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Bellingham set to snub Liverpool in favour of Real Madrid in 2023 – report

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According to GOAL, Real Madrid have been given a massive boost in their pursuit of Jude Bellingham. The English international has emerged as the club’s top target this season and they are expected to prioritise his move in the summer of 2023.

Borussia Dortmund, for their part, are resigned to losing Bellingham, but only after the end of the season. The midfielder, who enjoyed an excellent World Cup campaign with England, has no shortage of suitors either, with the likes of Liverpool also interested in his services.

The Premier League giants consider Bellingham as one of their top targets. The club have even utilised Jordan Henderson to try and convince his England teammate to make the move to Anfield next season.

But as per the report, Bellingham is set to snub Liverpool, in favour of a move to the Santiago Bernabeu.

His potential move to Real Madrid could see him unite with the likes of Aurelien Tchouameni, Eduardo Camavinga, and Federico Valverde – forming a midfield unit that could serve the club in the years to come.

Bellingham, in particular, has been identified as the ideal long-term replacement for Luka Modric.

The ageing midfielder’s current contract at the Bernabeu expires at the end of the season. Although Real Madrid want him to continue for at least another season, the club need a proper replacement sooner rather than later.

That is where Bellingham comes into the fray. The Englishman is blessed with immense technical skill, along with the leadership and maturity to thrive at a club like Real Madrid.

The report further suggests that Los Blancos have already made the necessary arrangements to incorporate Bellingham into the squad.

The Borussia Dortmund starlet is expected to cost around €120 million, though the figure may certainly increase, depending on the negotiations between the two clubs.

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Real Madrid midfielder set for a change in roles heading into the new season

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Federico Valverde, the dynamic midfielder for Real Madrid, is once again on the cusp of adapting to a new role under the guidance of coach Carlo Ancelotti, reports Mario Calderon for Mundo Deportivo

Valverde’s remarkable versatility has been a key asset for Real Madrid, allowing him to excel in various positions on the field. This adaptability has been crucial for the team, and it seems another transformation is on the horizon for the 25-year-old Uruguayan.

The team chances and so does Valverde

His potential shift in role comes amid changes within the team, notably the reassignment of the number ‘8’ shirt to Toni Kroos. 

The German midfielder’s responsibility for constructing the game will likely be shared among several players to ensure a seamless transition.

Here, Valverde’s ability to quickly grasp new concepts will be a significant advantage for both him and Ancelotti. Even during the current period, with many players still absent, Ancelotti is already strategizing on how to best integrate everyone into the team dynamics without compromising performance.

Federico Valverde might play a different role at Real Madrid next season. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Marcelo Bielsa must be credited

Valverde’s recent experiences with the Uruguayan national team in the Copa America under coach Marcelo Bielsa have further honed his skills. 

Bielsa entrusted Valverde with the captain’s armband and deployed him in a deeper role, where he was responsible for initiating plays from the back alongside his teammate, PSG’s young pivot, Manuel Ugarte. 

This experience has enriched Valverde’s understanding of the game, adding another layer to his already impressive skill set.

As the new season approaches, Valverde will need to re-establish himself in whatever role Ancelotti deems fit—be it as a winger, a pivot, or even a full-back, a position he has previously played under former coach Zinedine Zidane. 

Regardless of where he is positioned, Valverde’s importance to the team is undeniable. His versatility, coupled with his ability to adapt quickly, makes him a pivotal player for Real Madrid’s upcoming campaign.

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