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Man City superstar’s message to Real Madrid after last year’s UCL tie: “Tell Perez to sign me”

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Very few, if any players in world football, would turn down the chance to play for Real Madrid. The Spanish institution’s historic successes and stories make them one of the most sought-after clubs globally, even for players in other top European outfits.

According to reports from MARCA, Bernardo Silva is one such player. The Manchester City star has always dreamt of donning the special white colour of Madrid and even jokingly offered his services to the club when talking to an unnamed Real Madrid player after last season’s UCL semifinal.

“Tell the president [Florentino Perez] to sign me, that I want to play here.”

The Portuguese star is one of Pep Guardiola’s most lethal weapons in the final third and already has two goal contributions in this season’s UEFA Champions League. While he is still at the peak of his powers, the chances of a move to the Santiago Bernabeu appear bleak for Silva.

The Manchester City star is well-placed to start against Carlo Ancelotti’s men later today when the two European giants face off once again in the semifinal of the UEFA Champions League.

The two-legged tie gives him another chance to flaunt his talent in front of the Real Madrid administration but it does not appear that much good can come off it.

Los Blancos are currently looking only for young talents to invest their resources in. Short-term gains do not appeal to Real Madrid anymore, and they thus see Jude Bellingham as a far better option to reinforce the midfield in June.

Silva, on the other hand, is already nearing 29 years of age and his contract in England runs until the summer of 2025. Moreover, given that City could demand at least €80 million for his transfer, an approach from Madrid is unlikely.

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Real Madrid out-of-favour defender now unlikely to leave the club

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Real Madrid missed out on the signing of Leny Yoro after deciding not to match Manchester United’s offer for the 18-year-old defender.

With the French prodigy now on his way to the Premier League, Los Blancos are assessing their options before deciding whether to sign a new centre-back or not.

As things stand, the reigning champions of Spain and Europe seem to be leaning towards relying on their existing options rather than going into the market.

Jesus Vallejo unlikely to leave

As such, MARCA reports that the likelihood of Jesus Vallejo leaving the club have now significantly reduced.

Indeed, the 27-year-old out-of-favour defender now appears more and more likely to continue at Real Madrid beyond this summer.

Set to stay. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Vallejo returned to the Santiago Bernabeu after finishing his loan stint at Granada during which he hardly played due to injury and fitness woes.

As such, reports suggested that Carlo Ancelotti & co. were not planning on counting on him next season, even though he was handed a new shirt number recently.

But with the Leny Yoro operation collapsing and Real Madrid not keen on recruiting anyone from the market at this point, the Spanish ace is now unlikely to leave the club.

With David Alaba still sidelined, Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao will start the new season as the first-choice centre-back pairing and Vallejo will serve as the backup while Aurelien Tchouameni will also be an option.

Vallejo, for his part, wanted to stay put and see out his contract which expires in 2025. And, as things stand, it appears that the player will get his wish.

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