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Joselu talks Real Madrid return, Ancelotti, Carvajal, Nacho, Vazquez

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Real Madrid have chased several forwards over the course of the summer. From Harry Kane to Victor Osimhen, the list went on with Los Blancos desperately of a replacement for Karim Benzema.

In the end, however, Los Blancos could sign only Joselu owing to their plan of signing Kylian Mbappe. The Spaniard linked up with the team earlier this week and will take part in the upcoming preseason tour.

The new signing spoke after the team’s training session earlier this week and opened up about a wide range of topics in his first detailed interview as a Real Madrid player. He began with a brief account of his feelings about returning to his dream club.

“I face my return with a lot of joy. I’m remembering a lot of things I experienced here. Others are new, like colleagues, and I am adapting super fast. I am very happy to be here again.”

Joselu went on to elaborate on the high standards of training and the quality of players at Real Madrid, saying:

“We know the quality of these players and the level of each training. The intensity is maximum and we all want to win in the games. It is an immense joy to share the field with these top players.”

He then went on to speak about the stage of his career he is at and how he has matured over the years since leaving Real Madrid over ten years ago.

“You have to enjoy life. I’m at a time in my career where I enjoy every minute and every second of what’s going on. I’m living a new experience 12 years later,” he said.

“I have matured a lot both personally and professionally. I have a family with children and I see life differently. When I left here I was a boy who fulfilled the dream of debuting with Real Madrid. Now I am a different player, with more experience and experiences that have allowed me to return.”

Despite formally leaving Real Madrid, Joselu added that he had been in touch with several players of the club and has even played with them for the Spanish National Team.

On his relationship with Dani Carvajal, Nacho Fernandez and Lucas Vazquez, the Castilla graduate said:

“Everything is easier with them. We have maintained the relationship since my departure and we have coincided in many moments; they are the ones who are making everything easier for me here. They teach me how this works and it’s very easy.

“Carvajal is special because he is part of my family and I live with him every day. Before I already had a very good relationship with him. Nacho has always been my captain and I have always passed it on to him. Outside I have always told him, that he has been my captain in Castilla.”

“Lucas is my favorite Galician. He is a boy with whom I have shared many moments. In the end, the earth unites us and we always hesitate about it.”

The striker will travel with Carlo Ancelotti’s squad to the United States of America for the pre-season tour this week and emphasised that the overseas tour evoked many memories of his Castilla days.

“It’s a lot of memories. I remember when I signed for Castilla, that a month they told me that I had to do the tour with the team and it was something new for me. That is going to bring back a lot of memories now.”

“It is an incredible experience, we have very nice matches and that Madrid visits the United States will be very satisfying for the people there. I can’t wait for it to start.”

The former Espanyol star will be Ancelotti’s only option to cover the number 9 role in the coming season, and it is clear that he will have a big part to play in leading Real Madrid’s attack. Speaking about his interaction with the manager, he said,

“Ancelotti tells me to be myself. What I have done in recent years is what has brought me here. He has asked me to load the area as he is a reference striker. I’m adapting a little to the training, to the way the team plays and to my new teammates.”

Finally, the 33-year-old commented on the Merengues being his dream club and his fortune to get a chance to return home.

“For me, Real Madrid is the team of my life. I have always been from Real Madrid and I was lucky enough to make my debut in the First Division at the Santiago Bernabéu with this shirt.”

Source: Real Madrid website

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Real Madrid’s teenage sensation to join camp on Wednesday, Brazilian core to return later

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Real Madrid enjoyed strong representation at the recently concluded European Championship and Copa America.

Dani Carvajal is the only player who returned with silverware, but it is safe to say that all the team’s stars on international duty put up displays to be proud of.

The attention now turns towards the season that lies ahead. Carlo Ancelotti and co. have already begun working ahead of the new campaign, and the internationals will begin rejoining training in the coming week, as relayed by MARCA.

The early returnees

Having suffered an early elimination in the Euro with Croatia, Luka Modric is set to return to training as early as the beginning of the coming week.

The veteran recently renewed his contract with the club and will be looking to prove that he still has it on his feet.

Modric will be available soon at Ancelotti’s disposal (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

The team’s new signing, Endrick, will join forces with Los Blancos on Wednesday as he begins a new chapter in his short, yet illustrious career so far. All eyes will be on his official signing and presentation.

Meanwhile, Arda Güler and Antonio Rudiger are expected to return to training under Ancelotti towards the end of the week.

The late entries

Players who progressed relatively deeper into the recently concluded tournaments have understandably been granted a longer vacation, and both the French and English representatives of the club enjoy that luxury.

Needless to say, no specific date has been set for their return, considering that their campaign in the Euro ran deep into July.

The team’s Copa America stars, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo, and Eder Militão, meanwhile, will report to training on July 31st. Federico Valverde, who finished third with Uruguay, will likely enjoy a longer hiatus.

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