Real Madrid to raid Manchester United for Rooney


While the potential Juan Mata move from London to Manchester grabs the headlines, it seems that a giant of football is waiting in the wings to capitalize. Mata seems destined for Manchester United, but could a star be shipped out to accommodate him?

It seems likely, and considering Real Madrid’s lure, who could forgive Wayne Rooney for having his head turned? He’s hankered for a move twice during his Manchester stay, but this January could finally see Rooney spread his wings and join a star-studded Bernabeu cast.

Also in our morning British paper round-up is an update on the Mata situation, a potential midfielder moving to Liverpool, Arsenal preparing a bid for Julian Draxler and plenty, plenty more at the click of a button.


Real Madrid eyes Falcao, Suarez moves

Despite breaking the world transfer record to land Gareth Bale, Real Madrid is already plotting the next big moves. The men on Carlo Ancelotti’s radar appear to be Radamel Falcao and Luis Suarez - if he could incorporate these two into an attacking line-up of Ronaldo and Bale, it could be a legendary strike force.

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Ancelotti Gets Tongue-Tied, Forgets How to Speak English


We all know that soccer is a global game, bu it’s easy to ignore the wealth of languages, cultures and backgrounds that managers have to be familiar with as they work with their players. That said, constantly flowing through languages isn’t a straight-forward task, something that new Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti proved at  a recent press conference.

Born in Italy, Ancelotti has time and time again shown his talent for learning new languages quickly, whether it’ss English while coaching Chelsea, or French while at PSG. Nevertheless, when a reporter asked a question in English, Ancelotti froze, struggled for a moment, and responded in Spanish, "I am studying Spanish and I didn’t understand any of your English. Sorry."

After taking a moment, Ancelotti responded in English, but the clip goes to show that managing abroad can make for some tricky, lingual mix-ups!



Michael Laudrup’s relationship with the Swansea board is starting to show signs of strain. He is unhappy that the Welsh club’s hierarchy will not sanction his transfer targets and they have not severed their ties with the Dane’s agent. PSG are fully aware of these developments and view Laudrup as a potential replacement for Real Madrid-bound Carlo Ancelotti.  Check out this and the latest rumors on Barcelona, Arsenal, Manchester United and, of course, Cristiano Ronaldo by clicking here.