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Name Predrag Mijatovic
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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 10 Retrieve

[Predrag Mijatovic warns Gareth Bale that he will be the one that will have problems if he opts to remain at Real Madrid] If Bale stays in Madrid, Real Madrid is not going to have problems. Bale will be the one that will have problems. Zidane has zero or little faith in him

[On the Croatia international who was named the best player in the world for 2018] Luka Modric is very happy at Real Madrid, as a friend of his I can say that he is going to stay. He is not a player to be put in any kind of deal; he is the Ballon d’Or winner

[Mijatovic is, however, aware that prising the World Cup winner Paul Pogba away from Old Trafford will not be easy, and that it’s likely Real will be left frustrated] The operation for Paul Pogba is very difficult, in my opinion. It seems that United want him, Zidane likes him very much and surely Madrid have tried, but with Manchester United nothing is easy. If no midfielder arrives, then Madrid may have problems in that position

2019 08 26 Retrieve

[Real Madrid’s former director of football Pedja Mijatovic has said that he would like to see Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar at the Bernabeu] I would love to see Neymar at Real Madrid. Because he’s one of my favourite players. I am sure he will bring to Real Madrid qualities that the team doesn’t have. And it would certainly help them to be a serious contender, not only to compete with Barca and Atletico in [La] Liga but also to aim for the Champions League title. Yes, he must come to Madrid

2019 08 27 Retrieve

[Predrag Mijatovic does not think Eden Hazard is capable of achieving the same levels of performance as Cristiano Ronaldo at 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

[And, speaking about his former side’s prospects for the 2019-20 season] It’s still a big team, with big players. 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 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 09 20 Retrieve

[Is Zidane the answer? Madrid have not improved at all in year since Lopetegui sacking. After his former club’s 3-0 loss to Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday night] I didn’t expect a game like that. I don’t see Zidane capable of finding the solutions Madrid need for the team to improve. It’s a concern because on Sunday they have to travel to Sevilla.

2019 10 22 Retrieve

[Predrag Mijatovic says If Zidane can return to Real Madrid why can’t Mourinho?] If Zidane came back and I thought that would never happen, why can’t Mourinho return to Real Madrid? All of the managers who go through Madrid want to come back because they want to fix things that they did during their time at the club. But Madrid have a manager, his name is Zidane and you have to respect that

[Mijatovic believes the Blancos are still short in a few areas of the field, with midfield reinforcements likely to be a top priority for the winter transfer window] At the start of the season, I said that Madrid were lacking in midfield. Against Mallorca, there was just one defensive player, Casemiro. The others are attackers and they left holes behind them. They have to put up with it until January

[Those at Real’s disposal are preparing themselves for a crucial Champions League clash with Galatasaray on Wednesday] I am excited to see the game and I have a good feeling. I heard the press conference from [Sergio] Ramos and Zidane and I also have some information that the team know how important the game is. They’ll do everything to win and they only see value in a victory

2019 10 29 Retrieve

[Former Real Madrid forward Predrag Mijatovic has urged the Spanish giants to move Gareth Bale on if the player wants to go] Madrid wanted to sell him over the summer but they couldn’t find a solution. A decision needs to be made […] he has three years left on his contract and that complicates things. In terms of numbers, I think Bale has already been profitable. If a player of this salary is not motivated, it is better to leave for free and take the salary off. It may be worth it to transfer him, even if it is not the money you might think you would get for him. If it is better to let it go free than to keep it? Without any doubt, I believe

He seems quite a particular person, which might mean he comes across as being a bit strange. But to have someone like that at the club, who they say isn’t integrated and has other, more important worries than his own team and his club […] [the perception is] 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

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 11 19 Retrieve

[Predrag Mijatovic said Los Blancos were third on Bale’s priorities behind his national team and playing golf in his spare time] I think Gareth Bale is a very particular kind of person. I don’t know him personally, but from what I’ve read of the comments he has made, he seems quite a particular type, which might mean he comes across as being a bit strange. But to have someone like that at the club, who they say isn’t integrated and has other, more important worries than his own team and his club […] 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

[When asked about the Wales chant in a recent press conference, Bale admitted that found it entertaining] I’ve heard it, especially when I was on the bench and when I came off, and the boys were laughing. It’s a good bit of fun

[And he also revealed that Spain’s notorious football media coverage doesn’t affect him and he finds a lot of the comments amusing] I find [the Spanish press] hilarious to be honest, especially some of the pictures and stuff my friends send me. On one it said triple bogey - and I’ve never had a triple bogey! At least give me an albatross! It’s funny. Some of the things I have seen, people don’t understand and don’t know what they’re on about. So I just find it quite funny

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 03 06 Retrieve

[Predrag Mijatovic says Real Madrid can emulate Man Utd & stun Man City in Champions League] Winning away from home in the Champions League will not be straightforward, and even more so against City. Last season it was [Manchester] United who managed to defeat [Paris Saint-Germain]. Why not Real Madrid? We will have opportunities throughout the game. Real Madrid have not said the last word. You have to score two goals at least and that should be the target. If they score, nothing changes. Nothing is lost

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