It’s been a quiet week for Real Madrid, and the focus is slowly shifting to the next league fixture this weekend against Malaga – the last one before el Clasico the following week.
But there is plenty of news in the Madrid press still, and we start with an uplifting story in Marca, in which the mother of a baby suffering from cortical dysplasia calls Cristiano Ronaldo an ‘angel’ after he offered to pay for her son’s operation.
Cristina Cruz told the paper of her son Erik’s condition and how the family had fought to raise funds for the procedure. She said when Ronaldo initially found out about the case, he donated his shirt and boots to be auctioned but then later offered to pay for the treatment. Erik’s mother said: “For me Cristiano is an angel.”
Elsewhere, Diego Lopez has been talking about Real’s season to date and what is still to come in the final months. He told an audience yesterday that he expects the three-way battle for La Liga to go to the wire.
“We are seeing a very strong Atletico emerge this season, and no matter what anyone says, Barcelona will be in there until the end too. We are ready to work hard and fight for each other to achieve our goals,” he said.
Finally, the transfer of Alvaro Morata to Arsenal does to seem as close as was made out last month. AS and Marca both say the latest party interested in signing the young forward is Manchester United.