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Bundesliga wonderkid remains Real Madrid’s number one target for 2023

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Real Madrid are expected to go big in the 2023 summer transfer window as they look to move on from ageing stars such as Karim Benzema, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos.

The midfield position remains one of the key areas where they need to add more quality, especially with Modric and Kroos’ contracts expiring at the end of the season. To that end, the club continue to keep an eye on Jude Bellingham.

According to Madrid Xtra, the Borussia Dortmund starlet remains Real Madrid’s number one target ahead of the next summer transfer window. They have been keeping close tabs on the midfielder and could make a move for him next year.

Despite missing out on the Kopa Trophy in the Ballon d’Or gala, Bellingham is regarded as one of the most talented young midfielders in world football.

At the age of just 19, the Englishman has featured in over 100 competitive matches for Dortmund. He has also become a leading figure at the club, notably captaining the Dortmund side in the Champions League earlier this season.

Bellingham’s quality, leadership and talent have not gone unnoticed, with Real Madrid more than willing to splash the cash on him in the coming summer.

The report from Madrid Xtra suggests Real Madrid will soon kickstart talks with Dortmund over a move for Bellingham. They are aware of the youngster’s hefty valuation, so the club will require some excellent makeweights if they are to afford the player.

Not to mention, clubs from the Premier League are expected to go after Bellingham as well, with Liverpool among the teams interested in his services. With that in mind, it will be interesting to see what the future holds for the 19-year-old next year.

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Lucas Vazquez talks following MVP performance vs Barcelona – ‘Speaks about our work’

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Of all players people would have expected to turn up for El Clasico today from Real Madrid, it was the backup right-back Lucaz Vazquez who delivered an absolute masterclass of a performance in their 3-2 win.

The Spaniard played Barcelona out of the park starting as the right-back, and ran circles around Joao Cancelo.

He won the penalty for the first goal, scored the equaliser in the 73rd minute, and then assisted Jude Bellingham’s winner in the 91st minute.

“Great night, like many others at the Santiago Bernabeu. We are very grateful to the fans, they created a spectacular atmosphere. We are where want to be, six points away from winning the league,” Vazquez said, as quoted by MARCA.

Coming off an exhausting 120 minutes vs Manchester City in the Champions League, not many would have expected the shift Madrid put in tonight, especially after trailing on two occasions.

“The team, despite the great effort in Manchester, showed their face again. We once again played a great game, and we did everything in our power to achieve this win that gives us the advantage in the league,” Vazquez commented on it.

Now 11 points clear off Barcelona, Madrid can almost sniff La Liga out, and according to Vazquez, it reflects their work well.

“I think this difference speaks well about our work. We had a very good season in La Liga, and we are on the right track.”

As for his own performance, the Spaniard was modest, and said, “I am very happy to be able to help the team. A lot of things went well today, and that is important for everyone”

He was asked two very important things, as well, including his possible inclusion in the 2024 European Championship, to which he replied, “I would love for Luis de la Fuente to call me up for the Euros.”

And more importantly, he also spoke about the controversial penalty incident, but claimed that it was 100% a penalty. “I cut back and his leg caught me. It was a penalty.”

Real Madrid have five days off now before they travel to the Basque county to take on Real Sociedad in the league before travelling to the Allianz Arena to face Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-finals.

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