Rumors & Realities: Ronaldo to Corinthians, Juande Ramos Eyes January Signings

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Rumors & Realities: Ronaldo to Corinthians, Juande Ramos Eyes January Signings

R-R is ready to take some time off buying Christmas presents and setting the colorful tree to bring you the latest news in the football world.

It is Christmas time, a happy time of year to everyone-but not Chelsea's Alex.

Alex wants to make sure that he doesn't spend a week of 2009 in London.

The Brazilian defender's patience has run out after spending most of his time sighing alongside Carlo Cudicini on the benches of Stamford Bridge.

The former PSV man might move to Panathinaikos. However, there are doubts that Chelsea will let him move clubs as he is seen as the third-best defender. (Well, that's good).

Juande Ramos  is a happy man following an impressive debut with Real Madrid where the Spanish champions beat UEFA Cup winners, Zenit, by three goals to nothing.

Sources close to the Real Madrid coach have reported seeing Ramos wearing a Santa outfit, trying to fly a group of deer. He's one happy man.

And why shouldn't he be delighted following his appointment as manager of the most reputable football club in the world after collecting 2 points in a terrible stint at White Hart Lane.

In fact, the Spaniard is now said to be eying a couple of January signings.

Now it's just normal that a new manager would like to work with players with whom he has had a good experience with- not that any part of Ramos' time at Tottenham can be tagged "good".

That is why it's quite a surprise to see some papers link David Bentley, Aaron Lennon and Didier Zokora to Real Madrid.

With all due respect to the average wingers who have improved well ever since Ramos got the sack, Zokora is the only logical target for Real Madrid, keeping in mind that the Madrid giants have a Barbie-like defensive midfielder in Fernando Gago.

In more rational Real news, Ángel di Maríais rumored to be on the verge of completing a deal to join Real from Benfica in January.

If di María signs for Real, he will be the club's second January signing after securing the services of Ajax striker Klass-Jan Huntelaar.

While Ramos is said to be ready to bid for Andrei Arshavin, a man he wanted in his time at Tottenham. The Euro 2008 star is interested in joining Real, and his club's manager Dick Advocaat thinks it's time to let the Russian ace go.

Things aren't really going well for Paul Ince. Ince might be sacked if his team loses the next fixture against Wigan, according to common sense.

Jamie Redknapp has joined the coaching staff at Chelsea. Jamie hopes that this role can lead into a future managerial job. It's a baby step, but Harry (Jamie's daddy) must be proud of his son.

Finally, Rumors & Realities would like to personally congratulate one of its favorite players of all time, legendary Brazilian striker Ronaldo, for signing a one-year contract for Corinthians. 

We wish Ronaldo the best of luck.

Until next time,


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