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Dortmund CEO says Real Madrid paid ‘a lot more than €103 million’ for Bellingham

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The UEFA Champions League final is bound to be a nervy occasion for most players, but for Jude Bellingham, there will also be a sentimental aspect to the encounter.

After all, Bellingham will be facing many of his former teammates and the club where he spent his formative years.

Ahead of the Champions League final, Dortmund’s CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has answered some questions to the newspaper AS (h/t Mundo Deportivo) in which he touched upon the transfer of Bellingham to Madrid.

Bellingham had CEO’s blessing

Indeed, Hans-Joachim Watzke claims he personally recommended the Englishman to join Real Madrid if he were to leave, acknowledging the Merengues as the biggest club in the world.

“It wasn’t a hard negotiation. Not at all. I always advised Jude that, if he was convinced he wanted to go to another club, he should consider going to Real Madrid.

“And he listened to me. In the end, it is the biggest club in the world. There are many years and I know them all. Florentino is the boss, but there is also José Ángel Sánchez, with whom I have a friendship, just to name one example,” he stated.

Hans Joachim Watzke advised Bellingham to join Real Madrid. (Photo by Frederic Scheidemann/Getty Images)

On the transfer figures

Furthermore, Hans-Joachim Watzke affirms that even if the team was able to secure Bellingham and Erling Haaland for sizable transfer fees, nothing could ever entirely replace their contributions.

However, reports previously claimed that If Real Madrid wins the Champions League during Bellingham’s six-year term, Dortmund will receive €25 million.

“If it had only been €103 million, we would have negotiated badly. But no, there’s no consolation in the amount paid for his transfer because players like Jude and Erling didn’t just leave their mark on Dortmund.

“They are two lads that we hold in high esteem here. No amount of money can make up for that. Of course, if you have to let them go, then let it be for as much as possible, but it was for a lot more than €103 million,” the CEO concluded.

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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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