Luka Modrić will be extending his stay with Real Madrid and that should mean Thiago Alcantara is staying put with Bayern Munich.
Following a swift bout of speculation regarding his future Luka Modrić has elected to stay at Real Madrid, As understands from sources close to the Croatia midfielder. After winning the Golden Ball at the 2018 World Cup by leading Croatia to the final in Russia, Inter Milan emerged as a suitor for the 32-year-old, offering Modrić a succulent six-year contract worth some 10 million euros a year and the promise of a final pay day in the Chinese Super League with Inter part-owned side Jiangsu Suning after four seasons in Serie A. Modrić has two years left on his current contract and it anticipated that Madrid will offer an extension and a pay rise in line with his current standing as the best in the world in his position. That will be enough to ensure that the influential midfielder remains at the club, possibly until he decides to retire.
Modrić’s decision to stay with Real Madrid may have put the Thiago to Los Blancos rumors out of their misery, which should make Bayern fans happy. I supposed there is a chance that Real Madrid could still pursue Thiago (who does supposedly want to return to Spain), but Modrić’s decision assuredly makes Real Madrid less desperate and Bayern less likely to see a big money offer.
It remains to be seen if those reports out of Spain can officially be put out to pasture as well.
Croatian dynamo Ante Rebić says he had some better financial offers, but was happy because Eintracht Frankfurt offered him the “feel good factor.”
Good for him as his presence with Eintracht Frankfurt only makes the Bundesliga stronger. Besides, who really wanted to see him suiting u for Manchester United?
️ #Rebic: "I had other offers - and some that were better financially. But I just feel very happy here. That feel-good factor was important to me. The city, the fans - it's just a good fit."#SGE | #Rebic2022 pic.twitter.com/lcYGDX7hoS— Eintracht Frankfurt (@eintracht_us) August 10, 2018
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It’s never too early for some shade to be thrown among “friends.”
Surely, the Bayern ladies would have preferred a win in France, but it was a strong effort against good competition.
The FC Bayern women scored a 1-1 draw in the opening match of the Toulouse International Ladies Cup against Paris Saint Germain. Mandy Islacker gave Bayern the lead in the 40th minute with a penalty kick, while PSG equalized in the Stade Michel Bendichou in the 57th minute through Eve Perisset.
Gina Lewandowski commented on the quality of the competition the Frauen faced and how some bad luck kept the game a draw.
We could have definitely won the game but were unlucky once or twice. PSG was still a very good test opponent for us, as they have gone tough in the duels and have demanded a lot from us.
FC Bayern are mourning the passing of former player Arpad Fazekas. The five-time Hungary international goalkeeper passed away in early-August at the age of 88 in his hometown of Budapest.
Fazekas, who began his professional career at Ujpest Budapest, played in Munich from 1957 to 1961, and was the goalkeeper in the first FCB team to win the DFB Cup with a 1-0 win over Fortuna Düsseldorf in 1957. Following his time in the Bavarian capital he joined Hessen Kassel before finishing his career at Anderlecht in 1964. The link to FC Bayern, however, was never lost and the Hungarian would often come to Munich to meet up with his former teammates from the 1957 team. FC Bayern will forever remember the former goalkeeper and cup winner.