Sergio Reguilon isn’t a great player for Los Merengues yet, but the Spaniard left-back is one of the fast-rising football stars who passed through all levels of Real Madrid’s La Fabrica into Real Madrid’s first team.
For every professional football club in the world of football, who at one point had great football stars donned their jersey, whether retired or left the club, the local parlance that goes thus, a soldier goes, a soldier comes barrack doesn’t move is definitely what depicts the situation of such football club and the players. Which also in other words depicts the situation of Sergio Reguilon.
He joined the youth setup in 2005 at the age of eight, but in 2015 following his failed attempt to break into the Castilla line up that season, he was loaned to the Segunda Division B side UD Logrones for the rest of 2015-16 and 2016-17 season.
Having found his baring at Logrones, he returned to Madrid and became a key figure in the B team under former Los Blancos legend Santiago Solari, playing over 30 times for the team and captaining the team on 11 occasions. As such the glimpses of quality Sergio Reguilon showed the Real Madrid hierarchy made them believed he’s a player for the future and that got him a professional contract in May 2018.
Sergio Reguilon made his professional debut for Real Madrid in 2018 in a UEFA Champions League away loss to CSKA Moscow, where he played the full 90 minutes for Los Blancos. And to further get into the team he got his next game opportunity almost a month later in the Copa Del Rey where Real Madrid defeated UD Melilla 4-0 at home, after impressing Julen Lopetegui in the pre-season.
Being a player Solari knew the in and out from the Castilla days, unsurprisingly under him, Reguilon established himself as the first-choice left-back for the team when he took over the reign as the manager. After ousting the out of form Marcelo and went ahead to start at left-back for Madrid where he offered the team stability, grit, energy, and also helped balance the defense that looks vulnerable when the out of form, injured Marcelo got to play.
As Sergio Reguilon grows into his Real Madrid career as a player, he snatched every opportunity thrown at his feet when he got to play at left-back where he helped the team to fours wins and three clean sheets in his first four appearances in Madrid shirt. Which his solid presence helped the team thrived in the attack.
In 2019, racking up 22 appearances for Madrid and with the handwriting very clear on the wall that Reguilon won’t get the chance to be a starter for Los Blancos under Zidane following his return as head coach. With all of his trusted old guard like Marcelo and Nacho still very much around in the team, and the signing of Ferland Mendy from Lyon for €48 million, further made it obvious and clear he won’t be playing regularly.
As such he was loaned out to Sevilla a team that is managed by Julen Lopetegui, a manager he knew well, on a season-long loan for the 2019-20 season.
Sergio Reguilon’s trajectory
His rise has been a great one and specifically an organic one from La Fabrica to Real Madrid first team, and also going on to get his first professional contract with the team. As expected with the glimpse of quality he showed when he got his first debut for Madrid it would be unfair to keep such a player on the bench absents regular playing time in the Real Madrid team.
After his loan move to Sevilla since 2019, Reguilon has enjoyed an excellent season with the Los Nervionenses side this season. The team qualified for the Champions League under Julen Lopetegui, and the team also hoping to conquer other teams in the Europa League just like they’ve done in the past under current Villarreal manager Unai Emery when the competition returns back to viewing delight.
With the financial situation at the Bernabeu due to the effect of COVID-19, it’s very important that the Real Madrid hierarchy needs to balance the book and also get money into the club account in other to help them runs proceedings come next season. What lies ahead for Reguilon remains a mystery just like what happened to Achraf Hakimi who eventually left for Inter Milan for €40 million permanently in order to get playing time with a different club, having really done fantastically well for Borussia Dortmund in Germany where he went on loan.
The Spaniard did enjoy a fantastic season with the Andalusia side for the 2019-20 season, playing over 33 games for Sevilla. And since his future away from Sevilla has raised a lot of questions, on whether he would go back to Sevilla for a second loan spell or leave for another club permanently when he returns to Santiago Bernabeu following the end of La Liga campaign.
According to a recent report, the left-back changed his agent to one of the finest and best football agents in the world, Kia Joorabchian, who his now in charge of managing the Spaniard. The Iranian agent also manages the likes of Chelsea midfielder William, out of favor Barcelona’s midfielder Philippe Coutinho, Arsenal’s defender David Luiz, in form Bayern Munich’s left-back Joshua Zirkzee, Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez and some couple of players.
Following the constant talk about his future, changing his agent came at a very crucial time in his career where he needs to decide his next destination away from the Bernabeu. Although the 23-year-old still has a contract with Los Blancos until 2023, and with his future constantly talked about there has been plenty of offers on the table for the left-back to choose from.
With his career decisions now in the hands of Kia Joorabchian, amidst Sevilla’s interest in whether to take him on loan for another season. He has also caught the attention of some other teams in Europe, having had a wonderful campaign with the Andalusia side. Unfortunately for Sevilla and other prospectives clubs who wants his services, Sergio Reguilon has signed for Carlo Ancelotti led side, Everton.
According to a report from ‘Sky Sports,’ Los Blancos have received a €20 million bid for Reguilon, Real Madrid hierarchy, and the Bernabeu fans would have loved to see Sergio Reguilon graced the Bernabeu pitch with his talent, but with the financial situation Los Blancos are in, the club is set to at least make a sum of €180 million in players sales.
It isn’t a surprise to also see Sergio Reguilon depart the Santiago Bernabeu for another team, but to be honest with what Madrid would be getting on the sales of the left-back, it’s very much below what Real Madrid would have demanded if there wasn’t COVID 19 which has actually handicapped some clubs financially, but with the situation of things Real Madrid have no choice.
Super League: Respect & Dialogue Needed To Restore Normality
The FIFA President emphasized his full support to the European sports model, a successful model of openness and inclusivity, promotion and relegation, disapproving the concept of Super League
President Gianni Infantino has called for respect and dialogue as he expressed FIFA’s strong disapproval of the proposed European Superleague project, and has requested that the concerned parties consider their position in line with respecting the institutions that exist to protect the interest of national, European, and global football.
“FIFA is an organization which is built on values, the true values of sport,” said the FIFA President in his address to the 45th Ordinary UEFA Congress in Montreux, Switzerland.
“It is an organization that is built on our statutes, the statutes that define the institutional framework, with the pyramid, with FIFA, the confederations, the associations, the leagues, the clubs, the players. And at FIFA, we can only strongly disapprove of the creation of a super league which is a closed shop, which is a breakaway from the current institutions, from the leagues, from the associations, from UEFA, and from FIFA, which is outside of the system. There is no doubt whatsoever of FIFA’s disapproval for this.”
The FIFA President emphasized his full support to the European sports model, a successful model of openness and inclusivity, promotion and relegation, and a model that he promoted in his 16 years at UEFA:
“FIFA is here, and I am here today as FIFA President, to bring full support to European football, to UEFA, and the 55 member associations of UEFA and of FIFA, to the leagues, clubs, players, and to fans. To all the fans, all over Europe, and actually all over the world as well.”
“We can see that there is a lot to throw away for the short-term financial gain of some,” the FIFA President added. “People need to think very carefully, they need to reflect, and they need to assume responsibility. They need to think not only of their shareholders, but they need to think about all the people, of all the fans, of all those who have contributed to making European football what it is today. It goes back not only decades, it goes back more than one hundred years. People – with love, with passion, with commitment – have created all this. And we need to protect this. It is our task.”
“FIFA is a democratic organization, an organization that is open,” the FIFA President concluded. “Everyone can bring ideas and proposals, but always with respect for the institutions, leagues, associations, UEFA, and FIFA.
With respect for the history and with the respect for the passion of so many people around the world. I understand as well that on these particular days, emotions are very high, but we need to always keep the line. Football is hope, and it is our responsibility to make hope a reality. So we hope that everything will go back to normal and that everything will be settled, but always with acting responsibly, with respect, with solidarity, and always in the interest of national, European, and global football.”
2 Potential Manager To Replace Hansi Flick
Hansi Flick awesome reign with the Bavarian giant is gradually winding down, as it’s looking likely that he may not further manage the Die Roten next season.
Bayern Munich’s quest to win the Champions League consecutively came to end on Tuesday night, via the UEFA’s away goal rules having lost the first leg at home to Paris Saint Germain in the quarter-finals despite being the better side at home.
The Bavarian giant will now focus on league duty and they’re no doubt the team in pole position to win the Bundesliga, as the 2020-21 campaign is gradually coasting home with fewer games left to be played. In that regard, there is a great need for Die Roten to start preparing for next season administration and coaching wise.
The friction relationship between Hansi Flick and the Sports Director has broken down to such as extent that the manager has decided to terminate his current contract.
Hansi Flick sent shock waves through German football on Saturday after a 3-2 win over Wolfburg which keeps the Bavarian in pole position to retain the league title. Hansi Flick issued a statement about his decision to exit when the current campaign draws to a close.
“I told the team today that I informed the club during the week, after the game in Paris, I would like to terminate my contract at the end of the season.
“It was important to me that the team learn this from me because there was already a lot of hallway rumours going around.
“We’ve done a great job together for almost two years. I’m absolutely impressed with this team, their quality and their attitude.”
He added: “I also want to thank the club that gave me the chance to manage this incredible team.
“This decision was not easy for me. I’m a fan of this club. Gerd Müller, Paul Breitner, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge all were childhood idols for me.
“I’m eternally grateful to the club for the chance they gave me to become head coach here.”
It’s quite evident that a new manager would be appointed to pave way for a new rebuild of the team especially with the looming departure of David Alaba, Jerome Boateng, and Javi Martinez.
Two potential top managers that could succeed Hansi Flick, should he accept Die Mannschaft managerial position.
- Julien Nagelsmann – (RB Leipzig)
Nagelsmann has been rumoured as a possible replacement to succeed not one but many managers in Europe’s top-flight leagues whose future with their respective clubs are not guaranteed. This time around, the 33-year-old has been rumoured to be one of the possible potential managers to succeed Hansi Flick.
It could be argued that Nagelsmann is the tailor-made manager to take over the reins at the Allianz Arena, and there is no doubt RB Leipzig manager would certainly harbour the dream of managing one of the biggest clubs in Europe.
Nagelsmann is presently focusing on the job at hand with RB Leipzig, plus the fact that he’s still under contract with his employers until the end of the 2022-23 season.
With RB Leipzig and Nagelsmann flying high in the Bundesliga in terms of team performances, with next season European football spot already secured, the club’s Executive Director Oliver Mintzlaff may consider letting him leave to join their rival.
However, it’s left to be seen how things would shape up at the end of the campaign.
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- Jurgen Klopp – (Liverpool)
The relationship the German tactician has achieved thus far with Liverpool started in 2015 when he joined the Kop from Borussia Dortmund, since then he has achieved quite an incredible success with the Reds winning their first league title after thirty years and a Champions League triumph.
Liverpool were eliminated early in both domestic cup competitions and failed to progress past the quarter-finals of the Champions League, and it’s quite impossible to say that the Kop will defend their title with their current epileptic form in the Premier League especially when it’s looking done and dusted that the cityzen would clinch the title.
Having used close to six years with Liverpool since he joined the Anfield side, this could be the perfect time for the former Borussia Dortmund manager to take up a new challenge. However, despite Liverpool’s unpalatable 2020-21 campaign, the German has often reiterated that he is in no way finished at Liverpool, despite been link to the Bayern Munich and Die Mannschaft managerial position.
Given his incredible success with BVB, it’s quite evident that he would one day go on to manage either Die Roten or Die Mannschaft. Should Bayern secure the service of Klopp, he would certainly be the right and wise choice for the Bavarian giant.
At the end of the campaign, there would be a breath of fresh air in the Bavarian giant camp, with the new CEO Oliver Kahn taking the mantle of leadership from Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. In that sense, it’s left to be seen if the incoming leader would sanction the appointment of a new manager or stick with Hansi Flick. Only time would tell.