Thursday, April 12, 2007

Schuster signs pre-contract with Real Madrid

Getafe's German coach Bernd Schuster has signed a pre-contract agreement to become Real Madrid's manager next season, according to reports.

Schuster had an oral agreement with Real president Ramón Calderón but German news agency DPA report the former Real Madrid player now has a signed deal that states he will take over from 1 July 2007. Despite denying initial reports of a deal in Spanish newspaper AS earlier on Thursday, Schuster's representatives later confirmed the details of the pre-contract agreement to Deutsche Presse-Agentur. If Real decide not to appoint Schuster as Fabio Capello's successor the former German international will receive €1m. Likewise, if Schuster decides not to rejoin the club where he spent some of his most glorious years as a player he will have to shell out €1m. Schuster, who was a flamboyant playmaker for both Barcelona and Real Madrid, has forged one of the best defences in Spain, at Getafe, and his knowledge of La Liga puts him ahead of other candidates such as Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez and Russia coach Guus Hiddink. In March, Schuster boosted his stock with the Madridstas when he lambasted out-of-favour Capello. 'Capello only wants to win, it does not matter how, and with that philosophy you will never succeed at Real Madrid,' he said. 'It is practically certain he won't be coach of Real Madrid next season.' Since then Schuster has been involved with planning Madrid's summer transfer campaign - demanding any plans of sell defender Fabio Cannavaro are shelved, approving a move for Germany international Christophe Metzelder and suggesting £50m is decent price for Cristiano Ronaldo.


AdeyKop said...

Are you sure? I heard they are talking to Mrs Maureeno.

The Gaffer said...

That was as posted by Soccernet. I agree with you that Real will be very stupid not to take advantage of signing JoMo who will be available this summer. After all it is Real they are not known for making the best decisions. How do you let a player of the financial power like Becks leave?? They will feel that in their wallets next year.

AdeyKop said...

Schuster - Mourinho Real favourite
20070414 13:04
Getafe coach Bernd Schuster feels Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is the favourite to take over at Real Madrid next season.
The Blues manager has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge all season, despite constantly denying that his days in west London are numbered.

Fabio Capello is expected to leave the Bernabeu at the end of the current campaign, after another below-par season for the capital outfit and the disruption caused by the imminent departure of David Beckham.
A number of high-profile managers, including Schuster, have been mentioned in connection with the Real job but Mourinho's name always appears to be at the top of the list and the Getafe boss is adamant that the two-time Premiership winner will be at the Madrid helm next term.
"I haven't signed any contract or pre-contract with Real Madrid," he said. "I think Jose Mourinho is going to win the final battle to go to Real Madrid next year."