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Jude Bellingham talks Kroos, Pintus, Vazquez, Brahim Diaz: “Just enjoy being around them”

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Real Madrid have stacked their midfield with serious talent ahead of the 2023-24 season. Arda Guler and Jude Bellingham are two of the world’s brightest young talents in the middle of the park and will both be available at Carlo Ancelotti’s disposal next season.

The Englishman, however, is the one who walks in under more pressure. With a hefty price tag pinned to his name, he enters the season with an immediate need to prove his worth. If the pre-season training sessions are anything to go by, he is already on the right track.

The young midfielder sat down earlier this week to give his first in-depth interview after joining training with his new club. He began with an account of the change in environment in Madrid and the challenge it brought with it.

“I think the biggest challenge for me has been the heat. I’m getting used to it, I’m feeling strong and good.”

It is no secret that Antonio Pintus is one of the core members of Los Blancos’ training staff. The fitness coach is known for his ruthless routines, and Bellingham pointed out the same in his interview.

“Pintus loves to kill us, and that’s his job I suppose. But yeah, I love him. He’s a great guy. The work we do now will show in the long run.”

Moving to Spain not only brings Bellingham to a new style of football but also a different cultural setup. He spoke about his chance to embrace a new way of life, saying,

“It’s very important for me to learn and embrace the Spanish culture. Take it all in and enjoy.”

It has only been a week since the English midfielder entered the Real Madrid dressing room. He highlighted how it was mingling about his new teammates, the reception he received as well as the ordeal of learning the new language.

“Adapting to new teammates? It’s been brilliant. They’re great lads, I just enjoy being around them. Regardless of what they have won, they are really down to earth.”

“Lucas Vázquez and Brahim Díaz are probably my biggest Spanish teachers. Everyone’s chipping in and teaching me bad words. I can’t wait to try them out.”

Toni Kroos is one of the English international’s role models. To train with the German maestro day in and day out is one of the many dreams Bellingham has seen over the years, and he did not hold back in praising the Real Madrid legend’s genius.

“Toni Kroos is a master. One thing I’ve noticed is his passing details. The ball just drops wherever he wants it to, all the time.”

“Having watched Kroos from the outside, it’s a pleasure to watch him up close. It’s really good being able to receive the ball from him, showing him what I can do too, and see how our skills can match.”

Source: Real Madrid official Twitter

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Just in: Real Madrid’s defensive target picks up fresh injury

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Real Madrid are in active negotiations with LOSC Lille for the transfer of Leny Yoro. After weeks of impasse, the club appear to have made some ground in the race to sign the Frenchman.

However, should the Yoro deal fall through in the coming weeks, Real Madrid have identified Lazio’s Mario Gila as the ideal alternative.

Formerly of RM Castilla, Gila currently plies his trade for Lazio and has emerged as a key defensive lynchpin for the Italian outfit, impressing onlookers with his technique and discipline.

Mario Gila picks up fresh injury

However, in a major development, it appears Mario Gila has picked up a fresh injury during training, reports Diario AS.

In the pre-season camp at Auronzo di Cadore, Gila appears to have fractured his left foot and could be out for several weeks.

Fresh setback for Mario Gila (Photo by Marco Rosi – SS Lazio/Getty Images)

Lazio confirmed the defender’s injury, stating, “Mario Gila underwent clinical and instrumental examinations which revealed a fracture of the phalanx of the big toe of his left foot, suffered during training.”

Gila has started taking the appropriate treatment and the extent of his injury will be known soon. However, as things stand, the defender could be out for at least the next few weeks.

What does this mean for Real Madrid?

Mario Gila’s fresh injury setback is sure to dwindle any hopes of a potential return to Real Madrid this summer.

In any case, Gila’s chances of returning to Santiago Bernabeu were slim given that Real Madrid have finally made some ground in the deal to sign top defensive target Leny Yoro.

Los Blancos, though, would have liked having someone like Gila available as an alternative, especially with LOSC Lille still demanding a fortune for the Frenchman.

Unfortunately, that might not be an option anymore, no thanks to Gila’s injury. The club, though, will keep a close eye on the Spaniard’s injury situation, knowing he could return to fitness before the end of the summer break.

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