Liverpool beware – Madrid make their first move on Rafa

Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has declared that he never intended to approach the Red’s manager Rafael Benitez as their coach and that he does have faith in their new coach Juande Ramos, who was sacked by Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur earlier this season.

Speaking on BBC Radio Five Live’s ‘Sportsweek’, Calderon explained:

“We want to see what happens with Ramos and at the end of the season, if everything is okay, and I hope so as he is a good coach, we will see what happens in May or June.

“We had to take this decision very quickly. I had a meeting with Bernd Schuster and he was very disappointed and not excited about keeping his job, so we got in touch with two or three coaches who could come and one of those was Ramos. That is why we did it so quickly.

“Benitez is a very good coach and he was with us as everyone knows. He was training the youth team at Real Madrid. But he is the coach of Liverpool and I am sure he is going to be there for a long time and so he is not an alternative for us.

“We know him very well, he is Spanish and worked with Real Madrid a long time ago. He is a very good coach but I would like to have Juande for longer than six months. So let’s hope everything is going to be okay and if it is like that, he will continue with us.”

But can you trust Ramon Calderon? This is the same man who played the I-will-sign-Cristiano-Ronaldo-I-would-not-sign-Cristiano-Ronaldo game in the summer, and as far as two years ago was saying that Ronaldo is a Manchester United player and on a contract and therefore not an alternative for Real Madrid.

At the rate Calderon works, we’re bound to hear more on Rafa before the end of the season.

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