Real Madrid Reportedly Sack Sporting Director Miguel Pardeza

Rob BlanchetteFeatured ColumnistJuly 4, 2014

MADRID, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 30:  Miguel Pardeza attends As del Deporte Awards at Ifema Cityhall on November 30, 2010 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Eduardo Parra/Getty Images)
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Real Madrid have sacked their current sporting director, Miguel Pardeza, according to widespread reports on Friday.

R. Gomez Y.P. Polo of Marca reports that the Champions League winners have restructured their academy and management structure, with Pardeza being notified of his employment termination a few days ago.

The former Madrid player was originally assistant to Jorge Valdano at the Bernabeu, but after the Argentinian left the club, he was kept on by Los Blancos, subsequently striking up a relationship with then-manager, Jose Mourinho, per Polo. 

The news comes days after the club's decision to move Zinedine Zidane to its reserve team Castilla to coach and manage the development of their highly regarded youth talent, as per The Associated Press (via The Guardian).

Pardeza's final act was to oversee the Galacticos' La Decima victory of the European Cup, solidifying the club's status as the continent's most successful entity. 

It is no surprise that Florentino Perez has authorised a restructure at Madrid after the stunning 2013-14 triumph of neighbours Atletico in La Liga.

That is not something Perez will want to see again, and the onus will be on any new, incoming sporting director to ensure this. 

Madrid are currently in for a number of transfer targets, with Spanish focus back on domestic matters following the failure of their national side at the World Cup.

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Tom Sheen of The Independent reports the next Galacticos signing will be Toni Kroos of Bayern Munich who looks set to join the team in a £19.9 million deal.

Sheen notes a report in Marca, which reveals there are only "minor details" to iron out in the transfer of Kroos and that the deal will be completed after Germany's World Cup campaign. 

Former Atletico striker Radamel Falcao and fellow Monaco teammate James Rodriguez are also on Perez's shortlist of signings.

Duncan Castles of reports that Madrid have made a significant breakthrough in the signing of Falcao and are now in advanced discussions with the player to bring him back to the capital. 

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But Monaco’s vice-president Vadim Vasilyev insists this is not the case, as per Castles:

"There are no negotiations with any club for Falcao. Nobody is not transferable, I don't know of any examples in football, yet there is no discussion, we rely on him."

Pardeza's sacking comes at a time when much movement is expected from Spain's two big clubs. Barcelona have already moved out Cesc Fabregas and expect to push forward a deal for Luis Suarez in a potential £80 million transfer, as per Sky Sports.

Pardeza's exit will not be felt by a set of fans who are used to seeing people exit through the ever-revolving door of Perez's employment. The club is likely to use the position to bring new channels to Madrid in their ongoing attempts to rule European football.