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Real Madrid Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of February 3

Samuel MarsdenFeatured ColumnistFebruary 3, 2014

Real Madrid Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of February 3

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    Andres Kudacki/Associated Press

    T’was the night of transfer deadline day, when all through the Bernabeu, not a creature was stirring—not even a mouse.

    That, in a nutshell, is pretty much how the whole of January passed by at Real Madrid.

    Carlo Ancelotti said he was not interested in bringing players in or letting players go, per Sky Sports, and this is exactly how the month unraveled.

    However, even Ancelotti would surely admit there will be business to be done in the summer.

    With January now out the way, murmurs will begin about potential summer business among Europe’s biggest clubs.

    The following slides will let you know who’s saying what about Madrid.

    Last update: Thursday, Feb. 6

Jovetic Turned Down Madrid

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    Matt Dunham/Associated Press

    Thursday, Feb. 6

    In an interview with the Manchester Evening News, Manchester City forward Steven Jovetic has revealed that he turned Real Madrid down last summer.

    "There was also Real Madrid, but I chose City,” the Montenegrin international said, before going on to say why he chose the north of England over the Spanish capital.

    "I decided to come here because this is a major project with many players. I should have come here the year before.”

    With the recent explosion of Jese Rodriguez, it’s unlikely Madrid are too worried about missing out on the former Fiorentina player just yet.

'Perfect January'

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    Manu Fernandez/Associated Press

    Monday, Feb. 3

    Why would Carlo Ancelotti have wanted to shuffle his pack in January?

    As Alvaro de la Rosa points out in AS, Madrid are unbeaten in 21 matches. Plus, the Italian has found his favoured XI—with two rotations—since the defeat to Barcelona in October:

    Ancelotti currently has his first eleven with two established rotations: in goal, depending on the competition, and the other at right-back, where Arbeloa and Carvajal alternate from one game to the next.

    Apart from these variations he has his ‘magnificent nine’: Ramos, Pepe, Marcelo, Modric, Xabi Alonso, Di María, Bale, Benzema and Cristiano.

    With those names serving him so well, it’s understandable why Madrid’s manager wanted to keep his squad together for the run in. 

'I Might Play in France'

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    Andres Kudacki/Associated Press

    Monday, Feb. 3

    In an interview with France’s Telefoot (h/t Marca), Cristiano Ronaldo suggested he may one day go and play his football in France.

    "I know some words in French. I may or may not go to France one day to play and learn French," the Ballon d’Or winner said.

    "I like France. My mother worked in France years ago and I have family there," he added.

    Real Madrid fans needn’t worry about a departure to PSG or Monaco any time soon, though. Ronaldo said he is “very happy at Madrid” and would like to see out his contract at the Bernabeu, which runs until 2018. 

Benavente Not Available

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    Victor R. Caivano/Associated Press

    Monday, Feb. 3

    Interest is gathering in Real Madrid’s Cristian Benavente.

    The Peruvian playmaker plays for Real Madrid Castilla, and the club have put a price tag above his head thought to be in the region of €7 million.

    It comes amid enquiries from Mallorca and more recently Italian club Catania, according to Marca.

    The Madrid-based paper suggests the club “want Benavente to complete his apprenticeship at Castilla in order to move him up to the first team as soon as possible.”

    He isn’t 20 until May.

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