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Napoli superstar calls Real Madrid legends his ‘idols’ growing up

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Khvicha Kvaratskhelia has been one of the finest talents to come out of Georgian football over the past decades.

Currently plying his trade for Napoli, the winger’s stock has grown exponentially in recent years. This season, for one, he has been involved in 13 goals in 12 league matches, playing a vital role in helping the Partenopei lead the charge for the Serie A title race.

In a recent media interaction, though, Kvaratskhelia has voiced his love for Real Madrid and in extension, Cristiano Ronaldo.

The winger has indeed revealed that Ronaldo was his second idol after Guti and that he used to support Real Madrid since he was a kid.

“When I was little my favourite was Guti. After him, my favourite became Cristiano,” he told DAZN (h/t GOAL).

Ronaldo has recently made the news for his reported move to Saudi Arabia, with the forward expected to sign a bumper deal with Al Nassr, just a month after his contract was terminated by Manchester United.

The Portuguese international has been the subject of criticism from experts lately, especially following his return to Old Trafford. But that hasn’t deterred Kvaratskhelia from heaping praise on the former Real Madrid superstar, who remains one of the best players to ever play for the club.

Ronaldo’s name has been quite synonymous with Real Madrid even years after his departure from Santiago Bernabeu. Kvaratskhelia’s comments on the Portuguese forward are even more interesting, as it comes at a time when the Georgian has been linked with a move to the Spanish capital.

Although the Whites have reportedly invested in Brazilian whizkid Endrick, they are no doubt keeping tabs on Kvaratskhelia’s rapid progress. It will not come as a surprise to see them make a move for the Napoli starlet in the near future, especially with Marco Asensio and Eden Hazard facing an uncertain future at the club.

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Real Madrid will begin renewal talks with key duo in coming weeks – report

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According to transfer market expert Fabrizio Romano (h/t Madrid Xtra), Real Madrid are shifting its focus towards securing new contracts for key players Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy in the upcoming weeks.

Both Carvajal and Mendy have contracts that are set to expire in 2025. While there have been some challenges regarding Mendy’s future, Real Madrid have remained clear about their intentions for the Euro 2024 winner.

Over the past year, Carvajal has had an impressive run, adding three more trophies to his collection with Real Madrid, including the Euro 2024 championship. 

Interestingly, he is currently not overly concerned about his future. He hasn’t been thinking much about his contract extension, with the last major news about it surfacing about a month ago.

“At the moment I’m not thinking about leaving Madrid, far from it. My subjective perception is that the day I can’t contribute what I can contribute, I’ll take a step aside,” he said a few weeks back.

Ferland Mendy is closer to staying

Carlo Ancelotti wants Ferland Mendy to continue. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

On the other hand, Mendy’s future at Real Madrid seemed uncertain due to rumours that he might be replaced by Alphonso Davies. 

However, Carlo Ancelotti has shown an unusually strong preference for retaining Mendy. The manager has made it clear that he wants Mendy to stay. 

He has praised Mendy’s skills and performances throughout the past season, making it evident that he sees Mendy as a crucial part of his strategy.

At present, there is a significant concern within the team that if an agreement is not reached by next summer, Mendy could leave the club on a free transfer. This scenario is something Real Madrid are keen to avoid.

As Real Madrid move forward with these contract negotiations, the focus remains on securing the futures of both Carvajal and Mendy, ensuring that they continue to contribute to the club’s success in the years to come.

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