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50-50: Liverpool vs. Real Madrid

Champions League 1 day ago
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By ESPN Staff
Apr 19, 2006

Real confirms interest in Gerrard, Adriano and Schuster

MADRID -- Real Madrid's director of football Benito Floro has proposed the club buy Liverpool's Steven Gerrard and Inter Milan's Adriano, and suggested Bernd Schuster as the next Real coach.

Floro, who replaced Arrigo Sacchi in December, said he had presented his proposals to new president Fernando Martin and the board.

"As a priority I recommended the signing of a powerful centre forward like Adriano, and a quality midfielder should Zinedine Zidane leave," Floro told radio station Cadena Ser.

"Gerrard is a player I included on the list and is someone the club have wanted to sign in previous seasons."

Zidane, 33, has hinted he may retire after the World Cup finals in Germany though he has a contract with Real until 2007.

Martin has spoken openly about his desire for a new coach to replace Juan Ramon Lopez Caro at the end of the season and last month listed seven high-profile figures as his preferred targets.

Floro said he had proposed another option, not mentioned by Martin -- former Real Madrid and Germany midfielder Schuster, currently the boss of modest neighbours Getafe.

"Schuster's name was on the list because if Lopez Caro does not continue I think the ideal person is someone who knows Spanish football well. Also he tries to play the type of football Real want to see."