As the new season creeps ever closer, there is debate in the Spanish media about the role Cristiano Ronaldo will play in the new look Real Madrid side.
According to Marca, Spain’s biggest selling daily, Carlo Ancelotti wants to give the Portuguese star a free role in the team.
The 28-year-old would dictate the team’s play, and wouldn’t have to concentrate on defending so much, allowing him to be at his devastating attacking best throughout matches, the paper says.
AS continues to whip Real supporters into a frenzy over the Gareth Bale transfer even though the story hasn’t changed much in the last 24 hours. The publication claims the Welshman has refused to travel with the Tottenham Hotspurs squad for their match at Monco – a somewhat surprising claim as Bale is known to be keen to maintain his good relationship with the club and fans in particular.
In some transfer news, talk of a potential bid from Arsenal for Luka Modric has been quashed by the club, while Denis Cheryshev may be on his way to Zenit St Petersburg on loan.