Schuster edges closer to Real
By Lucas Brown & Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Ramon Calderon believes Bernd Schuster will be Real Madrid coach by next week.Ramon Calderon believes that Bernd Schuster will be named as the new coach of Real Madrid next week now that all the obstacles have been removed.
The German trainer has been widely tipped to take over from Fabio Capello, but any deal was hindered by his contractual obligations to Getafe.
After lengthy negotiations those have been resolved and the Madrid president is now confident that Schuster will be installed at the Bernabéu quickly.
"It will be resolved next week," Calderón told Onda Madrid radio.
"I think that he has resolved his contract problems with Getafe and, because of that, it is logical that he will be the coach of Real Madrid.
"He was always among the three or four that we have spoken to, but he still had to solve his contractual problems.
"Now he has said that has been dealt with and it is likely that he will be the coach. There should not be any problems."
Getafe have also now finalised their move for Schuster's successor with Dane Michael Laudrup waiting in the wings to replace the German as, and when, he departs.
"Everything is in place between me and Getafe, he told Ekstra Bladet.
"We have talked things through but before there is a final clarification in the other matter we cannot of course make a contract."
Meanwhile, Getafe are planning for the season ahead regardless of the continued uncertainty surrounding their managerial post with striker Kepa Blanco reportedly on the verge of agreeing a four-year contract with the Madrid-based outfit.
The 23-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan at West Ham, managing one goal, but has now returned to Sevilla.
However, with his prospects of regular football there looking distinctly unhealthy, he is now ready to move on again, but this time in a permanent capacity.
"There are still some details to sort out, but it seems to be moving forward," Blanco said of the proposed move to Getafe.
"I think Getafe are making a big effort as they have qualified for Europe and want to build a team to challenge in that competition."