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Ancelotti considers ‘untouchable’ Real Madrid midfielder as ‘one of the best in the world’

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Over the past couple of seasons, Federico Valverde has grown a lot in stature at Real Madrid. Even though he has had to compete with the likes of Luka Modric and Toni Kroos, the Uruguayan international has managed to carve out a spot for himself in the side.

A central midfielder by trade, Valverde has also made himself a very useful option for the right-wing berth under Carlo Ancelotti and continues to put in tremendous displays one after the other irrespective of where he is deployed by the manager.

Valverde was the Man of the Match as Real Madrid defeated RB Leipzig 2-0 in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday night. The 24-year-old scored another goal last night to build on his wondrous strike against RCD Mallorca over the weekend.

Recently, there have been a lot of reports claiming that Valverde was a target for Liverpool late in the summer transfer window, with the Reds even pondering making a club-record bid to pry him away from Real Madrid, although the two clubs have downplayed those rumours.

And reliable transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has now provided an update on those speculations, stating that Valverde’s name was never discussed by any suitor during the summer window as he is regarded as ‘untouchable’ by Real Madrid.

The 24-year-old Uruguayan is a favourite of Ancelotti. So much so that, the Italian tactician and his coaching staff consider Valverde to be ‘one of the best in the world’ in the present and for the future, Romano adds.

Valverde joined Real Madrid from Uruguayan outfit Penarol in the summer of 2016 for a fee of just €5 million. One of the jewels unearthed by Juni Calafat, the 24-year-old spent a year with Castilla and then had a loan spell at Deportivo La Coruna before becoming a first-team member.

To date, he has made 156 appearances for the Merengues, scoring nine goals and setting up ten more. Valverde signed a new long-term contract with Real Madrid last year, committing his future to the Spanish capital club until 2027.

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  1. Mokgothu Leboko

    September 15, 2022 at 1:12 pm

    Yes,Federico Valverde is now playing wonders,if he does not on the ball the team looks to be lost but just as the ball is at his feet all players become active and start to see the light.Valverde is gonna one-day make a good striker,as he is able to play any position.I like when he start to have the ball from deep on his side and start to cross to the opponent side running with the ball,I usually know something has to happen.He is a good player.

  2. Alfredo Castro

    September 15, 2022 at 5:16 pm

    Fede is quickly becoming one of the pillars of this Madrid’s present & future. It is exciting to see these youngsters stepping up and producing as if they were 10-year vets. Hala Madrid!

  3. Sarki Mohammed Yaro

    September 15, 2022 at 6:20 pm

    Fede is now the secret of Real Madrid. He is going, strong, quick and agile. Madrid is blessed to have Modric and Casimero, Rodrigo, Nacho and Kronos in one. He sparks the game when everyone is asleep.
    In Fede, Vinga and Aurelien Mddrid is in the next generation already

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Real Madrid superstar reveals how advice from Brazil legend helped him improve

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Even with all the excitement around Kylian Mbappe, it is Vinicius Junior, who continues to be Real Madrid’s biggest star.

In the past few years, the Brazilian has witnessed substantial growth, notably establishing himself as one of the best players in world football.

Vinicius’ rapid rise to prominence has been backed by numbers as well, with the forward racking up 82 goals and 75 assists in 262 competitive matches for Real Madrid.

Vinicius on receiving advice from Ronaldo

In a recent media interaction, Vinicius Junior, when talking about his success at Real Madrid, revealed that the forward constantly receives advice from his compatriot and former Real Madrid legend Ronaldo.

Vinicius particularly pointed out Ronaldo’s advice in 1v1 situations and how it has helped him improve in such scenarios.

“Ronaldo always calls me and gives me advice, he teaches me so many things. Since he told me that his favourite thing is a 1v1 vs a GK, I thought about it a lot and started working on it really hard,” Vinicius said (h/t Madrid Zone).

Ronaldo regularly speaks with Vinicius. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

“Now, every time I’m in a 1v1 with a GK, I’m the calmest guy in the world. Ever since that conversation with Ronaldo, I stopped being afraid of making mistakes in a 1v1,” the forward added.

Vinicius has indeed witnessed an improvement in his 1v1 play in recent years, which has been reflected in his higher goalscoring numbers.

This season, the forward has netted 23 goals in all competitions while racking up 11 assists. His goalscoring prowess, coupled with his ability in 1v1 situations could prove to be critical as Real Madrid take on Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final next month.

The Brazilian international, though, will be up against a challenging defensive duo of Mats Hummels and Nico Schlotterbeck, who have been able to keep the opposition attacks quiet this season.

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