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Real Madrid considered signing Valencia ace to replace injured superstar in the summer



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Giorgi Mamardashvili will be one of Valencia’s most important players when they play host to Real Madrid later this evening.

Known for their attacking clairvoyance, Real Madrid will be determined to once again run rings around the Valencia defence.

But in the form of Mamardashvili, the Real Madrid attackers will be coming up against one of the league’s best-performing goalkeepers, who has conceded only six goals at home this season – the best in the league.

Mamardashvili was targeted by Real Madrid last season

While Mamardashvili will be looking for another clean sheet at home this evening, his fate could have been completely opposite, had things panned out differently last summer.

Indeed, a recent MARCA report states Mamardashvili was one of the goalkeepers who were on Real Madrid’s shortlist last summer, as they looked for a replacement for the injured Thibaut Courtois.

The Spanish giants were looking for a goalkeeper with a similar profile to Mamardashvili. The Georgian international was even available in the market.

Giorgi Mamardashvili was an option for Real Madrid last summer (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Sure enough, Real Madrid approached Valencia, proposing a one-year loan deal worth €5 million. But the loan deal included a strict clause that Mamardashvili wouldn’t be obligated to continue at the Bernabeu beyond 2024.

Valencia rejected the move

Real Madrid’s offer, though, was turned down by Valencia. Even though Los Che were actively looking for a buyer for Mamardashvili, they considered Real Madrid’s offer a risky proposition.

Valencia were not happy with a one-year loan deal for Mamardashvili, fearing that the goalkeeper might not play much and lose his value, which in turn, would impact Valencia’s prospects of selling him to the market in 2024.

It has turned out to be a prudent decision from Valencia, as Mamardashvili has now established himself as one of La Liga’s best-performing goalkeepers, and his price is set to skyrocket in the coming summer.

In contrast, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Real Madrid’s eventual signing, played for the first few months but then eventually lost his place to Andriy Lunin. As a result, he remains dejected and is unlikely to be considered for the Spanish team for the upcoming Euros.

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Real Madrid superstar reveals how advice from Brazil legend helped him improve



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Even with all the excitement around Kylian Mbappe, it is Vinicius Junior, who continues to be Real Madrid’s biggest star.

In the past few years, the Brazilian has witnessed substantial growth, notably establishing himself as one of the best players in world football.

Vinicius’ rapid rise to prominence has been backed by numbers as well, with the forward racking up 82 goals and 75 assists in 262 competitive matches for Real Madrid.

Vinicius on receiving advice from Ronaldo

In a recent media interaction, Vinicius Junior, when talking about his success at Real Madrid, revealed that the forward constantly receives advice from his compatriot and former Real Madrid legend Ronaldo.

Vinicius particularly pointed out Ronaldo’s advice in 1v1 situations and how it has helped him improve in such scenarios.

“Ronaldo always calls me and gives me advice, he teaches me so many things. Since he told me that his favourite thing is a 1v1 vs a GK, I thought about it a lot and started working on it really hard,” Vinicius said (h/t Madrid Zone).

Ronaldo regularly speaks with Vinicius. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

“Now, every time I’m in a 1v1 with a GK, I’m the calmest guy in the world. Ever since that conversation with Ronaldo, I stopped being afraid of making mistakes in a 1v1,” the forward added.

Vinicius has indeed witnessed an improvement in his 1v1 play in recent years, which has been reflected in his higher goalscoring numbers.

This season, the forward has netted 23 goals in all competitions while racking up 11 assists. His goalscoring prowess, coupled with his ability in 1v1 situations could prove to be critical as Real Madrid take on Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final next month.

The Brazilian international, though, will be up against a challenging defensive duo of Mats Hummels and Nico Schlotterbeck, who have been able to keep the opposition attacks quiet this season.

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