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Official: Joselu will wear No. 14 at Real Madrid

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On Monday, Real Madrid announced the signing of former striker Joselu on a season-long loan deal from RCD Espanyol. The Merengues retain the option of making his signing permanent, with a non-mandatory purchase clause inserted in the agreement.

The 33-year-old returns to his former club just over a decade after having left the Santiago Bernabeu and does so after enjoying a fine campaign on a personal level with Espanyol in 2022/23, finishing with a tally of 17 goals across all competitions.

The former Newcastle United and Stoke City striker is being presented in front of the media as a Real Madrid player today at the club’s sporting complex.

And it has been officially confirmed that Joselu will be taking the No. 14 shirt at Real Madrid in the upcoming campaign.

The #14 shirt was made famous by legendary midfielder Casemiro, who left Los Blancos last summer for Manchester United, following which the shirt was left vacant for the 2022/23 campaign.

With it being suggested that Real Madrid will not make any more signings after Joselu, there was some expectation that the centre-forward could take up the No. 9 shirt left vacant after Karim Benzema’s exit earlier this month.

However, Joselu has been handed the No. 14 kit instead, which does leave some hope within the fans that Real Madrid might still go after a high-profile striker before the transfer window closes.

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Real Madrid’s teenage sensation to join camp on Wednesday, Brazilian core to return later

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Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images

Real Madrid enjoyed strong representation at the recently concluded European Championship and Copa America.

Dani Carvajal is the only player who returned with silverware, but it is safe to say that all the team’s stars on international duty put up displays to be proud of.

The attention now turns towards the season that lies ahead. Carlo Ancelotti and co. have already begun working ahead of the new campaign, and the internationals will begin rejoining training in the coming week, as relayed by MARCA.

The early returnees

Having suffered an early elimination in the Euro with Croatia, Luka Modric is set to return to training as early as the beginning of the coming week.

The veteran recently renewed his contract with the club and will be looking to prove that he still has it on his feet.

Modric will be available soon at Ancelotti’s disposal (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

The team’s new signing, Endrick, will join forces with Los Blancos on Wednesday as he begins a new chapter in his short, yet illustrious career so far. All eyes will be on his official signing and presentation.

Meanwhile, Arda Güler and Antonio Rudiger are expected to return to training under Ancelotti towards the end of the week.

The late entries

Players who progressed relatively deeper into the recently concluded tournaments have understandably been granted a longer vacation, and both the French and English representatives of the club enjoy that luxury.

Needless to say, no specific date has been set for their return, considering that their campaign in the Euro ran deep into July.

The team’s Copa America stars, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo, and Eder Militão, meanwhile, will report to training on July 31st. Federico Valverde, who finished third with Uruguay, will likely enjoy a longer hiatus.

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