The Santiago Bernabeu paid tribute to the Real Madrid Juvenil A team ahead of the senior side’s home game against Real Valladolid on Sunday to celebrate the youth side’s triumph in Copa del Rey which they won on March 11.
As part of the tribute, former defender and Juvenil A head coach Alvaro Arbeloa took the centre stage. The 40-year-old, who began his professional playing career with Real Madrid, was honoured with a tifo by the Real Madrid fans which read, “ETERNAL CAPITAN”.
As it turns out, Arbeloa is still in the hearts of Madrid fans and they have not forgotten that despite being the coach of the Juvenil A team, he also acts as the team’s ambassador in national and international events.
And now with Carlo Ancelotti’s future in limbo, the former defender is seen as a potential successor of the Italian, reports Jorge Picon, with the ex-Spanish international himself dreaming of managing the senior team.
In all fairness, while Arbeloa has done well enough with the youth team, Castilla manager Raul continues to have the vote of the management. For now, the club continue to assess the options, which also includes roping in experienced personnel such as Mauricio Pochettino.
And these developments do not really concern Arbeloa even a single bit, reports the journalist. The 40-year-old knows that becoming the manager of the first team is still a distant dream.
Now, Arbeloa does have the approval of the leadership of Real Madrid, but nobody, including himself, is in a hurry to take the bigger step. In fact, he would not mind continuing a few more years with the youth team.
Picon mentions that Arbeloa’s immediate plan is to go to Castilla first where he is considered Raul’s natural heir. For now, no one knows what lies ahead for the 40-year-old, but he wants to continue his managerial journey one step at a time. In the midst, he would also not decline new opportunities from abroad.
Inter Milan star claims he is the best playmaker in the world, ahead of Real Madrid superstar
Hakan Calhanoglu raised many eyebrows in the summer of 2021 when he left AC Milan to join arch-rivals Inter Milan on a free transfer.
It was a move that surprised many, but more than two and a half years later, Calhanoglu’s acquisition has turned out to be a masterstroke from Inter Milan’s end.
During his time at Inter, the former HSV starlet has featured in 125 competitive matches, racking up 23 goals and 24 assists. He has eclipsed his AC Milan numbers, which is quite a feat to achieve.
Calhanoglu hails himself as the best playmaker
Hakan Calhanoglu’s performances have been particularly impressive in the ongoing campaign. The midfielder has been involved in 14 goals this term, including 11 goals.
In light of his performances, Calhanoglu has raised eyebrows by hailing himself as the best playmaker in the world, in a recent interview.
“I’m the best playmaker right now,” Calhanoglu said, shortly after Inter Milan’s narrow 1-0 victory over Atletico Madrid.
Calhanoglu ranks Toni Kroos as the ‘next best’ after him and Rodri
The Turkish international went on to name a few more players who he thinks are the best playmakers after him.
Calhanoglu notably mentioned Real Madrid superstar Toni Kroos, stating (h/t DAZN), “After me Rodri, then Toni Kroos, Kimmich and Enzo Fernández.”
The Turk’s decision to add Kroos to his list is highly surprising as the German maestro has been quite important to the Real Madrid team this season.
Even at the of 34, Kroos has remained an integral part of the Real Madrid midfield. His experience and leadership have been crucial in guiding an otherwise young midfield unit.
Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for another veteran Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric.
The Croat is reportedly unhappy with his current role in the first team and is likely to leave Santiago Bernabeu at the end of the season.