Luis Castro: Al Nassr And Cristiano Ronaldo Get New Manager

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Saudi Pro League side Al Nassr have confirmed the appointment of Luis Castro as the club’s new permanent manager.

Castro has reportedly penned a two-year deal with the Riyadh based club and he will earn โ‚ฌ7.5 million yearly.

Reports indicate that Al Nassr’s captain, Cristiano Ronaldo was strongly involved in the hiring process and he reportedly played a rule in luring his countryman away from Brazilian side Botafogo.

Al Nassr appointment of Luis Castro
Luis Castro is a journeyman as he has coached in three continents so far

He has be tasked with the responsibility of guiding the club to league success next term, having replaced Croatian Dinko Jelicic.

Dinko Jelicic was appointed in April 2023 as caretaker manager of Al Nassr, following the sacking of Rudi Garcia due to a run of poor results.

Al Nassr appointment of Luis Castro

Luis Castro has previously managed in Portugal, Ukraine, Qatar and Brazil, with his stint in the middle east at Al Duhail SC lasting for seven months.

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During his time at Al Duhail, Castro won the Emir of Qatar Cup, which is now called the Amir Cup.

Al Nassr were on the road to winning their 4th Pro League title, but at the important moments of the season, their form dwindled and they lost the title to Al Ittihad.

The squad is expected to be reinforced optimally this summer, with Marco Brozovic being the first acquisition made so far.

Chelsea’s Hakim Ziyech reportedly failed a medical at Al Nassr, but it is uncertain if another medical will be done to ascertain his physical state.

Wilfred Zaha is currently a free agent and he has been linked with a possible move to the Knights of Najd.

Al Nassr appointment of Luis Castro
Luis Castro will be tasked with the responsibility of winning the Pro League next term

Potential additions that will be made this summer, will definitely come in handy for Luis Castro next term.

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Since he was reportedly brought in under huge recommendations from Cristiano Ronaldo, we will have to keep an eye on how the player-manager relationship between the pair goes.

Luis Castro is a relatively successful manager as he has also won many trophies, including the Ukrainian Premier League with Shakhtar Donetsk and Taca Rio with Botafogo.

Marco Asensio To Real Madrid

Paris Saint Germain have officially unveiled Marco Asensio, after the Spaniard left Real Madrid at the end of the 2022/23 season.

Al Nassr appointment of Luis Castro
Marco Asensio has penned a deal with Paris Saint Germain

He has penned a three-year deal with PSG, meaning he will remain with the club at least until the summer of 2026.

Asensio becomes the latest signing to the Parisians, who have also signed Hugo Ekitike and Milan Skriniar.

On Wednesday, the 5th of July, 2023 Paris Saint Germain also announced the appointment of Luis Henrique as head coach.

Marco Asensio spent seven years at Real Madrid and he won many trophies with the Spanish side, including 4 Champions League titles and 3 La Liga titles.

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Confirming his arrival to the club, Paris Saint Germain put out a statement on their official website, which reads:

โ€œParis Saint-Germain is pleased to announce the arrival of Marco Asensio. The Spanish striker joins the Parisian club for three seasons, until June 2026.โ€

The 27-year-old will reportedly earn โ‚ฌ10 million yearly at Paris Saint Germain and he will be playing under Luis Enrique, who he has previously played under at international level.

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