Microsoft in talks with Real Madrid over Santiago Bernabeu naming rights

Maria Gahana, head of the Spanish branch of the giant computer company, confirms that plans are in motion to rebrand the Champions League outfit's iconic stadium
Computer giant Microsoft has confirmed that it is in talks with Real Madrid over acquiring the naming rights for the Santiago Bernabeu.

The 85,000-seater stadium was inaugurated in 1947 and was named after former Blancos president Santiago Bernabeu Yeste.

However, Maria Gahan, head of Microsoft Spain, has now revealed that the Primera Division giants are keen to sell the naming rights for their home ground to the highest bidder.

"They have offered us - and other companies - the possibility of renaming the stadium," she told Antena 3.

"We're in talks, and that sums up where we are."

Current Madrid president Florentino Perez has already spoken of his intentions to find a sponsor for the iconic arena, acknowledging in October that a number of potential partners had already been approached.