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Real Madrid have asked about World Cup-winning striker ahead of summer window



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Real Madrid’s primary theme on the front page of media outlets is on the constant change. Such is the speed of developments in the Spanish capital that it appears a new topic is always on the horizon.

Last week was filled with updates on Jude Bellingham’s future. The English youngster’s move was said to be virtually completed, with an official announcement around the corner.

Now, the news is filled with reports of Karim Benzema’s supposed exit in June. The Frenchman has not made any binding decision yet but is tempted by the offers from Asia on his table.

The shocking development leaves Real Madrid in a situation of panic. The club have no direct replacement for the Ballon d’Or winner and finding one in a month will not be easy.

According to reports from Mario Cortegana, Los Blancos see Lautaro Martinez as a possible option. The club have asked about his situation several times over the past few months and hold him in high regard.

The Inter Milan striker has been linked with a move away from Italy for a long time now. It has not materialised for the World Cup winner, however, given his exorbitant price tag.

The administrators at the Santiago Bernabeu do not wish to spend big on a striker this June and prefer to wait out another year. However, manager Carlo Ancelotti, understandably, wants a star signing for the number nine position.

Real Madrid’s pursuit of Martinez will likely hinge on the outcome of the aforementioned clash. If Los Blancos do not mind splashing some cash, he could be a real option.

In 37 Serie A appearances for Inter Milan this season, the forward has scored a stunning 21 goals and provided six assists. Further, he averages 1.2 key passes per game and has created six big chances.

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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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