Roger Federer’s decision to retire after the upcoming Laver Cup has taken the sporting world by storm, with many prominent athletes congratulating the Swiss legend on a glittering career that saw him secure 20 grand slam titles.
In light of his decision to retire, Real Madrid are now planning a mega event by pitting Federer against his rival Rafael Nadal, in front of 80,000 odd fans at the Santiago Bernabeu, reports ESPN.
Nadal, who is one of three men’s tennis athletes to secure over 20 grand slam titles, has been one of Federer’s main rivals over the past decade or so.
The two have yielded some of the best tennis matches in history, and although Federer’s rivalry took even Nadal by surprise, Real Madrid plan to hold a final event to celebrate their revered rivalry by hosting a match at Santiago Bernabeu.
Nadal himself may have a significant role to play in hosting the event as the Spaniard is a self-confessed Real Madrid fan.
The tennis legend had also hinted at his desire to become a Real Madrid president in the past, so one would expect him to play a major role in convincing Federer, who holds great respect and an excellent relationship with Nadal.
However, it appears Real Madrid are yet to draw any framework for hosting the game just yet. A lot could unravel in the coming weeks, though in the meantime, Federer will look to shift his focus on the Laver Cup that starts next week.
Real Madrid closely following the progress of 19-year-old Brazilian centre-back
Real Madrid have made it a habit to identify and sign the best young talents from Brazil in recent times. The Merengues recently signed Endrick Felipe from Palmeiras, although the striker will join the club in 2024, once he turns 18 years old.
Now, according to journalist Bruno Andrade on UOL Esporte, Real Madrid have set their sights on 19-year-old Brazilian defender Robert Renan.
The teenage centre-half came through the ranks at Corinthians and went on to make 13 senior appearances for the Brazilian outfit. He left the club last month to sign for Russian giants Zenit St. Petersburg as part of the operation involving Yuri Alberto.
Renan is yet to make his debut for Zenit, but Real Madrid have had their eyes on the 19-year-old for a while now and have been closely following his progress and performances.
The teenage defender is currently a part of the Brazil U-20 team at the South American U-20 Championship in Colombia. And he has performed admirably in the tournament, featuring in each of his team’s five matches so far.
Renan’s performances in the U-20 Championship are said to have further piqued the interest of Real Madrid.
The report suggests that Los Blancos will continue keeping tabs on the young defender’s development at Zenit over the coming months.
With Nacho Fernandez’s contract expiring at the end of the season and Jesus Vallejo’s future uncertain as well, Real Madrid could use a defensive reinforcement in the summer to support Eder Militao, David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger.
Established players such as Josko Gvardiol have been linked with a move to the Bernabeu.
Renan, too, could be an option for Real Madrid in the summer. But, as things stand, the interest in the Brazilian is at a very nascent stage and the Merengues will continue to track his progress at Zenit, where his contract runs until 2028.