The funeral of Alfredo di Stefano takes place today after Madridista fans honoured him yesterday at the Santiago Bernabeu. Throughout the day, thousands of people queued in the summer’s heat to file past his coffin at the stadium and pay their last respects to the man who did so much to make the club what it is today.
Current Real Madrid players Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos greeted fans, while others who paid a visit included Madrid mayor Ana Botella and Barcelona president Joan Bartomeu.
Elsewhere, Marcelo had a horror show for Brazil in he World Cup semi-final against Germany. The hosts capitulated in the absence of Neymar and Thiago Silva, and put in an awful performance in defence. As bad as Brazil were, Germany were superb, and Sami Khedira got his name on the scoresheet, along with possible Los Blancos midfielder Toni Kroos.
German sports paper Bild is the latest media outlet to confirm Kroos’ transfer from Bayern Munich to Real Madrid. The paper says the two clubs need to settle on the final fee, but that shouldn’t be too complicated, and the player will sign a deal at the Santiago Bernabeu until the end of the 2018-19 season.
And finally, Juventus looks to be the final destination for Alvaro Morata. Marca says after weeks of speculation that the forward is set to sign for the Old Lady for around 18 million euros.