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Arsenal turned down the chance to sign Real Madrid mainstay back in 2016 – report



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Federico Valverde has matured extremely well at Real Madrid in recent years and has emerged as one of the club’s most important players under Carlo Ancelotti.

Last season, the midfielder was a key productive outlet with seven league goals. This time around, the Uruguayan has continued to remain a key feature in the Real Madrid midfield.

However, Valverde could have been playing for Arsenal by now, if Arsene Wenger had not turned him down seven years ago.

This is according to Mundo Deportivo, which suggests that Wenger had the option to sign Valverde at Arsenal in 2016.

The report claims that Valverde had a week-long trial at Arsenal in 2016. However, then-manager Wenger refused to sign the youngster.

Sure enough, Real Madrid swooped in to sign Valverde, who joined the club in a €5 million deal from Penarol. The youngster has never had to look back since.

Valverde could have been an Arsenal player. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

During his spell at the Santiago Bernabeu, the midfielder has featured in over 200 competitive matches for Real Madrid. He also has 50 appearances for the Uruguayan national team.

Speaking about his trial at Arsenal, though, Valverde did highlight the role Alexis Sanchez played in helping him gain some much-needed confidence.

“I have always been grateful to him. When I went to train at Arsenal, Alexis was there and he was one of the few who came to help me. Being a child, a nobody, I was very well received by him,” he had said.

The Real Madrid star, though, has no reason to look back and would look to focus on his current spell at the Bernabeu.

With both Toni Kroos and Luka Modric likely to leave the club at the end of the season, Valverde is even one of the top candidates to become one of the captains in the years to come.

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Real Madrid very happy with future star Endrick, eagerly awaiting his arrival in 2024 – Romano



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Real Madrid’s attacking unit has been crippled by the loss of Karim Benzema earlier in the summer, which was followed by the loss of Vinicius Jr due to injury.

Although Vinicius has returned, there is much left to be desired from the Madrid frontline as we progress through to the season.

Real Madrid, though, are waiting on the arrival of Endrick. The young Brazilian is set to join the Real Madrid squad in the summer of 2024 when he turns 18.

Real Madrid impressed by Endrick

Endrick has already started his preparation for his pending move to Santiago Bernabeu, having performed exceptionally well in his native Brazil this year.

The youngster is constantly working on his game, in order to further improve himself as an attacker. It has left Real Madrid quite happy and eager for his arrival, reports Fabrizio Romano.

The journalist claims that Real Madrid have been keeping close tabs on everything Endrick has been doing, on and off the pitch, at Palmeiras.

And they have received very good reports on the 17-year-old, with the club impressed by how he is putting efforts to improve himself both performance-wise and in other facets.

Despite there being some question marks over his performances, the teenage forward is starting to showcase his potential, having scored five goals in five starts for Palmeiras.

Real Madrid happy with Endrick. (Photo by Ricardo Moreira/Getty Images)

Endrick also learning new languages

Endrick is not only just working on his performance. In fact, the Brazilian is also learning other languages in order to quickly settle into life in Spain.

The youngster can speak Portuguese, but he may have to master Spanish during his time at Santiago Bernabeu.

As mentioned earlier, Endrick can already speak Portuguese, which should go a long way in helping him team up with fellow Brazilians Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo.

Even Eder Militao can speak Portuguese, which should make it easier for Endrick to adapt to life in Spain, at least for the next year or so.

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