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Real Madrid chief caught disclosing stadium details

Perez was caught disclosing details of Madrid's new stadium name on TV. Credit: PA

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has been caught on camera apparently revealing the future name of the club's revamped stadium as either 'IPIC Bernabeu' or 'CEPSA Bernabeu'.

Real last month agreed a strategic partnership with Abu Dhabi fund International Petroleum Investment Co (IPIC) that will help finance a planned stadium overhaul costing around 400 million euros (501.5 million US dollars) and due to be completed by 2017.

IPIC's holdings include Spanish energy firm Compania Espanola de Petroleos (CEPSA) and Perez was captured on the sidelines of an event on Tuesday by a camera from television show 'El Chiringuito de Neox' saying: "We are going to put IPIC Bernabeu or whatever they want or CEPSA Bernabeu."

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Ancelotti sticks up for Balotelli over shirt-swap

Balotelli swapped shirts with Pepe at half-time during the match at Anfield. Credit: Reuters

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has stood up for Liverpool's much-maligned striker Mario Balotelli over his recent shirt-swapping incident.

Balotelli caused an outcry among some supporters by changing shirts with Real defender Pepe as they headed down the tunnel at half-time when the two sides last met.

"Balotelli is spoken of a lot, maybe too much," said Ancelotti.

"They need another solution but I don't think all of Liverprool's problems are Balotelli.

"He needs to do his work for the side, that's all that can be asked of him - and I don't have problem with shirt-changing."

You can watch Liverpool take on Real Madrid at the Bernabeu tomorrow night live on ITV.

Real Madrid and Barca prepare for El Clasico

Carlo Ancelotti and Luis Enrique are putting the final touches to their sides ahead of El Clasico on Saturday.

Real Madrid and Barcelona will face off in one of the biggest games in world football at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Luis Suarez, left, is set to make his debut alongside Leo Messi, right. Credit: Reuters

There will be some added spice as Barcelona striker Luis Suarez is set to return from his latest ban in the game.

Madrid boss Ancelotti said in the build up to the game: "There isn't a game in world football with this quality on show."

Cristiano Ronaldo will be aiming to keep his impressive run going. Credit: Reuters

The match will see the world's two best players Cristiano Ronaldo - who already has 20 goals to his name this season - and Leo Messi face each other once more.

Sir Alex Ferguson pays tribute to Real Madrid great

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson recalled Alfredo Di Stefano's "wonderful balance and poise" as he paid tribute to the Real Madrid legend following his death.

Sir Alex told BBC Radio 5 live that Di Stefano "was without question in that group of great, great players".

Sir Alex Ferguson said former Real Madrid great Alfredo Di Stefano was 'a fantastic footballer'. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire.

"I had the pleasure as a young man of being influenced by the great Real Madrid and Di Stefano. His head was up all the time - he was a fantastic footballer", he said.

"For Real Madrid it is a terrible loss because his presence was always there."

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Beckham: Di Stefano was one of the greats of football

Former Real Madrid player David Beckham has paid tribute to Alfredo Di Stefano following news of his death, aged 88.

David Beckham with Alfredo Di Stefano. Credit: Facebook/David Beckham

In a statement posted on his Facebook page, Beckham said: "Sad to hear of the passing of Alfredo Di Stefano. I was fortunate to get to know him, he was a true gentlemen and Real Madrid legend.

"For every player, it was not only a privilege to play for the club but it was made even more especial as he was part of the family and its history. He was one of the real greats in football."

Sir Bobby Charlton: 'Alfredo was one of the best'

Sir Bobby Charlton and Alfredo Di Stefano at a charity match. Credit: Duncan Raban/Duncan Raban/EMPICS Entertainment

Sir Bobby Charlton has paid tribute to Real Madrid legend Alfredo Di Stefano who passed away today, calling him "an extremely intelligent footballer."

Speaking to the Manchester United website he said: "As one of the stars of the legendary Real Madrid team, I think Alfredo was one of the best players I ever came across and an extremely intelligent footballer."

He added: "He was somebody I really respected, having watched him from the stands at the Bernabeu and then played against him..... The footballing world has lost a great player and a great man."

Mourinho's tribute to 'best Real Madrid player in history'

Jose Mourinho has paid tribute to Alfredo Di Stefano, following the Real Madrid legend's death at the age of 88.

Jose Mourinho (right) during his time at Real Madrid alongside Alfredo Di Stefano (left) Credit: Reuters

"It was with immense sadness I learned of the death of Alfredo Di Stefano, a wonderful man I had the fortune to know during my time in Madrid," former Real Madrid manager Mourinho said in a statement.

"Of course I first send my thoughts to his family and friends, but also this is a very sad day for football and football fans, which we all are, when we lose a special person like this.

"Alfredo was the best Real Madrid player in history - winning five consecutive European Cups - and one of the greatest of all time.

"Rest in peace Alfredo."

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