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Borussia Dortmund midfielder warns Real Madrid ahead of UCL final – ‘We are ready’

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Borussia Dortmund midfielder Julian Brandt shared his thoughts on Real Madrid and the upcoming UEFA Champions League final in London. 

He expressed great respect for the record European champions, stating that there is no greater team in the Champions League than Real Madrid. 

However, he also made it clear that Dortmund are not travelling to London for a vacation; they are there to compete and win.

“This is the Champions League. We have shown what we are against many teams and this is the ultimate opponent. There is nothing bigger in the Champions League,” said Brandt as quoted by Mundo Deportivo. 

“We and the rest of our teammates, if we didn’t believe we would have stayed in Dortmund. Of course, we believe in our chances and we will prove it tomorrow,” he added.

Julian Brandt has warned Real Madrid. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

Dortmund are ready for Real Madrid

It is to be noted that Dortmund’s last game was two weeks ago, leading some to worry that the break might affect their performance. Brandt, however, is confident that this period of inactivity will not negatively impact his team. 

He believes they have used the time wisely to prepare and stay sharp for this important match.

“The last game was two weeks ago, but I wouldn’t say it’s a serious problem. 

“We always talk about pace, whether it’s better or not, in this chaos it could be even worse. 

“For me, it makes no difference. We have trained well and had some rest. We are ready,” he said.

Brandt’s words on Kroos and Bellingham

Julian brand has nothing but admiration for Toni Kroos. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

Brandt took a moment to commend Toni Kroos, who is set to play his final game for Real Madrid before retiring. 

He spoke highly of Kroos, emphasizing the impressive legacy he leaves behind as a German player. 

Kroos has achieved significant success in Spain, winning numerous titles with Real Madrid and Brandt described him as an idol in the world of football and praised him not just for his skills on the field but also for being a remarkable person.

“He [Kroos] has left an incredible legacy as a German player, he has won many titles in Spain. He’s an idol of this sport and he’s also a sensational guy,” commented the midfielder.

Lastly, when asked about Jude Bellingham, a young star formerly with Dortmund and now with Real Madrid, Brandt mentioned that he does not believe any of his current teammates are in contact with Bellingham.

“We’re focused on our own thing,” said Brandt.

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Real Madrid face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target

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Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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