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17-goal striker drops Real Madrid transfer hint: “Best team in the world”

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Amidst strong links to a transfer to Real Madrid this summer, RCD Espanyol striker Joselu has claimed that any player would love to wear Los Blancos’ shirt as they are the best team in the world.

Joselu spent time in Real Madrid’s youth ranks and even made his first-team debut for the Spanish capital giants but had to move on in search of regular game-time, which was not forthcoming at the Santiago Bernabeu due to the presence of players like Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema.

Having joined Espanyol last year, Joselu finished the 2022/23 campaign with a return of 17 goals and four assists from 38 games in all competitions. But his exploits were not enough to help the Catalan club avoid relegation.

Now, Joselu is said to be on the verge of a transfer to Real Madrid, with reports suggesting that only an official announcement is pending.

Amidst the rumours, Joselu has dropped a hint that he could be on his way to Real Madrid, as he said (h/t Cadena SER):

“Any player on the planet would like to wear the Real Madrid shirt. It is the best team in the world.”

“Right now I don’t know what’s going to happen and, from there, I hope that what comes next is beautiful.”

Even if Joselu arrives, he will likely be seen as a replacement for Mariano Diaz.

Real Madrid have grand plans to replace Benzema, who left the club for Al-Ittihad. A move for Harry Kane was talked about, but with Kylian Mbappe becoming available on the market, the Merengues are likely to go after his signing this summer itself.

As far as Joselu is concerned, personal terms are understood to be agreed and only the official announcement is pending.

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Real Madrid out-of-favour defender now unlikely to leave the club

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Real Madrid missed out on the signing of Leny Yoro after deciding not to match Manchester United’s offer for the 18-year-old defender.

With the French prodigy now on his way to the Premier League, Los Blancos are assessing their options before deciding whether to sign a new centre-back or not.

As things stand, the reigning champions of Spain and Europe seem to be leaning towards relying on their existing options rather than going into the market.

Jesus Vallejo unlikely to leave

As such, MARCA reports that the likelihood of Jesus Vallejo leaving the club have now significantly reduced.

Indeed, the 27-year-old out-of-favour defender now appears more and more likely to continue at Real Madrid beyond this summer.

Set to stay. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Vallejo returned to the Santiago Bernabeu after finishing his loan stint at Granada during which he hardly played due to injury and fitness woes.

As such, reports suggested that Carlo Ancelotti & co. were not planning on counting on him next season, even though he was handed a new shirt number recently.

But with the Leny Yoro operation collapsing and Real Madrid not keen on recruiting anyone from the market at this point, the Spanish ace is now unlikely to leave the club.

With David Alaba still sidelined, Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao will start the new season as the first-choice centre-back pairing and Vallejo will serve as the backup while Aurelien Tchouameni will also be an option.

Vallejo, for his part, wanted to stay put and see out his contract which expires in 2025. And, as things stand, it appears that the player will get his wish.

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