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Jude Bellingham opens up life at Real Madrid: “It is the biggest club in the world”



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Jude Bellingham may no longer be the goalscoring machine he was in his first days at Real Madrid, but that does not reduce his importance in Carlo Ancelotti’s side by any means.

The youngster is one of the first names on the manager’s teamsheet, and his presence in the attacking midfield is still responsible for most of Real Madrid’s attacking transitions.

Still just 20 years of age, the English superstar is set to don the Real Madrid crest for at least the next decade.

With the likes of Eduardo Camavinga, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo and Aurelien Tchouameni a part of the long haul as well, it is safe to say that Real Madrid’s future is in safe hands.

Jude Bellingham recently spoke at length about his time at Real Madrid so far, his successes and about winning his first trophy as a Madridista. He began by remembering the day he was presented as a new player of the club and the emotions that ran through his mind at the time.

“It was an unforgettable day, one of the best days of my life. It is known that Real Madrid is the biggest club in the world but when you experience it up close you find something amazing.”

Playing at Real Madrid is a dream for players across the globe, as they not only get to play at an elite level but also brush shoulders with the best in the business.

“My teammates are very calm and the coach is very calm. It’s a great environment,” Bellingham said about the environment at his new club.

The Golden Boy winner then went on to speak on life in Spain and how it was much more laid-back than he expected, in a positive sense.

“The nice thing here is that you meet people in the places you go to a lot. They don’t see you as Jude Bellingham, the footballer, but just Jude who comes for coffee and that’s great. The people I meet in the city take care of me a lot. I feel relaxed, like I’m at home.”

In just six months, Bellingham has created some special moments at the Santiago Bernabeu with iconic goals and celebrations.

“Playing at the Bernabéu is very special,” he said about the iconic stadium.

He then went on to speak about the photo of his cold celebration that was put up at the stadium, revealing that it still sent shivers down his spine.

“I saw this photo at the Santiago Bernabéu. It makes me feel so proud. One of my favourite photos. The whole team is there and it shows my most creative side. I have a copy of this photo that I will keep forever.”

The English prodigy then drifted to the topic of the Spanish Super Cup final where his side got the better of Barcelona in a convincing manner to lift the silverware.

“We controlled them and the result reflected that,” he said when asked about the game.

“In the final, our quality was seen. Vini was fantastic, Rodrygo as well. The whole team was brutal. We dominated, and it was reflected in the result. I won my first title and it was a very important moment. You join this club to live moments like this,” he added.

Speaking about winning his first title as a Real Madrid player and the emotions that ran through his mind as he got his hands on the trophy, the former Borrusia Dortmund star said:

“It was very nice to finally win a title. Hopefully more will come. Go to training and work as hard as you can, then go home and be a good boy. Treat people with respect and keep doing that.”

Bellingham has won the Super Cup with Real Madrid. (Photo by Yasser Bakhsh/Getty Images)

“It’s a very good moment, and I’m very proud of this moment. It’s not easy going to Saudi Arabia in the middle of the season and after the winter break. We played against two impressive teams. I think we dominated the first game. We were unlucky,” he added, reflecting on the hard-fought semifinal against Atletico Madrid.

Despite facing a deficit late in the game, Los Blancos conjured resources and pioneered a comeback to knock Diego Simeone’s side out on the night.

“In resorting to extra time, but the team showed its character again,” Bellingham concluded on the Spanish Super Cup.

Speaking about his goal in the first Clasico of the season that brought Real Madrid back into the game, he said: “It’s my favourite goal, my best goal so far.”

Halfway through the season, Real Madrid are well placed in both La Liga and the UEFA Champions League. Commenting on the plan ahead, the midfield sensation said,

“It’s important to play well individually, but it won’t matter if the team doesn’t win. Seeing ourselves at the top of the table, already winning a title, and finishing first in the group in the Champions League, is good.”

He also looked back on Real Madrid’s elimination from the Copa del Rey, labelling it ‘unfortunate’, but insisted that there was no time to look back and lament.

“It was unfortunate in the Copa del Rey, and I’m very proud of the team’s success and that I was able to help. The team and every player are playing great and that helps me a lot, it’s a team sport. I have a specific role, but I’m happier when the team is playing at its best level.”

Bellingham then spoke at length on how he was adapting to life in Spain in terms of social life, language, culture as well as a sporting sense.

“The only thing I think I do well is adapting to the environment. I adapt fully to the football aspect as well as the social aspect. Sometimes I am a reserved person and I don’t like interacting with a lot of people, which is difficult for me because of language.”

“As for football, when you know that you will be here for a long time and that you will come to work every day, it is important to give everything and be open to learning to avoid mistakes and find good feelings. Playing well and feeling comfortable,” he added.

Having a solid and reliable support system is vital for any football player, and Bellingham revealed that he was blessed to have the best in that department. Commenting on the support system that included his parents and loved ones, he said,

“I have a lot of support. I am no longer a beginner and I know that there will be ups and downs, but I have the confidence and the people around me to withstand the crises. Thanks to them, I am not affected by the bad moments that may come. I know how to be strong and I am very lucky to be surrounded by such good people.”

Source: Real Madrid official website

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PSG president wanted Real Madrid to bear Mbappe’s €80 million loyalty bonus



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It is only a matter of days before Kylian Mbappe is officially confirmed as a Real Madrid player.

The French superstar announced his departure from PSG as a free agent recently and even though nothing is official yet, everything points to him arriving at the Spanish capital club.

An official announcement and presentation are expected to take place sometime before the UEFA Euro 2024 starts.

While the move is all but done, it appears that PSG, in particular president Nasser Al-Khelaifi, are left with a bitter taste over Mbappe’s imminent exit.

Al-Khelaifi wanted Real Madrid to pay €80 million

As has already been reported, Al-Khelaifi tried to convince Mbappe to snub Real Madrid by presenting various arguments which had no effect.

Now, French publication L’Equipe has brought forth a report which claims that the PSG president simply cannot accept the fact that Mbappe is joining Real Madrid for free.

And things are now happening behind the scenes which suggest that the Frenchman’s departure will be far from smooth and amicable.

Indeed, as per the report, PSG have not paid Mbappe his salary for the month of April as well as an additional bonus he was due.

This is because of the €80 million loyalty bonus payment that the club had made to the France captain back in February, even though he had waived it off after deciding not to renew his contract.

Headed for an ugly split with PSG. (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP via Getty Images)

In August 2023, after he was frozen out of the team for refusing to extend his contract, Mbapp agreed to give up his loyalty bonus so that PSG do not suffer a huge financial hit as a result of his leaving as a free agent this summer.

However, Al Khelaifi made a U-turn and granted Mbappe the loyalty bonus in February this year, with the caveat that Real Madrid cover the €80 million as compensation for the 25-year-old leaving for free.

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, however, refused that demand as he deemed that it was completely out of the question, as the La Liga champions are not obligated to pay for a player who will be out of contract in a few weeks.

A complete breakdown

Things have not been well between Mbappe and Al-Khelaifi ever since the player informed him of his decision to leave PSG.

The report suggests that the pair are no longer on speaking terms and that lawyers are involved in trying to resolve the matter of the unpaid dues.

PSG are looking for written confirmation that their all-time top scorer will waive the €80 million, which he had agreed to in the past, only for the club to make the payment.

As for Mbappe, he wants the money he is owed as part of his salary which was not paid in April.

Al-Khelaifi has not had the best relation with Perez either and this development further escalates the situation.

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