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Man United prodigy in awe of Real Madrid talisman – ‘Everyone knows how great a player he is’

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After putting a bow on Real Madrid’s incredibly successful campaign, Jude Bellingham is now undertaking international duties with England, eager to bring the Euros home to his native country.

The midfielder enjoyed a stellar start to the tournament by scoring in the 13th minute of England’s opening game against Serbia.

Unsurprisingly, Bellingham’s rapid rise to prominence both domestically and internationally has seen him command the respect of many of his teammates.

Now, one of Manchester United’s rising stars Kobbi Mainoo who plies his trade with Bellingham in the England national team has come out to give him his roses.

Mainoo marvels over Bellingham

The 19-year-old sensation underscored Bellingham’s commitment and elite mindset, especially highlighting his positive personality.

Furthermore, Mainoo acknowledged his tremendous exploits with the Merengues, claiming Bellingham’s achievements with Real Madrid warrant him a frontrunner for the Ballon d’Or this year.

“Everyone knows how great a player he is. We see it every day in training here and (he’s) such a nice guy as well and to train with him is really good,” said Mainoo, as quoted by talkSPORT.

Mainoo backs Bellingham for the Ballon d’Or. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

“He’s demanding and he has high standards that he sets and expects so to play and train around him is great.”

Backing Bellingham for the Ballon d’Or, he added: “With the things he’s done at Real Madrid it’s right that he’s a contender for the Ballon d’Or.”

Bellingham is presently seen in a potential two-horse race with =Real Madrid teammate Vinicius Jr. for the Ballon d’Or.

In the event the 20-year-old leads England to the Euros, he would be seen as a legitimate candidate for the acclaimed award.

For now, his focus will be on the upcoming encounter with Denmark as England would be vying to top Group C in order to ensure an easier path in the knockout stage.

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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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