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‘I love this club’ – Real Madrid forward confirms he will not leave this summer

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Speaking after the 3-2 win over Barcelona last night, Real Madrid forward Rodrygo confirmed that he will not leave the club in the summer.

With Kylian Mbappe all set to join as a free agent and Endrick also arriving from Palmeiras, there will be greater competition in attack at the Santiago Bernabeu.

As such, there have been speculations that Rodrygo could be the one losing his place in the team and might even be offloaded by Real Madrid.

There have been rumours of interest from the Premier League, with clubs like Arsenal, Manchester City, and Liverpool understood to be admirers of the Brazilian international.

However, Rodrygo has made it clear that he is not thinking about leaving the Spanish capital club and hopes to have a long and successful future with the Merengues.

“I love this club so much. I hope my future stays here always,” Rodrygo told beIN Sport, as quoted by Fabrizio Romano.

Rodrygo not thinking about an exit. (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO/AFP via Getty Images)

Shedding light on his relationship with Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti, the Brazilian attacker added: “Ancelotti? He’s like a father to me.”

Despite the speculations around his future and the impending arrivals of Mbappe and Endrick, Rodrygo remains fully committed to Real Madrid and is not thinking about a departure.

Rodrygo also signed a new contract with Real Madrid in November last year, furthering his stay at the Santiago Bernabeu until the summer of 2028. So, there is unlikely to be any exit in the summer.

In 45 games this season, the 23-year-old has netted 17 goals and set up eight more for his teammates, emerging as a key component in Ancelotti’s plans.

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Bellingham, Vinicius reveal their preferred picks for the Ballon d’Or

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As Real Madrid gear up to face Borussia Dortmund in the finals of the UEFA Champions League this weekend, a number of their players interacted with the press today as part of the UEFA Open Media Day.

Jude Bellingham was one of the stars who answered questions from the media ahead of what will be an emotional game for him against his former club, in his homeland.

The England international has enjoyed a spectacular debut season at Real Madrid and is seen as a strong contender for the Ballon d’Or this season.

However, when asked about the Golden Orb, Bellingham tipped his Madrid teammate Vinicius Jr. as his pick to win the prestigious honour this year.

“For me, Vinicius is the best in the world. He creates magic out of nothing. He has everything to be the best,” said Bellingham, as quoted by The Athletic’s Guillermo Rai.

After all, Vinicius has also enjoyed a scintillating campaign and is one of the frontrunners to walk away with the Ballon d’Or, owing to his clutch performances for Real Madrid.

Who will win the 2024 Ballon d’Or? (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

The Brazilian also spoke to the media today and was asked about the Ballon d’Or. Interestingly, he went on to name Bellingham as his pick to win the Golden Ball.

“I would give the Ballon d’Or to Bellingham,” he said, as quoted by Carrusel.

When Bellingham was informed about Vinicius picking him as the favourite for the Ballon d’Or, the England international responded by saying:

“If that’s how he feels, then you can split it in two (laughs).”

The responses show the strong bond and camaraderie that the two superstars of Real Madrid share.

Both are contenders to lift the Golden Ball this year and a win in the Champions League, coupled with strong performances in the summer’s international tournaments, would further enhance their chances.

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