Madrid Press: Real players set for quarter finals

Madrid Press: Real players set for quarter finals


The quarter finals of the World Cup begin tonight with France taking on Germany and Brazil going head-to-head with Colombia. On Saturday, Holland play Costa Rica before Argentina face Germany.

And the papers in Madrid focus on the five Los Blancos players still taking part: Marcelo, Sami Khedira, Raphael Varane, Karim Benzema and Angel di Maria.  Plus they have an eye on the other two probable Real players – Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez.

Yesterday, Marca said the deal for Kroos was done but just not announced yet. But the player himself responded to those reports saying nothing was signing, and his future won’t be decided until after the World Cup.

Marca goes with a picture of James Rodriguez on its front page this morning and says Monaco are willing to negotiate a deal, but that it will take a huge offer – in the region of 75 million euros to tempt them into parting with their star man.

Elsewhere, Nacho Fernandez has signed a new six-year deal at the club. The central defender has found his chances limited at the club, but Los Blancos rate him highly and see him as one for the future, which is why they were keen to tie him down to a long-term contract.