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Premier League midfielder responds to rumours of interest from Real Madrid



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Speaking after Newcastle United’s most recent win in the Premier League over Brentford, midfield mainstay Bruno Guimaraes has put the speculations linking him to Real Madrid to rest, stating that he wants to become a legend at St James’ Park.

Guimaraes joined Newcastle from Olympique Lyon in January earlier this year. The Magpies, backed by their new owners, went aggressively for the Brazilian, who had been on the radars of Real Madrid and Juventus.

Despite his recent move to the Premier League, reports of interest from Real Madrid have continued to do the rounds in some sections of the media.

However, the Brazilian international himself has dismissed those rumours, stating that it is all just talk and he wants to stay at Newcastle and become a club legend.

As quoted by Lee Ryder of the Chronicle, he said:  “Real Madrid is the best team in the world “It is nice. “But it is just a conversation, it is nothing.”

Further iterating his commitment to Newcastle United, the Brazilian international added: “I never doubted the project, I believe in it. I always wanted to play in the Premier League and I am now just enjoying that.

“The ground loves me and I love them. I want to keep going. I want to be a legend here.” 

Guimaraes has quickly endeared himself as a fan favourite at St James’ Park, since joining Newcastle in January for around £40 million.

Having helped them stave off the threat of relegation from the Premier League last term, the 24-year-old is now leading Newcastle’s charge for a top-six finish and European football next season.

As for Real Madrid, Los Blancos have their sights set on a move for Jude Bellingham as the utmost priority to strengthen their midfield. So, it was always unlikely that they would pursue Guimaraes despite what has been speculated.

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Real Madrid defender on the radars of Juventus, could leave for €6-8 million



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Real Madrid are looking towards a heavy splurge in the coming summer transfer window. After all, they do not even have another option given the sheer number of player departures already finalized.

Los Blancos have lost the services of Karim Benzema, Marco Asensio, Mariano Diaz, and Eden Hazard over the past week. While three of the four players predominantly featured on the bench, their presence in the squad gave Carlo Ancelotti’s side much-needed depth and a cushion of sorts.

The forward unit is, thus, the most prioritized department ahead of the transfer window. However, pieces are beginning to fall apart on other fronts and could potentially put the club in a difficult situation.

According to reports from Gianluca Di Marzio, Juventus are eyeing Lucas Vazquez and hope to sign him in the coming month. Contacts between the two parties have begun and the transfer fee discussed appears to be around the €6 million to €8 million ballpark given that he has just one year left on his contract.

The player, for his part, is willing to sign for the Italian giants given his relative lack of minutes at the Santiago Bernabeu. At 31 years of age, he understandably does not want to play a second-fiddle role.

Vasquez played part in 23 of Real Madrid’s 38 La Liga games last season, starting only on 12 occasions. Even in his few appearances, he averaged a mere 50 minutes per game.

The veteran completed the season with four goals and an assist to his name. Further, he averaged five defensive actions and a key pass in every game and feels hard done by his limited role.

Vazquez’s departure would place the club in a tricky situation as it would leave Real Madrid with only Dani Carvajal as a natural right-back option. Nacho Fernandez could, in theory, serve as the backup but a new signing for the position cannot be ruled out.

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