What's next for U-23 coach Donovan Duckie?

By George Davis, Wayne Lewis& Mariah Ramharack August 01, 2019

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    James started a Madrid match for the first time since May 2017 as Los Blancos drew 1-1 at home to Real Valladolid in LaLiga action on Saturday.

    The Colombia star spent the last two seasons out on loan with Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, who opted against triggering their purchase option.

    James looked poised to join either Atletico Madrid or Napoli, however, the 28-year-old played 57 minutes for Zinedine Zidane's men in the Spanish capital.

    "Back at the Bernabeu after a long time," James wrote on Twitter post-match.

    "It was a unique feeling. Thanks to the fans for the support.

    "We will continue to work in order to improve."

    James made 20 Bundesliga appearances for Bayern last season, scoring seven goals.

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    Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos said Neymar is among the "top three in the world" amid the Paris Saint-Germain star's links to the LaLiga giants.

    Neymar wants to leave PSG two years on from his world-record €222million transfer and talk of a Barcelona return has been touted, as well as a blockbuster move to Madrid.

    Madrid and Barca are both reportedly in talks with PSG over Neymar and Ramos was asked about the Brazilian forward following Saturday's 1-1 LaLiga draw against Real Valladolid.

    "Neymar is a top player, among the top three in the world," Ramos told reporters. "Talking about signings is a lack of respect for this great team.

    "These things are always talked about at Real Madrid and even more so when the transfer window is open.

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    "We're going to move forward with those that we have," Ramos said. "We all need to be connected.

    "Reactivating players like [Gareth] Bale or James [Rodriguez] is another solution."

    Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas, however, is reportedly set to leave the Santiago Bernabeu as he seeks regular football.

    Navas has been linked to Ligue 1 champions PSG after being told he will be back-up to Thibaut Courtois.

    "He's one of the best goalkeepers in the world," Ramos added. "The debate about the goalkeeper's spot has always existed, but Real Madrid need two great goalkeepers and [Thibaut] Courtois and Navas are two amazing goalkeepers.

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