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Cristiano Ronaldo won his fifth Ballon d’Or this week

Real Madrid news LIVE updates: Follow the latest news from the Bernabeu

Neymar deal blocked

17.45: Real Madrid forward Marco Asensio does not want Neymar to make the move to the Bernabeu in the summer, according to reports in Spain.

The potential arrival of the former Barcelona man has not been received well by everyone in the dressing room.

And Spanish outlet Don Balon claim Marco Asensio is particularly opposed to Neymar’s transfer.

The report says Asensio has plans to become Real’s main man following the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo.

And the Spain international also wants to see his compatriot Isco be handed more game time – something which seems unlikely if Neymar arrives.

Icardi passes medical 

17.05: Mauro Icardi has passed his Real Madrid medical, according to reports in Spain.

Icardi has been linked with a move to Real in recent weeks as Zinedine Zidane looks to add some bite to his attack.

Reports have suggested he was set to have a medical this month ahead of a move to the Bernabeu in January.

And Spanish outlet Don Balon claim the Argentina international has now undergone the necessary tests in Italy and passed.

The report says he will not be the only Argentine to be soon making the move to the Spanish capital with Racing Club striker Lautaro Martinez on his way to Atletico Madrid.

Perez wants Neymar

15.55: Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has claimed he would rather sign Neymar than Kylian Mbappe.

“Mbappe is 18 years old; let’s leave him to develop and see how far he can go,” he told El Partidazo de COPE.

“We have the best players.

“Recruit Neymar and wait for Mbappe to develop… That’s not a bad idea!”

Real Madrid vs Sevilla

14.00: Real Madrid host Sevilla this afternoon – but how can you watch live?

Real Madrid vs Sevilla LIVE stream

Mourinho’s regret

13.00: Jose Mourinho regretted leaving Inter Milan for Real Madrid, according to Massimo Moratti.

Mourinho made the move after guiding Inter to the Champions League title.

And the Inter CEO revealed Mourinho instantly regretted the decision.

“That Champions League Final was the end of a journey and as Interisti we appreciated the difficulties of getting there more than the final result,” Moratti said. “After all, we couldn’t even celebrate it to the full, because after Mourinho left so soon afterwards.

“A year beforehand, Mourinho had told me that there was interest from Real Madrid. Then it was repeated. You cannot keep people prisoner, but it certainly wasn’t nice to see (Real Madrid President Florentino) Perez waiting in the car for Mou outside the Champions League Final at the Bernabeu.

“Mourinho himself regretted it even before he had made the move: a few hours later, in my office in Milan, he told me that he realised he was going to a business and not a family. Mourinho said that if he could, he would’ve remained at Inter.

“I told him to make his choices in absolute freedom. His tears upon leaving were real and I am pleased that still to this day he says he supports Inter.”

Lewandowski dreams of Real Madrid

12:10: Robert Lewandowski dreams of signing for Real Madrid, it has been claimed.

Real are pondering signing a new striker in January as Zinedine Zidane looks to reinvigorate his misfiring squad.

They are short of fire-power up top following the sales of Alvaro Morata and Mariano Diaz and are already eight points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona.

It was reported earlier this year that Polish hitman Lewandowski was so desperate to join Real that he was learning Spanish.

And today Spanish newspaper Marca are say it remains the striker’s ‘dream’ to join the Bernabeu giants.

Ronaldo transfer bombshell

11:30: Cristiano Ronaldo could have signed for Arsenal, Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed.

In an interview with France Football, Ferguson revealed all on the conversation he had with Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes in 2009

That followed a friendly between United and Sporting where Ronaldo had stunned Red Devils players with his performance.

Fergie said: “I spoke with Ronaldo and Jorge Mendes and he said we had to hurry because Arsenal and Real Madrid wanted to sign him.

“I told Ronaldo to join us. He explained he’d have to talk with his mother about it.”

First January signing

11.15: Sergio Ramos has told Isco they’ve made a signing.

Ramos has told his close friend that the first deal of the January window is done and dusted, according to Diario Gol.

And it means Kepa will be a Real Madrid player for the second half of the season.

The goalkeeper will join from Athletic Bilbao as Florentino Perez looks to overhaul his options.

Perez wants two new keepers with Kepa replacing Kiko Casilla as the No 2.

And he wants either David de Gea or Thibaut Courtois in as No 1 in the summer.

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Mourinho on Ronaldo row

11:00: Jose Mourinho says he has no personal problems with Cristiano Ronaldo – but admitted he doesn’t know if the Real Madrid star feels the same.

Ronaldo, 32, picked up his fifth Ballon d’Or at an awards ceremony in Paris this week.

Mourinho gave an interview to France Football when he was quizzed on the bust-up that engulfed the pair at Real Madrid.

Mourinho was coy and said: “It’s something that is part of my job and I don’t wish to make it public.

“The only thing I can say is that I don’t have a personal problem with him, I think he feels the same.”

Cristiano Ronaldo row tweet

10:27: Cristiano Ronaldo has been taunted by Barcelona old boy Julio Salinas after his Ballon d’Or triumph.

While the footballing world has paid tribute to Ronaldo, Salinas hit out at the Portuguese saying he has not deserved the awards.

“Just because you’re very good, that doesn’t mean you’re the best, as you’ve had the bad luck of coinciding with the great Messi,” he wrote on Twitter.

“Sincerely, I don’t think you are on the podium of the best in history, as there are quite a few who’d surpass you.

“Comfort yourself with these Ballon d’Or awards (something you have not deserved).”

Sensational David Luiz claim

09:15: Real Madrid have moved a step closer to signing Chelsea star David Luiz on loan, it has been claimed

Spanish website Don Balon are reporting the former PSG star is edging closer towards a sensational loan move to Madrid with his future at Stamford Bridge up in the air.

It is said the Blues are willing to let the centre-back leave the club.

His decision to question Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has not gone down well, particularly given how they have bounced back from a torrid run of results to challenge for the league title.

Real Madrid team predicted to face Sevilla

Fri, December 8, 2017

Express Sport predicts who will start for Real Madrid when they take on Sevilla at the Bernabeu tomorrow (3.15pm)

Real Madrid team predicted line up Sevilla

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Who will start for Real Madrid when they take on Sevilla?

Real Madrid v Sevilla line ups

08:35: Bale moving back to Tottenham (see previous post)? Maybe… but there’s one thing for sure – Real fans won’t be seeing him against Sevilla today.

The Welshman is out injured (surprise, surprise) so who will play for Zinedine Zidane’s men today?

The newly-crowned Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo is one and the rest of the Real side can be seen in our handy gallery above.

Bale back to Tottenham?

08:15: Mauricio Pochettino admits Gareth Bale still speaks to staff at Tottenham.

And the Spurs boss has admitted he is open to the prospect of the Real Madrid star making a stunning return to Tottenham.

Pochettino said: “Of course he’s a fantastic player. He keeps contact with all the people here that worked here in the past.”

Spurs sold Bale to Real for £85million in September 2013 and they would have to fight both United and City to bring him back to the Premier League.

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Marco Asensio has been linked with a move to Manchester United

Asensio to Man Utd claim

07:50: It is being claimed in Spain that Manchester United are plotting a January swoop for Real Madrid star Marco Asensio.

Don Balon say Jose Mourinho has put Gareth Bale on the backburner to focus on Asensio.

The 21-year-old is yet to nail down a starting spot under Zinedine Zidane.

Balague: Salah won’t move

07:00: Real Madrid have been linked with a surprise move for Liverpool star Mohamed Salah .

However, according to Spanish football expert Guillem Balague, Madrid are not interested in the player.

The news will be a boost for Kop fans with Philippe Coutinho seemingly nearing the exit door.

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