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Real Madrid defender in love with the club and city, rejected lucrative offer from Saudi

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David Alaba’s transition to Real Madrid was as seamless as it gets. Arriving at a difficult time for the club, he did brilliantly with Eder Militao to replace Sergio Ramos and Rafael Varane and has been a regular starter ever since.

The Austrian international is capable of playing both left-back and centre-back. Although he began his career out wide, he is now focused on the central role.

Earlier this week, reports of Alaba’s potential departure from Real Madrid appeared out of the blue.

The speculations, however, suggested that there were teams in Saudi Arabia interested in his signing and did not mention any desire on the player’s part to switch teams.

Sergio Quirante confirms the same in his recent update. According to the Spanish journalist, the defender did indeed receive a very succulent offer from Saudi Arabia a few weeks ago.

However, his entourage suggest that the player never contemplated a departure. He is in love with the team and the city and would not give it up for the monetary upgrade.

A mind-boggling offer

As relayed earlier this week, Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ittihad were the party eyeing Alaba’s services in a late swoop this summer.

The middle-east based side were said to be willing to put up a transfer fee of €40 million for his services. Further, they offered him a staggering salary of €25 million.

Considering Real Madrid’s situation however, the Merengues would not sell him for all the money in the world just as the player would not switch loyalties at any price.

The leader at the back

With Eder Militao out injured for the greater part of the ongoing season, David Alaba automatically becomes Carlo Ancelotti’s first-choice centre-back.

He has started recent games paired alongside Antonio Rudiger, and the duo has struck up a strong combination.

In his four league appearances for Los Blancos this season, the 31-year-old has overseen two clean sheets and provided one assist. Defensively, he averages 1.2 interceptions, 0.8 tackles, three clearances, and one duel won per game.

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Real Madrid’s teenage sensation to join camp on Wednesday, Brazilian core to return later

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Real Madrid enjoyed strong representation at the recently concluded European Championship and Copa America.

Dani Carvajal is the only player who returned with silverware, but it is safe to say that all the team’s stars on international duty put up displays to be proud of.

The attention now turns towards the season that lies ahead. Carlo Ancelotti and co. have already begun working ahead of the new campaign, and the internationals will begin rejoining training in the coming week, as relayed by MARCA.

The early returnees

Having suffered an early elimination in the Euro with Croatia, Luka Modric is set to return to training as early as the beginning of the coming week.

The veteran recently renewed his contract with the club and will be looking to prove that he still has it on his feet.

Modric will be available soon at Ancelotti’s disposal (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

The team’s new signing, Endrick, will join forces with Los Blancos on Wednesday as he begins a new chapter in his short, yet illustrious career so far. All eyes will be on his official signing and presentation.

Meanwhile, Arda Güler and Antonio Rudiger are expected to return to training under Ancelotti towards the end of the week.

The late entries

Players who progressed relatively deeper into the recently concluded tournaments have understandably been granted a longer vacation, and both the French and English representatives of the club enjoy that luxury.

Needless to say, no specific date has been set for their return, considering that their campaign in the Euro ran deep into July.

The team’s Copa America stars, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo, and Eder Militão, meanwhile, will report to training on July 31st. Federico Valverde, who finished third with Uruguay, will likely enjoy a longer hiatus.

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