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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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UFC Champion to kick off Real Madrid vs Sevilla, sends message to Mbappe: “Lucky to play for the best club in the world”

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Coming on the back of his triumph at UFC, Featherweight champion Ilia Topuria has announced he will take honorary kick-off in the upcoming Real Madrid vs Sevilla in La Liga this weekend.

Topuria confirmed this in a recent press conference in the Spanish capital this midweek.

A self-proclaimed Madridista, Topuria expressed his deep connection with the club and even sent a message to Kylian Mbappe, who is widely expected to join the club on a free transfer this summer.

Ilia Topuria: A hardcore Madridista

Ilia Topuria did not hold back his affection for Real Madrid, stating, “For me, the team that represents the values ​​of Spain the most is Real Madrid.”

The Georgian-Spaniard UFC champion went on to confirm that he will meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off.

“I’m going to meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off,” he said (h/t Mundo Deportivo).

Topuria triumphed over Volkanovski last Saturday. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Although born in Germany, Topuria made Spain proud last Saturday when he beat Alexander Volkanovski in the second round. In the process, he became the first fighter from Spain to capture a UFC belt.

Topuria’s triumph has granted him overnight success in Spain, with the 27-year-old even becoming a cultural icon for many.

Topuria’s message for Mbappe

Other than professing his love for Real Madrid, Ilia Topuria also had a message for Mbappe.

When asked about the Frenchman potentially joining Real Madrid this summer, he said, “Welcome. He’s lucky to play for the best club in the world.”

Real Madrid, for their part, also congratulated Topuria on his triumph. “Congratulations on your historic triumph for Spanish sport, Ilia Topuria. We are proud that a great Real Madrid fan like you becomes UFC world champion,” the club posted on X.

Real Madrid fans, meanwhile, will be excited to witness Topuria taking the honorary kickoff as Los Blancos take on Sevilla this weekend, with three crucial points on the line.

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