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Real Madrid had the chance to sign Manchester City duo in summer – report



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In a massive revelation made by Sergio Lopez de Vicente while writing for Diario AS, it’s been confirmed that the likes of Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus were offered to Real Madrid in the summer, but the team could not complete the transfer as there were no free non-EU places in the team.

The lack of spare non-EU places in the team has been a major problem for Real Madrid for years and it even hindered their transfer strategies for the ongoing season. According to La Liga regulations, each Spanish team is only allowed three non-EU players in the squad.

These places are currently acquired by Eder Militao, Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo. So when the opportunity of signing Sterling and Jesus came calling, Madrid had to pass on it.

Back then, Raheem Sterling was well within Madrid’s range as he wanted to leave City to look for other avenues. As it turns out, he was offered to Real Madrid and while the team did weigh his incorporation, they were forced to back out due to the aforementioned issue.

Similarly, Gabriel Jesus was on the verge of exit after City signed Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund. Just like Sterling, Jesus, too, was offered to Madrid, who looked at the Brazilian as a replacement for Karim Benzema. But lack of non-EU spaces once again pulled Madrid out of it.

Sterling went on to sign for Chelsea in the summer while Gabriel Jesus reunited with his former coach Mikel Arteta at Arsenal.

Interestingly enough, it’s not the first time Sterling’s name was linked with Real Madrid. Back in February 2020, the England international spoke highly of the team, saying that he is always open to new challenges.

“I’m very happy [at City], but I also say that Madrid is a fantastic club,” he had said

“When you see the white shirt you know exactly what the club stands for, it’s huge. Although I have to say that I have a great contract with City and I have to respect it. 

“But it’s a fantastic club. Madrid is a fantastic club, in a country with a long time. incredible. I am a player who is always open to challenges,” he added.

Back then, there was no place for Sterling in the Real Madrid squad as all positions were duly acquired. Even this season, if he would have arrived, there would have been a high competition to play on the wings.

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Wife of Real Madrid star hints on potential continuity amidst exit rumours: “We love Spain very much”




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Anastasia Tamazova, the wife of Real Madrid goalkeeper Andriy Lunin, has shared insights about her life with the footballer. 

In this conversation, she opened up about their experiences living in Spain and her husband’s potential future moves.

Anastasia expressed her deep affection for Spain, mentioning how welcomed and comfortable both she and Lunin feel in the country. 

She emphasised their love for the place, but also made it clear that if Lunin needs to move to another country for his career, she will fully support him and follow him wherever he needs to go.

“We love Spain very much, the people here are very friendly and we feel very welcomed and comfortable,” said Tamazova as quoted by Mundo Deportivo.

“But if my husband has to leave this country, then of course I will support him and we will go wherever necessary.”

What does the future hold for Lunin?

Andriy Lunin is tipped to leave Real Madrid in the summer. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

There has been a lot of speculation about Lunin’s future at Real Madrid and recent reports have suggested that the keeper was disappointed when the team’s coach, Carlo Ancelotti, chose not to play him in the Champions League final, even though Lunin had anticipated this decision. 

With the return of Thibaut Courtois, Lunin’s chances of being the main goalkeeper have significantly decreased. 

This situation has led him to consider a possible move this summer, with interest from several big clubs like Atletico Madrid, Manchester United, Arsenal, and Juventus.

It is said that despite the uncertainty, the final decision rests with Lunin. Real Madrid have expressed their desire to keep him and have offered him a contract extension until 2029

Although Lunin seemed ready to sign the new contract, the events surrounding the Champions League final have caused him to reconsider his options. The choice of Courtois over him has planted seeds of doubt about his future with the club.

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