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Man United legend believes Man City will ‘blow Real Madrid away’ in the UCL

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Former Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney has said that Manchester City are not only capable of beating Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League semi-final but they are good enough to ‘blow them away’.

Real Madrid host Man City in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final at Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday, May 9, and judging by the current form, one might argue that the Los Blancos are, in fact, the second favourites.

For what it is worth, City have not lost a game since early February. Ever since losing 0-1 to Tottenham Hotspur in the league, the Premier League champions have gone on to win 17 of their last 20 games while drawing three.

Real Madrid, on the other hand, will head into the fixture on the back of a 2-1 win over Osasuna in the Copa del Rey final. Their form, however, has been a bit shaky, to say the very least.

Before taking on Osasuna, the team had lost 0-2 to Real Sociedad in La Liga and also went down 2-4 against Girona. In April, Carlo Ancelotti’s men played nine games, out of which they ended up on the losing side on two occasions.

Writing in his column for The Times, Manchester United’s all-time topscorer, Wayne Rooney, said that although there is no side better at disproving arguments, City are currently on ‘another level’.

“Manchester City will not just beat Real Madrid in their Champions League semi-final — they’ll blow them away,” the former England international wrote. 

“Of course, I may be wrong. There is no side better at disproving arguments against them than Carlo Ancelotti’s Madrid in the Champions League. But I just think City are so good that they’re on another level,” he added.

One must remember that Madrid defied odds last season when they got the better of City in the same round. This year, however, Rooney believes that the tables have turned.

“A year ago, Madrid put City out of the competition at this stage but the dynamics are different now. City are better at the back and a more patient team who, in the Champions League, have been playing like they have learnt from their European experiences,” he concluded.

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Real Madrid face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target

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Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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