Saturday, 22nd January 2011 

Real Madrid are edging closer to signing Ruud van Nistelrooy from Hamburg after the German club relented to the Dutchman’s pleas. Van Nistelrooy believes a second spell at the Bernabeu would be the perfect way to end his glittering career and has told Hamburg he wishes to head to Spain.

The Bundesliga side will receive a fee of £2M from Los Blancos, although are unhappy that they have had to let the former Manchester United striker leave. Such was the determination of Van Nistelrooy to return to the club he played for between 2006 and 2010 however, that little has been able to be done to keep him in Germany.

Van Nistelrooy’s arrival will go some way towards repairing the relationship between the Real Madrid hierarchy and coach Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho has been critical of the Spanish side’s decision not to buy a new striker following the long-term injury of Gonzalo Higuain. And while Van Nistelrooy is not a long-term solution, he will give the Portuguese more firepower.


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