REAL MADRID star Cristiano Ronaldo exploded at the club’s decision to sell Alvaro Morata to Chelsea after their La Liga draw against Athletic Bilbao yesterday.
Real Madrid missed out on the chance to narrow the gap on league leaders Barcelona with a goalless draw against Bilbao.
Ronaldo, stuck on just two La Liga goals for the season, was unable to fire Los Blancos to a much-needed win.
Karim Benzema toiled up front in another sign that the France international may be past his prime.
And Spanish website Don Balon claim Ronaldo exploded after the game, and questioned the Real Madrid’s decision to let Morata slip through their gasp.
The Spain international was sold despite scoring 20 goals from 42 games last season.
And Morata’s form for Chelsea shows Los Blancos made the wrong decision.
The 25-year-old has bagged 10 goals from 20 games to help Chelsea fight their way back into the Premier League title race.
Don Balon say Ronaldo has already exploded in a fit of rage about the transfer on several occasions.
And he blames Zinedine Zidane for forcing Morata out of the Bernabeu and over to Stamford Bridge.
Meanwhile, Zidane insists the wins will come despite seeing his side held to a draw.
“Real Madrid are eight points behind Barcelona because we don’t score enough,” Zidane said.
“Compared to last year, results are changing.
“I see the game today and I can’t say that we play differently to last year.
“Last year there were games we won in the last minute and this year we can’t do that.
“I’m not concerned but I’m disappointed for the players.
“My job is to make sure we are positive and playing so that the goals will come.”
Manchester City rumoured to be extremely keen on Chelsea star – but it’s not Hazard or Morata
Pep Guardiola would like to bring Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen to Manchester City, according to Pat Nevin.
Signed from Danish outfit Brondby in 2012, the 21-year-old has had to be patient in his bid to become part of the first-team picture at Stamford Bridge. After making three senior apperances in the 2014/15 season he joined Borussia Monchengladbach on a two-year loan deal in order to aid his development.
Having returned from a successful spell in Germany during the summer, the Denmark international has impressed when given a chance and even earned the trust of manager Antonio Conte to start the 1-0 win over Manchester United last month ahead of the experienced David Luiz.
Now getting a regular run in the side, Nevin has revealed that Christensen’s consistent performances has also been turning heads at the Etihad Stadium with Guardiola keen to do business.
“I heard a wee whisper, and I don’t know if it’s true, but the player he would really like more than anyone else is Andreas Christensen from Chelsea,” Nevin told Irish radio station Newstalk last week.
“That’s the one he’d really like. He’s not going to get him but he’s at that sort of age he could to the same thing as Stones.”
Similarities between Christensen and John Stones are clear. Both are more than comfortable with playing out from the back, rarely waste a pass and are at an age where they can only improve with regular game time.
Now that the Dane has slotted into the middle of the back three in recent weeks with relative ease, it has coincided with the Blues looking a lot more solid defensively and it’s allowed them to push up the Premier League table following a rather disappointing start to the defence of their title.