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Real Madrid could steal Liverpool’s captain: ‘He is only one call away’

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Eder Militao’s return to complete fitness is big news for Real Madrid, not only because he is vital for the business end of the season but also because the Brazilian is seen as the future of the team’s defence.

Looking to the future, however, Los Blancos do not have a player who can partner Eder Militao, who has repeatedly shown how vital he is for the team. Thus, the club’s agenda is to rope in such a presence this summer.

Leny Yoro is the player who has extensively been linked with the team on that front, but Defensa Central now reveal that a Premier League superstar is also a potential option.

The Merseyside option

According to the Spanish outlet, Liverpool legend Graeme Souness has stated that he feels the club captain Virgil Van Dijk is only one call away from signing for Real Madrid.

The Dutch superstar deeply wishes to don the prestigious white colour and would not be opposed to a move to Spain. His contract which runs out in 2025 only complicates his situation.

“I am worried that Virgil Van Dijk’s contract is about to expire. In July he turns 33 and if his agent called the Real Madrid sports director they would take him away,” the former Liverpool player said recently.

Real Madrid’s priority

The same report, however, continues to explain that Real Madrid are currently not in favour of signing the Premier League star.

They would prioritise the signing of a young player who can take over for the long haul instead. At 32 years of age, Van Dijk does not help the team’s future in any way.

While indeed one of the best in the business, he is simply not in the right stage of his career to push for a move to Real Madrid.

The club’s focus, thus, continues to be on Leny Yoro’s signing from Lille come June.

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Official: Real Madrid announce starting lineup to face Real Betis

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Real Madrid will sign off on their successful La Liga campaign today with a fixture against Real Betis at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The game, being seen as a final preparation for the UEFA Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund, sees manager Carlo Ancelotti field his strongest possible lineup.

All eyes will obviously be on the retiring Toni Kroos, who bids goodbye to the Bernabeu in what will be his final home game as a Real Madrid player.

The German international starts in the centre of the park alongside Federico Valverde, while Eduardo Camavinga slots in as the No. 6.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid captain, Nacho Fernandez, also starts in what could be his last game at the Bernabeu as well.

Nacho pairs up with Antonio Rudiger in defence, flanked by the full-back pairing of Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy. Thibaut Courtois starts in goal ahead of Andriy Lunin and Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Up front, Vinicius Jr. starts in attack, partnering up with Rodrygo Goes. Top scorer Jude Bellingham occupies the attacking midfield role for Real Madrid.

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