Spanish publication Marca is often regarded by many as the mouthpiece for Spanish sport especially when it comes to La Liga football. However in reality it is always tailored mainly to the benefit of the team it most vociferously represents; Real Madrid.
Therefore stories about Madrid in the paper are either usually valid or true or designed to provoke reaction; maybe even help with the pursuit of a player. For instance, Gareth Bale’s ‘mysterious injury’ yesterday that had them hyping up his apparent move from Tottenham Hotspur.
But with that being said there is a piece of news out of Marca today that will actually come as music to the ears of Liverpool fans; as it looks as though Luis Suarez is no longer on the Madrid agenda.
Gonzalo Higuain passed his medical at Napoli yesterday as he gets set to join the Italian outfit in a £31.8 million move. The rumour mill therefore churned that Real would look to directly replace Higuain with Suarez.
But it seems that Carlo Ancelotti may have his own, different, agenda. He looks ready to use the youngsters.
Rather than break the bank on an expensive signing the club are happy with having Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo as players who can play up-front regularly but the impressive Spanish youth internationals Alvaro Morata and Jese Rodriguez are to be given a fair crack of the whip themselves.
Morata impressed this summer at the European Under-21 tournament; picking up the top goal-scorer award with four goals in the competition.
Jese on the other hand was on superb form for the Real Madrid Castilla outfit; scoring 22 goals in 38 games. On top of that he was recently rewarded with a new deal that includes a €200 million buy-out clause; which should highlight how much he is wanted at the Bernabeu.
Real Madrid have recently been criticised for not raising their own Guti, Iker Casillas and Raul type talents anymore.
Now it seems they are ready to line-up with a more Spanish feel to the team; with Isco and Asier Illarramendi also joining.
For both players it represents an excellent opportunity to become regular first-teamers at their boyhood clubs while for Liverpool it is good news; with a deal for Suarez now seemingly off the table.
The bad news is however for Tottenham fans. With all that Higuain money and the savings on a new centre-forward on top of their current transfer budget they might just be ready to make that move for the Spurs talisman.
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