Luka Modric has told France Football he and his Real Madrid teammates did not expect Cristiano Ronaldo or Zinedine Zidane to leave the club last summer.
Ronaldo ended a nine-year association with the European champions by joining Juventus while Zidane stepped down from his role as coach after masterminding a third successive UEFA Champions League triumph -- and Modric said the two pieces of news came as a shock to the Madrid dressing room.
Portuguese newspaper Correio da Manha is standing by the information it published this week claiming that Real Madrid put pressure on Cristiano Ronaldo to reach an out-of-court financial settlement with Kathryn Mayorga after an alleged sexual assault in Las Vegas in 2009.
Eden Hazard has ruled out the possibility of leaving Chelsea for Real Madrid in January.
Speaking after Chelsea's 3-0 win over Southampton on Sunday, Hazard confirmed that joining the European champions remains his "dream" and that he wants to "make it happen," but added that he remains open to talking to the Blues about a new contract.
Hazard's comments prompted reports in Spain that Madrid could look to test Chelsea's resolve to keep Hazard in January.
Real Madrid on Thursday said they are taking legal action against Correio da Manha after the newspaper in Portugal published a story alleging that the Spanish club told Cristiano Ronaldo to pay off Kathryn Mayorga after he allegedly raped her in Las Vegas in 2009.
The Portuguese daily, citing unnamed sources, reported that Real Madrid, whom Ronaldo was in the process of joining from Manchester United in June 2009, put pressure on their star forward to reach the out-of-court financial settlement...