Calderon: Real closing in on new signings

Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has revealed the Spanish champions will announce the signings of “two or three new players” in the near future.

Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has revealed the Spanish champions will announce the signings of “two or three new players” in the near future.

The Spanish champions have been chasing Arjen Robben and Royston Drenthe for much of the summer in a bid to strengthen their left-hand side, and the president insists the pursuit of the Chelsea winger remains on course.

He said: “We will announce two or three new players within the next few days.

“Robben wants to come to Madrid and all signs indicate that his dream will come true. He’s a great footballer and once he’s here, the sceptics will see a lot less black clouds on the horizon.

“Fans are going to be excited once the project is closed.”

Calderon did not want to name any other possible summer arrivals, however.

He continued in Spanish daily AS: “I respect your work and I understand that you need to write catchy articles every day.

“There have been several signings that have been put in jeopardy or that have fallen apart because of what’s been published.

“That makes deals more expensive, thus we’ve decided to put an end to it.

“The club needs to stop the leaks so that the press only find out about the player signed on the day the deal is closed.”

However, Calderon admitted he was resigned to missing out on Kaka with the Brazil playmaker set to remain with AC Milan.

“All I can tell you is that the kid knows we have been after him for two years,” said the Real chief.

“We are familiar with his and his family’s excitement about being with us some day, but Milan aren’t selling him so we have no more to say.”

New coach Bernd Schuster has been quoted in the Spanish press lately as being unhappy over the speed at which new recruits are arriving, but Calderon claims that is not the case.

He said: “[Sporting director Predrag] Mijatovic and [marketing director] Jose Angel Sanchez are at work on the matter and I can say that everything is under control.

“The coach knows perfectly well what deals we are involved in. All I can say is that Schuster will have the team he wanted to fight for every title in play.

“You will soon see Schuster very satisfied with the great team he has to work with.”

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