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Ex-Barcelona winger states Real Madrid deserved to win El Clasico: “They were more effective”



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In an early season title decider in the form of a much-awaited El Clasico clash, Real Madrid came up trumps with a 3-1 victory against Barcelona.

Despite Ferran Torres’ 83rd-minute strike, Karim Benzema, Federico Valverde and Rodrygo ensured that Carlo Ancelotti’s men beat their rivals to usurp them to sit at the summit of La Liga.

Former Barcelona and Real Madrid winger Luis Figo reserved special praise for Los Blancos’ showing in the latest edition of the rivalry.

“Real Madrid had been better and deserved to win the Clásico. I think Barcelona didn’t feel comfortable in the first half, that’s why they were lower on the scoreboard.

“Besides, it was much more difficult to change the course of the game in the second. In general, I think Madrid was better and that’s why they won the game” he said, as quoted by MARCA.

“They were more effective in terms of the chances they had to score goals. It could have Barcelona get into the game if they were able to equalize and score the 1- 1 in the first half. But they weren’t effective and then they suffered the second goal.

“Benzema, Modric, Vinicius played well. In general, Real Madrid were better in the Clasico,” he added.

The Portuguese icon also lifted the lid on the wingers he particularly enjoys watching, a list which includes one Real Madrid superstar as well.

“I don’t think there is now a player with a style similar to mine, because my game was different.

“Of course, I look at the players who play in my position, and I like to see Kingsley Coman, Dembele, Ansu Fati, Rodrygo. I think they are very top players and I enjoy watching them play,” the former Barcelona and Real Madrid winger added.

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€40 million midfielder prefers a move to Real Madrid over Premier League clubs – report



The race for Jude Bellingham has become tightly contested in recent weeks. Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United and Real Madrid all pursue the Borussia Dortmund star closely and hope to win his signing come June.

Given the heavy competition, it is natural that the clubs have alternative names on their tables. One such name on the radars of the aforementioned clubs is Celta Vigo’s Gabri Veiga.

The La Liga midfielder has offers from the Premier League for the summer. However, SER reports that the player has asked Real Madrid if they will match the offer from England and has displayed his interest in joining the club.

Veiga’s release clause with Celta Vigo is valued at €40 million. If the Merengues can match such a valuation, either through direct means or player exchanges, the young phenom will don white next season.

Real Madrid have followed Veiga’s profile for a while now and have made their interest in his signing known to his environment. Yet, the Spanish outlet also adds that Veiga’s potential arrival in June would not close the doors for Jude Bellingham’s signing.

Rafa Marin of Real Madrid Castilla is a player who interests Celta Vigo, and unsurprisingly is one of the names on Los Blancos’ table to utilise in a swap deal for Veiga. Yet, it is safe to say that talks of a player exchange are in a rudimentary stage.

The 20-year-old Spanish phenom has lit up La Liga this season. In 25 appearances for Celta Vigo this season, he has scored nine goals and provided three assists. He averages close to one key pass per game and has created five big chances in his league campaign.

With Los Blancos unwilling to let go of Bellingham’s pursuit irrespective of Veiga’s signing, the question will boil down to the financial leeway the Merengues have and whether they can afford to shell out €40 million in addition to the Englishman’s fee.

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