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Official: Real Madrid confirm veteran forward’s departure

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Real Madrid have officially announced that veteran striker Joselu has completed his transfer to Qatari club Al Gharafa.

“Real Madrid CF, after making effective its option to acquire the rights of the player Joselu Mato against RCD Espanyol, has reached an agreement with Al-Gharafa SC for the transfer of our player,” the statement from the club read.

Joselu, who spent two years at Real Madrid between 2010 and 2012, returned to the club last year, arriving on a loan deal from RCD Espanyol with a buy option.

The 34-year-old enjoyed a fine season even though he was not a regular starter, finishing with 18 goals in all competitions – with the highlighting being his match-winning brace against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals.

Real Madrid intended to keep Joselu at the club for at least one more season, but the striker opted to move on due to increased competition for places in the side.

As such, Los Blancos activated the €1.5 million buy option to sign the Spaniard permanently from Espanyol on Thursday before facilitating his departure to Al Gharafa today, reportedly for the same fee.

“Real Madrid would like to thank Joselu for his professionalism and his Madridism, and would like to express its affection for him and his family, wishing them the best of luck in this new stage of their lives,” the club statement concluded.

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Manchester City superstar addresses future after Carvajal’s invitation to join Real Madrid

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Dani Carvajal’s detailed interview earlier this week has taken the Spanish media by storm, especially considering the lavish praise he heaped on Spain’s latest hero Lamine Yamal.

Another big takeaway from the interaction, however, was the defender’s open invitation to Rodri to join him at Real Madrid. Carvajal called the midfielder a ‘perfect fit’ in Carlo Ancelotti’s setup and admitted that he persuaded Rodri daily over the same.

“I tell Rodri every day to sign for Real Madrid.”

Rodri’s response

Speaking to the media earlier today, the Manchester City star gave his two cents on his club’s future and a possible return to Spain in the coming years.

“I try to analyse all the decisions I make, to have a criterion. And, above all, to go through the processes. I am very, very happy in England,” he began, professing his commitment to Pep Guardiola’s side.

“I think I am in one of the best clubs in the world, that is obvious, and I am happy. I have a three-year contract and, when the time comes, I will see,” he added.

Rodri is happy at Manchester City. (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP via Getty Images)

Rodri’s next comment, however, raised several eyebrows as he explicitly said that his statement was only with respect to the near future.

“But I have said it before with regard to the short term. I do not like or it does not make much sense to look at the long term. Spain is my country, Madrid is my city, my home.”

Finally, the midfield star confessed that he knew he had taken a massive risk, especially from a cultural standpoint when he moved to England. 

“And well, when I went to Manchester, I remember a conversation I had with my parents in which they asked me if I was sure because I was going to another country, another culture.”

“And, in the end, one is happy when one is sure of things. If I return, it would be with conviction,” he added, hinting that the pieces would fall in line if he felt it necessary.

Source: Manchester Evening News

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