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21-year-old breakthrough forward picks starting for Arsenal over ‘Real Madrid’s bench’

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Shakhtar Donetsk starlet Mykhaylo Mudryk has been one of the great finds of this UEFA Champions League campaign so far.

At the age of just 21, the youngster performed consistently in the group stages of the UCL. He racked up three goals and two assists in six matches, helping Shakhtar Donetsk finish third in the group.

Needless to say, Mudryk’s explosive performances at Shakhtar have not gone unnoticed, with multiple European giants interested in his services.

However, in a recent interview, Mudryk has broken the silence on his future, notably mentioning Real Madrid while detailing what he would look for at his new club.

The Ukrainian winger suggested that he would prefer regular game-time rather than joining a European giant such as Real Madrid, stating (h/t MARCA), “From a purely hypothetical perspective… if there was the option of being a bench player at Real Madrid or a starter at Arsenal, probably I would choose Arsenal.”

Mudryk, though, is open to joining a club such as Real Madrid if the coach guarantees him the opportunity to prove himself. “But it is a difficult question and involves many factors in my answer. First I would like to know from the coach that even if he was not a guaranteed starter, he would receive an opportunity,” he said.

“Essentially, I need to hear directly from the coach What do you envision my role to be?” he added.

Since making his breakthrough for Shakhtar Donetsk, Mudryk has featured in 42 competitive appearances for the club, racking up 10 goals and 17 assists. He has won eight caps for the Ukrainian national team as well.

Interestingly, the young winger has faced Real Madrid four times in his career already. Having faced the Whites for two consecutive seasons in the Champions League, he thanked the fans for receiving the Shakhtar team so well, even giving them a standing ovation once.

“I’m grateful to the Real Madrid fans for giving me that great recognition,” he said.

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Real Madrid’s teenage sensation to join camp on Wednesday, Brazilian core to return later

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Real Madrid enjoyed strong representation at the recently concluded European Championship and Copa America.

Dani Carvajal is the only player who returned with silverware, but it is safe to say that all the team’s stars on international duty put up displays to be proud of.

The attention now turns towards the season that lies ahead. Carlo Ancelotti and co. have already begun working ahead of the new campaign, and the internationals will begin rejoining training in the coming week, as relayed by MARCA.

The early returnees

Having suffered an early elimination in the Euro with Croatia, Luka Modric is set to return to training as early as the beginning of the coming week.

The veteran recently renewed his contract with the club and will be looking to prove that he still has it on his feet.

Modric will be available soon at Ancelotti’s disposal (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

The team’s new signing, Endrick, will join forces with Los Blancos on Wednesday as he begins a new chapter in his short, yet illustrious career so far. All eyes will be on his official signing and presentation.

Meanwhile, Arda Güler and Antonio Rudiger are expected to return to training under Ancelotti towards the end of the week.

The late entries

Players who progressed relatively deeper into the recently concluded tournaments have understandably been granted a longer vacation, and both the French and English representatives of the club enjoy that luxury.

Needless to say, no specific date has been set for their return, considering that their campaign in the Euro ran deep into July.

The team’s Copa America stars, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo, and Eder Militão, meanwhile, will report to training on July 31st. Federico Valverde, who finished third with Uruguay, will likely enjoy a longer hiatus.

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