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Real Madrid backed to break Man City’s treble dreams by Premier League legend

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Following a winning stretch that helped them move ahead of Arsenal in the Premier League, Manchester City are now staring at the possibility of winning the treble – the first English team to do so in a while.

The Champions League, admittedly, will be the toughest nut to crack for the Premier League champions, especially given the way Pep Guardiola’s men have faltered in the competition over the past few years.

Their job will be made even more difficult by Real Madrid – their opponent in the semifinals. In fact, according to Ian Wright (h/t Diario AS), Real Madrid are the team to beat for Man City if they are to secure the treble this season.

Speaking on a football talk show, the former Arsenal striker backed Real Madrid to break City’s treble dreams, stating, “Look at Real Madrid! If there is a team that can disrupt this achievement, it is Real Madrid.”

Wright admitted Real Madrid’s poor performance in La Liga, but suggested they are a different breed in the Champions League. “What a club! I’m sure they’re upset about what happened in the league, but when it comes to the Champions League with them, it’s hard to beat them,” he said.

Real Madrid are certainly enjoying an excellent Champions League campaign this season, notably breaking apart two English sides Chelsea and Liverpool in the knockout rounds.

However, Manchester City are certainly the toughest of the three, boasting an incredibly strong team led by some of the most talented players in world football. Another former Arsenal figure Arsene Wenger has already backed the English champions to do well, due to their defensive solidity.

It promises to be an eye-watering fixture, as these two European giants take each other on in the Champions League semifinals next week.

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Real Madrid out-of-favour defender now unlikely to leave the club

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Real Madrid missed out on the signing of Leny Yoro after deciding not to match Manchester United’s offer for the 18-year-old defender.

With the French prodigy now on his way to the Premier League, Los Blancos are assessing their options before deciding whether to sign a new centre-back or not.

As things stand, the reigning champions of Spain and Europe seem to be leaning towards relying on their existing options rather than going into the market.

Jesus Vallejo unlikely to leave

As such, MARCA reports that the likelihood of Jesus Vallejo leaving the club have now significantly reduced.

Indeed, the 27-year-old out-of-favour defender now appears more and more likely to continue at Real Madrid beyond this summer.

Set to stay. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Vallejo returned to the Santiago Bernabeu after finishing his loan stint at Granada during which he hardly played due to injury and fitness woes.

As such, reports suggested that Carlo Ancelotti & co. were not planning on counting on him next season, even though he was handed a new shirt number recently.

But with the Leny Yoro operation collapsing and Real Madrid not keen on recruiting anyone from the market at this point, the Spanish ace is now unlikely to leave the club.

With David Alaba still sidelined, Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao will start the new season as the first-choice centre-back pairing and Vallejo will serve as the backup while Aurelien Tchouameni will also be an option.

Vallejo, for his part, wanted to stay put and see out his contract which expires in 2025. And, as things stand, it appears that the player will get his wish.

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