2 Jun 2009

Pellegrini new Real coach: Kaka, Alonso, Ribery, Ronaldo to join?

7:06 pm on 2 June 2009

The Spanish football giants Real Madrid have confirmed Manuel Pellegrini as their new coach.

The 55-year-old Chilean leaves another La Liga side, Villarreal, after five seasons, to replace ex-Spurs and Sevilla coach Juande Ramos at Real.

Pellegrini is Florentino Perez's first signing since becoming Real president again and Perez is reportedly set to begin another 'galactico' era.

Big money signings reportedly already include AC Milan's Brazilian star Kaka, though nothing's been announced.

The midfielders Xavi Alonso of Liverpool and Spain and Franck Ribery of Bayern Munich and France are apparently next.

And while Manchester United's Portugese forward Cristiano Ronaldo may take a little longer, the long-term Real target can wait, according to the Spanish journalist Frederic Hermel.

Hermel, a good friend of Perez who works for the French sports paper L'Equipe, says once Kaka and the others are confirmed United will realise their asking price of $200 million is too high and will negotiate.