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Liverpool legend reveals turning down Real Madrid offer – “If I could go back, I would do the same”

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Since its inception, Real Madrid have consistently prioritized acquiring the most talented and renowned players in the world of football.

This commitment to excellence has been a cornerstone of the club’s philosophy, with the Merengues perennially in pursuit of success.

While Real Madrid often succeed in securing their desired targets, there are occasions when they fall short.

Indeed, examples of Francesco Totti and Gianluigi Buffon spring to mind, who were wanted by Los Blancos’ hierarchy but the moves failed to come to fruition.

Now, Steven Gerrard, a former Liverpool and Premier League legend has come out to profess that he was also invited to grace the Real Madrid jersey, but his love for Liverpool prevented him from parting ways.

Steven Gerrard does not regret rejecting Real Madrid

Gerrard left a lasting impact on football in England. Despite offers from top clubs like Real Madrid and Chelsea, the Anfield legend believes he made the right decision by staying with the Reds.

Steven Gerrard had the opportunity to sign for Real Madrid. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

“I had offers from Real Madrid and Chelsea, but my heart was always with Liverpool. I have never regretted that decision. If I could go back in time, I would do the same,” Gerrard told MBC Masr 2 (h/t AS).

The Al-Ettifaq manager played for Liverpool from 1998 to 2015, winning a total of nine trophies during his career with Liverpool.

Given his exceptional leadership, long-range shooting, and precise passing, the legendary midfielder would undoubtedly have reached even greater heights in the Spanish capital.

Gerrard opens up about the Messi vs Ronaldo debate

Cristiano Ronaldo achieved innumerable accolades at Real Madrid and went toe-to-toe with Lionel Messi for over a decade on the highest level.

When asked to choose who he prefers, Gerrard responded diplomatically, “Both Cristiano and Messi are incredible players with incredible stories in football.

“Ronaldo is a great individual goalscorer, while Messi is a more complete team player. I can’t really choose between them, they are both legends,” he said.

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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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