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Real Madrid have not submitted an offer for priority target – report

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Jude Bellingham once again acted as the enforcer when Borussia Dortmund swept aside Hertha Berlin 4-1 in the Bundesliga. The win helped them get level on points with Bayern Munich at the top of the league table.

Although the Englishman did not start the game, he played a key role in the second half, offering more zest in the Dortmund midfield. He offered just the kind of qualities Real Madrid require at the moment, which is why it is no surprise that the Dortmund starlet has become the top target for the Spanish champions for the coming summer.

To that end, Jan Aage Fjortoft has recently offered an update on the future of Bellingham. The Norwegian suggests Los Blancos have yet to submit an official offer to Dortmund for the services of their prized midfield asset, who has become a star attraction in the market.

Bellingham is indeed courted by some of the biggest clubs across Europe, including Liverpool and Manchester City.

Liverpool’s humiliation at the hands of Real Madrid in the Champions League yesterday should go a long way in deterring Bellingham. Manchester City, meanwhile, could be a probable suitor for the youngster, especially with Ilkay Gundogan being linked with a summer move to Barcelona.

Borussia Dortmund, for their part, are not likely to get in the way of Bellingham should he opt to depart Signal Iduna Park at the end of the season. But they are expected to hold out for a hefty figure for the Englishman, who is likely to be rated in excess of €100 million.

This has become an obstacle for Real Madrid. Even though the Spanish giants have the economic provision to make a move for Bellingham, they need to make major adjustments to the first-team in order to go through with the transfer.

Therefore, it will be interesting to see how things transpire over the coming months, as far as the future of Jude Bellingham is concerned.

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Ancelotti’s dilemma: How will he handle a fully fit defense next season?

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Real Madrid’s manager, Carlo Ancelotti, is set to face a challenging situation in restructuring his defence for the upcoming season and that is largely down to key players like David Alaba and Eder Militao are returning to full fitness. 

Interestingly, this situation might put Antonio Rudiger’s spot in the starting lineup under significant pressure.

Back when Rudiger joined Real Madrid he was supposed to strengthen a defence already featuring Alaba and Militao. Despite their young age, these two had firmly established themselves in the team. 

Over the past two years, however, Ancelotti has consistently relied on the duo, with Rudiger and Nacho serving as their main substitutes. 

A big decision awaits Ancelotti

As the new season approaches, Ancelotti faces a dilemma similar to the one he had with goalkeepers Andriy Lunin and Thibaut Courtois. A similar situation is likely to unfold with Rudiger and Militao vying for the right centre-back position.

It must be remembered that Militao suffered an untimely injury last season, prompting Ancelotti to choose Rudiger over Nacho, who, although right-footed, is also adept on the left side. 

Carlo Ancelotti needs to assess his defensive duo for next season. (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO/AFP via Getty Images)

As the season progressed, Rudiger proved his worth, becoming a mainstay in the defense. His physical strength, bravery, and aerial prowess made him a reliable choice. 

His ability to play out from the back earned him the respect and confidence of his teammates, overshadowing Militao’s absence.

Rudiger’s importance has grown

Rudiger’s importance grew further when Alaba got injured in December. He became the cornerstone of the defence, often partnering with Nacho or Aurelien Tchouameni. Even when Rudiger played on the left side, the defensive structure remained solid.

When Militao returned in the last month and a half of the season, he struggled to regain his previous form. The long recovery period left emotional scars, and he was not the same player he had been before the injury. 

Consequently, Ancelotti opted to keep Rudiger in the lineup for crucial matches towards the end of the season.

With the new season on the horizon, Rudiger’s strong performances will present a significant challenge for Ancelotti. 

As Alaba also returns from injury, Ancelotti will have to decide who among Rudiger, Militao, and Alaba will be benched. 

Rudiger has proven his capability, often outperforming the Brazilian, whose post-injury form is still uncertain. 

Adding to the competition, Real Madrid might sign Leni Yoro and even Rafa Marin could return from his loan spell which could further complicate Ancelotti’s decisions.

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