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20-year-old Barcelona prospect has no intention to join Real Madrid



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Nico Gonzalez was one of several Barcelona youngsters sent on loan by the club to gain more experience at the highest level of football.

The youngster was rated highly by coach Xavi Hernandez. But it appears the player wanted to move elsewhere in order to gain more opportunities and continue his progress. As such, he joined Valencia on a season-long loan deal.

A month into the new season, Nico is starting to gain traction in the Valencia first team, having featured in all six league matches so far.

In a recent interaction with El Larguero, Nico was asked about his prospects at Valencia for the remainder of the campaign. He also made it clear that his loyalty lies with Barcelona and he has no intention to join Real Madrid in the near future.

When asked if he would ever consider joining Real Madrid in the future, Nico replied: “No, I’ve been a Barça fan since I was little. I’m very happy in Valencia, I’ve been very happy at Barça and I don’t think I’ll end up at Madrid.”

Nico went on to offer more clarity on Barcelona’s decision to loan him out in the summer, suggesting it was his desire to leave the club. “I asked Xavi Hernández to go on loan and he understood. He wished me a lot of luck and he made everything easy for me to go out on loan,” he added.

Regarded as one of the most talented players to come out of the famed La Masia youth academy, Barcelona have major plans for Nico. The youngster was notably identified as the ideal alternative for Sergio Busquets earlier in the summer.

Although he ended up joining Valencia, Nico still has a significant chance of breaking into the Barcelona first-team next season, especially with Busquets likely to depart in the summer of 2023.

And unlike a former La Masia graduate, Gerard Deulofeu, the 20-year-old Nico has no desire to join Real Madrid any time in the future.

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Real Madrid are considering terminating the contract of €115 million flop – report



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Eden Hazard is one of the Real Madrid players who have vowed to stay at Santiago Bernabeu until the end of his contract. His current deal at the club expires in 2024.

Even though the Real Madrid star has been courted by several MLS and even the Saudi Arabian clubs, the forward has shown no desire to leave Bernabeu just yet. He wants to stay at the club even though Los Blancos are ready to sanction his sale this summer.

In the midst of this drama, a fresh report from Alfredo Matilla suggests Real Madrid are now considering terminating the contract of Eden Hazard.

This comes shortly after a report which claimed that a Real Madrid player who is not out of contract this summer, may shockingly leave the club this summer. Ferland Mendy was a potential candidate, but it appears Hazard has not been ruled out either.

The Belgian international has offered very little since joining from Chelsea in 2019 for a record-breaking €115 million fee. His spell at the Bernabeu has been marred by injuries, while the player has also struggled to impress when given the opportunities.

Inside the Real Madrid dressing room, there is both grief and resentment towards Belgian, who has remained steadfast in his decision to stay at the club. He has a good standing in the team due to his professionalism, but the Real Madrid bosses are determined to get rid of him this summer.

Hazard, after all, is the highest-paid player in the squad and his departure could open up a chunk of the space in the salary mass. But it must be noted that Real Madrid would have to spend a fortune to terminate Hazard’s contract.

Hence, it will be interesting to see whether or not Los Blancos end up splashing the cash in order to get Hazard out of their books this coming summer.

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