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Real Madrid boss Ancelotti vetoes the signing of Manchester United icon – report



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Thibaut Courtois’ potentially season-ending ACL injury places Real Madrid in a tricky situation. Los Blancos will have to compete for most of the upcoming campaign without their Belgian superstar in goal and are now in a race against the clock to sign a replacement.

David De Gea emerged as one of the team’s top options for Real Madrid. The former Manchester United star is currently a free agent after not renewing his deal and can join the Merengues immediately.

According to reports from COPE, Carlo Ancelotti completely rejects the idea of signing De Gea. He does not want the Spaniard as part of his plans under any circumstances.

The economic question

Real Madrid are not under any form of pressure on the financial front. Yet, it would only benefit the club to rope in a player for a lower cost given that Courtois will return in due time.

De Gea, as a free agent, would be a minimal liability on that front. The club would have to pay no transfer fee for his acquisition and could even sign him for just one season.

Ancelotti’s stance, however, pushes the Merengues to look at more expensive options.

Is Bono the one?

On his way to Madrid? (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)

Sevilla shot-stopper Bono has emerged as a strong alternate option to De Gea and is said to be the club staff’s preferred signing.

However, the Moroccan star will not come cheap. His release clause with Sevilla stands at €50 million, and Los Nervionenses ask for at least €30 million for his transfer.

Real Madrid are burning the midnight oil to sign a replacement at the earliest. However, closing a deal before the league opener is easier said than done.

Andriy Lunin will likely don the gloves against Athletic Club and push to prove his worth to the manager.

Irrespective of how he does, though, a new goalkeeper will arrive at the Santiago Bernabeu, but it will not be De Gea.

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Bellingham on his special assist in Girona 0-3 Real Madrid: “Been watching Luka every day”



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Real Madrid usurped the top spot in the La Liga standings from arch-rivals FC Barcelona as they defeated Girona 3-0 away at Estadi Montilivi.

It was a fine performance from Carlo Ancelotti’s men against Michel’s side, with the returning Jude Bellingham leading the way for his team.

After being benched against Las Palmas in midweek, the England international returned to the starting XI today and turned in yet another Man of the Match display for Real Madrid.

It all started with Joselu opening the scoring just 15 minutes into the game, with Bellingham assisting the goal with a special, outside-of-the-boot pass from the left side, bringing back memories of Luka Modric doing something similar a few years ago.

Talking about that special pass, Bellingham said: “I’ve been watching Luka every day for months. I just want to be creative. It took the pressure off us at the start.”

On the match and the result, the 20-year-old stated that it was a good day across the board for Real Madrid, as he said: “It was an important win. They were doing very well. We made a statement of intent to La Liga. Three goals, a clean sheet….”

It has been a truly remarkable start to life at Real Madrid for Bellingham and expressing how he feels to play for the Merengues, he exclaimed:

“I feel very good. I have freedom of movement and I’m enjoying football. Whenever I put on this shirt I always try to do my best.”

Apart from assisting Joselu’s opener, Bellingham also got his name on the scoresheet in the second period. Talking about his goal, the wonderkid said:

“It wasn’t a very good finish. I could have scored some more, but the important thing is the victory.”

The strike meant that Bellingham now has seven goals and two assists across all competitions for Real Madrid. Reflecting on his brilliant start, he said:

“It’s a good start, not bad. I would like to continue on this path and I won’t always score or assist, but I will always give my best.”

Bellingham’s celebration has been a huge hit, with kids in school, players from other clubs, and many others mimicking it. When asked how his special celebration originated, he replied:

“I don’t know where I first celebrated. I think it was with Birmingham. It’s an inspiration to see kids doing it in schools. It’s a wonderful thing.”

Source: AS

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