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.
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.
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.”