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Borussia Dortmund slap €140m valuation on Real Madrid target, plan crunch talks this week

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Jude Bellingham has dominated the headlines in the European market in recent weeks, especially with clubs like Real Madrid, Liverpool and Manchester City showing keen interest in securing his services at the end of the season.

Amid worries over his long-term future at Borussia Dortmund, the Bundesliga giants have called the player and his entourage for a meeting, reports Diario AS.

Naturally, the Dortmund representative, led by CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke and sporting director Sebastian Kehl, will hold talks over the future of Bellingham in his own camp involving, his father Mark Bellingham.

Mark and the Dortmund board share an excellent relationship, which was key to the youngster’s move to the city in 2019. But after three years of tremendous success, even BVB are ‘95%’ certain that the player leave the club at the end of the season.

Borussia Dortmund have even set a ̉€100 million price tag for Bellingham, along with €40 million add-ons. The German giants were hoping to renew the contract of the young Englishman earlier in the season and put in a €150 million release clause, but they failed to reach an agreement.

Right now, Bellingham has no release clause embedded in his contract. Dortmund’s strategy is to squeeze around €140 million out of this deal. They are expected to allow the youngster to decide his fate.

The report further suggests that Real Madrid are the club best placed to sign the Englishman. This is because the player himself has shown the desire to play for the Merengues. He prefers a move to Santiago Bernabeu over a switch to the Premier League.

Real Madrid, though, are yet to kickstart negotiations with Dortmund over the former Birmingham starlet. One would expect the process to begin only after BVB’s summit with Bellingham in the coming days, when both parties may reach a definitive agreement over the player’s future.

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Rodrygo talks about teaming up with Kylian Mbappe: “A dream to play with the best”

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Real Madrid forward Rodrygo, who is currently training with the Brazilian national team for the Copa America in the United States, expressed his excitement about the prospect of playing with Kylian Mbappe. 

Rodrygo emphasised that it would always be a pleasure to team up with Mbappe, whom he considers one of the best players in the world.

Rodrygo mentioned that it would be a great honour for him to play alongside the future Real Madrid forward. 

“For me, it’s a pleasure to play with Mbappe, I always made it very clear. He’s going to help our team a lot, he’s going to help make it even stronger than it already is,” said the forward as quoted by Mundo Deportivo.

What about Rodrygo’s place in playing XI

Mbappe and Rodrygo are set to join forces at Real Madrid starting next season. Interestingly, the Frenchman’s arrival could potentially impact Rodrygo’s playing time. 

Despite the competition, though, the forward remains optimistic and prefers to focus on his current role with the Brazilian national team rather than speculate about his future at the club.

Rodrygo is eager to play alongside Kylian Mbappe. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

“It is always a pleasure, but now is not the time to divert the focus, I want to be focused on the national team. 

“Mbappe is also playing the (European) championship with his national team and I want to be focused here.

“But always making it clear that it is a pleasure and a dream to play with one of the best in the world,” he added.

Rodrygo is focused on Copa America

As Rodrygo prepares for his first Copa America with Brazil, he aims to demonstrate the same high level of performance that he has consistently shown with Real Madrid in recent years. 

He recalled a memorable moment from the 2021/22 Champions League semifinal against Manchester City. 

In that match, Rodrygo scored two last-minute goals that forced extra time, ultimately securing Real Madrid’s place in the final, where they defeated Liverpool.

Rodrygo hopes to replicate such extraordinary performances with the Brazilian national team during the Copa America. 

His main goal with the national team is to have impactful moments that contribute to the team’s success, similar to his crucial role in the Champions League semifinal.

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