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26-year-old Tottenham attacker opens up on Real Madrid links: “Every player wants that”

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Following the departure of Karim Benzema to Al-Ittihad, Real Madrid have stepped up their efforts to sign a new forward ahead of the new season.

Harry Kane was reportedly earmarked as the club’s desired target in the transfer market. But signing the Englishman could bring some complications, possibly affecting the club’s plans to go big on Kylian Mbappe or Erling Haaland in the summer of 2024.

With that in mind, Real Madrid are scouring the market for other alternatives. They have been linked with a move for Richarlison, among others.

The Brazilian, who had worked with Carlo Ancelotti during their time at Everton, has even reacted to the Santiago Bernabeu links in a recent press conference, suggesting he would love to wear the Real Madrid shirt.

“Real Madrid links? Of course, every player wants to wear the shirt of Real Madrid, it’s the biggest club in the world,” Richarlison said in the presser.

However, the Brazilian international clarified that he has a contract at Tottenham Hotspur, adding, “But I have a club, a contract, I have to prove why it they bought me for a high price. But any player dreams of playing for Real Madrid.”

Formerly of Watford, Richarlison has scored only one goal during his first season at Spurs. He had joined the club last summer for a fee of almost €60 million, but the attacker has not been able to live up to his price tag.

The Brazilian, therefore, is keen on proving himself at Spurs before he can make the jump to a bigger club such as Real Madrid. However, the forward would perhaps not want to miss out on the opportunity to join Los Blancos this summer, if given the chance.

To that end, Real Madrid have not made any notable moves to sign Richarlison this summer. It appears the club are favouring a move for Frenchman Randal Kolo Muani, in their bid to sign a cost-effective alternative for Harry Kane.

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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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