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PSG president confirms interest in Real Madrid priority target: “What a player”

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Speaking in an interview with Sky Sports, Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has confirmed that the club are interested in signing Jude Bellingham from Borussia Dortmund. The 19-year-old is also a top target for Real Madrid and Liverpool.

Just 19 years of age, Bellingham has the world at his feet. He has enjoyed a meteoric rise to the top since joining Dortmund in 2020 and is widely regarded as one of the best young midfielders in the game, along with Pedri.

Having made waves in the Bundesliga over the past couple of seasons, Bellingham is now turning it on at the biggest stage of all as he has emerged as one of the topmost performers at the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar with England.

Indeed, the teenager has played a key role in the Three Lions’ run to the quarter-finals, where they will be facing France.

Real Madrid have held a long-standing interest in Bellingham and have been working on getting a deal done for the teenage sensation. However, they were already facing stiff competition from the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City.

Now, PSG, too, have thrown their hat in the ring, with Al-Khelaifi pretty much confirming that the Ligue 1 champions are keen on the Dortmund star.

“Everybody wants him, I’m not going to hide it. He’s at his club, and (we have) respect, so if we want to talk to him we’ll talk to the club first,” the PSG president said.

“Amazing player, what a player. England (are) lucky to have to him, to be honest. He’s one of the best players in the tournament. (It’s) amazing, his first World Cup, he’s calm and relaxed, confident – amazing,” he added.

Bellingham’s rise in stature has led to his valuation increasing exponentially. So much so that Dortmund are confident of getting around €150 million in transfer fees for the teenage wonderkid.

However, as per recent reports, Real Madrid would be unwilling to meet that figure, which had made Liverpool favourites for his signing. But with PSG now entering the race, the scenario could change.

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Argentine manager in pole position for Real Madrid job if Ancelotti leaves

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According to a report from journalist Jorge C Picon, former Tottenham Hotspur and PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino is in pole position to become the next manager of Real Madrid, if Carlo Ancelotti leaves at the end of the season.

Ancelotti’s topic has become a topic of much debate and discussion over the past few weeks. The Italian tactician has a contract that runs until next year and has stated that he wishes to see it out.

However, the team’s failure to win any major title this season could end up spelling trouble or the 63-year-old. The La Liga title looks like a lost cause already while Real Madrid are in a disadvantageous position in Copa del Rey as well.

The UEFA Champions League remains Ancelotti’s best bet to win a trophy this season. Should he do so, the Italian could continue at Real Madrid or even possibly sign a new contract extension.

But, failure to land the trophy could end his second stint at the Santiago Bernabeu and Pochettino is said to be the frontrunner for the position in that case.

The Argentine is currently unemployed after being sacked by PSG in July last year. The 51-year-old did not have the most memorable of stints in Paris but his stock has not diminished in the Real Madrid offices, who had considered appointing him once before as well.

Thomas Tuchel was also a candidate for Real Madrid and talks were also held with him. But, the club informed him that if Ancelotti won the UCL, he would stay on, which played a part in the German signing for Bayern Munich.

Meanwhile, club legend Raul Gonzalez, who is currently the manager of Real Madrid Castilla, is also a candidate, but is seen only as Plan B, with Pochettino very much the frontrunner at this point.

A lot will depend on how the rest of the season pans out and whether Ancelotti is able to lead Real Madrid to back-to-back Champions League triumphs.

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