So old Jose Mourinho was finally confirmed as the new manager at Real Madrid yesterday. The 11th manager in 7 seasons someone suggested yesterday on Avenell Road – staggering figures, no wonder our very own Arsene Wenger has never accepted their offer.
The appointment of their new manager was kept about as secret as us signing Chamakh and Sami Nasri… 🙂
I’m glad though, for two reasons.
1) It might just be the thing to knock Barcelona off their high and mighty perch.
2) Jose may actually think Cesc is worth our clubs value and make a sensible offer to spark a bidding war. This in turn could do one of two things, make Cesc realise he is better off staying put rather than being stuck in a City where he doesn’t want to be, or make Barca realise they won’t get our player for peanuts.
I said a few days ago, we are holding all the cards, we are in a win win situation, Jose’s appointment may just be the thing that keeps Cesc stay at Arsenal – after all, what Catalan man would want to move to Madrid??
So, back to Real Madrid and Jose, he who thinks he’s so special….
Will he have a bit of sale in order to fund potential moves for the likes of Cashley Cole and Frank Lumpard or will he just be gifted another £100M to go and get who he wants.
There must be a few players at Real Madrid who are thinking, ‘S**t, what’s going to happen to me, I’ve had it easy, but this new man may sell me now’ – Let’s take a look at who they have in their squad, see who you think he may sell and most importantly, who would you be happy to see us buy if he was up for sale…
1 GK Iker Casillas (vice-captain)
2 DF Álvaro Arbeloa
3 DF Pepe
4 DF Sergio Ramos (vice-captain)
5 MF Fernando Gago
6 MF Mahamadou Diarra
7 FW Raúl (captain)
8 MF Kaká
9 FW Cristiano Ronaldo
10 MF Lass Diarra
11 FW Karim Benzema
12 DF Marcelo
13 GK Jerzy Dudek
14 MF Guti (vice-captain)
15 MF Royston Drenthe
18 DF Raúl Albiol
19 DF Ezequiel Garay
20 FW Gonzalo Higuaín
22 MF Xabi Alonso
23 MF Rafael van der Vaart
24 MF Esteban Granero
26 GK Antonio Adán
— MF Sergio Canales
We need a midfielder, a big strong lump who isn’t afraid of getting stuck in, if I could magic Paddy back all over again, thats who I would choose, but I can’t. Interstingly enough, all the midfielders who are at the right age for us who currently play for Real Madrid are shorties, so they can keep them all…
We need central defenders, again big strong ones.What about Álvaro Arbeloa Coca if he becomes available, 6’0″, 27yrs old and plays for his country every now and again. He’s even played in the Premier League under Rafa before a punch up with Jamie Carragher saw him be moved on!!
Pepe – 6’1.5″ Portuguese central defender, 27yrs old, what about him?? Ex Porto player, so Jose will keep him no doubt..
Raúl Albiol Tortajada – 6’3″ 24yrs old – now your talking, but no way will Jose sell him, will he?? He’s a central defender but can also play in the centre of midfield…..
Ezequiel Marcelo Garay – 6’2.5″ – 23yrs old, central defender – he would be good too, his country is Argentina…
Madrid have more defenders, but like the midfielders they are either too short or too old so they can keep them too…
But for me, there is one player I would like to see Madrid sell and thats Rafael van der Vaart, if ever there is a player who could really ‘fill the void’ left by Dennis Bergkamp a few years ago, I think its him…….
Yes I know, some will say where will he fit in, who’s place who he take….. I don’t care about either really, if Wenger wants to be creative, then get a player who can really keep us being creative – if that means selling a player or two to accomodate him joining or even to fund the move then so be it – as long as its Almunia, Denilson, Diaby, Flapianski, Silvestre – or even all of them, I’m sure it would be worth it 🙂
So then folks, if you could pick one player from the squad of Real Madrid – who would it be??
The day has arrived, June 1st 2010, the transfer window is finally open, will Joe Cole be the second summer signing this window later today?
I hope so – have a good day all…