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Name Predrag Mijatovic
Gender Male
Ethnic Serbian
Job Serbian Footballer
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Org Serbia National Team
Club as Player Real Madrid

2019 02 06 Retrieve

[Former Real Madrid player Predrag Mijatovic feels Gareth Bale is a source of frustration at the Santiago Bernabeu] Vinicius is playing really well, and Bale is still to find a rhythm. If Bale does play, it could be one of the last opportunities he has to impress. I feel we’re all annoyed with the Welsh player just as Vinicius is starting to win over the fans at the Bernabeu

2019 05 01 Retrieve

[Former Real Madrid player Predrag Mijatovic said Luka Modric is committed to the club and will continue there beyond the summer] He will continue. I have spoken with him and it was one of the worst games he has played. He is a committed chap and the problem won’t be Modric. It won’t be easy to recover what he had with the players that are going to arrive. The market has changed. All of the club know they need to sign and the prices increase. He’s a professional and he is happy. He suffers like everyone

2019 08 28 Retrieve

[Predrag Mijatovic says Real Madrid’s midfield is not good enough] Let’s see if they bring someone in the time they have left, but I’m not optimistic. The midfield is hobbling a little, there aren’t many alternatives. Another top-level midfielder would do them a lot of good. If the squad stays as it is, they can compete, but we can’t be too optimistic and think we are the best and that we are going to win a lot of titles. We will compete, but there other teams in better shape.

Hazard is the only one who can make a difference. I expected a little more from the squad strengthening this summer. If Neymar comes, I’m sure he’ll bring interesting things, I’d like to see him at Real Madrid. I’m a little surprised that Bale is now undisputed. He has done well these first two games. They have to count on him and they have to motivate him. Let’s see what happens

2019 08 31 Retrieve

[Predrag Mijatovic talks about Eden Hazard’s move to Real Madrid] Hazard is a very good player, for sure. He is one of the best players in Europe. But, in my opinion, we can’t expect him to do what Cristiano Ronaldo did. In my opinion, it’s impossible – there is no player who can play like Ronaldo. The pressure at Madrid is different to the pressure at Chelsea and you need some time to handle that

[Barca have won four of the last five domestic titles] [Madrid] is still a big team, with big players,’ added Mijatovic, who won the league in playing and non-playing roles at Madrid and scored the winner in a Champions League final. The new players who came in, they have to adapt – that’s normal at such a big club. This season probably won’t be easy – it’s never easy at Madrid with the pressure. But I’m very optimistic that they’ll compete for titles, this won’t change

2019 10 30 Retrieve

[Former Real striker Predrag Mijatovic believes Gareth Bale prioritizes Wales and golf above Los Blancos] The first thing he thinks about is Wales, then golf and after that, Real Madrid. I haven’t spoken to him but that’s how he comes across. You never know whether you will be able to count on him - if he is motivated or not or if he’s injured… but we’ll see how he improves once the international break approaches

I’d rather have a player who is happy than one who’s unhappy and not know what to do with them. Looking at the figures, I think Bale has been a profitable signing. If a player who is on the kind of salary he is on isn’t motivated, it’s better to let them leave on a free and save on their wages

2019 12 04 Retrieve

[Predrag Mijatovic, scorer of 44 goals for Madrid in the late 1990s, fuelled negative fan opinion against the 30-year-old winger when he questioned Bale’s priorities in an October interview] Predrag Mijatovic, scorer of 44 goals for Madrid in the late 1990s, fuelled negative fan opinion against the 30-year-old winger when he questioned Bale’s priorities in an October interview

[He was met with jeers every time he touched the ball on his next appearance at the Santiago Bernabeu, a 3-1 La Liga win against Real Sociedad] My intention was not this, I have already said that Bale has great qualities as a footballer and I have always liked him

It is true that he makes mistakes on some occasions and we have to comment on him as former players and former directors, but I don’t want any more controversies, nor the flag to play a leading role. What I want is for Madrid to play well and win all the possible titles. I’d rather not say anything else [about Bale] because we’re going to bring it all up again.

The most important thing is that Bale is back, he’s playing and that’s what we all want

2020 06 11 Retrieve

[Predrag Mijatovic says Luka Jovic has not fully embraced the idea of succeeding at Real Madrid] I would like to speak about Jovic’s talent or his goals, but it’s not been possible. Jovic came to Madrid after an impressive campaign last year but I think he has missed a trick with Real Madrid. It looks like he hasn’t understood the principal idea - the idea of succeeding at Real Madrid

[Reflecting on the return of La Liga, as well as the potential for a Champions League last-16 return meeting with Manchester City - with Madrid 2-1 down from the first leg] I know from very good sources that Real Madrid players are very motivated. They want to finish [the season by] winning another title. All the players are convinced that they could make it happen again. In fact, many sources tell me that Real Madrid players are thinking about beating Manchester City

2020 06 20 Retrieve

[Predrag Mijatovic says Real Madrid should keep Sergio Ramos for the remainder of his career after making a mistake in allowing Cristiano Ronaldo to leave] We cannot afford to let our players help other teams, because they should be ours. I would like to have this policy back. Unfortunately, it doesn’t happen at Real Madrid. Raul had great history at Real Madrid and left in a bad way, Fernando Hierro the same, Casillas too. Now they are talking about Sergio Ramos [doing the same]. His contract has to be extended, two or three years, it doesn’t matter. This guy has to finish his career at Real Madrid. He is important, almost a treasure of the club. Both for what he has done already and what he can do in the future, maybe not on the field, but teaching the young players who join Real Madrid on how to play, behave and adapt to the club. That’s what it has to happen

If I had been at the club, I wouldn’t let players like Cristiano, Sergio Ramos or Luka Modric leave. They are players that despite losing maybe a bit of fitness as the years go on, they are always very positive for the upcoming players. Let’s imagine a young striker who comes in and learns from Cristiano, giving him advice. Or a young centre-back speaking with Sergio Ramos. Who could teach him better than Sergio Ramos on how he has to behave? Football is not just about having great players and then dropping them when you no longer need them. There are some players …Italians do this perfectly. There are players like [Franco] Baresi, [Paolo] Maldini, and these big players who are a great asset to the club.

2020 06 23 Retrieve

[Predrag Mijatovic has revealed that Fabio Capello wanted the Blancos to give up on Marcelo before he had even got going] In my first year at Real Madrid, Roberto Carlos was the left-back, the best in football history in my opinion, but I knew that we had to sign a young player to replace him. Knowing Roberto like I did, as a team-mate, and knowing his contract was about to end it was clear his performances weren’t like they had been, and we needed to replace him. Marcelo was 18 years old and totally unknown, and Capello wanted to give up on him, but I refused because I wanted him to train with Roberto Carlos. A player, training with a world-class star like Roberto Carlos, can see how he lives, take on any advice from him and that’s worth a lot more than 10-15 games on loan