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Barcelona legend hails Real Madrid talisman Jude Bellingham: “He is a complete player”

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Former Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has said that Real Madrid summer recruit Jude Bellingham is a complete player, adding that he has everything a top player should possess.

Bellingham has made quite an impact ever since joining Real Madrid from Borussia Dortmund, scoring 13 goals in 14 outings. 

Now, a lot has been said about Bellingham’s display but the comments coming from a former Barcelona player, who has never shied away from putting Madrid under bad light says a lot about the midfielder’s quality.

“Bellingham? A great player, ugh, very complete, he has everything,” he told journalist Jordi Baste on RAC1 as quoted by SPORT.

Furthermore, he also has some words reserved for Vinicius Jr, against whom he has played quite a few times.

“I’ve always liked playing against players like him. You had to be very focused, but what sets me off are the challenges. But life is all about stages,” he explained.

Pique’s thoughts on Real Madrid

Pique says he liked playing against Vinicius Jr. (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO/AFP via Getty Images)

Pique was asked by Baste whether he is still keeping tabs on the title charge, especially Real Madrid’s, to which he said:

“Madrid I no longer follow. When you’re out of the circle I’m only interested in whether Barça wins.”

On the other hand, he still did not seem convinced about Real Madrid despite retiring from professional football in November 2022. 

When asked about Los Blancos, he said that the main difference between them and Barcelona is that the record European champions will be happy with any sort of win.

“Winning at the last minute is not worth it; in Madrid, they would be delighted and here we think that it was not played well.”

He also said that although Madrid will somehow find a way to crack the UEFA Champions League code, they are a team that will not be remembered.

“Real Madrid will reach the decisive moment of the Champions League. I always say it: our way of doing things and how we push ourselves when we win, it is remembered forever. 

“The last one they won was a miracle, but it will not be remembered,” he added.

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Real Madrid midfield starlet attracting interest from half the teams in La Liga

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Real Madrid youngster Mario Martin finds himself at an interesting juncture in his fledgeling career.

The midfield prospect is well-liked at the club after impressing with Castilla in the past two seasons while first-team manager Carlo Ancelotti is also an admirer of the player.

While Martin seems to have reached the end of his cycle in Castilla, a spot in the first-team squad is not necessarily available right away, unless Dani Ceballos ends up leaving.

Plenty of interest in Mario Martin

Now, The Athletic reports that Mario Martin is a player in demand in La Liga with half the teams in the Spanish top flight eager to sign him up this summer.

As has already been reported, Real Valladolid and RCD Espanyol are understood to have shown a strong interest in the 20-year-old midfield talent.

Mario Martin is in demand in La Liga. (Photo by JOSE JORDAN/AFP via Getty Images)

However, it appears that there are a plethora of other clubs in La Liga who would be happy to sign Martin from Real Madrid in the current transfer window.

Martin wants to stay

But, the report states Martin is leaning towards staying put at Real Madrid at this point even though the prospects of regular first-team minutes are highly unlikely.

The 20-year-old, who has made four senior appearances for Los Blancos thus far, has a contract that runs until the summer of 2026.

Real Madrid, for their part, are not necessarily ruling out a sale provided a good offer comes along.

Even if they do part ways with Martin, the Spanish capital club would very much likely insert an affordable buyback clause as they have been doing in recent times for departing youth players.

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