Former Real Madrid goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek is known to generate headlines every time he reflects on his career.
With the former Polish international’s tendency to be extremely candid as well, his revelations tend to stir tons of conversation online.
With the release of his latest autobiography, the 49-year-old has now given an insight into former Barcelona captain Lionel Messi’s unspoken habit of provoking the opposition on the pitch.
“He was very provocative, as were Barcelona and their manager Pep Guardiola. They were always ready to annoy you and many times they managed it perfectly.
“I have seen and listened to Messi saying very rude things to Pepe and Ramos that you can’t even think about. Imagine what can come out of the mouth of a person who seems so calm and nice,” he said, as reported by Il Posticipo and relayed by MARCA.
Considering the veteran was at Real Madrid from 2007 to 2011, he witnessed Barcelona in their absolute pomp under Pep Guardiola, where tensions were extremely high between both rival clubs.
As a result, it is unsurprising to discover that both Guardiola and Messi had a competitive edge about them, especially in a clash as high-octane as El Clasico.
Dudek also gave a blunt, yet honest assessment on his thoughts on Los Blancos’ icons, Raul Gonzalez and Cristiano Ronaldo after spending years in the same dressing room as the pair.
“Raul was a very arrogant guy, but in general, he was normal. Cristiano, on the other hand, was very self-centred but very competitive. However, he is an absolutely normal guy, but I understand that he can be perceived differently from the outside,” he said.
Considering the nature of these quotes about such high-profile names, Dudek is likely to create a lot of chatter ahead of the much-anticipated El Clasico next weekend.
Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report
With less than six months left on his contract, Marco Asensio looks to be on his way out of Real Madrid very soon. The Spaniard has not yet started talks to extend his contract with the Spanish giants, which has garnered the eyes from several top clubs across Europe.
One of the clubs interested in his signature happens to be Premier League leaders Arsenal. Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of the player, and will try to be bring him to North London on a free transfer this summer.
According to Mirror, Asensio’s agents will fly to London this week to get an a better understanding Arsenal’s interest in the player. Talks are scheduled with Arsenal, among possibly other clubs.
Asensio’s priority remains to extend with Arsenal, but not at ‘any cost’. The winger is looking for raise with his new contract to go along with a four-year deal. The report states that he currently earns around €130,000 per week at Madrid.
The 27-year-old has been waiting for an official offer from Los Blancos for a while, but the club will wait for March or April before taking a decision on his extension.
Asensio took a while to grow important for Carlo Ancelotti this season, but has been featuring regularly on the right-wing lately. He even scored in 2-0 win against Valencia in midweek, taking his tally to two for the season, excluding three assists as well.
Arsenal are definitely looking to add more firepower to their squad for next season, having already brought in Leandro Trossard in the winter. Asensio could serve as the perfect backup to Bukayo Saka, who has been in incredible form all season.