According to Jose Felix Diaz of MARCA, Jude Bellingham of Borussia Dortmund has turned down a lucrative contract offer from Manchester City as he pushes to join Real Madrid in the summer transfer window.
Bellingham has become one of the most promising young footballers in the game and is primed for great things. At just 19, he is the spearhead at Dortmund and has even captained the team on several occasions, while he is also making a mark with the England national team.
Naturally, top clubs across Europe took note of his tremendous rise. Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea, PSG, and Manchester United were all among his suitors, but it seems like Bellingham would be heading to Real Madrid in the summer.
With Liverpool having dropped out of the chase not so long ago, the race had come down to Real Madrid and Manchester City.
And, as per the report, the Premier League champions were ready to offer Bellingham a leading role in their team along with a lucrative six-year contract worth €15 million per year net salary, as well as additional commissions if he signed.
However, the 19-year-old star has rejected that proposal as he wishes to sign for Real Madrid, even though he will be receiving a lower salary at the Santiago Bernabeu than what he would have earned at the Etihad.
Like Aurelien Tchouameni, Eduardo Camavinga, Vinicius Jr, and Endrick before, Bellingham has opted to prioritise the sporting project on offer over monetary benefits.
Bellingham is aware that he will have serious competition in midfield at Real Madrid. Toni Kroos has agreed to renew, Luka Modric is also set to sign a new deal, and Dani Ceballos also has an offer from the club to prolong his stay.
Then there are Federico Valverde, Aurelien Tchouameni, and Eduardo Camavinga also battling for the spots in midfield. Despite that, though, the Borussia Dortmund ace is ready for the competition.
It is now only a matter of Real Madrid and Dortmund reaching an agreement over a transfer fee before the transfer goes through.
Real Madrid intend to offer a one-year extension to veteran defender
With the 2023/24 season entering the final phase, planning for the summer window is already underway. And Real Madrid have several important decisions to make, not only regarding signings but also some of their current players.
A number of players have their contracts expiring at the end of the season and their futures will need to be resolved in the weeks to come.
While Luka Modric looks set to depart, Toni Kroos is expected to sign a renewal and Nacho Fernandez could also continue at the club. That leaves Lucas Vazquez, who also sees his contract run down on June 30, 2024.
Real Madrid intend to renew Vazquez
Now, MARCA is reporting that Real Madrid intend to offer Lucas Vazquez a one-year extension that will keep him at the club until 2025.
The La Fabrica product has done a brilliant job deputising for Dani Carvajal as the second-choice right-back and the Merengues are happy with what he has offered.
As such, the plan is now to offer Vazquez a new contract for an additional year which would prolong his stay at the Santiago Bernabeu until 2025.
So far this term, the Spaniard has featured in 26 matches across all competitions, even chipping in with a goal and four assists.
Vazquez might not be the biggest name on the roster, but he is seen as a valuable member of the dressing room, someone who is a model professional and acts as a conduit between the seniors and the younger members.
Vazquez enjoys the full trust of manager Carlo Ancelotti and the club, and as such, it will not come as a surprise to see him sign a new deal.