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Carvajal talks Mbappe, Vinicius, Bellingham, Joselu, Ballon d’Or, Real Madrid future

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The past 12 months or so have been memorable for Dani Carvajal as he added three more trophies to his cabinet with Real Madrid and is now playing a leading role for Spain at the UEFA Euro 2024.

Despite having had a long career with the Spanish national team, this is the first time that the Real Madrid right-back is representing La Roja at the European Championships.

Speaking in an interview with AS, Carvajal admitted that he is very excited about playing in the Euros for the first time in his career, while also touching upon several other important topics.

On Vinicius, Bellingham and Ballon d’Or

Carvajal played an important role in Real Madrid’s three trophies in the season gone by. As such, there has been a section of supporters calling for the defender to win the Ballon d’Or.

Should he help Spain win the Euros, those voices could grow even stronger. As such, when asked about the possibility of winning the Golden Orb, the right-back said:

“I really don’t even think about it. It’s true that I’ve had a great year, also in attack, with the goal in the Champions League final… If I do well at the European Championship, and if we win it, I can be on the shortlist. It wouldn’t be crazy.”

Carvajal could be a contender for Ballon d’Or. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

But Carvajal admitted that winning it would be complicated, especially with Real Madrid teammates like Vinicius Jr. and Jude Bellingham also in contention, along with Kylian Mbappe, saying:

“That’s complicated. The most important thing is to score goals, it’s the most difficult thing. Vinicius and Bellingham have had a great year, Mbappé will be a candidate if France win the European Championship.”

“I’m not even thinking about it. What I’m thinking about is going as far as possible at the European Championship and, if we can, being in the final in Berlin.”

On the signing of Mbappe and Joselu’s exit

Carvajal also gave his two cents on the acquisition of Kylian Mbappe by Real Madrid, insisting that the Frenchman’s arrival would elevate the team to the next level.

“A player of his stature is going to give us a lot; and I think that by wearing our shirt, surrounded by very good players, he will make us candidates for everything again. Hopefully, that will be the case and we will continue to win titles,” he said.

At the same time, though, Carvajal will bid goodbye to his close friend Joselu, who is set to sign for Qatari club Al Gharafa.

“Joselu is my family. He is someone very special. I feel sad because we were together everyday and we made plans. The children playing, holidays, going to training together, travelling…,” Carvajal lamented.

However, the defender added that he understands the striker’s decision to leave, saying: “I understand his position. Mbappé is coming, Endrick in attack and he could have a lower level of participation. And he gets an offer that’s absolutely irresistible and that’s understandable.”

On his future at Real Madrid

Carvajal’s contract expires in 2025. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Carvajal, at 32, is entering the final phase of his career and has a contract with Real Madrid that expires in 2025.

The defender has seen Toni Kroos retire on top at the age of 34 while he also sees Luka Modric continue in brilliant form aged 39. When asked which of the two ways he would lean, Carvajal replied:

“I’m not thinking about anything at the moment. Neither for the future at Madrid nor to leave. I enjoy the moment, now I’m here at the European Championship and I talk about it many times with my wife.

“I enjoy every training session, every match; and what has to come, will come. I try not to obsess about the future because I like to live in the present, every situation that happens in my life.”

In the past few years, Real Madrid have seen some of their former captains like Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Karim Benzema, Nacho Fernandez, and leave the club, while Modric could also be done next year.

However, Carvajal, whom Real Madrid want to renew, insisted that he is not thinking about leaving and believes he has still a lot left to offer to the club.

“At the moment I’m not thinking about leaving Madrid, far from it. My subjective perception is that the day I can’t contribute what I can contribute, I’ll take a step aside,” he admitted.

“But I’m very happy. I think I can give a lot to the club, to the team. And I’m more excited than ever.”

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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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