Neymar willing to talk to Real Madrid

Neymar willing to talk to Real Madrid

Barcelona star Neymar is willing to speak to Real Madrid about a possible move, despite currently negotiating a new deal at the Camp Nou.

The Brazilian's contract runs out in 2018 and he is yet to put pen to paper on a new one.

He has been linked with a number of clubs, including the Blaugrana's eternal rivals as well as Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United.

Despite continuing his impressive on-pitch relationship with both Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi, netting 24 goals as Barcelona wrapped up a 24th La Liga title, he is willing to discuss a switch to the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, according to Globoesporte.

It is not clear at this stage if Neymar's genuine intention is to leave Barcelona or to put pressure on the club, who find themselves in a similar situation with midfielder Sergio Busquets, to sort out his future.

James starts recovery plan for final

Real Madrid's James Rodriguez has been given a fresh training programme in a bid to be fit for the Champions League final.

Having suffered an injury to his lower calf muscle in the side's 3-2 victory over Valencia on May 8, the forward is to be closely monitored by the coaching staff and will return to training on Tuesday.

The 24-year-old will have missed Thursday, Friday and Saturday's training sessions before his return on Tuesday, with head coach Zinedine Zidane keen to protect James from further injury.

Should the Colombian come through next week's training unscathed, he will be in the Zidane's thoughts as they prepare to meet rivals Atletico Madrid at the San Siro stadium.

Having narrowly missed out on winning La Liga, a victory in the final on May 28 will end the season on a high for Los Blancos in what would be their eleventh Champions League title.

Ancelotti: Cristiano Ronaldo took 3am ice baths

Carlo Ancelotti has revealed Cristiano Ronaldo s dedication to duty by revealing he took early morning ice baths even if his supermodel girlfriend Irina Shayk was waiting at home for him.

The Italian, who will be taking over at Bayern Munich next season, has been looking back over his time as Real Madrid coach and talked about the Portuguese's professional attitude in particular.

"Cristiano Ronaldo bathed in ice at three o'clock in the morning, even if Irina was waiting for him at home," he said in the interview with the Financial Times.

"He wasn't bothered about the money; he only wanted to be the best.

"I can't go into details but I can tell you that it is incredible how he has always put his career before models and other issues."

Beckham asks Real Madrid to be patient with friend Zidane

David Beckham believes Real Madrid should give his former team mate at the club, Zinedine Zidane, time to succeed even if the French great fails to inspire them to victory in the Champions League final later this month.

Zidane fell just short of steering the club to La Liga glory, with Real finishing one point behind Barcelona, but can claim his first title since replacing Rafa Benitez earlier this year in the May 28 Champions League final against city rivals Atletico in Milan.

"Madrid needs stability and continuity," Beckham said in an interview with Spanish magazine Semanal XL.

"It would be good if Zizou (Zidane) continues for some time and that they maintain the players they have today.

"Even if they don't win the Champions League, it would be good to let Zizou work.

"Stability is key, not just in every aspect of life but in business."

Former England captain Beckham played with Zidane at Real from 2003 until 2006 before the French great retired from football.

"Besides being a great friend, he is the person that is most passionate about football and Real Madrid that I have met and the best player I've ever played with," Beckham said.

Zidane was Carlo Ancelotti's assistant in 2013 when Real won the Champions League and had been coaching Real's reserve team, Castilla, in the third division before being named Real's 11th boss in 12 years.

He was named La Liga's Manager of the Month for April, picking up the award for the first time this season, following a six-game winning month which helped the team get back into title contention.

Real trailed Barcelona by 10 points and closed that gap to just one heading into the final weekend of the campaign.

"I wasn't born to coach but Zizou, yes," Beckham said.

"Zizou, who won everything, was chosen the best player in the world several times and he experienced first hand many situations. There is no former player who garners more respect and admiration.

"It was only natural that he would end up coaching the team.

"At this time, they (Real) must be very happy with Zizou.

"His job in any case is very difficult because in the last five years, Madrid have had to face the best Barca in history."

Real have failed to win La Liga since the 2011-12 campaign while Barca celebrated their sixth league title in eight seasons last weekend.

"Barca is a monster, a well thought out and constructed team, with youngsters that are promoted from the youth team and with (Lionel) Messi, who is from another planet," Beckham said.

"When you compete against a team like that one, everything becomes more complicated."

Beckham refused to wade into the "senseless debate" over who is the better player between Real's Cristiano Ronaldo and Barca's Messi.

"Both are unique, just like Zizou in his day. They have marked an era.

"We will remember the Messi and Cristiano years and both at the same time!

"No one had ever maintained that level throughout for so long.

"Whoever knows them, they always highlight their persistence and hunger to get better. They want to be the best."

Oblak: We have to win the final

Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak says reaching the Champions League final is not enough; and it will only be worth celebrating if they can beat city rivals Real.

The game on May 28 at Milan's Stadio Giuseppe Meazza is a repeat of the showpiece from two years ago, when Los Blancos won 4-1 to clinch a historic tenth European Cup.

Oblak signed for Atleti from Benfica the following summer when Thibaut Courtois returned to Chelsea after a loan spell, and the Slovenian has called on his teammates to go one step further this time around.

"It is not enough to play the final, we must win it," he said.

"Before a match I never imagine what can happen.

"When you enter the field you see how things go, but at first it is difficult, you can imagine one thing and then another happens."

Oblak only conceded 18 goals in La Liga but says he is ready for anything because of Real's attacking threat.

"Derbies are always difficult, in the league, Champions League or wherever," he continued.

"Recently there have been goals, but we will see on May 28.

They have great players, the best in the world, but we also have a strong team, with some of the best in their positions.

"We're not afraid of anyone, we will show what we are on the pitch."

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