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Kroos, Rodrygo react after Real Madrid 2-1 Cadiz: “Difficult and important win”

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Toni Kroos was the best player on the field when Real Madrid beat Cadiz yesterday. Coming back after a suspension, he showed the world why the team lost three points in his absence. Not only did he provide the assist for Eder Militao’s opener but also scored a phenomenal goal to win it for his team.

The German international first spoke about his man-of-the-match performance against Sergio’s men and his wonder-goal that captivated fans across the world.

“The way the ball came I couldn’t shoot with the inside of my boot. I was able to help the team with the goal and I’m happy. We put in a good performance, barring the last 10 minutes. We had chances but in the end, we suffered a little with an unneeded goal. I think it was a good game and a deserved victory.”

Speaking on his team’s run this season and the challenges of fighting for every single title every season, he cautioned the team and told them to be ready.

“We’re doing well this season, but it’s still too early. There are a lot of things to be won next year and we’ll be fighting for them.

Every competition is difficult to win. We’ve got the Spanish Super Cup, then the Club World Cup, Champions League, the league and Copa del Rey. There’re a lot of games and we need to be ready for them.”

He then commented on Cadiz’s resilient and aggressive defense on the night which posed several problems for the hosts.

“The opposition defends their way, we have to remain calm and play our game. If we react badly, we’ll be playing their game, and that’s what they want. You waste time with every argument. I always prefer to stay out of it and play football because we’re a better team. We always find it difficult when the game stops and starts”.

Rodrygo Goes did not have his best outing against the relegation-threatened side and spoke to the media about his feelings after the game. He began by commending the opposition and saying it was an important win.

“It was a very difficult and important win. We could have put the game to bed but the goal we conceded made us suffer at the end and it was tough. The important thing is the three points.”

The Brazilian was the centre of attention when Fali appeared to have punched him in the first half, and accused VAR for not interfering in the matter.

“I think the thing with Fali is not an accident, he did it on purpose. It’s a disgrace because he told me afterwards that he didn’t do anything. I don’t know why the VAR is there. It’s an assault that has no place in football.

Finally, the youngster spoke about his call-up for the World Cup and revealed his expectations from the global event.

“I hope we have a great World Cup. We want to become champions and I’m there to help my country. It’s always great to play for Brazil and I hope we can have a great World Cup.”

Source: Real Madrid official site

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Transfer Triumph: In-demand defender picks Real Madrid above other suitors

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Real Madrid have received a major transfer boost as Lille defender, Leny Yoro, has chosen to join Los Blancos over other interested clubs, reports Alejandro Alcazar via SPORT.

When Paris Saint-Germain attempted to negotiate a deal with Lille, offering more money than Real Madrid, Yoro made it clear he preferred the Spanish giants. 

Despite PSG’s efforts, including meetings with Yoro’s representatives, they could not convince him to change his mind.

Interestingly, the outlet mentions that Yoro is following a similar path to his compatriot Aurelien Tchouameni, who also chose Real Madrid despite competition from PSG and several Premier League teams. 

Real Madrid really value Yoro

Real Madrid see Yoro as a valuable addition, especially with the recent departure of Nacho. This move has made it crucial for the club to find a reliable replacement, and Yoro is their chosen candidate. 

It is to be noted that Yoro has one year remaining on his contract with Lille, who initially asked for a hefty €100 million transfer fee. 

Leny Yoro has picked Real Madrid over PSG, Liverpool and Man United. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

This amount was considered too high for a player who could leave for free after a year. Lille eventually reduced the asking price to €60 million, an amount that PSG and other clubs like Manchester United and Liverpool were willing to meet. 

However, Real Madrid were not prepared to pay more than €30 million, knowing that Yoro wanted to join them and could do so for free next year.

What is Real Madrid’s strategy?

It is said that Real Madrid’s initial plan was to let Yoro play one more year at Lille and sign him for free in 2025. They were even ready to offer Yoro a special signing bonus, similar to what they did with David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger, which would be added to his salary. 

But Nacho’s departure changed everything. Real Madrid now urgently need a fourth central defender, prompting them to enter negotiations with Lille, something they had previously avoided.

To secure Yoro’s signing this summer, Real Madrid are considering raising their offer to €40 million, including performance-based bonuses. 

Lille might accept this offer, knowing that Yoro could either join Real Madrid now or stay for another year and leave for free.

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