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Bayern Munich wonderkid praises Real Madrid rising star ahead of UCL showdown

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Real Madrid will lock horns with Bayern Munich next week in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-finals at the Allianz Arena.

It will be a battle of two heavyweight clubs in Europe, which will also pit two of the most exciting young midfielders against each other in the form of Jude Bellingham and Jamal Musiala.

Bellingham and Musiala know each other well, having spent time together with the England youth national teams before facing one another in the Bundesliga when the former was at Borussia Dortmund.

With the two players now set to come face-to-face next week, Musiala had word of praise for Bellingham, stressing how the Real Madrid star never shies away from a challenge.

“Jude and I were teammates for many years with the Young Lions (England youth team), played a few games together and we have been good friends ever since,” Musiala told SportBILD (h/t AS).

“I’m happy that things are going so well for him. He’s very confident about himself and does not shy away from big challenges,” the German international added.

Bellingham has had an exceptional start at Real Madrid. (Photo by Pablo Cuadra/Getty Images for Laureus)

Further heaping praise for the explosive start Bellingham made at Real Madrid this season, Musiala remarked:

“Of course, Bellingham’s start with Real Madrid is not normal. Usually a new player in the team in another country has to adapt, but it did not surprise me much, because I know Jude’s mentality perfectly.”

Interestingly, Musiala has been linked with a move to Real Madrid for 2025, with his contract at Bayern Munich expiring in 2026.

While the rumours persist, the young German attacking midfielder shared his excitement about facing Los Blancos in the Champions League as well as the prospect of playing at the Santiago Bernabeu.

“I’m really looking forward to the game against Real Madrid and the legendary Santiago Bernabeu. Two of the best teams in Europe will face each other. These are big games,” Musiala said.

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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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