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Official: Jude Bellingham joins Real Madrid

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The Jude Bellingham saga is finally over as Borussia Dortmund have released an official statement confirming the player’s transfer to Real Madrid this summer. The player had agreed to a move long back, after which the two clubs reached an agreement over the final transfer fee.

The transfer will cost Real Madrid €103 million, plus bonuses. The add-ons can reach up to 30% of the fixed amount – around €30 million, which would take the total transfer fees up to approximately €130 million.

Bellingham has signed a six-year contract with los blancos, until June 2029.

Madrid had an uphill battle to sign Bellingham, with Manchester City, Chelsea, and Liverpool also interested in his signature. The player ruled out the two blue outfits quickly, though, as he wanted to choose a club with history.

Liverpool, meanwhile, lost out to Real Madrid, who are financially in a much stronger position compared to the Premier League giants.

Bellingham is currently nursing a knee injury, but should be fit in time to join Madrid for the later part of their pre-season tour in the United States of America.

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Real Madrid out-of-favour defender now unlikely to leave the club

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Real Madrid missed out on the signing of Leny Yoro after deciding not to match Manchester United’s offer for the 18-year-old defender.

With the French prodigy now on his way to the Premier League, Los Blancos are assessing their options before deciding whether to sign a new centre-back or not.

As things stand, the reigning champions of Spain and Europe seem to be leaning towards relying on their existing options rather than going into the market.

Jesus Vallejo unlikely to leave

As such, MARCA reports that the likelihood of Jesus Vallejo leaving the club have now significantly reduced.

Indeed, the 27-year-old out-of-favour defender now appears more and more likely to continue at Real Madrid beyond this summer.

Set to stay. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Vallejo returned to the Santiago Bernabeu after finishing his loan stint at Granada during which he hardly played due to injury and fitness woes.

As such, reports suggested that Carlo Ancelotti & co. were not planning on counting on him next season, even though he was handed a new shirt number recently.

But with the Leny Yoro operation collapsing and Real Madrid not keen on recruiting anyone from the market at this point, the Spanish ace is now unlikely to leave the club.

With David Alaba still sidelined, Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao will start the new season as the first-choice centre-back pairing and Vallejo will serve as the backup while Aurelien Tchouameni will also be an option.

Vallejo, for his part, wanted to stay put and see out his contract which expires in 2025. And, as things stand, it appears that the player will get his wish.

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