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Brahim Diaz reflects on Real Madrid’s victory vs Granada: “We are no longer friends, we are a family”

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Real Madrid forward Brahim Diaz, who clinched the Most Valuable Player award against Granada following his spectacular display of scoring two goals in a commanding 4-0 victory for his team, expressed heartfelt sentiments about the camaraderie within the team. 

He emphasized that the atmosphere in the locker room resonates with a familial bond, where each member is regarded as akin to a brother by him, fostering a sense of unity and support among teammates.

“We are all important. We are no longer friends, we are family, they are my brothers. We are an incredible group,” said the forward as quoted by MARCA

“We make everything very easy. Today I wanted to thank Modric, who came off and everyone was applauding him, for his assistance because he is a phenomenon and a teacher.”

A goal dedicated to Vinicius

After yesterday’s brace, Brahim has taken his tally to 12 goals and six assists and despite only being a backup player for Ancelotti, this happens to be the best return of his professional football career.

Speaking about his first goal, he revealed why he dedicated the strike to Vinicius Jr, who watched his teammate from the bench.

“I dedicated the goal to Vini. He told me that he was going to score a goal like the first. He told me that when I got the ball, they would open up and cut back. I scored and I dedicate it to him. 

Brahim Diaz scored two goals against Granada. (Photo by JORGE GUERRERO/AFP via Getty Images)

“The second goal was a play by everyone. The team has been incredible and we all want to score as many points as possible in the League. 

“We also want to reach the Champions League final in the best possible way,” he confessed.

The former Milan forward went on to add that Real Madrid have the best fans in the world.

“We have the best fans, I’m sure we’re going to live a full week tomorrow, just thinking about it gives me goosebumps. Now we’re going to celebrate Real Madrid to the highest level.”

Lastly, he also had words reserved for Granada, a team that has now been relegated to the second division. He added that by no means did Real Madrid perceive this match as an easy outing.

“I say to the Granada team that I hope they will return to the Primera Division soon. We played the match with the utmost respect. 

“After the highest level this week, it was not an easy match. I came with adrenaline and we competed in the best way,” he added.

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France manager talks Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid, Tchouameni injury

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After unveiling the final squad for France for the upcoming European Championship, coach Didier Deschamps appeared in front of the media to discuss the nation’s preparations for the tournament.

Deschamps was notably asked about Kylian Mbappe and his potential move to Real Madrid in the coming summer.

Deschamps on Mbappe announcement

When asked when Real Madrid may announce the signing of Mbappe, the French coach replied (h/t L’Equipe), “They will decide when it’s time to make it official. As far as possible, I will adapt to the squad.”

This comes on the back of earlier reports which claim that Real Madrid are desperate to announce the signing of Mbappe before the start of Euro 2024.

Mbappe might become a Real Madrid player before the start of Euro 2024 (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

The coveted tournament begins June 14, though France’s opening game is on June 18 as they take on Austria in the city of Dusseldorf.

Deschamps also dismissed concerns over Mbappe’s form, stating, “You don’t find Kylian Mbappé in good shape? He only scored 44 goals in the season. It’s true that he could have done better.”

Deschamps on Tchouameni’s fitness

As things stand, a total of three Real Madrid players are a part of the France squad for the European Championship.

One of them is Aurelien Tchouameni, who picked up a knock earlier this month which could keep him out of the upcoming Champions League final.

Deschamps, though, is not worried about his fitness and is hopeful of having the midfielder back for the Euros.

“Tchouaméni? I’m not worried. The deadline is too short for the UCL final but for the Euro it’s more than doable,” he said.

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