Real Madrid news: Zidane’s future up in the air, Isco makes decision on potential Juventus move, and more


After suffering a shock 2-0 defeat at the hands of Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday, Madrid’s hopes of qualifying for the next round are right in the balance.

Doubts emerged on Zinedine Zidane’s future as Real Madrid manager after his side’s shock 2-0 defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League on Tuesday left the Santiago Bernabeu outfit at 3rd place in Group B.

Luis Castro’s side, whose only previous victory in this season’s competition had come against Los Blancos on matchday one, completed a historic double over La Liga champions to brighten up their chances of qualifying for the next round.

Marca reports that Madrid’s higher-ups will wait until fixtures against Sevilla, Borussia Monchengladbach are behind the side before making any decision on their manager’s future. However, the pressure has been ramped up on the Frenchman after his side suffered back to back defeats.

The Spanish news publication further claims that while the club’s bigwigs previously had faith in their manager to turn things around, Real’s poor performances over the past few weeks has led them to believe they may have to cut ties with their head coach if results didn’t improve for the better soon.

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Top News 2: Isco makes decision on potential Juventus move

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With the Spanish playmaker continuously struggling for game time at Real Madrid, Juventus had emerged as one of his potential suitors.

Isco has rejected a potential transfer to Juventus in favor of a move to Everton in January, according to news coming out from Italy.

The 28-year-old Spain international, who came on for the last 13 minutes of Madrid’s 2-0 defeat to Shakhtar on Tuesday, has been struggling for game time this season. He has started only three games for Madrid in La Liga and has made a further five appearances for them from the bench.

Part of the reason why Isco isn’t getting enough playing minutes at the Santiago Bernabeu outfit is the plethora of midfield options available at the disposal of Zidane, with the Real Madrid manager preferring the likes of Fedo Valverde ahead of the Spaniard.

Calcio Mercato claims that the player’s untenable situation at La Liga champions convinced Juventus, Sevilla and Everton to make their approaches for the midfielder, with the 28-year-old turning down approaches from the first two in favor of a reunion with former boss Carlo Ancelotti.

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Top News 3: Madrid to use Hazard in Mbappe pursuit

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Since his €160m move from Chelsea last summer, the Belgium international has suffered more injuries (9) than he has managed goals and assists combined (7) for Los Merengues.

Real Madrid are planning to convince Paris Saint-Germain to sanction the departure of Kylian Mbappe by offering Eden Hazard as a makeweight for the French striker, per El Chringuito.

Hazard has proved to be a flop since his €160m arrival at Santiago Bernabeu last summer. The 29-year-old Belgium has suffered a string of injuries during his time in Spain and is yet to make than four appearances in a row with Los Blancos.

His troubles in Madrid could be gauged by the fact that Hazard has suffered more injuries (9) than he has managed goals and assists combined (7) for Los Merengues. Little wonder, then, that Zinedine Zidane’s side are ready to cut their losses with the Belgian.

The 29-year-old watched from the sidelines as his side were put to the sword by Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League on Tuesday, with his latest injury keeping the former Lille winger out of action until after the New Year.

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