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Bellingham names four Real Madrid stars in his 2022 Team of the Year

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At this point it is well-established that Real Madrid are seriously interested in signing Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham in the summer transfer window.

The 19-year-old midfield sensation has become the club’s primary transfer target ahead of the 2023/24 campaign, as they look to put a succession plan in place for Luka Modric.

Real Madrid are set to face stern competition in their pursuit of Bellingham, though, as the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City also want to sign him. Moreover, Dortmund are also making an attempt to keep him at the club by offering him a bumper new contract.

Amidst this, though, Bellingham might have dropped a hint about what his plans for the future are.

During an interaction with Borussia Dortmund’s official YouTube channel when he was asked to pick his Team of the Year for 2022, the 19-year-old selected as many as four players from Real Madrid.

Starting things off, Bellingham had no doubts about choosing Thibaut Courtois as his goalkeeper, as he said: “I went to the Champions League final and he was unbelievable, he was so good. Saved everything.”

The England international then went on to name Eder Militao as one of his centre-backs, saying: “I will have Militao in my TOTY. He was really good. Won the UCL.”

Veteran midfielder Modric was also an easy pick for Bellingham, but he had a tough time deciding between Federico Valverde and Toni Kroos, although he ultimately opted for the former.

“De Bruyne, Luka Modric are locked in. I would also have Valverde, he’s so good. Him or Kroos… it’s so tough,” Bellingham said.

Apart from the Real Madrid quartet of Courtois, Militao, Modric, and Valverde, PSG trio Achraf Hakimi, Kylian Mbappe, and Lionel Messi also made it to Bellingham’s Team of the Year. Manchester City trio Erling Haaland, Kevin De Bruyne, and Joao Cancelo were also named, as was Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk.

Bellingham’s contract with Dortmund runs until the summer of 2025 and the German giants could demand a fee as high as €150 million for him in the summer. Whether a move to Real Madrid materialises in the summer will be interesting to see.

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Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report

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With less than six months left on his contract, Marco Asensio looks to be on his way out of Real Madrid very soon. The Spaniard has not yet started talks to extend his contract with the Spanish giants, which has garnered the eyes from several top clubs across Europe.

One of the clubs interested in his signature happens to be Premier League leaders Arsenal. Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of the player, and will try to be bring him to North London on a free transfer this summer.

According to Mirror, Asensio’s agents will fly to London this week to get an a better understanding Arsenal’s interest in the player. Talks are scheduled with Arsenal, among possibly other clubs.

Asensio’s priority remains to extend with Arsenal, but not at ‘any cost’. The winger is looking for raise with his new contract to go along with a four-year deal. The report states that he currently earns around €130,000 per week at Madrid.

The 27-year-old has been waiting for an official offer from Los Blancos for a while, but the club will wait for March or April before taking a decision on his extension.

Asensio took a while to grow important for Carlo Ancelotti this season, but has been featuring regularly on the right-wing lately. He even scored in 2-0 win against Valencia in midweek, taking his tally to two for the season, excluding three assists as well.

Arsenal are definitely looking to add more firepower to their squad for next season, having already brought in Leandro Trossard in the winter. Asensio could serve as the perfect backup to Bukayo Saka, who has been in incredible form all season.

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