Will José Mourinho still be at Real Madrid for the Manchester United tie?

For the first time in 10 years Iker Casillas was on the bench. José Mourinho’s gambit didn’t pay off. Roque Santa Cruz scored twice (audible gasp) on Antonio Adán. Real’s title aspirations are cooked, but the lasting memory from Malaga’s 3-2 victory will be Mou’s decision to drop Casillas from the lineup. When asked if Adán was the better keeper Mourinho responded in classic style: ” “In my opinion? Of course.” Rumors of infighting has plagued the club. Mourinho has refered to ‘three rotten eggs’ within his squad. His decision to drop Casillas will be seen as an outing. He’ll continue to fight, managing a team full of crest fallen players, but it appears the end is near for Jose in Madrid.

Manchester City send fixer to Brazil as they launch bold mission to sign £32m superstar Neymar

Manchester City sporting director Txiki Begiristain — great name — is chilling in Brazil, courting Brazilian prodigy Neymar according to the Telegraph. Jason Burt states City know they aren’t alone — Chelsea and Real Madrid have deep pockets and no conscious as well. The idea was Neymar would stay in Brazil until the 2014 World Cup. Would City be the best place for the Djibril Cissé imposter? They’d have to jettison Mario Balotelli — seemingly a given at this point — but even then they’re left with Aguero, Tevez and Dzeko up front. Playing time will be sparse.

Ronaldo admits he’d love to ‘come home’ to Manchester United

This week’s Daily Mail troll headline is based on comments from friends and former teammates of Ronaldo. Fergie would welcome him back, CR7 wants to come back — according to unnamed sources, it’s all to perfect. There are a couple hang ups. Ronaldo’s buyout clause is one billion euros. That coupled with two and a half more years in his deal with Madrid mean the reunion is probably not going to happen.

Meireles at the centre of a storm

As usual Andy Brassell kills it, discussing the aftermath of Raul Meireles’ red card in the Istanbul Derby. After his dismissal Meireles kissed the Fenerbahce in front of a rabid pro-Galatasaray crowd. Then it got worse:

“Referee Halis Ozkahya alleged in his report that Meireles spat at him and made a homophobic slur towards him following the sending-off. Nobody is saying that he behaved angelically in the aftermath, having crossed words with both Emmanuel Eboue and Felipe Melo as he made his way from the scene of the crime, but Meireles’ reaction of shock and indignation has been quite unprecedented.”

The situation has now devolved into a case of ‘he’s lying’. Meireles has been banned for 11 games. Both sides have been peddling their message to the media – Fenerbahce’s English twitter account recounted the testimonies of Meireles friends and former teammates — he is a great player and a great example of a human being.” Read the whole piece. Interesting stuff.

Eden’s heaven is Real

We end with an inane article from the Sun — breaking news — featuring Christian Benteke dishing on Eden Hazard’s dreams. Normally I would prefer to avoid articles like this, but I’ve been a bit obsessed with the rising superpower that is Belgian football. Benteke reveals Hazard has always dreamed of playing for Real Madrid. Apparently all the Belgian lads are friends: “Eden and Marouane are the two players I am with all the time when we are on international duty with Belgium.” Yea, this probably wasn’t worth a read.