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Rayo Vallecano midfielder talks Real Madrid, Benzema, Tchouameni, Rodrygo, Vinicius, Valverde



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Rayo Vallecano midfielder Santi Comesana has admitted Real Madrid’s summer signing Aurelien Tchouameni has made Casemiro’s loss next to unnoticeable with his stunning performances this season.

Rayo host an injury-ridden Real Madrid at Estadio de Vallecas on Monday, November 7 with the hope of maintaining their stature of being the giant killers. Unfortunately enough for the team, they have only beaten the defending champions once in this century.

But given Real’s issue at hand, not only Comesana but even his coach Andoni Iraola admitted that his team does stand a chance. Speaking ahead of the game, the Rayo star pointed out that his players are concerned mostly because of the form their opponents are in at the moment.

“We are all concerned because everyone is doing very well,”  Comesana told MARCA.

“Benzema is now injured, but for me, he is the best. In addition, he was Ballon d’Or recently. Vinicius is at a great level and Rodrygo and Valverde have a lot of goals. 

Meanwhile, Tchouameni, 22, has been a vital member of Carlo Ancelotti’s team in only his debut season, having clocked 1,132 minutes across all competitions. Speaking about the midfielder, Comesana added, 

“Tchouameni has also managed to make Casemiro’s loss not noticeable at all. We will have to fight as a team and with the help of our fans, we will surely do a good job.”

When asked about his team’s chances of beating the European and Spanish champions, the Rayo Vallecano ace said,

“You can get beat all the teams. It is true that Madrid is very good, but they can be beaten. 

“We are a very brave team, who are motivated by these games and I think we can get our hands on them. There is no secret formula to beat them because other teams would have already applied, but there are ways to hurt Madrid,” he added.

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Turkish giants to go all-out to sign Real Madrid outcast – report



There is no way back for Eden Hazard at Real Madrid. The Belgian international has not given the management any reason to have faith in his abilities over his past four seasons at the club and is unsurprisingly the most important departure for the Merengues in the summer.

Hazard has one more year on his contract in Madrid. However, it is clear that Carlo Ancelotti does not trust him and that any potential replacement manager in the summer will echo his stance.

According to reports from Mundo Deportivo, Fenerbahce are willing to go all out to sign Hazard this summer. The Turkish side have made the former Chelsea their prime target, yet face a steep task ahead of them.

The 32-year-old is hellbent on seeing out his contract with Los Blancos despite seeing his career sink right before his eyes. It thus becomes complicated for the party to lure away the forward, especially in a competition outside Europe’s top five leagues.

Fenerbahce attempted to sign the winger in the recently concluded winter transfer market. They reached an agreement with Real Madrid but failed to get over the line as they could not convince the player of the move.

The biggest obstacle for the Turkish side will be convincing Hazard to make the move by letting go of his lucrative contract in Madrid. The chances are slim, but not impossible.

Hazard has made just three league appearances and one start for Ancelotti’s side this season in La Liga, a steep fall from last season’s 18 and seven respectively.

His last appearance for the team came back in January when Real Madrid faced Cacereno in the Copa del Rey. In La Liga however, he last played in September 2022 in a 4-1 win over Mallorca.

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