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In-form Real Madrid ace hailed as a ‘total player’ by national team manager

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Speaking in a press conference, Uruguay national team manager Diego Alonso has hailed Real Madrid midfielder Federico Valverde as a ‘total player’ while praising him for his ‘exuberant’ start to the ongoing season.

Valverde has emerged as one of Real Madrid’s best players this season and has been the driving force behind the defence of their La Liga and UEFA Champions League titles.

Apart from his impeccably energetic displays, the 24-year-old has also contributed heavily in front of goal, bagging as many as eight goals already.

A guarantee to be on the plane for the World Cup with the Uruguayan national team, Valverde has now earned plaudits from Alonso.

“He has been having an exuberant performance, it is noticeable and it is constant. It makes us very happy,” the Uruguay boss said (h/t MARCA).

Further praising his adaptability and versatility, Alonso added: “He is a total player. With us the first game he played as a left midfielder and later in a double pivot with Bentancur. In other games, he has played as an interior midfielder.

“I know he has even played as a central defender and a winger as well… He can play anywhere and he will do well because he is a great footballer.”

Valverde has done a sterling job for Real Madrid while playing in central midfield or on the right flank this season.

A firm fan-favourite at the Santiago Bernabeu, the 24-year-old has admitted that he desires to become the club captain in the future. And if he continues in this vein of form, the day when he will don the captain’s armband for Real Madrid might not be too far.

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Lille reject €50 million offer from Premier League giants for Real Madrid target

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A recent report from Mundo Deportivo has revealed that Lille have turned down a €50 million offer from Liverpool for Leny Yoro, a young player who is also a target for Real Madrid.

Yoro, who is just 18 years old, has caught the attention of several major European clubs during this summer’s transfer window. 

Among these clubs are Liverpool, Manchester United, and Paris Saint-Germain, all eager to sign the talented centre-back from Lille. However, they are all competing with Real Madrid, who are also very interested in Yoro.

According to sources in England, Lille recently rejected Liverpool’s offer of €50 million for the player. 

While this amount is close to what Lille have been asking for, they have set a price tag of €60 million and are in no mood to lower their demands.

Real Madrid continue to lead the race

The main challenge for clubs interested in Yoro is that many believe he has already decided to join Real Madrid

Lille have turned down €50 million offer from Liverpool for Leny Yoro. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Despite this, Real Madrid have not made a formal move to negotiate with Lille, as they are unwilling to meet the €60 million asking price.

In the meantime, other clubs hoping to sign Yoro are relying on the chance that he might reconsider and choose a different team over Real Madrid. 

Liverpool, in particular, have been doubtful about their chances of securing Yoro, mainly because of Real Madrid’s interest.

Yoro wants Real Madrid

Discussions about Yoro have been widespread recently, with many suggesting that the player is aware of Real Madrid’s interest and is waiting for them to prioritise his transfer. 

However, the main sticking point remains Lille’s demand and Real Madrid, knowing that Yoro’s contract expires in the summer of 2025, are not willing to pay that much.

Given that Yoro has only one year left on his contract after this summer, Real Madrid are reluctant to enter a bidding war and pay more than they think is reasonable. 

Reports indicate that Real Madrid are not prepared to offer more than €30 million for the player.

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