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Official: 21-year-old Real Madrid youngster joins La Liga rivals



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Real Madrid and Toni Fuidias have terminated his contract, and joined fellow La Liga side Girona, as confirmed by the latter club’s official website.

The 21-year-old prospect spent nearly a decade in Real Madrid’s youth system, having joined the club in 2013. He featured 39 times for the Merengues’ Castilla outfit, keeping eight clean sheets.

However, he never made a first-team appearance for the Spanish capital club. Considering Thibaut Courtois and Andriy Lunin have the goalkeeping spots locked in at the Santiago Bernabeu, the young Spaniard would never have had a pathway into the senior side.

So, Fuidias had been in negotiating with Real Madrid over the termination of his contract in recent weeks. And he has now parted ways with the reigning champions of Spain and Europe to join Girona as a free agent.

The youngster has signed a three-year contract until the summer of 2025 with the newly-promoted La Liga club. Real Madrid will receive a percentage of future sales from Girona for the transfer of the 21-year-old.

Fuidias becomes the latest young prospect to leave Los Blancos this summer following the likes of Miguel Gutierrez, Juanmi Latasa, Reinier Jesus (loan) and Victor Chust, among several others.

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UFC Champion to kick off Real Madrid vs Sevilla, sends message to Mbappe: “Lucky to play for the best club in the world”



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Coming on the back of his triumph at UFC, Featherweight champion Ilia Topuria has announced he will take honorary kick-off in the upcoming Real Madrid vs Sevilla in La Liga this weekend.

Topuria confirmed this in a recent press conference in the Spanish capital this midweek.

A self-proclaimed Madridista, Topuria expressed his deep connection with the club and even sent a message to Kylian Mbappe, who is widely expected to join the club on a free transfer this summer.

Ilia Topuria: A hardcore Madridista

Ilia Topuria did not hold back his affection for Real Madrid, stating, “For me, the team that represents the values ​​of Spain the most is Real Madrid.”

The Georgian-Spaniard UFC champion went on to confirm that he will meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off.

“I’m going to meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off,” he said (h/t Mundo Deportivo).

Topuria triumphed over Volkanovski last Saturday. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Although born in Germany, Topuria made Spain proud last Saturday when he beat Alexander Volkanovski in the second round. In the process, he became the first fighter from Spain to capture a UFC belt.

Topuria’s triumph has granted him overnight success in Spain, with the 27-year-old even becoming a cultural icon for many.

Topuria’s message for Mbappe

Other than professing his love for Real Madrid, Ilia Topuria also had a message for Mbappe.

When asked about the Frenchman potentially joining Real Madrid this summer, he said, “Welcome. He’s lucky to play for the best club in the world.”

Real Madrid, for their part, also congratulated Topuria on his triumph. “Congratulations on your historic triumph for Spanish sport, Ilia Topuria. We are proud that a great Real Madrid fan like you becomes UFC world champion,” the club posted on X.

Real Madrid fans, meanwhile, will be excited to witness Topuria taking the honorary kickoff as Los Blancos take on Sevilla this weekend, with three crucial points on the line.

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