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Cristiano Ronaldo training at Real Madrid following Manchester United exit

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Following a highly controversial interview with Piers Morgan, Cristiano Ronaldo has managed to ruin his legacy at Manchester United. The Portuguese spoke poorly about the club’s facilities, Erik ten Hag, and the owners, following which, his contract was terminated.

He came into the 2022 World Cup as a free agent, and started the first three games for Portugal – all in the group stages, scoring one goal.

However, following an abysmal performance against South Korea, Fernando Santos chose to bench him against Switzerland in the round of 16 in favour of Goncalo Ramos. His replacement ended up scoring a hat-trick.

Ronaldo was once again benched in the quarter-finals as Morocco knocked them out of the tournament.

Now a free agent, and without international responsibilities, CR7 is expected to choose his next club soon. Until that announcement is made, however, he needs to train regularly.

And Ronaldo has apparently chosen Valdebebas, the Real Madrid training ground, to do that, as reported by Jorge C Picon.

This will undoubtedly serve as fuel to the fire that are the rumours about his return to Madrid. There have been reports already suggesting that Jorge Mendes has offered him to Los Blancos on a six-month transfer.

Real Madrid are unlikely to make any signings in January, however, even though Karim Benzema has suffered from a fair few injuries this season.

The French striker came into this season on the back of a Ballon d’Or campaign, but picked up a thigh injury right before the World Cup kicked off.

Recent reports have suggested that the decision to send him back to Madrid was ‘rushed’. Especially because Benzema has completed his fifth training session, and will likely participate in Real Madrid’s friendly against Leganes tomorrow, according to Sergio Quirante.

As for Ronaldo, it is expected that he will make a decision over his next club after the World Cup ends, and will likely return to football starting not before January.

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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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