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PSV midfielder plays down Real Madrid links: “None of the rumours are true”

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Joey Veerman, a midfielder for PSV, recently addressed rumours connecting him to Real Madrid, asserting they are untrue. 

Reports had suggested he might replace Toni Kroos, noting similarities in their playing styles. However, Veerman himself dismissed these speculations, stating unequivocally, “None of the rumours are true,” as quoted by Diario AS.

Speaking before the Netherlands’ Euro 2024 opener against Poland, Veerman admitted feeling a mix of happiness and discomfort over the links to Real Madrid. 

While flattered by the association with such a prestigious club, he found the media attention unsettling, especially since there was no factual basis to the rumours.

“I could be happy about the fact that they put me in Madrid, but I feel uncomfortable because it is a lie. 

I get tired and uncomfortable in equal measure. Especially, because I have to constantly answer this question when there is absolutely nothing. 

I’m faced with this because someone on TV says I would fit in well there and a Spanish newspaper writes something,” he added.

Veerman is tired of false news

Joey Veerman says he will not join Real Madrid. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

Veerman explained that these rumours often arise from media speculation about his potential fit at Real Madrid, despite acknowledging that he might suit their style of play. 

However, he emphasised the enormity of the club and hinted that any decision to leave PSV, where he is under contract until 2026, would depend on finding a team that values possession-oriented football.

“Maybe I would fit in there, but hey, it’s Real Madrid. When you see the players they have as starters…”

The midfielder clarified that he prefers clubs that prioritise ball retention rather than those where players constantly chase after the ball. This distinction is crucial for his style of play and his career aspirations.

“If I leave, it will be to a club that likes to have the ball. I’m not a player who stays back and chases the ball for the whole game,” he said.

While flattered by the attention from Real Madrid, Veerman remains focused on his current obligations with PSV. 

He maintains a pragmatic view about his future, prioritising clubs that align with his playing philosophy and where he can contribute effectively on the pitch. 

For now, the 25-year-old is concentrated on performing well for the Netherlands and dismissing any unfounded transfer rumours.

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Real Madrid occupy second place in UEFA coefficient rankings, behind Manchester City

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With the 2024/25 season only a month away, UEFA have released the latest coefficient rankings for clubs and Real Madrid occupy the second position in the standings, behind Manchester City.

The new season removes the oldest of the five seasons that count towards the rankings from the overall tally and instead adds the one yet to be played, which is currently at zero because none of the big teams have played yet.

And, as like last year, Real Madrid continue to be in the second position behind Manchester City despite having won the UEFA Champions League in the campaign gone by.

With the elimination of points from the 2019/20 season, the ranking is altered to give value to the latest campaigns, but even so, Real Madrid are still unable to overtake City.

Source: UEFA

Pep Guardiola’s side have 123,000 points to Real Madrid’s 119,000 while Bayern Munich sit third with 108,000 points. Liverpool take up the fourth position.

Real Madrid have won two Champions League titles to Manchester City’s one in the last five years.

But Guardiola’s side have managed to reach at least the semi-finals, as well as two finals, in all the editions that count towards the current ranking. That has allowed them to rack up a considerable number of points and still lead the standings.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid’s arch-rivals, Barcelona have dropped to the 18th position in the standings while Atletico Madrid are just a place above them in the 17th spot.

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