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Real Madrid defender confirms his intention to continue at club: “There are always offers”



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Real Madrid are preparing a summer clearout, and have already started their exit operations, announcing departures for Karim Benzema, Marco Asensio, Mariano Diaz, and Eden Hazard.

Three of these players were out of contract this summer, while Hazard’s contact was terminated mutually. Benzema and Asensio were handed new contracts by the club, but decided to call it quits on their time at the Santiago Bernabeu.

They will have to deal with more players with expiring contracts this summer, including Dani Ceballos and Nacho, both of whom have been offered extensions. The former is expected to renew, while the latter has already announced his intention to continue.

In an interview with La 1, he said, “I go hand in hand with my club and my family. There are always offers from abroad, but I have decided to stay for another year. I am very happy about it.”

Nacho was on the agenda of multiple clubs this summer, and had an interesting offer from Inter Milan, who promised him a starting spot in the team as a replacement for the departing Milan Skriniar.

The Spaniard had an offer from Madrid for a long time as well, but remained coy on his decision for a while before deciding to renew. Carlo Ancelotti trusts the player, which was a very important factor in him staying put.

With Nacho continuing at the club, Madrid will have the same defensive base in the team from last season, but there could be other departures, including Ferland Mendy, who is reportedly open to leaving the club in case an interesting offers.

Reports have suggested that he could be included in the deal to sign Harry Kane, but those rumours are at the very base stages.

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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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