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10 Oct 2018 05:15:02
Ed reports in brazil today saying milan agreed fee with flamengo for paqueta, any truth? Would this mean suso likely to leave? As you said before to raise funds they might have to sell him.
Also could they sell romagnoli?
Thanks alot.

{Ed002's Note - (a) Two clubs have been involved in negotiations regarding Lucas Paqueta and the expectation, due to the involvement of a third party, has always been that he would move to mIlan at the end of the Brazilian season - and this has been explained before. I would still expect this to happen. (b) Suso is seen as one of the players who Milan could sell to raise funds for a couple of significant purchases they are planning but ideally they would like to keep hold of him. (c) Alessio Romagnoli has signed a new contract and is a player Milan have no intention of selling, although if a very significant offer were made it would need to be considered.}

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10 Oct 2018 13:16:08
Ed002, are Chelsea the frontrunners for Suso?

{Ed002's Note - I have no idea what you are talking about - I am sorry.}

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08 Oct 2018 15:10:47
Ed002, which clubs are interested in Milinkovic-Savic?
Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Milan, Juventus and Real Madrid - but RM interest is drifting elsewhere right now.}

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08 Oct 2018 15:30:20
ed can i ask who madrids interest has gone to?

{Ed002's Note - There is nothing new to say.}

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04 Oct 2018 16:48:56
Hi ed002

I trust you are well.

Is there any interest in Dybala? Especially from Premier League?

Thanks in advance.

{Ed002's Note - Dybala is one of the players that would potentially provide a way for Juventus to help raise the money to offset against some of the plans that that they wish to progress, in particular for one real high end midfield player, but he is not top of the list of money raising sales. If he were to come up for sale there would certainly be interest and that interest could extend to the Premier League.}

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05 Oct 2018 07:49:39
Thanks so much for your response Ed002 much appreciated!

May I ask who the high end midfielder is that they are looking at? Paul Pogba I assume?

{Ed002's Note - There are three they are considering Pogba, Verratti and Milinkovic-Savic.}

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05 Oct 2018 18:03:35
Thank you so much Ed002! Much appreciated! Have a great weekend.

{Ed002's Note - And you.}

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03 Oct 2018 00:45:53
Ed who is interested in piatek thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Having only joined Genoa this summer it would be a surprise if he moved too soon but Inter Milan, who missed out on signing Krzysztof Piatek, have made it very clear that they would like to put a deal together for his transfer but there is a major issue to be overcome first.}

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29 Sep 2018 21:08:44
Hi ed, is it true marotta will be leaving Juve. And if so, where will he be going? Apparently it is to the Italy FA. Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Yes he is leaving his role as CEO next month but I don’t think there would be much likelihood of him joining the Italian FA. He might will stay on in a support role for a while.}

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29 Sep 2018 21:49:50
Thanks for the info as always ed.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

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29 Sep 2018 14:27:34
Evening ed002. Hope all is well. With the current trajectory of Uniteds season looking like it will end with Jose leaving. Is Allegri still an option or did our change of plans a couple of years ago leave a sour taste in his mouth?

Cheers.

{Ed002's Note - Allegri is no longer an option Mumbles.}

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26 Sep 2018 16:28:20
Ed who is interested in isamaila sarr thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Inter Milan.}

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Sporting Villains Part 1: Spain's Paralympic Basketball Team 2000

20 Sep 2018 16:22:28
{Ed's Note - Ed001 has posted a new article entitled, Sporting Villains Part 1: Spain's Paralympic Basketball Team 2000

Possibly, probably even, the biggest sporting scandal of all time begins our new Sporting Villains series.

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20 Sep 2018 14:19:16
ed who is interested in barella thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Lots of clubs.}

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08 Oct 2018 16:30:14
Ed on liverpool page you said hell be moving elsewhere, any chance could know who to? Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Not to Liverpool.}

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17 Sep 2018 04:16:57
ed who is interested in chiesa thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Fiorentina's Federico Chiesa has been watched by a number of sides but an approach from Lazio and an approach from Inter were fended off by him signing a new contract in January and commiting himself to the club. This has not stop significant player plus cash offers being made by Roma and Napoli - both being rejected. Inter MIlan would like to take the player on a loan to buy deal but have significant financial issues that will likely kill that option in the short term. Chelsea spoke with Fiorentina about Federico Chiesa when they were discussing Pasalic and he is one of a few RW options they are interested in. Juventus would be interested in the player but fear he will be priced out of the market and they are looking at selling to buy elsewhere to strenthen the team. Manchester City and Manchester United looked at the player but have so far not declared any interest.}

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19 Sep 2018 05:02:51
ed any chance can sy who other rws chelsea interested in? please. Little treat. Thanks alot.

{Ed002's Note - The club has a very firm target in mind but there are complications that would make a move very unlikely but in terms of others players they have been thinking about none would be considered as likely or even needed options at this time, but it is pretty much as per the summer:
Christian Pulisic (RW) – Selling Christian Pulisic would not be a popular move amongst Borussia Dortmund fans and one the club will resist. There is nothing to say that BD has "put him on the market" nor "put a price on him" (certainly not in GBP). However, it is fair to say that a transfer is one actually planned for the summer of 2019 by Bayern Munich. Dortmund do not want to sell and want a new contract agreed - right now that is not the case. If Dortmund were to decide to sell before summer I have no doubts that Bayern would change their plans and try and make a transfer happen - playing on the back of their being a German side and their relative success in Europe - and that might attract the player. Borussia Dortmund would in such a situation be more willing to sell to the English sides who have enquired after him this summer. Manchester United are one of the sides but they wanted more versatility, figured Pulisic would not be available and headed off in another direction. Spurs were holding back but are seemingly keener on others after perhaps thinking he would not be available but having sustained interest. That would leave Chelsea who may be open to considering Pulisic, but if the player were to say he wants Bayern Munich they would not want to buy him. There has been no offer from Liverpool, who would likely have to move Salah on to give him any game time at all if they were interested. Dortmund do have options in mind to replace him if he were to leave.
Federico Chiesa (RW/F) Chelsea spoke with Fiorentina about Federico Chiesa when they were discussing Pasalic and know it would take a great deal of money to make anything happen - very significant interest from elsewhere
Suso (RW) Sarri likes Suso and his agent has been offering him and another Milan player around over the summer and although Milan want to keep him Milan would use him to raise money to aid purchases next summer - and they have a couple of costly purchases in mind - interest from elsewhere}

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20 Sep 2018 12:51:50
Thanks a lot ed, worrying that club don't see it as a need position. Surprised Thauvins not on the list, has been class and we've been linked before. are Cheksea interested atall ed? thanks.

{Ed002's Note - I said “at this time”.}

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20 Sep 2018 14:09:37
sorry ed, misread it. Guessing main target is Baikey. Ed do we have any interest in Thauvin? also what other positions are chelsea looking to strengthen in January and summer. thanks alot.

{Ed002's Note - Bailey is not the preferred target, certainly not as a RW) and the approaches to Marseille about Thauvin have not included Chelsea. The club, like many, have players in mind and scouts continue to watch others. Some of what happens will be driven by players leaving and being moved on - and they are expecting a number of players to go.}

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22 Sep 2018 00:02:06
interesting. ed any chance you coukd say who the main target is? also any chance of a list of who could be moving on? thanks alot.

{Ed002's Note - It is unimportant.}

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23 Sep 2018 03:35:15
cool, ed are cheksea interested in neres and what clubs are interested thanks.

{Ed002's Note - David Neres has been watched by a number of sides including Chelsea, Borussia Dormund, Milan, Barcelona, Inter and Wolfsburg. MIlan and Inter would need to be financially creative over any potential transfer but Milan seem very keen. Barcelona have other South American ahead of him that they are looking at so could not sign him unless tehy were to loan him out. Manchester United had him watched last season when it looked like Martial would be leaving but their interest was always elsewhere. Roma also had him watched and discussed him with two other players but passed due to a concern they had. Spurs and Arsenal also watched him last season when he made noises about wanting to leave, but that is as far as it went with Spurs having a different long-term target in mind and Arsenal not addressing the problem that they have in the wide position - a move to North London is very unlikely. A move to England would be more difficult than a move elsewhere because of the Work Permit rules. Perhaps one for the future as he is in the best place to develop.}

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24 Sep 2018 13:35:10
Thanks ed, do Chelsea have some sort of gentlemns ageeement or buyback clause for bertrand traore? Are chelsea ainterested in bringing him back and who else is interested, thanks alot.

{Ed002's Note - There is a buy back clause in his contract but he is not for sale and the club has no interest.}

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27 Sep 2018 12:11:31
It's simply so incredibly nice to see you posting something about Chelsea again. Know that it's probably just a little exception - regardless, you should know how wonderful it is to be reading some of your inside knowledge again, Ed.
Have a nice day!

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27 Sep 2018 19:16:19
totally agree with above post, thanks a lot ed. with rws targeted is there a chance willian coukd be sold in january? could he go man united? is there interest still there. can't believe we rejected Barcelona bids and he's still here, he's 30 and getting worse. thanks Also could cesc leave in january?

{Ed002's Note - I cannot answer questions about timing - the club are not looking to sell Willian.}

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02 Oct 2018 01:59:45
Ed is it possible/ likely morata or giroud could leave in january or summer? And what strikers are chelsea scouting/ looking at and interested in? Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Sure, player are transient and will eventually move on. Iam not going to get wrapped up in Chelsea stuff.}

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30 Aug 2018 17:35:27
{Eds Note - Ed001 has created the follwing on the Football Player Ratings site over the last week:

Andres Iniesta v Luka Modric
Kevin Keegan v Kenny Dalglish
Cristiano Ronaldo v Lionel Messi
Rivaldo v Kaka
Neymar v A Very Large Girl's Blouse
Daley Blind v Mr Tumnus
Jose Mourinho v Mark Hughes

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17 Aug 2018 16:18:25
As per the Liverpool page, what's happening with ownership of Milan eds please?
And have they indeed taken Milinkovic-Savic on loan?
Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Milan is currently in the hands of Vulture Capitalists (Elliott Management) who have taken control of the holding company (Rossoneri Sport Investment Lux) as one of the repayments for a loan debt was not made in time. Although they do not have full ownership of the club they do have full control and have committed a fixed figure for investment with a view to put it back on a firm footing and then selling at a profit. They immediately began a cull which saw the Chief Executive Marco Fassone removed, Massimiliano Mirabelli sacked and Leonardo installed as Sporting Director and told Gennaro Gattuso that he would leave after the US tour by which time a legal matter concerning his replacement would be resolved. However, when Leonardo arrived he did not know that Gattuso had been told he would leave and immediately fought to reverse the decision which resulted in a one off payment being made to the replacement who was lined up, and some red faces. Regardless, they need a new Chief Executive to replace Fassone. Ivan Gazidis is top of the list and one who might do a very good job there. He will be attractive given Paul Singer knows IG well, he worked with the MLS for a long time and critically has successful experience in Europe. Against it would be whether or not IG has decided that he has done everything necessary at Arsenal and that it will likely only be a two year deal as the club will undoubtedly be sold - unless a little something else were to happen. Even if he feels he has Arsenal in a good position, he may want to stay at the helm for a while, or perhaps he will want a new challenge? In terms of the something else that could happen, there is a good chance that Alisher Usmanov could be looking for a club to buy in full and whilst Newcastle is available in the Premier League I am not aware of any interest being shown at this time, or any approach to Mike Ashlye. However, it is not out of the question that he could join Gazidis in Milan after spending the past 6 months mulling over the move. There is another high end Italian side that is "sort of" available and that is seen as an option by Usmanov.

I understand that a few weeks ago Milan spoke with Mateja Kezman to see if Lazio might accept of an offer of €25M to loan Sergej Milinkovic-Savic for one year and a fixed price buy out of €50M plus Andrea Bertolacci - this would have stretched Milan and was never going to be acceptable so there were no discussions between the clubs. FFP restricts the amount of money that can be spent up front by Milan. There have been offers for the player from elsewhere including another with a player being offered but unless Real Madrid were to make an over the top offer I don't think he will be moving this summer.}

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17 Aug 2018 18:08:58
Super stuff Ed002.
Thank you very much.
Or should I say grazie mille.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

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18 Aug 2018 08:53:04
Ed002, do you think other clubs will increasingly end up following Milan's new business model?

{Ed002's Note - What get in massive debt, fail to make the payments, have the banks come in and take over? I doubt it.}

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18 Aug 2018 09:02:20
Phrased that poorly- was more in terms of getting massive questionable investments from China etc.

{Ed002's Note - I have no idea what investment you are referring to, sorry.}

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04 Aug 2018 03:46:15
I'm kinda surprised but is Vidal really moving to Barcelona and Modric to Inter? They're both very good players imo but both approaching the twilight of their careers so I'm just not sure whether teams are willing to pay large transfer fees and wages to attain their services.

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28 Jul 2018 17:23:45
Ed 002
Is it true Inter need to sell some players to conform to FFP?
If so do you know who they are likely to sell?
Many thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Inter sold sufficient players to raise the €45M needed covering FFP for the 17/18 season. For the 18/19 season they need to keep in accord with FFP and don't want to be looking for guaranteed sales between May and the end of June which they had to last season, so it is more a case of selling to raise money to buy further players. They have sold 10 players and purchased 6 this summer already. They have a few they would be open to selling like Joao Mario and George Puscus and others that they would consider selling if a significant offer were made.}

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28 Jul 2018 20:31:26
Thank you for the comprehensive reply Ed 002.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

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22 Jul 2018 20:56:38
I'm sorry if this has been covered recently, if so, I haven't been able to find it. But I was wondering what the situation with Donnarumma is now that Milan have signed Reina. Are they looking to sell him, and which clubs would be interested?

{Ed002's Note - Not idea.}

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22 Jul 2018 18:43:45
Hi Ed's hope all is well

Just wondering, is there any truth in Milan's interest on Morata?

Heard Milan are also looking for a new midfielder this summer, any ideas of the players they're interested on?

{Ed002's Note - Milan have released Hachim Mastour (AM) and sold Niccolò Zanellato (CM) but want to keep Andrea Bertolacci (CM) Malan and have added Alen Halolivic (AM) - so right now they are all square numbers wise. They have however had offers for Mousa Dembele (CM) rejected, and a loan request for Ganso (AM) rejected. They considered Max (Meyer (priced out of a move by his wage request), Arturo Vidal (no value for money) and
Mateo Kovacic (too expensive). Others looked at like Thorgan Hazard, Renato Sanches, Nabil Fekir are not on the agenda any more. They have a fixed amount of funds available plus what they can raise from further transactions.}

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23 Jul 2018 09:36:54
Hi ED, what players are they looking too move on to raise further funds?

Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - I cannot reasonably be expected to give you a long list of players you have likely never heard of. This is not good use of my time.}

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18 Jul 2018 12:58:28
Any truth in Pogba interest from Juve?

{Ed002's Note - No, he has not been offered to Juventus.}

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18 Jul 2018 13:02:30
Thanks Ed 👍.

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18 Jul 2018 17:05:20
Hi Ed
You’ve said on a number of occasions that Pogba has been offered to 4 clubs but I think you said none of these were interested.
Any chance you could say who these clubs are out of interest?
Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Real Madrid, Barcelona, PSG and Chelsea.}

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18 Jul 2018 17:27:15
Wow cheers ed, really interesting stuff.

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19 Jul 2018 18:17:37
Are any of those clubs be interested in signing him?

{Ed002's Note - RTP.}

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20 Jul 2018 09:53:47
Nobody has bitten yet.

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14 Jul 2018 21:47:59
Hi Ed - have you got any update on the future of Bonucci at Milan please? If he's leaving who is interested?

{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of any change.}

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10 Jul 2018 17:54:20
Hi Ed,

With Juventus seemingly manage to sign Ronaldo with all of his financial 'burden', do you think Juve might be open to sell some of their star names such as Higuain or/ and Dybala?

Personally do you think it's a huge gamble for Juve?

cheers and have a good day.

{Ed002's Note - Higuian is available but was always going to be.}

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10 Jul 2018 17:40:47
Evening ed002. Is there any update on the future of SMS? Juventus look like they'll be doing quite a bit of business this summer. Are they just waiting for departures before they buy him or is their still a chance United could make an offer?

{Ed002's Note - Nothing has really changed, they only ever saw him as an option to someone else and over-priced. MU and RM remain interested but see the price as high - I have explained all of this before.}

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10 Jul 2018 16:51:48
Ed002, can I ask about the latest on Zielinski, Jorginho and Bonaventura's futures?

{Ed002's Note - Nothing has changed.}

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10 Jul 2018 18:09:46
Wow so Ronaldo to Juventus is all done, interesting to see how long he competes at the highest level, I suspect a good few years yet.

Wouldn’t surprise me if he smashed 40+ goals and wins the ballon dor next season.

Amazing that in terms of a fee Ronaldo has spent 10 years at Real Madrid and leaves age 33 and Madrid are still making a profit on him! Shows what an incredible talent he is.

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07 Jul 2018 03:01:07
Ed002, hope all is well. Is there any interest in Alex Sandro and do you think Juventus would be happy to part with him?

Thanks in advance!

{Ed002's Note - Manchester United has an interest in Alex Sandro, JUventus will let him leave if an acceptable offer is made.}

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07 Jul 2018 16:19:31
Thank you!

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04 Jul 2018 20:09:00
Juventus have not, as of a few minutes ago, made any offer to Real Madrid for Ronaldo. They have however spoken with his representative, Jorge Mendes, about what it would take to get the player and whether or not he would be interested (given that there is aplan from Real Madrid to utilise him elsewhere in a transaction) .

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04 Jul 2018 23:29:22
Thanks for the update Ed002.

Hope you don't mind me asking about the part you mentioned that "given that there is aplan from Real Madrid to utilise him elsewhere in a transaction" Are you willing to give the details on that part? No worries if not. Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - I have explained about Real Madrid’s plans.}

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05 Jul 2018 07:22:56
Thanks for the update Ed, it's really gathered steam all this. Is it true they had an 100 mill buy out for non Spanish clubs and psg that's recently came active? Also reading he's willing to move to Juve and its only a matter of time till the official bid is on the table.
If he was to go to Juve do you think this will be good or bad for calico leagues?

{Ed002's Note - You need to drop thoughts about "buy out" clauses. I would caution anyone to think about money in this matter as I rather doubt they will grasp the monies involved and the level of financial commitment a club would need to make.}

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05 Jul 2018 10:12:40
OK mate. Its not so much the transfer fee is it. It's the wage bill, helped by a sponsor, it's exactly what Juve are after though. Bigger brand and more marketability. He's perfect for them, and their goals.

{Ed002's Note - It is not simply that - it would be image rights issues, access to him from his own sponsors, yadda, yadda, yadda.}

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03 Jul 2018 10:25:44
Hey edds, can you confirm that these rumours about Ronaldo to Juve are pure nonsense? Ta.

{Ed002's Note - I was not aware of any rumours Andy but Ronaldo's future will not be in Turin.}

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03 Jul 2018 10:59:05
Been reading that Agnelli has offered him 30m a year and bonuses to sweeten the deal. No figure for him as such. Thought as much. Not many clubs can afford him, can you say where he may likely go Ed please? Thanks for the fast and truthful reply. Haha.

{Ed002's Note - I can't answer "likely" questions Andy. Real Madrid are open to using him as part of a deal for other transfers - as they are with most of their players, thereby making it easier to get them off the books. They plan to have a complete refresh over two years (2018 and 2019) and the likes of Ronaldo are due to leave. The plan for Ronaldo was perhaps 2019 rather than 2018 but there is still a possibility he could go in 2018. I suspect their rebuild will run in to 2020 now as they see how the new coach does.}

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03 Jul 2018 12:28:11
Perfect thanks for that.

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