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July 17, 2012
Posted by Nicholas Rigg on 07/17/2012

The European Championships soaked up a lot of the summer and it gave me the time to sit back, take a deep breath, and relax - at least on the Madrid front.

The impending transfer madness that always greets a Real Madrid pre-season, the hectic summer friendly and tour schedule (when it is ever anything else when Los Blancos are concerned?) and the release of the summer fixtures made that 'rest and relaxation' a much-needed one. A calm before the inevitable white storm that will come my, *our*, way.

November 9, 2011
Posted by Nicholas Rigg on 11/09/2011

Sitting in my bottom draw is a crisp, clean and pure white home shirt of Los Blancos. It's this season's kit, it's perhaps not so crisp anymore after wearing it a few times, but I haven't overworn it. Why? Because when you buy the shirt you're advised that if you want a player name and number on the back you should get it done straight away. Why, I have no idea, and it probably doesn't matter at all. As you can tell, I wasn't tempted with a player's name on the back. I'm 27 after all, aren't I too old for a name and number on the back of my shirt?

The reason for buying it blank wasn't down to the above reason, though. I probably wish it was. This is Real Madrid we're talking about here, I'm spoilt for choice for world-class players on the back. Ronaldo, Kaka, Higuain, Benzema, Alonso, Di Maria, Ozil, Ramos - the possibilities are endless, and for a while I was opting for Higuain. I was all-set for a trip to the Bernabeu before the league match against Betis, new shirt in tow, but something told me to wait.

That something was a young Brazilian called Neymar, I'm sure you've all heard of him. You're Madridistas, of course you've heard of him! For the last who-knows-how-many months the media in Spain, South America and across the world has been suggesting the talented young attacker would be at the Bernabeu anytime soon.