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Mourinho names Real Madrid rising star as the ‘best young player in the world’

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It has only been three days since the European Championships kicked off in Germany, and it is safe to say that Real Madrid’s representatives at the event have got off to a fabulous start.

Toni Kroos and Antonio Rudiger featured in the opening game of the tournament for Germany against Scotland and the midfielder recorded a stunning four key passes for his team on the night.

Luka Modric and Dani Carvajal locked horns on day 2, and it was the Spanish full-back who not only won the game with La Roja but even scored the team’s third goal in the game.

Day three saw Real Madrid’s success continue with Jude Bellingham who scored an emphatic header for England to get the better of Serbia.

Speaking to the media in a recent interview, former Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho gave his two cents on several of the Merengues’ stars on international duty in Germany.

The Special One began by hailing Jude Bellingham whose goal against Serbia in England’s opening game of the Euros was all that separated the two sides.

“For me, Jude Bellingham is now the best young player in the world. Looking into the future and just imagining what he can become in a few years,” he told Phillipp Kessler (h/t The Madrid Zone) heaping praise on the Golden Boy.

Mourinho rates Jude Bellingham very highly. (Photo by YASIN AKGUL/AFP via Getty Images)

Mourinho then gave his views on Toni Kroos, with the Euros being the final tournament for the midfield legend before he hung his boots.

“I think Toni Kroos didn’t get enough credit for the player he is. For me, he is absolutely an amazing player.”

The Fenerbahçe manager then spoke with sadness about how the current European Championship marked the end of an era of players who the game will never forget.

“To watch Euros with sadness? Because I believe Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo, it is the last Euro for them. And I say sadness because players like them we don’t see many times.”

“In the case of Cristiano and Modric, football was nice to them and gave them the pride of being considered the best in the world in some moments,” he added.

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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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