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Manchester United held talks with Real Madrid forward, but he prioritizes to stay

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The newly crowned La Liga champions owe much of their success to their star players, but Real Madrid’s achievements were not solely driven by the usual suspects in the starting XI.

Unsung heroes like Joselu played a significant role in the Merengues’ success with several noteworthy displays off the bench.

And as a result of Joselu’s solid season, he has amassed interest from abroad, with Premier League giants Manchester United inquiring about the Spanish forward.

Joselu prioritizes Real Madrid

Manchester United had initial talks with Joselu’s agent about a potential move this summer, as per news outlet Caught Offside (h/t Madrid Xtra).

However, Joselu has a clear priority: to remain with Real Madrid. Despite interest from other clubs, he is committed to exploring every possibility of staying with Los Blancos.

Although the opportunity to potentially have a more prominent role with greater minutes is an appealing prospect, the striker is reportedly keen on concluding his career at Real Madrid.

His relationship with Carlo Ancelotti has been great, he feels comfortable in the club and has received great support from the fanbase, which explains the veteran striker’s desire to stay put.

With a permanent purchase option for just €1.5 million, Real Madrid are also expected to permanently acquire Joselu’s services.

The perfect back-up option

The 34-year-old has recorded an impressive 14 goals this season, even though Carlo Ancelotti has availed him as a secondary option for most of the season.

And because Joselu can create a significant impact in brief cameos and excels as an aerial threat, he remains undeterred by the prospect of Kylian Mbappe joining the team.

Consequently, Manchester United are bound to face a tough time wrapping up Joselu’s signing this summer.

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Official: Real Madrid announce starting lineup to face Real Betis

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Real Madrid will sign off on their successful La Liga campaign today with a fixture against Real Betis at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The game, being seen as a final preparation for the UEFA Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund, sees manager Carlo Ancelotti field his strongest possible lineup.

All eyes will obviously be on the retiring Toni Kroos, who bids goodbye to the Bernabeu in what will be his final home game as a Real Madrid player.

The German international starts in the centre of the park alongside Federico Valverde, while Eduardo Camavinga slots in as the No. 6.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid captain, Nacho Fernandez, also starts in what could be his last game at the Bernabeu as well.

Nacho pairs up with Antonio Rudiger in defence, flanked by the full-back pairing of Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy. Thibaut Courtois starts in goal ahead of Andriy Lunin and Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Up front, Vinicius Jr. starts in attack, partnering up with Rodrygo Goes. Top scorer Jude Bellingham occupies the attacking midfield role for Real Madrid.

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