December 6th , 2023



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Liverpool are tipped to appoint their next sporting director, with former Wolfsburg sporting director Jorg Schmadtke a 'shocking leader'.

The search for a new director on the transfer front began in November, with the resignation of Julian Ward, and Liverpool have been contacted by a host of names.

Recently, former Werder Bremen and Bayer Leverkusen player Tim Steidten was said to be in talks about a move to Merseyside, although the claims were quickly dismissed.

However, it looks like Liverpool have turned to the Bundesliga for their next game, as the Telegraph reports talks with Schmadtke.

Matt Law and Sam Wallace bring the news of talks between Liverpool and the 59-year-old, who is currently unemployed after his stint at Wolfsburg ends in January.

Discussions with Schmadtke have "accelerated" in recent days, to the point that the club "seems ready to appoint him" as their new sporting director. Liverpool are hoping to get their next date through the door as soon as possible, with plans already underway for the summer transfer window.

Currently Ward is still engaged in negotiations as well as looking for a successor, but the incumbent will leave at the end of the season.

Schmadtke is known for his "hiring taking advantage of the budget allotted to him," but also for the history of friction between him and the managers he used to work with.

However, he has been described as 'Klopp's ally', suggesting he could work closely with the Liverpool manager.

Before moving into a supporting role, Schmadtke was a goalkeeper who spent most of his career with Fortuna Dusseldorf and SC Freiburg in his native Germany. He held similar sporting director positions with Alemannia Aachen, Hannover 96 and FC Koln, and spent four and a half years with Wolfsburg.  

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Carlo Ancelotti celebrated Real Madrid's Copa del Rey win at La Cartuja stadium, although he admitted his players were distracted during part of the match against Osasuna due to Vinicius' scuffle with several players. rojillo player. “We played really well for 30 minutes, controlling the ball well with the unstoppable Vinicius. After that, not knowing what happened, there was a bit of suspense. I calmed him down a bit. This team has only one thing to do, play football. Other things mean loss of control and focus. In the second part we didn't start well, they equalized for us but fortunately Rodrygo changed the game," the Italian said at a press conference.

Transalpine left with the image of "the final in a very nice environment against a very strong opponent" and took the title seriously. The Real Madrid coach explained: “We had painful moments and in the end we deserved to win, not only because of what we did today but also because of how far we have come before. very strong opponents.

The Reggiolo man thanked "this team, this squad, this club and these supporters" after going all the way in and out of the first Champions League semi-final against Manchester City at the Santiago Bernabéu. “We have achieved something important by winning all the trophies we could in two seasons. Now we are preparing for Tuesday's game in a good atmosphere, fun and excitement," he said without throwing bells at the very high form of the team led by Pep Guardiola:

"I don't know what can happen. We will compete, fight because we are very close to another final and we will do everything we can," he insisted.

"Happy" despite being "tired" after the battle for power after power, Ancelotti insisted on emphasizing the difficulty achieved since returning to Chamartín. "We will achieve tomorrow what we have achieved not only tonight but in these two seasons," he added. Rodrygo "spectacular" progress

He applauded the improvement in his team's defence, which had conceded 11 goals in the previous six games. He commented: "In the back we did well because Osasuna made a lot of crosses and we were in a good position."

He praised Rodrygo, MVP of the final after beating Osasuna with a brace:

"Tran? We don't know. He's a very elegant player, moves well and scores goals. He's doing really well, he's making spectacular progress," he said of the Osasco man.

He hinted that Camavinga could return to midfield against Manchester City. “It is a possibility that we have to evaluate. Camavinga is doing well as a winger, but as a key player, he's more used to that and it works better for him." In general, he defended Tchouaméni despite replacing the former Monaco player in the second half when Real Madrid was struggling:

“It is not Tchouaméni's problem. The painful times were because we had a slow start and they put a lot of pressure on us. The change is just to try to start faster from the back.

Finally, he sent a message to White Parish using the Champions code. “Go on Tuesday. Like many days in the Bernabéu, they would push us. We had a slight advantage in the first leg, we played 11 against 12,” he concluded. 

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