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‘Best in his position’ – La Liga goalkeeper lavishes praise on Real Madrid defender

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Athletic Club and Spain goalkeeper Unai Simon has come out and praised Real Madrid veteran Dani Carvajal, hailing him as the ‘best right-back in the world’.

Carvajal has enjoyed a stunning 2023/24 campaign during which he played an integral part in Real Madrid winning the La Liga title, the Spanish Super Cup and the UEFA Champions League.

Continuing in his rich vein of form, the 32-year-old right-back put in a brilliant display as Spain defeated Croatia 3-0 in their UEFA Euro 2024 this past weekend, with Carvajal even scoring a goal.

When asked whether the Real Madrid veteran can win the Ballon d’Or, Simon insisted that whether Carvajal wins it or not, he is the best player in his position without a doubt.

“I don’t know if I should call him the Ballon d’Or, but what is clear to me is that he is the best right-back in the world. He’s showing it at Real Madrid, in the national team, what he transmits in the dressing room,” said Simon, as quoted by MARCA.

Unai Simon says Dani Carvajal is the best RB in the world. (Photo by LLUIS GENE/AFP via Getty Images)

“He wants to win everything, even in the basketball games we play before training. I don’t know if he will win the Ballon d’Or, but he is the best in his position.”

Contract talks to begin soon

Unai Simon is not the only one impressed by Carvajal’s performances in the recent past, with Real Madrid also understood to be very happy with the level shown by the seasoned campaigner.

As such, the Merengues are planning to hand him a new contract and plan on opening talks with the veteran defender soon.

Carvajal’s current contract with Real Madrid runs until 2025 and it appears only a matter of time that he will have at least another year added on the deal.

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Real Madrid defender set to stay after requesting to see out his contract

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Real Madrid welcomed four players back from loan this summer: Reinier, Rafa Marin, Juanmi Latasa, and Jesus Vallejo and bid goodbye to Marin already, while the others are expected to evaluate their futures with the club.

Vallejo joined Real Madrid in 2015, but he has primarily played on loan at other teams, including Real Zaragoza, VfB Stuttgart, Wolves, and Granada twice.

Having concluded his third stint at Granada, the player is back in the Spanish capital and now seeks a resolution over his future.

Jesus Vallejo held a meeting with Real Madrid’s hierarchy

Indeed, according to AS, Jesus Vallejo recently met with Real Madrid and made a request to fulfill the final year of his contract.

The club has opted not to exert pressure, leaving his future in his own hands: whether he decides to leave or stay, they support his decision.

Jesus Vallejo did not play much at Granada. (Photo by ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP via Getty Images)

After all, Vallejo has been with the club for several years, and Real Madrid intends to honour the wishes of one of the players who have been at the club for the longest time.

The 27-year-old centre-back was a part of the Real Madrid squad in the 2021/2022 season and played sparingly.

But he proved to be a dependable option when called upon and enjoyed a memorable performance in the Champions League against Manchester City as a late substitute.

Due to Real Madrid’s options at the back and the potential signing of Leny Yoro, Vallejo is unlikely to find regular game time if he opts to stay put.

Despite managing just three appearances for relegated Granada last season due to an injury, Vallejo looks forward to putting his physical woes behind him and starting afresh.

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