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Bellingham outlines ambitions with Real Madrid and England: “5 UCL titles, a Euro, and a World Cup”

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Jude Bellingham was once again the hero last weekend when Real Madrid travelled to Catalonia to take on Barcelona.

Going by the first half alone, Los Blancos appeared completely overrun as the Blaugranas dominated the proceedings. The second half, however, saw a rejuvenated Real Madrid before Bellingham stole the show.

The youngster, who won the Kopa Trophy at the Ballon d’Or gala earlier this week, first fired an unstoppable shot from distance to equalise the scores before finding the net in extra time to give his side all three points.

Speaking in a recent interview (h/t Madrid Xtra), the Real Madrid phenom opened up about a number of football-related topics including his aspirations and current run of form.

He began with an overview of where he saw himself in five years’ time and his ambitions for the short term.

“In five years, hopefully, five Champions League titles, a European championship, a World Cup maybe. I’m always someone who tries to look at the game as optimistically as possible.”

Speaking about his love for the game and deep-rooted passion, Bellingham said: “My love for football comes from my competitiveness, and to be honest I’ve always been very competitive.”

As an English international, Bellingham has always been linked with a move to the Premier League. Yet, he has never played in the senior division in his home country.

“If someone had told me at that time [When he was a kid] that I would spend three years in Germany and then go to Spain without playing in the Premier League, I would have been shocked,” he said regarding the same.

He went on to speak about his great run of form at present and called for people to live in the moment as opposed to speculating over the future.

“I want people to acknowledge the things I’m doing right now. You perform as a young player in the present and then everybody talks about ‘Ah yeah imagine what he’s gonna be like in the future’ when now I’m performing to a good level. You almost don’t wanna keep hearing about your age.”

At Real Madrid, every competition is an objective to conquer in every season. The new signing showed that he had the required mentality to make it big at the Spanish capital, as he said,

“I think you have to go into every competition, every year, thinking that you can win it. Otherwise, what’s the point?”

Going to the topic of sharing the dressing room with so many legends of the game, the attacking midfielder had some interesting anecdotes to share.

“The truth is, I’ve never really been someone to be starstruck or like in awe of people. But when you come here [Real Madrid] with the things they’ve achieved, it’s hard not to feel like ‘Wow, this is the pinnacle of football’.”

“In the first few weeks, when I was getting to know everyone, it was a little bit like ‘Oh I’m sitting and having dinner next to Toni Kroos’,” he added.

Finally, Bellingham spoke about the prestige that came with donning the white jersey and how it felt being a part of football’s largest institution week in and week out.

“The kit itself [Real Madrid’s] is just so famous. When you have it on, it almost feels like a super suit. The word that comes to mind for me is ‘privilege’. Not many players get to play for Real Madrid especially.”

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Real Madrid will begin renewal talks with key duo in coming weeks – report

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According to transfer market expert Fabrizio Romano (h/t Madrid Xtra), Real Madrid are shifting its focus towards securing new contracts for key players Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy in the upcoming weeks.

Both Carvajal and Mendy have contracts that are set to expire in 2025. While there have been some challenges regarding Mendy’s future, Real Madrid have remained clear about their intentions for the Euro 2024 winner.

Over the past year, Carvajal has had an impressive run, adding three more trophies to his collection with Real Madrid, including the Euro 2024 championship. 

Interestingly, he is currently not overly concerned about his future. He hasn’t been thinking much about his contract extension, with the last major news about it surfacing about a month ago.

“At the moment I’m not thinking about leaving Madrid, far from it. My subjective perception is that the day I can’t contribute what I can contribute, I’ll take a step aside,” he said a few weeks back.

Ferland Mendy is closer to staying

Carlo Ancelotti wants Ferland Mendy to continue. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

On the other hand, Mendy’s future at Real Madrid seemed uncertain due to rumours that he might be replaced by Alphonso Davies. 

However, Carlo Ancelotti has shown an unusually strong preference for retaining Mendy. The manager has made it clear that he wants Mendy to stay. 

He has praised Mendy’s skills and performances throughout the past season, making it evident that he sees Mendy as a crucial part of his strategy.

At present, there is a significant concern within the team that if an agreement is not reached by next summer, Mendy could leave the club on a free transfer. This scenario is something Real Madrid are keen to avoid.

As Real Madrid move forward with these contract negotiations, the focus remains on securing the futures of both Carvajal and Mendy, ensuring that they continue to contribute to the club’s success in the years to come.

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