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Real Madrid defender feels comfortable at the club and prefers to stay – report

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Even though Real Madrid have already parted ways with four players this summer, there could be some more exits on the cards before the summer transfer window closes.

One of the players who the Merengues are looking to offload in the coming days is defender Jesus Vallejo. The Spanish centre-half has hardly played under Carlo Ancelotti in the past couple of seasons and the club are keen to part ways with him.

But according to a report from AS, Vallejo feels comfortable at Real Madrid and prefers to stay at the club this summer.

The 26-year-old ace joined the Merengues in 2015, arriving from Real Zaragoza before being loaned back to his boyhood club. He then had temporary stints with Eintracht Frankfurt, Wolves, and Granada but has been at the Bernabeu since 2021.

But game-time has hardly come his way during the last couple of campaigns at Real Madrid. Indeed, Vallejo has played just 12 times across the previous two seasons (8 in 2021/22, 4 in 2022/23).

It is clear that the Spaniard is not a major part of Ancelotti’s plans, with the manager already having Eder Militao, David Alaba, Antonio Rudiger, and Nacho Fernandez as his options at centre-back.

As such, it is understandable that Real Madrid wish to offload Vallejo. However, the defender is not contemplating an exit despite having offers. He still has two years left on his contract, which would see him complete a decade at the club and that is what the centre-half is aiming for.

So, it remains to be seen if Real Madrid talk to him and convince him to move on this summer.

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Transfer Triumph: In-demand defender picks Real Madrid above other suitors

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Real Madrid have received a major transfer boost as Lille defender, Leny Yoro, has chosen to join Los Blancos over other interested clubs, reports Alejandro Alcazar via SPORT.

When Paris Saint-Germain attempted to negotiate a deal with Lille, offering more money than Real Madrid, Yoro made it clear he preferred the Spanish giants. 

Despite PSG’s efforts, including meetings with Yoro’s representatives, they could not convince him to change his mind.

Interestingly, the outlet mentions that Yoro is following a similar path to his compatriot Aurelien Tchouameni, who also chose Real Madrid despite competition from PSG and several Premier League teams. 

Real Madrid really value Yoro

Real Madrid see Yoro as a valuable addition, especially with the recent departure of Nacho. This move has made it crucial for the club to find a reliable replacement, and Yoro is their chosen candidate. 

It is to be noted that Yoro has one year remaining on his contract with Lille, who initially asked for a hefty €100 million transfer fee. 

Leny Yoro has picked Real Madrid over PSG, Liverpool and Man United. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

This amount was considered too high for a player who could leave for free after a year. Lille eventually reduced the asking price to €60 million, an amount that PSG and other clubs like Manchester United and Liverpool were willing to meet. 

However, Real Madrid were not prepared to pay more than €30 million, knowing that Yoro wanted to join them and could do so for free next year.

What is Real Madrid’s strategy?

It is said that Real Madrid’s initial plan was to let Yoro play one more year at Lille and sign him for free in 2025. They were even ready to offer Yoro a special signing bonus, similar to what they did with David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger, which would be added to his salary. 

But Nacho’s departure changed everything. Real Madrid now urgently need a fourth central defender, prompting them to enter negotiations with Lille, something they had previously avoided.

To secure Yoro’s signing this summer, Real Madrid are considering raising their offer to €40 million, including performance-based bonuses. 

Lille might accept this offer, knowing that Yoro could either join Real Madrid now or stay for another year and leave for free.

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