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€40 million-rated La Liga winger responds to Real Madrid rumours: “Don’t think it’s true”

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Speaking in an interview with ‘Panenka’ magazine (h/t MARCA), Villarreal winger Samuel Chukwueze has dismissed the rumours linking him to Real Madrid as ‘not true’.

The Nigerian international enjoyed a solid 2022/23 campaign with the Yellow Submarine, racking up 13 goals and 11 assists from 50 appearances across all competitions.

His tally of 13 strikes include a brace against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu, which is understood to have caught the eyes of the Merengues’ management.

It is no secret that Real Madrid are in the market for attacking reinforcements after having lost a glut of forwards since the end of the season.

And Chukwueze was believed to be among the targets that are being looked at by the Spanish capital outfit. It was even suggested that Los Blancos had made an enquiry for the 24-year-old winger, who could be available for €40 million this summer.

However, Chukwueze is not bothered by the rumours flying around and is instead choosing to focus on Villarreal.

“People are always going to talk. I only think about Villarreal. I don’t read what they put on social media. That doesn’t matter. What matters is the moment. What if it’s a lie? What if it’s not real? I don’t know. For now, I don’t think it’s true. The only thing that is real is Villarreal,” he said.

Talking about his performance at the Bernabeu, Chukwueze added: “It’s a dream come true. Who hasn’t dreamt of scoring a goal at the Bernabéu? Well, I scored two! It was historic for me and for Villarreal.”

While he might be playing it down, should Real Madrid come calling, there is a good chance that Chukwueze could decide to jump ship, more so with his contract at Villarreal expiring in the summer of 2024.

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Real Madrid midfielder set for a change in roles heading into the new season

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Federico Valverde, the dynamic midfielder for Real Madrid, is once again on the cusp of adapting to a new role under the guidance of coach Carlo Ancelotti, reports Mario Calderon for Mundo Deportivo

Valverde’s remarkable versatility has been a key asset for Real Madrid, allowing him to excel in various positions on the field. This adaptability has been crucial for the team, and it seems another transformation is on the horizon for the 25-year-old Uruguayan.

The team chances and so does Valverde

His potential shift in role comes amid changes within the team, notably the reassignment of the number ‘8’ shirt to Toni Kroos. 

The German midfielder’s responsibility for constructing the game will likely be shared among several players to ensure a seamless transition.

Here, Valverde’s ability to quickly grasp new concepts will be a significant advantage for both him and Ancelotti. Even during the current period, with many players still absent, Ancelotti is already strategizing on how to best integrate everyone into the team dynamics without compromising performance.

Federico Valverde might play a different role at Real Madrid next season. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Marcelo Bielsa must be credited

Valverde’s recent experiences with the Uruguayan national team in the Copa America under coach Marcelo Bielsa have further honed his skills. 

Bielsa entrusted Valverde with the captain’s armband and deployed him in a deeper role, where he was responsible for initiating plays from the back alongside his teammate, PSG’s young pivot, Manuel Ugarte. 

This experience has enriched Valverde’s understanding of the game, adding another layer to his already impressive skill set.

As the new season approaches, Valverde will need to re-establish himself in whatever role Ancelotti deems fit—be it as a winger, a pivot, or even a full-back, a position he has previously played under former coach Zinedine Zidane. 

Regardless of where he is positioned, Valverde’s importance to the team is undeniable. His versatility, coupled with his ability to adapt quickly, makes him a pivotal player for Real Madrid’s upcoming campaign.

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