Real Madrid website posts Modric profile

Real Madrid’s club website are seemingly prepared for the arrival of Luka Modric in the near future, after a tab was created for the Tottenham midfielder which listed him as a Madrid player.

Minutes after the profile was added to Los Blancos‘ official club website, it was hastily taken down, however the information had already been viewed by thousands.

Modric was described as a Real Madrid player from 2012, with his departure from White Hart Lane illustrated by a section which stated: “Tottenham (2008-2012).”

The Spanish giants have since claimed that a hacker was involved, which they say is to blame for the miscalculated incident.

Following no official confirmation from either club, the transfer is yet to be made public, however the Liga champions’ players have been vocal in their admiration of the Dinamo Zagreb man.

This follows on from the news that Marca had posted a picture of the Croatian in the Spanish capital on Tuesday, only for it to later emerge that the photograph had been taken two years ago.

I will be in perfect form very soon, warns Pepe after being ruled out of Supercopa

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Pepe, tras el choque con Casillas

Pepe has assured Real Madrid supporters that he will be back to full fitness “very soon”, after showing his appreciation for concerns about his recent head injury.

The centre-back picked up the knock in his side’s 1-1 draw with Valencia in the opening day of La Liga at the weekend, and spent Sunday night in hospital undergoing a series of examinations.

Even though all the tests came out negative, Pepe will not feature in the first leg of the Supercopa Espana tie against Barcelona on Thursday, but he has vowed to pay back everyone for their support.

“I appreciate the many displays of support that I have been shown in the last few days,” Pepe told reporters.

“I am flattered by the encouragement I have received since Sunday, especially from the fans of Real Madrid.

“I will be in perfect shape very soon to continue fighting for the [Madrid] jersey.

“I also want to thank, in particular, the team doctors, who have been and remain by my side at all times.

“I thank all of my colleagues from other clubs for  being interested in my health.

“These small details have not been missed. I give out a big hug to everyone.”

Madrid doctor Carlos Diez was quoted as saying on the club’s official website: “He spent Sunday night under observation and everything is very good.

“We have decided, with the help of Real Madrid’s medical services, that the player could be discharged from the hospital without any problem.

“Normally, with a head injury, we have the player under observation for 24 hours.

“More importantly, we brought him to the hospital where we could carry out the necessary tests, all of which have come out okay,”

Thursday’s match at Camp Nou kicks off at 22:30UTC.

La Liga Team of the Week: Puyol & Messi shine for Tito's Barcelona

La Liga got back underway again at the weekend and there was plenty of excitement in an opening round of matches which saw 29 goals struck, including eight in Betis’ amazing 5-3 win at Athletic Bilbao and six in Barcelona’s 5-1 success over Real Sociedad at Camp Nou. Here, Goal.com looks at the star performers from the first weekend of action in the Primera Division.

Starting between the posts, Valencia’s Diego Alves is the overwhelming choice, having also been named as Goal.com’s World Player of the Week. The Brazilian shot-stopper produced a stunning performance to deny Real Madrid with a series of world-class stops, including a fantastic save to thwart Angel Di Maria.

Alves was helped out by defender Victor Ruiz as Mauricio Pellegrini’s men defended brilliantly to shut out the champions on their own patch. Valencia defended as a unit and gave Cristiano Ronaldo perhaps his toughest-ever game at the Bernabeu. Ruiz, however, was the pick of the bunch. Elsewhere, Carlos Marchena enjoyed a memorable return to the top flight as he slotted in comfortably at the back to help Deportivo La Coruna to a 2-0 win over Osasuna on his debut, while Carles Puyol made his first appearance under yet another coach and the veteran defender made it count as he scored the first goal in Tito Vilanova’s reign, powering an early header home from a corner to give Barcelona the lead in a memorable match against Real Sociedad.

Moving into midfield, Tino Costa is the third Valencia player in the line-up after his impressive performance at the Bernabeu. The Argentine’s free kick set up Jonas for Valencia’s equaliser and his wonderful pass also put through Roberto Soldado for the controversial disallowed strike in the second half. He was also slick in possession and busy throughout. For Atletico Madrid, Arda Turan struck a wonderful goal in his side’s Liga clash against Levante and was a bright presence throughout in the teams’ 1-1 draw, while Oscar gave promoted outfit Valladolid the best possible start as he hit the only goal of the game at Zaragoza. Benat scored one and made another as Betis beat Athletic Bilbao 5-3 in an incredible match at San Mames.

Further forward, there is a place for Malaga’s 16-year-old hero Fabrice Olinga, who came off the bench to make light of the Andalusians problems and hit the winner at Celta Vigo. More predictably, Lionel Messi is included for his fantastic two-goal display in the 5-1 win over Real Sociedad, while the final place in the side goes to Mallorca’s Tomer Hemed. The Israeli struck a fine goal in each half to give Mallorca a hard-fought 2-1 win at home to Espanyol and ensure a happy start to the season for Joaquin Caparros’ side.

Pepe to miss Real Madrid versus Barcelona Supercopa clash

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Pepe, tras el choque con Casillas

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho will have to do without the services of Portugal international Pepe in the upcoming Spanish Supercopa match away against Barcelona, as the defender recovers from a head injury, according to AS.

The centre-back picked up the knock in Madrid’s 1-1 La Liga draw with Valencia at the weekend, and spent Sunday night in hospital undergoing a series of tests.

“Normally, with a head injury, we have the player under observation for 24 hours. More importantly, we brought him to the hospital where we could carry out the necessary tests, all of which have come out okay,” club doctor Carlos Diez was quoted as saying on the club’s official website.

“He spent Sunday night under observation and everything is very good. We have decided, with the help of Real Madrid’s medical services, that the player could be discharged from the hospital without any problem.”

Even though all of the tests came out negative, and Pepe was discharged on Monday, he will not feature in the first leg of the Supercup tie against Madrid’s arch-rivals. Thursday’s match at Camp Nou kicks off at 22:30CET.

Guardiola refuses to compare Real Madrid & Barcelona after first La Liga fixtures

Former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola believes it is too early to draw comparisons on the Liga title race after the opening weekend of matches.

The 41-year-old, who guided the Catalan club to a magnificent haul of 14 trophies in just 4 seasons as manager, believes that it will take at least 10 matches before any judgement can be drawn.

That is despite the fact that Barcelona are already two points ahead of Real Madrid in La Liga after Los Merengues failed to overcome Valencia at the Santiago Bernabeu, drawing 1-1 on Sunday.

Speaking to reporters in the New York, Guardiola said: “We have to wait at least 10 games before drawing any conclusions. Both Barca and Madrid have great squads.”

Guardiola is currently living in the USA after leaving Barcelona at the end of last season, with his assistant Tito Vilanova taking over the reins.

But Guardiola remains keen to follow the game and hinted that his return would be a short one.

He added: “I’m still watching the games. Once a coach, always a coach,”

“This year, I hope to learn more about the American way of life. I hope to also improve my English and also that of my children. This is what I will be doing this year.”