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Germany legend on Jude Bellingham’s impact at Real Madrid: “Surprised by the number of goals”

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Only a shoulder injury has managed to keep Jude Bellingham out of action for Real Madrid and away from the scoresheet this season. Such is the influence of the youngster at the club that, in a short span, he has proven to be the first name on Carlo Ancelotti’s lineup.

In eleven league starts for Los Blancos, the youngster has scored a staggering ten goals and assisted a further two. He also has three goals and an assist to his name in the UEFA Champions League.

Bellingham’s strong start to life at a new club has seen reactions pour in from all over the globe. In a recent interview, German legend and former Ballon d’Or winner Lothar Matthaus weighed in on the youngster’s phenomenal start to life at Real Madrid.

Unlike most pundits who opted to heap praise on the latest Golden Boy winner, however, Matthaus attributed his success to the overall quality at Real Madrid.

“[Both teams] Play differently. At Dortmund, he was the leader, and being so young there was a lot of pressure to carry. In Madrid, they have another seven or eight players of similar quality to Bellingham, although of a different type.”

He went on to add that it was easier to play in the colours of Real Madrid over the Bundesliga in a statement that could prove to be rather controversial.

“It is easier for him to play at Real Madrid than at Dortmund, because his teammates play better, although I am surprised by the number of goals he is scoring.”

The 20-year-old was initially called up for international duty by England for the current hiatus despite his shoulder dislocation.

They hoped to recover his services in time for the second game of the break but released the player back to Madrid eventually out of precaution.

Bellingham is expected to be fit and ready for Real Madrid’s game against Cadiz right after the international break.

Source: Mundo Deportivo

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Transfer Triumph: In-demand defender picks Real Madrid above other suitors

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Real Madrid have received a major transfer boost as Lille defender, Leny Yoro, has chosen to join Los Blancos over other interested clubs, reports Alejandro Alcazar via SPORT.

When Paris Saint-Germain attempted to negotiate a deal with Lille, offering more money than Real Madrid, Yoro made it clear he preferred the Spanish giants. 

Despite PSG’s efforts, including meetings with Yoro’s representatives, they could not convince him to change his mind.

Interestingly, the outlet mentions that Yoro is following a similar path to his compatriot Aurelien Tchouameni, who also chose Real Madrid despite competition from PSG and several Premier League teams. 

Real Madrid really value Yoro

Real Madrid see Yoro as a valuable addition, especially with the recent departure of Nacho. This move has made it crucial for the club to find a reliable replacement, and Yoro is their chosen candidate. 

It is to be noted that Yoro has one year remaining on his contract with Lille, who initially asked for a hefty €100 million transfer fee. 

Leny Yoro has picked Real Madrid over PSG, Liverpool and Man United. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

This amount was considered too high for a player who could leave for free after a year. Lille eventually reduced the asking price to €60 million, an amount that PSG and other clubs like Manchester United and Liverpool were willing to meet. 

However, Real Madrid were not prepared to pay more than €30 million, knowing that Yoro wanted to join them and could do so for free next year.

What is Real Madrid’s strategy?

It is said that Real Madrid’s initial plan was to let Yoro play one more year at Lille and sign him for free in 2025. They were even ready to offer Yoro a special signing bonus, similar to what they did with David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger, which would be added to his salary. 

But Nacho’s departure changed everything. Real Madrid now urgently need a fourth central defender, prompting them to enter negotiations with Lille, something they had previously avoided.

To secure Yoro’s signing this summer, Real Madrid are considering raising their offer to €40 million, including performance-based bonuses. 

Lille might accept this offer, knowing that Yoro could either join Real Madrid now or stay for another year and leave for free.

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