Tuesday, 18 December, 2018

Real Madrid names new captain ahead of the against Melilla

Navas must decide his own future says Solari Navas must decide his own future says Solari
Andrew Wong | 07 December, 2018, 17:12

Real Madrid head coach Santiago Solari has told his players to forget about the FIFA Club World Cup after seeing them crush minnows Melilla to secure a seventh win in eight games.

The Spain playmaker has been confined to bench duty since Solari replaced Julen Lopetegui in the hotseat and was dropped from Madrid's matchday squad for last week's 2-0 Champions League victory at Roma. Vinicius and Marco Asensio would play alongside each other when they take on Melilla on Thursday.

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Solari gave little away in terms of team selection, but Castilla players Javi Sanchez, Fidalgo and Cristo have been included in his squad.

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This is a massive, massive win for us. "I've been speaking about it the last few weeks, and we've got to take that into Saturday. It happened four or five times.

Lucas Vazquez will be deployed on the right wing, Karim Benzema up front, and a fully-fit Gareth Bale is set to start on the left flank.

Having left the newly-crowned Ballon d'Or victor Luka Modric out of the 18, Solari had to be patient and it was not until the 33rd minute that the La Liga giants got their noses in front when Asensio ran on to full-back Dani Carvajal's ball and fired into the bottom corner of Pedro Luis' goal.

Solari recently signed a three-year deal in the Spanish capital, but reports have suggested that Perez will look for a replacement next summer.

"It was Luka's year, and the focus should be on him", the coach said.

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"It comes at a time of maturity in his career". My goal was a long time in coming but I'm pleased and a bit more relaxed having scored.

"I'm also very happy for Asensio, who scored two goals, and for Vinicius, who did another".

This match will not be broadcast live on UK TV.

One thing that's clear is that Real Madrid will not let Isco leave on loan during the January transfer window, while telling the player that he needs to find a club willing to fork out €700 million if he wants out of Santiago Bernabeu.

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