.

He was subsequently made to miss Thursday’s 3-2 Clasico defeat to Barcelona through concussion, but has since begun full training and was widely expected to be fit in time for the Madrid derby.

Raul Albiol started in his stead against the Catalans, and the Spain international, along with Raphael Varane, will compete for a place in Jose Mourinho’s starting line-up at the Alfonso Perez.

Meanwhile, there is no place in the squad for duo Ricardo Carvalho or Kaka, who are widely expected to leave the Bernabeu before the transfer window’s end on Friday.

Getafe and Real Madrid kick off at 21:00CET on Sunday.

Liverpool sign Sahin on season-long loan from Real Madrid

Liverpool have completed the signing of Real Madrid midfielder Nuri Sahin on a season-long loan deal.

Sahin passed a medical at the Reds’ Melwood training ground before putting pen to paper on a move which will see him spend the rest of the current campaign at Anfield.

Arsenal were initially thought to be favourites to secure the services of Sahin and were in advanced negotiations, but interest from Arsene Wenger reportedly cooled to allow Liverpool to capture the Turkey international’s signature.

“I am happy to be here and I am looking forward to playing for Liverpool,” he told the club’s official website.

“It makes me proud to have joined such a big club like Liverpool.

“After the first conversation we had, I was left impressed by Brendan Rodgers. He told me about how he wants to play football and what the goals are he wants to reach with Liverpool.

“I am looking forward to meeting the fans. I hope it will be a nice year with trophies.”

Sahin revealed Real Madrid team-mate and former Liverpool star Xabi Alonso played a significant role in persuading him to make the switch to Anfield.

“When he heard Liverpool were interested in me, he started telling me about Liverpool,” he added. “He is still in love with Liverpool, I think!

“He was saying, ‘Go there, you will love it. The fans will take care of you and love you’ and things like that. He said Anfield is the best stadium in the world.

“Xabi won a lot of trophies here, and hopefully we can do that too.”

Sahin says he is relishing the prospect of playing for the Merseyside giants – and particularly captain Steven Gerrard, whom he greatly admires.

“Steven Gerrard is a huge name, not only in Liverpool but in world football,” he continued. “I am looking forward to playing with him – I’ve played against him once.

“There are many other players that I could name – I could start from number one to 25. I know them all, not personally, but I know how they play football and what the style of Liverpool is.

“I am looking forward to meeting them all. If I have to choose one name, it would be Steven Gerrard – but it is not only Gerrard.”

Former Dortmund ace Sahin will wear the No.4 shirt at Anfield.

'Koeman, Stoitchkov, Romario & Laudrup were good homegrown players' – Mourinho hits back at Cruyff with 'Dream Team' jibe

Jose Mourinho - Real Madrid / Shinichiro Ema

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has launched a stinging attack on Johan Cruyff, after the former Barcelona boss mocked the Blancos‘ lack of homegrown talent.

The 49-year-old was in a belligerent mood as he spoke to the press on Saturday afternoon, and moved to mock the Dutchman’s ‘Dream Team’ of the early 90s.

“Would I like to have as many homegrown players as Barcelona?” he asked sarcastically. “The more young players I have in my team, the better. The more players from the academy, the better.

“But I like how you asked the question. The other day, someone who was a homegrown European champion spoke, and he won with homegrown players such as [Ronald] Koeman, [Hristo] Stoichkov, Romario and [Michael] Laudrup. Those were good homegrown players, yes.”

After belittling the Blaugrana great, Mourinho moved onto his own team and explained the future of Kaka, after the Brazil international was linked with former club AC Milan.

“Kaka is better positioned to answer a question about his future than I am. If Kaka is here on August 31, I will respect that.”

He then went on to praise Fabio Coentrao after the youngster garnered criticism for his performance against Barcelona in the Supercopa on Thursday.

“The last game Coentrao played was perfect. And when I say perfect, I mean perfect. You think that he did not do well, I say otherwise. And my opinion is the one that counts.”

Focusing on the next league game against Getafe, Mourinho said: “Sunday’s game against Getafe is the most important. Once that is done, then we’ll think about Barcelona.

“I like the [Getafe] coach Luis Garcia. I like how organised his teams are and how he puts them into practice. I admire his work.

“Since arriving in Spain, I have always had tough games against Getafe. Sunday will be the same.”

The Portuguese tactician concluded the interview by confirming that Pepe has returned from injury: “Pepe trained yesterday, and felt good,” he said. “We will decide today if he can play against Getafe.”

Cartoon of the Day: Liverpool beat Arsenal in Sahin tug of war

Liverpool have beaten Arsenal in their tug of war for Real Madrid midfielder Nuri Sahin.

The Turkish 23-year-old looked at one point to be heading to the Emirates Stadium, but Brendan Rodgers pushed (or pulled, in this instance) for the deal harder, and a season-long loan is Anfield’s reward!

Can you see Sahin thriving under Rodgers’ tutelage? Or do you think the former Borussia Dortmund star will rue not choosing Arsene Wenger’s squad as his temporary team-mates?

Liverpool beat Arsenal in Sahin tug of war

AC Milan CEO Galliani to travel to Madrid for Kaka talks

AC Milan remain hopeful of securing the services of Real Madrid playmaker Kaka, as CEO Adriano Galliani is set to travel to the Spanish capital to discuss a potential summer move.

The Brazil international has long been linked with a return to the Rossoneri, but the Serie A outfit’s dire financial situation has made a potential transfer complicated.

Nevertheless, Milan have not given up hope of re-signing Kaka just yet, and will re-open talks in the upcoming days.

“I will travel to Madrid in the next few days. We will have to wait and see what is possible,” Galliani commented to Sky Sport Italia when questioned on a potential move for Kaka.

Milan are reportedly looking to sign the 30-year-old on a free one-year loan deal, and are willing to pay 50 per cent of the Brazilian’s annual €10 million salary.