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Real Madrid blockbuster signing praised by national team manager: “He has a huge maturity”



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England national football team manager Gareth Southgate has spoken at length about Real Madrid midfielder Jude Bellingham, saying that at his age, the England star has a huge mentality.

Despite being a midfielder, Bellingham is currently Madrid’s top scorer with five goals. With a goal of involvement of five goals and an assist, the 20-year-old has been involved in 75% of his team’s tally in four games this season.

Bellingham is currently with his national team, preparing for England’s match with Ukraine on Saturday. Speaking ahead of the game, Southgate pressed that Bellingham is arguably a one-of-a-kind player and rather than making comparisons with Paul Scholes and Bryan Robson, one must note that he is the first Bellingham.

“I guess the ability to arrive in the box late [compares], but I think it’s better for him to be the first of him rather than the next of someone else,” Southgate was quoted by the Independent.

“He is one that sort of striding forward. In the old days, he would have been a box-to-box midfielder but now, with it much more specific on the position they are playing, the patterns you work to get them into the game. 

“But I think any midfield player who can get forward or get score goals is especially important,” he added.

The Three Lions head coach further added that the midfielder has good emotional intelligence and is quite mature for a person his age.

“He has a huge maturity,” Southgate said. “He has a good emotional intelligence. He has had to go into a dressing room and an interesting dynamic where some world-class players are there. 

“He is there to ultimately take their place but, knowing him, he will have approached them off the pitch with tremendous respect and will have gone into the training sessions and the games ready to compete and show what a good player he is. 

“He found that balance brilliantly when he first joined us. I have no doubt that is what has happened while he has been there,” he explained.

Southgate also said that Bellingham had to show the other side of him at Madrid since the team has now lost a prolific goalscorer, Karim Benzema. Eventually, he went on to admit that he is not at all surprised at what has panned out.

“He has had to show a slightly different side because he has played a little higher with them losing [Karim] Benzema and his game is suited to forward running and arriving in the box and the nice thing from our point of view is that he is scoring more goals which is great.

“I’m not completely surprised because of the personality he has and the calmness he has, coupled with the competitiveness, you never know how it is going to go because you don’t know how the team is going to play and whether the role you get at the start is going to suit you,” he concluded.

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Real Madrid very happy with future star Endrick, eagerly awaiting his arrival in 2024 – Romano



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Real Madrid’s attacking unit has been crippled by the loss of Karim Benzema earlier in the summer, which was followed by the loss of Vinicius Jr due to injury.

Although Vinicius has returned, there is much left to be desired from the Madrid frontline as we progress through to the season.

Real Madrid, though, are waiting on the arrival of Endrick. The young Brazilian is set to join the Real Madrid squad in the summer of 2024 when he turns 18.

Real Madrid impressed by Endrick

Endrick has already started his preparation for his pending move to Santiago Bernabeu, having performed exceptionally well in his native Brazil this year.

The youngster is constantly working on his game, in order to further improve himself as an attacker. It has left Real Madrid quite happy and eager for his arrival, reports Fabrizio Romano.

The journalist claims that Real Madrid have been keeping close tabs on everything Endrick has been doing, on and off the pitch, at Palmeiras.

And they have received very good reports on the 17-year-old, with the club impressed by how he is putting efforts to improve himself both performance-wise and in other facets.

Despite there being some question marks over his performances, the teenage forward is starting to showcase his potential, having scored five goals in five starts for Palmeiras.

Real Madrid happy with Endrick. (Photo by Ricardo Moreira/Getty Images)

Endrick also learning new languages

Endrick is not only just working on his performance. In fact, the Brazilian is also learning other languages in order to quickly settle into life in Spain.

The youngster can speak Portuguese, but he may have to master Spanish during his time at Santiago Bernabeu.

As mentioned earlier, Endrick can already speak Portuguese, which should go a long way in helping him team up with fellow Brazilians Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo.

Even Eder Militao can speak Portuguese, which should make it easier for Endrick to adapt to life in Spain, at least for the next year or so.

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