Real Madrid signed off from domestic football with a superb 3-1 win away at Celta Vigo ahead of the international break. With the summer transfer window just around the corner, the Blancos continue to be linked with some of the biggest names in world football despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the revamping process of the iconic Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, and other factors.
Here, we take a look at some of the latest Real Madrid news.
Zinedine Zidane to snub France job to remain at Real Madrid
Despite being strongly linked with the France job, reports suggest that Zinedine Zidane is set to remain in charge of Real Madrid come 2021/22 campaign. The World Cup-winning Frenchman was seen as the ideal successor to Didier Deschamps by many, including the Les Bleus boss himself.
However, Zidane intends to remain at the Santiago Bernabeu while Deschamps is also believed to be keen on continuing with France until the 2022 World Cup. Both Frenchmen see their contracts expire in 2022, so it remains to be seen if Zidane opts to take over from the mighty successful national team coach then.
Erling Haaland 'frustrated' in Germany and will move this summer
Borussia Dortmund superstar Erling Haaland is believed to be frustrated in the Bundesliga and will choose to leave the club this summer, as per reports. The Norwegian is on the wishlist of every top-tier European club this summer including the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Manchester City, and has scored a staggering 49 goals in 49 games for the Germans.
With Dortmund struggling in the league — currently four points off fourth-placed side Eintracht Frankfurt — they could potentially fail to qualify for the UEFA Champions League next season. Should that be the case, Haaland could push for a move away despite his release clause only kicking in during the 2021/22 campaign. Real Madrid are primed to make a move for Haaland if he wants to leave this summer.
Real Madrid receive boost as David Alaba rejects two offers
Spanish champions Real Madrid have been linked with a move for David Alaba for some time now and have received a massive boost in their pursuit of the player. A report claims Alaba, wanted by several clubs across Europe, has rejected two 'concrete offers' from Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain.
Both the Blues and the French champions have been on the lookout for defensive reinforcements and have, much like Real Madrid and Barcelona, been longstanding admirers of the Bayern Munich superstar. Alaba is reportedly keen on a move to either one of the Spanish giants, which is why he has rejected offers from the London and Paris clubs.
Real Madrid consider move for Naby Keita
Zinedine Zidane's Blancos are weighing up a move for Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita this summer, as per reports from Spain. The Reds star, who made 75 appearances or Liverpool since his big-money move from RB Leipzig, is an option being considered by Real Madrid to be able to rotate their midfield options, with both Toni Kroos and Luka Modric being over the age of 30.
The report claims Real Madrid have been impressed with the Guinean's technical ability and believe he can be a good fit for their side despite his struggles with injuries. Keita has missed a staggering 23 games in the 2020/21 campaign alone, despite which Real Madrid are willing to take a gamble on him. Liverpool paid a massive £50m to purchase him from Leipzig, but could reportedly let him go for a fee of £35m (€40m) should the Spanish champions want to sign him.