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Bellingham, Joselu react after scoring their first goals for Real Madrid: “It’s a great joy”

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Wednesday night was a memorable one for Real Madrid’s new signings. Arda Guler continued to grace the bench as he still waits for his debut, but Jude Bellingham and Joseu were on point for Los Blancos against Manchester United.

The game ended 2-0 in the favour of the Spanish outfit, and there are many positives for Ancelotti to take home from the same. Both goalscorers faced the press on the night and spoke about their contribution and incorporation into the squad.

Bellingham was the first to speak to the media after the team’s comprehensive win over Manchester United. The new signing commented on his general feeling at the club and his relationship with the staff and players.

“I have the confidence of both the staff and my teammates from the beginning. I feel comfortable and confident,” he said (h/t RealMadrid.com)

The English prodigy went on to speak his heart out about the goal he scored on the night and did not forget to credit Antonio Rudiger for the assist.

“I am very happy to play with these players and I say it in every interview. The goal was after a great pass from Rüdiger. It’s a great joy to play with footballers who understand my movements.”

Joselu also gets off the mark for Real Madrid

Joselu, who scored in the penultimate minute of the game with a stunning bicycle kick, also spoke to the media. He revealed his sensations over netting his first in the white colours but his statements showed the high standards he has set for himself.

“I was upset because I missed a header before, but very happy with the goal and the victory,” he said.

Joselu on target for Real Madrid. (Photo by MARK FELIX/AFP via Getty Images)

On pulling off the bicycle kick, Joselu added: “It’s not the first time I’ve tried it and it went well. I did what I thought at the last moment. The ball was very high, it crossed my head and the ball went in.”

With no other natural centre-forward available to the manager, Joseu has a massive weight on his shoulders to rack up numbers for Los Blancos in the upcoming season. He talked about his work ethic and the boost in morale the win gave him.

“I train and try to score goals in the best possible way. I am left with the importance it has had to close the game and give us morale for the rest of the pre-season. We’ve played a good game.”

Moving from the relegated Espanyol to a perennial champion in Real Madrid, life has come fast for the Spanish striker. He revealed how it was to play with such a high-quality squad and the responsibility that came with it.

“I haven’t even been here for three weeks and everything is new to me. I don’t like to talk about numbers. I’ve come here to help and to do what the coach asks me to do. A striker likes to score and that’s why I’m happy,” he said.

“Surrounded by these players everything is easier. I’ve been very well received and the adaptation has been very good.”

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Real Madrid 23-year-old striker close to finalising a move to Real Valladolid – report

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After two years on loan at Getafe, former Real Madrid striker Juanmi Latasa has returned to the Spanish capital.

His performances, after all, were not enough to coerce his foster club to push for a permanent transfer.

The 23-year-old striker made 32 appearances for Getafe last season, including 15 starts. However, he only had two goals to show for his regular participation and it is safe to label his time at the club as a disappointment.

Now back in Madrid, Latasa is unlikely to get a chance to make a mark at the club. All signs point to a departure in the coming days.

The overwhelming favorite

As revealed in a recent report by Jorge C Picon, several first-division teams in Spain have reported interest in the young striker. Real Valladolid however, are the overwhelming favourites.

The La Liga side are looking for a striker with a good physical presence, height, a strong aerial presence and a knack for goal.

Latasa (L) set to leave Real Madrid. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

Latasa ticks all the boxes they demand and negotiations between the two clubs are expected to progress in the coming days.

Latasa’s sale, at this point, is thus taken for granted. Leganes and Espanyol are some of the other clubs interested in his services.

No scope in Madrid

Carlo Ancelotti, over the years, has not carved out a reputation as one who trusts academy stars heavily. In his defence, however, he has always had superior options available.

Heading into next season, Los Blancos have a packed forward department including Kylian Mbape, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo Goes and Endrick.

Considering that the well-established Joselu himself saw no scope at the club next season, it is safe to say that Latasa understands his situation.

From Real Madrid’s perspective, it remains to be seen if they maintain any leverage on his future.

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