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Real Madrid ace insisted on speaking to the media after Man City defeat – report



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Thibaut Courtois has never been one to shy away from the camera or the media. The Belgian shot-stopper has been one of Real Madrid’s regular faces in the post-match player interviews this season and his insights provide an accurate and unbiased review of the game.

After Real Madrid’s 4-0 demolition at the Etihad last night, not many players in white would have had the heart to face any media or entertain questions. After all, it is not easy to entertain questions after an embarrassment of such a degree.

According to reports from AS (h/t Madrid Xtra), Courtois was not the chosen one to speak to the press after last night’s defeat. Yet, he insisted that he wanted to do so and spoke in great detail with the media about the team’s poor showing on the night.

There was not much to celebrate for Real Madrid last night as they were taken to the cleaners by a Pep Guardiola masterpiece. If there was one silver lining, however, it was Courtois’ unbelievable showing in between the sticks.

Though the Belgian was beaten four times on the night, he saved Real Madrid’s blushes on multiple occasions. In fact, he was the only reason the scoreboard did not embarrass the Merengues any further.

He single-handedly denied Erling Haaland at least three clear goal-scoring opportunities on the night, all of which came from point-blank range. He made four saves on the night including three from inside the box.

Reports earlier in the day stated that Courtois in fact played the entire game against Manchester City while nursing a triceps injury.

The setback did not affect his performance on the night but Carlo Ancelotti would prefer to tread a safe path when dealing with a player so fundamental to his plans.

It remains to be seen in Courtois starts in goal for Real Madrid’s clash against Valencia this weekend. Considering that nothing rides on the result, it is likely that Andriy Lunin received a rare start.

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Harry Kane ‘very close’ to completing Real Madrid move, only final details remain – report



Jude Bellingham’s move to Real Madrid was finally closed earlier today as officially confirmed by Borussia Dortmund on their website. Yet, the offices at Santiago Bernabeu have not even taken a break to celebrate their success.

According to reports from Alfredo Pedullà, Los Blancos are now completely focused on the acquisition of Harry Kane. The English striker’s arrival is very close to approaching closure and only a few details remain to be sorted.

The Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur representatives reportedly held a meeting today over the striker’s transfer. The agenda was to agree on a number for the transfer fee.

The Premier League side began the proceedings with an expectation of €100 to €110 million in exchange for Kane. However, the Merengues suggested a lower point at €80 to €90 million, albeit with the option to include bonuses.

There is not much separating the two parties at the moment, and the minor gap will be bridged in the coming days. Overall, the meeting ended with a broad understanding between the two clubs.

Carlo Ancelotti sees the English striker as the centre-piece of his attack for next season given the recent departure of Karim Benzema. After all, Kane has been one of football’s most consistent goalscorers over the past decade.

Yet, Los Blancos cannot afford to let their guard down with one signing and will need to rope in at least two more names in attack to serve as backup options. The exits of Mariano Diaz, Marco Asensio, and Eden Hazard leave them with no squad depth, after all.

Kane has scored 30, 17, and 23 goals in his last three seasons in the Premier League and is the epitome of consistency. Further, he had three assists in his most recent league season and created 14 big chances.

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