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Bellingham tells ex-Man City man to don Real Madrid jersey on broadcast as part of bet

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With Real Madrid flying to a Champions League semi-finals spot this season as well, a lot of focus has been on Jude Bellingham’s signing for the club.

The €103 million midfielder has defied all expectations and come out on top as their best player this season, scoring a ton of clutch goals in both, La Liga and the Champions League.

Moreover, having won the Spanish Super Cup already, it would be fair to say that their investment in the Englishman has paid off rather well so far.

Signing him was not an easy task, though, with clubs from the Premier League desperately chasing his signature, including Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United, and Liverpool.

Following the quarter-finals win against City, Bellingham spoke about a bet with former Man City player, now pundit, Micah Richards regarding the outcome of the tie.

“He promised me”

Bellingham claimed that he had a personal wager with Micah Richards about which one of Madrid or City will advance to the semi-finals. The loser would wear the shirt of the other team post-game.

Iconic. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

Speaking to the CBS punditry panel of Richards, Thierry Henry, and Kate Abdo, Bellingham said, as quoted by Mundo Deportivo, “He was supposed to wear the Madrid shirt after the small bet we made, so I’m disappointed because I don’t see that he did it.”

 “I hope we will see it in the semi-finals.”

Madrid set to face Bayern Munich

Now in the semi-finals of their favourite tournament again, Madrid will face off against Bayern Munich in the semi-finals of the competition, with the first-leg set to kick off at the Allianz Arena on 30th April.

This is the most-played fixture in the history of the Champions League, and while Bayern are far from in their best form, it is a tie that promises a ton of goals and thrill.

The last few meetings have ended in favour of Madrid, with Los Blancos winning three of the last four games.

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Bundesliga title-winner ‘is ready for Real Madrid’, says former German great

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Speaking in an interview with Sport BILD (h/t AS), Germany legend Michael Ballack has claimed that Bayer Leverkusen sensation Florian Wirtz is ready to play for Real Madrid.

Wirtz is a player that Real Madrid have been closely monitoring for a while now, with the German sensation being seen as a long-term replacement for Toni Kroos, who announced his retirement yesterday.

A move for Wirtz is being planned for the summer of 2025 and Ballack believes that the Bundesliga title winner with Leverkusen is ready for the big move to the Santiago Bernabeu.

“Wirtz is ready for Real Madrid,” said Ballack.

“In terms of football, Wirtz can definitely play for Real Madrid. You can also see it in Jude Bellingham after his move from BVB: when you play with even better players, you become even better,” he added.

The Toni Kroos replacement? (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)

Wirtz has a contract with Bayer Leverkusen that runs until the summer of 2027. As things stand, the new German champions have no intentions of selling their prized asset this year.

However, there appears to be an acceptance that the German international will be on the move in 2025.

Other top clubs like Manchester City and Bayern Munich are also understood to be interested, but Real Madrid are likely to beat them in the race should it come down to that next year.

A move for Wirtz, though, could cost in excess of €100 million for Real Madrid should they do indeed decide to proceed with his signing next year.

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