Tottenham Hotspurs is closely monitoring the situation of Valencia holding midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia. Zinedine Zidane believes the fierce rivalry between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi is good for both of them and the game. Barcelona has reached out to the agent of Lyon teenage sensation Hossem Aouar.
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4. Barca to compete with Arsenal for Lyon star
Barcelona has reached out to the agent of Lyon teenage sensation Hossem Aouar. The 19-year-old has enjoyed a great start this season so far and clubs in Europe are starting to notice him. Arsenal was the first to ask about his availability with Arsene Wenger looking to sign him in January.
However, according to L’Equipe the Ligue 1 youngster is now a hot cake in Europe. The Catalan giant is now interested in the player. They want to sign him as soon as January if a deal can be reached between the two clubs. The only challenge is they want him to feature in La Masia reserve before unveiling his next season. This might work against them.
3. Zidane explains why Ronaldo-Messi rivalry is good for the game
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane believes the fierce rivalry between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi is good for both of them and the game. The two stars are going head-to-head in the race to lift 2017 Ballon d’Or award. The Portuguese is expected to go level with the Argentine after a successful year with the club. The French tactician believes the two stars motivate each other.
“It’s true, when we look at their statistics, they’re amazing,’’ said Zidane
“It’s surprising to see the number of goals they’ve scored, actually. They’re two great players.
“One makes the other better and vice-versa. I think it’ll continue, this duel, for some time to come.”
The Los Blancos coach believes his man will come good in front of goal despite a poor start. He has scored only 2 goals as compared to Lionel Messi 12 in La Liga.
“I think it [Ronaldo not being at his best] doesn’t really matter because he is so big,” Zidane said.
“He has big shoulders and when things don’t go right for him, he’s always found a way to put things right.
“It’s normal that people have opinions and talk about him, but people who love Real Madrid, this team, they know what he has done.
“Just last season he had a fantastic season. There’s a long way to go yet this season, we’re not even halfway there – we have six more months to go.
“Be careful with Ronaldo – he’ll come good.”