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Former Real Madrid defender hopes to return to the club: “Always been my home”



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Speaking in an interview, Girona full-back Miguel Gutierrez has admitted that it will be very nice to return to Real Madrid at some point in the future.

The youngster came through the ranks at Real Madrid and went on to make ten first-team appearances, registering two assists in the process.

The 21-year-old, however, did not play much last season and even though Real Madrid let Marcelo leave in the summer, they also opted to sell Gutierrez to Girona.

The Spaniard has been making a solid impression at the Catalan outfit since his move and has made 19 appearances in La Liga, registering three assists.

Talks about a potential return to the Santiago Bernabeu in the summer had been doing the rounds, although a different former academy man in the form of Fran Garcia is set to secure a comeback to Real Madrid.

But, Gutierrez remains hopeful that a return to his ‘home’ will materialise sometime in the future.

“Of course, these are things that I have in my head, Madrid has always been my home, and thanks to the club, I am the player I am now. It’s clear to me that I have to keep doing well at Girona and in the summer we’ll see,” Gutierrez said, as quoted by AS.

“In football, you never know what’s going to happen. Returning to Madrid, to my home, would be very nice, but it’s all about having a great season here, as I’m already doing, and having good numbers.”

Real Madrid allowed both Gutierrez and Marcelo to leave this summer without signing a backup. That move has come back to bite them this term as the lack of depth at left-back has become a major issue.

With Ferland Mendy currently injured, Carlo Ancelotti has had to deploy Eduardo Camavinga as a makeshift left-back in recent matches. And in order to address that Real Madrid are set to sign Fran Garcia from Rayo Vallecano in the summer.

As for Gutierrez, if he keeps performing the way he has been, a return to the club in the future might not be off the cards.

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Revealed: The blueprint behind Real Madrid’s €1 Billion revenue ambition



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As one of football’s biggest and most successful institutions, Real Madrid enjoy serious perks on the economic front. After all, they cater to a worldwide audience and thus see their remunerations come in from across borders.

The arrival of Kylian Mbappe will only serve to further grow Los Blancos’ fanbase, and with a generational squad set to dominate world football for the years to come, Florentino Perez sees a special marketing opportunity.

According to reports from SPORT, Real Madrid have thus set themselves a target to hit €1 billion in revenue and have drawn up a concrete plan for the same.

The player aspect

As a football institution, one of the most significant aspects of remuneration is the team’s direct winnings in terms of prize money. Having won the Champions League last season and with Mbappe coming in, the team is in safe hands.

Moreover, the average age of Real Madrid’s squad is just 27.1 years implies that the team has significant longevity with little change expected in personnel.

The second important aspect that the club hopes to count on is the crowd-pulling factor that such young players exert on the new generation.

Kylian Mbappe will be the face of Real Madrid’s marketing campaign. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Real Madrid already boast 410.9 million followers on social media and have added 48.4 million just last year. Mbappe, who himself has 132 million followers across Instagram and X, will further amplify that number next season and add to the club’s followers.

It is thus clear that the Frenchman will become the face of the club and the centre for all marketing operations of Real Madrid plan.

The road to €1 billion is thus not complicated, although Perez must be wary that Mbappe is picky with the brands he endorses. Further, the distribution of image rights will be a major factor to finalise.

The new Bernabeu

Having undergone extensive renovation, the New Santiago Bernabeu will take over as the world’s highest-grossing football stadium next season and play a massive role in boosting Real Madrid’s collections. The partnership with Sixth Street and Legends will also be crucial.

Furthermore, the new venue will also serve as a massive economy generator through miscellaneous events. Apart from Taylor Swift, the club also has agreements with Karol G, Aitana, Lola Indigo and La Velada del Ano de Ibai Llanos for exclusive events.

Real Madrid plan to add extra revenue from exclusive events at Santiago Bernabeu. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Needless to say, such events will serve significantly to boost the income and near the elusive €1 billion mark.


The final, yet critical manoeuvre Perez plans is to cut the costs on the wage front with a salary reduction of €0% already being made in both 2019-20 and 2020-21. That was, in fact, one of the major reasons Real Madrid stayed on their feet in the pandemic.

Player sales is another element where the men in white have worked their plan, getting rid of the older players while their market value was still high and reinvesting the cash into younger talents who can serve for at least the next decade.

The club recorded north of €800 million in income last year and the €1 billion mark is not too far off. Needless to say, the coming year could thus be special for the men in white.

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