Spanish football is in mourning after the team was knocked out of the World Cup at the first hurdle. A 2-0 defeat to Chile ensured the current holders would be on the plane home earlier than they expected – but much of the press reaction is of pride for the last six years and the huge success the national team gave to everyone.
Looking at Real Madrid news in particular, Los Blancos have announced they will play their final pre-season game in Warsaw on August 16 against Fiorentina. The game will take place four days after Carlo Ancelotti’s men play Sevilla in Cardiff in the European Supercopa, and falls four days before the second leg of the Spanish Supercopa, when Madrid will host city rivals Atletico at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Real have good memories of playing Fiorentina in Warsaw. It was the scene of the club’s second European Cup win in 1957, when di Stefano and Gento were the heroes.
Elsewhere, AS says Juventus will hold another meeting with Real’s directors over the possible transfer of Alvaro Morata. The forward is set to leave the club in search of first team football but the process so far has been long drawn out.
And finally, Manchester United are expected to make a bid of around 45 million euros for Sami Khedira as they look to strengthen their midfield ahead of the new Premier League campaign.