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Jude Bellingham hands ‘parting gifts’ to everyone at Dortmund ahead of Real Madrid move

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Any hopes Borussia Dortmund had of keeping hold of Jude Bellingham were washed away when they surrendered the league title to Bayern Munich this past Saturday. The club had the chance to seal the title with a win, but the result meant Bayern clinch the league thanks to a win over Koln.

The draw with Mainz effectively sealed Bellingham’s future, who is now all set to leave the club. Real Madrid have emerged as the likely destination, with the player prepared to join Los Blancos ahead of the new season.

In a massive boost to Real Madrid, it appears Bellingham has handed everyone at Dortmund parting gifts. His mother thanked the Dortmund staff with the message, “Thank you for everything.”

This has been reported by the local Dortmund news publication Ruhrnachrichten. It appears everything has been settled and it is only a matter of time before Real Madrid reach an agreement with Borussia Dortmund over the Englishman’s summer move to Santiago Bernabeu.

During his time at Dortmund, Bellingham has featured in 132 competitive matches for the club. He has been involved in almost 50 goals and has established himself as one of the best midfielders in German football.

Bellingham’s leadership, maturity and aggression could be just what Real Madrid need as they look to complete a transition in the midfield department and move on from the old guards such as Luka Modric and Toni Kroos, even though both the veterans are set to continue beyond the summer.

Bellingham’s potential arrival at the Bernabeu, though, might have an adverse effect on the future of other Real Madrid players. Dani Ceballos, for one, is among the players likely to leave the club on a free transfer this summer, knowing he may not have any prominence in the first team.

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Copa America 2024: Rating ever Real Madrid player’s performance at the tournament

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Real Madrid had as many as five players representing them at the Copa America 2024 in the USA, with four of them being in the Brazil national team while another playing for Uruguay.

While Dani Carvajal enjoyed success with his national team at the Euro 2024, the story was much different for his Real Madrid teammates at the Copa America.

Indeed, it was a tournament to forget for the Brazilian contingent of Vinicius Jr., Rodrygo Goes, Eder Militao, and Endrick as they failed to go past the quarterfinals.

Meanwhile, Federico Valverde’s Uruguay finished with the bronze medal in the tournament seeing off Canada in the third-place playoffs via penalties after failing to defeat Colombia in the semi-finals.

Here’s how the five Real Madrid stars fared for their respective nations at the Copa America in the USA.

Brazil

Vinicius Jr.: 6/10

After enjoying an excellent season with Real Madrid, Vinicius was handed the responsibility of leading Brazil at the Copa America, especially with Neymar unavailable.

Kicking off with a dull showing against Costa Rica but showed up against Paraguay, scoring a fine brace to help his team to their only win of the tournament. A booking in the game against Colombia meant he sat out of the quarterfinal loss to Uruguay due to suspension.

Rodrygo: 5/10

An underwhelming showing from the Real Madrid forward who was handed the No. 10 shirt for the Copa America. Deployed as a centre-forward for most of his appearances at the tournament, Rodrygo hardly appeared like a threat in attack.

Rodrygo and Endrick failed to impress. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

Eder Militao: 5/10

It was a mixed bag for Eder Militao at the Copa America as there were some indications of him returning to his best while he was also caught out at times and his passing from the back was sloppy. Guilty of missing his penalty in the shootout loss to Uruguay in the quarterfinal.

Endrick: 4/10

Bestowed the No. 9 shirt at the biggest tournament of his career so far at the age of just 17, Endrick failed to step up for Brazil.

A late substitute in each of the three group games, Endrick started in the quarterfinal against Uruguay in Vinicius’ absence but looked overawed by the occasion and failed to make any sort of impact.

Uruguay

Federico Valverde: 7/10

Federico Valverde stepped up for Uruguay. (Photo by Ian Maule/Getty Images)

One of the stars of the show for Uruguay in their third-place run at the Copa America, Valverde was a consistent performer in midfield for La Celeste, putting in all-round solid displays while also catching the eye with his set-piece delivery.

The Real Madrid midfielder even scored a goal in the group game against Bolivia and dispatched his penalty in the shootout win against Canada in the third-place playoff.

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