Published: Sun, February 11, 2018
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Chelsea favourites to sign Real Madrid star ahead of Manchester City

Chelsea favourites to sign Real Madrid star ahead of Manchester City

"I want him to spend his entire career here and that won't change", said Zidane.

Jon Bautista pulled one back after the break, but Ronaldo scored his third from close range before Asier Illarramendi's volleyed consolation.

Zinedine Zidane's side go into Saturday's game 19 points behind league leaders FC Barcelona and their main target in the league is to retain fourth place to ensure qualification for next season's Champions League.

However, Real have crumbled this season, crashing out of the Copa del Rey and enduring a miserable domestic campaign.

Former Brazil striker Ronaldo has urged his old club Real Madrid to make a summer swoop for Neymar, amid suggestions the superstar is unhappy at Paris Saint-Germain despite making a big-money move only last summer.

Real Madrid are willing to allow young forward Marco Asensio to leave for Chelsea in the summer - but only if they are given Eden Hazard in return.

Madrid took the lead after 49 seconds, their fastest goal of the season, with Vazquez directing a terrific header home to find the net for the first time in five months in LaLiga.

White handkerchief sellers will have been doing a roaring trade in Madrid this week after a "disgusted" Zidane watched little old Levante score a late leveller in their last La Liga outing.

"I think PSG are a spectacular team that are made to win the Champions League", he told RMC.

Elsewhere on Saturday, Villarreal squandered an opportunity to climb above Real Madrid into the top four, for a few hours at least, as they lost 2-1 at home to Alaves. "Yesterday I was asked if we are anxious that he does not score - today he got three goals".

Hazard was key as the Blues cantered to Premier League glory last term in Antonio Conte's first season in charge and though Chelsea's title defence has fallen away this time around, the Belgium worldwide has been in imperious form. "I watched thousands of his videos and now he is the manager of one of the best clubs in the world, so yes, it is great".

The Spain star was outstanding as Real won the La Liga and Champions League titles last season, but this season has been somewhat of a disaster, particularly domestically, and Isco has struggled to earn regualr starts. We'll see. But they have not done that.

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