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Real Madrid, Barcelona lose out to AC Milan in free transfer pursuit of teenage forward

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Real Madrid seek out the best young talent worldwide, in the hope of signing them to nurture future superstars within the club.

The strategy has worked wonders for Los Blancos as they have signed top young talent like Vinicius Jr., Rodrygo Goes, Eduardo Camavinga, and Jude Bellingham in recent years while Endrick will be arriving next summer.

Real Madrid, Barcelona tracking Popovic

Keeping in line with that policy, Real Madrid have continued to keep their eye out on several other young talents, one of whom is Matija Popovic of Partizan Belgrade.

Along with Los Blancos, other top clubs like Barcelona, AC Milan, and Juventus have also been keeping tabs on the 17-year-old versatile prodigy.

Popovic has been with Partizan for over two years and was a rising star with their Under-17 team, scoring 21 goals in 25 games.

He is an adaptable footballer who can play as a winger, central attacking midfielder, or centre-forward. However, following a fallout with Partizan due to his unwillingness to sign a new contract, Popovic has not played this season.

With his contract set to expire on December 31, 2023, he was due to become a free agent in January, which caught the attention of Real Madrid and Barcelona, among other clubs.

Popovic has reached an agreement with Milan

Despite interest from Real Madrid and Barça, is set to sign for AC Milan in January.

Indeed, according to GianlucaDiMarzio.com, Popovic will be leaving Partizan Belgrade when his contract expires later this month and has agreed to join Milan as a free agent.

Despite attracting attention from two of the largest clubs in Europe, Popovic has ultimately chosen AC Milan, having already reached a contractual agreement.

The striker will arrive in Italy on January 8th, after reaching 18 years of age, to undergo a medical examination and sign the contract. The contract is set to run until the summer of 2028.

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‘It’s a beautiful thing’ – Real Madrid megastar raring to play his sixth UCL final

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Real Madrid’s most crucial endeavour of the season edges closer as they gear up to take Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final.

Emotions are sure to be running high not only because of the monumental occasion; but also because a certain Toni Kroos will be playing his final game in the royal white jersey.

The German will be parting ways after enjoying 10 trophy-filled seasons and will aim to add another to his illustrious cabinet before he travels to Germany for the Euros in what will officially be his last rodeo in professional football.

Now, speaking in the build-up to the grand showdown with Borussia, Kroos has given his two cents on the team’s preparation and the morale inside the locker room.

On the upcoming Champions League final

Kroos acknowledged it felt incredible to play his sixth final for the Merengues, but claimed none of this success would have been possible without the efforts of a cohesive team.

“My sixth final? It’s a beautiful thing. I was lucky to play for a team that was able to achieve these successes.

“I am part of this, but I do not like to be alone, there is always the team. Without a team, it is impossible to do this,” Kroos remarked during an interview with RMTV.

Additionally, the German midfielder argued that Real Madrid were in high spirits today and they have the potential to surprise people.

“Today I saw everyone enjoying and looking forward to. The final is on Saturday. There is a competitor that may surprise some people.”

Kroos will play his last game for Real Madrid on Saturday. (Photo by THOMAS COEX/AFP via Getty Images)

Furthermore, Kroos is eager to close his Real Madrid career on a high and claims this will be his last effort before riding off into the sunset.

“This will be my last effort for Real Madrid. Hala Madrid,” he exclaimed.

On his farewell game

Kroos played his final game at the Santiago Bernabeu against Real Betis recently, and his emotional substitution in the 86th minute marked a poignant farewell.

As Kroos came off the pitch, he confessed that seeing his daughter cry was a difficult pill to swallow and he will carry these special moments till the very end.

“I tried not to cry on Saturday but when I saw my daughter cry it changed. It was very difficult for me. I will never forget these moments. I will remember forever, my children and my wife too,” he said.

The 34-year-old also mentioned that whenever he feels like experiencing a tear-jerker, he will take a trip down memory lane by looking at the farewell pictures.

“Saturday was the night of a lifetime. If one day at home I want to cry, I will look at the farewell pictures.”

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