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PSG midfield mainstay wants Real Madrid transfer, but club not interested



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Paris Saint-Germain are bracing themselves for a mass defection in the coming summer. Following the club’s continued underachievement, they are running the risk of losing key players at the end of the season.

The list is led by Lionel Messi, who has been closely linked with a fabled return to Camp Nou. Neymar, too, is likely to leave Parc des Princes, while Real Madrid have reportedly targeted a move for Kylian Mbappe, just a year after missing out on his services.

A recent report from RMC Sport now claims even Marco Verratti could end up departing Parc des Princes at the end of the season.

The French news outlet suggests Verratti is unhappy at PSG and has not hidden his intention to embark on a new adventure elsewhere. His priority is to join Real Madrid this summer, as he has a good relationship with coach Carlo Ancelotti.

Formerly of Pescara, Verratti has been a part of the PSG squad since 2012. During his 11-year stay at the club, he has featured in over 400 competitive matches, winning numerous accolades in the process.

But after PSG’s repeated failures in the Champions League, it appears the midfielder is seeking a new adventure, with Real Madrid emerging as his desired destination.

However, as per the report, the Spanish giants have closed the door on Verratti. They are not interested in signing the Italian international for now, as the club are putting all their resources into the Jude Bellingham pursuit.

The Englishman is one of Real Madrid’s priorities heading into the summer transfer window. Although they have the approval of the player, Borussia Dortmund are likely to hold out for a hefty sum for the services of the youngster, thereby ruling out Real Madrid’s prospects of signing another top-quality midfielder this summer.

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Manchester City forward rejected Real Madrid after trials – ‘Good experience, but it’s in the past’



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When Real Madrid took on Manchester City last at the Etihad Stadium, they were humbled by a 4-0 thrashing that sent them home.

The game had Manchester City written all over it as the men in blue dominated from start to finish, generating almost five times as much goal threat as Real Madrid.

The final nail in the coffin on the night was delivered by a certain Argentine sensation who had been on the field for just two minutes.

Coming on in the 89th minute, Julian Alvarez found the back of the net in the first minute of added time and secured the win for his side.

Speaking to the media ahead of his team’s second-leg clash against the Merengues, the World Cup winner revealed that he was close to signing for Real Madrid in 2011 when he was still an eleven-year-old player with no professional contract.

He played a tournament in the Real Madrid colours, impressing the administration and management and doing enough to secure a deal.

However, his dream was cut short by FIFA’s rules which implied that a player under 16 could only sign for a club if his entire family moved with him. That, however, was not an option for Alvarez’s family.

“I was there for about 20 days. I was just 11 years old. To go to Spain, all my family had to move. It’s already in the past.”

Julian Alvarez scored against Real Madrid last season. (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)

The young striker eventually signed for River Plate where he shone across all levels to earn a move to Manchester City in 2022. He now stares at another game against the club he could have represented and is determined to give his best tomorrow.

“It was a good experience but it’s in the past. Now I’m different, I’m a professional player. If we listen to what Pep tells us to do, we are going to win,” he said on his thoughts on Real Madrid.

When asked if he would like to score tomorrow against Los Blancos, the youngster did not hesitate in admitting that it would be special for him.

“Of course, I’d love to score again. Last game I was only able to play five minutes and I scored. This time I’d love to play a bit more and of course score.”

Finally, the World Cup winner spoke on Manchester City’s goal of defending the UCL title and why it was a very demanding ask from the men in blue.

“It’s going to be hard [to retain the Champions League]. Last season was hard, this season will be hard again. But we know what we have to do and we have the things to do it again.”

“We always learn, especially winning five different competitions, we learned a lot. But we always see the next game and we always focus on winning, winning, winning the next game,” he added on the team’s approach.

Source: Manchester Evening News

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