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Guardiola makes a major claim about Real Madrid’s success in the UEFA Champions League

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Speaking in an interview with Rio Ferdinand for BT Sport, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has made a major claim about Real Madrid’s success in the UEFA Champions League.

The Manchester City boss has been in charge at the Etihad Stadium since 2016 but has failed to win the continental trophy in each of his six seasons at the club.

During that time, Real Madrid have won the Champions League on three occasions – in 2016/17 and 2017/18 under Zinedine Zidane and in the last season with Carlo Ancelotti at the helm.

Manchester City were on the receiving end of one of the most memorable comebacks made by Real Madrid in the history of the competition last season in the semi-finals.

Having won the first leg at the Etihad 4-3, the Premier League champions looked to be cruising to the finals when Riyad Mahrez put them ahead in the second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu.

But a stoppage-time double from Rodrygo Goes forced the tie into extra-time and Karim Benzema scored to win it for Real Madrid, who then went on to beat Liverpool in the finals to win the trophy.

During the interview, Guardiola was asked about Manchester City’s failure to win the Champions League, to which he responded:

“What if we don’t win the Champions League? Then we don’t. Only Real Madrid play to win it, the rest of us, we just try.”

This is not the first time Guardiola has made such a claim about Real Madrid’s unprecedented success in the Champions League.

In another interview earlier this year, the former Barcelona manager had joked that Real Madrid were the reason for Man City’s failure to win the competition, saying: “Because Real Madrid is always there”.

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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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