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Real Madrid icon believes Mbappe can play with Vinicius, Bellingham – ‘It’ll be unstoppable’



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Regarded as one of the best strikers to play in the Premier League in the 21st century, Ruud van Nistelrooy had a short but sweet spell at Real Madrid.

Heading into tonight’s encounter, van Nistelrooy offered his take on the Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich game while also providing his thoughts on Kylian Mbappe’s potential move to Santiago Bernabeu.

Nistelrooy on Mbappe move

“I can see Mbappe moving to Real Madrid this year. Kylian is a very intelligent player and boy and I am sure that he thinks that to improve in his career because he is still very young, and to win the Ballon d’Or, he should play for Madrid,” he said (h/t Diario AS).

When asked about Mbappe’s prospects at Real Madrid, van Nistelrooy trashed the argument of the Frenchman struggling to fit in at the Bernabeu.

“Of course, Mbappé can play with Vini and Rodrygo. Carlo gives a lot of freedom to attackers. Mbappé, Vini, Rodrygo, Bellingham will all keep switching positions during the game, and it will be unstoppable,” he said.

Van Nistelrooy sees Mbappe succeed at Real Madrid (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

Nistelrooy on Real Madrid vs Bayern

The Dutchman went on to offer his thoughts on Real Madrid’s game against Bayern Munich, with the game firmly poised at 2-2.

Offering his analysis of the first leg, Nistelrooy said, “I think the result was fair. Bayern had more of the ball, but Madrid showed a lot of defensive order to go on the counterattack and have great efficiency in attack. Vinicius’ two goals were not the result of chance.”

Nistelrooy went on to brand Real Madrid as the clear favourite heading into tonight’s encounter.

“I see Madrid as the favourite to eliminate Bayern; “The Bernabéu match is going to be a different story than the Allianz match,” said the Dutchman, who was recently relieved of his role as PSV Eindhoven manager.

Nistelrooy on Bellingham, Modric

The former Manchester United striker also offered his thoughts on a couple of Real Madrid stars Jude Bellingham and Luka Modric.

Van Nistelrooy backs Jude Bellingham (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO/AFP via Getty Images)

Van Nistelrooy spoke at length about pundits criticising Bellingham for his apparent loss of form. The Dutchman refuted their analysis and heaped praise on the Englishman.

“I don’t think it has gone down. He has scored 18 goals. In what sense does he perform less? You have to put things in perspective. That Jude has so many goals is an extra, a bonus,” he said.

“We cannot demand that he be a scorer and, nevertheless, he is one. His season is spectacular and must be valued in the right way for him. It doesn’t matter that Ancelotti has changed his role, he performs wherever he is put, because he is an exceptional player,” he added.

Finally, Nistelrooy talked about Luka Modric, though he refused to comment on the future of the 38-year-old.

“It is difficult to talk about Modric’s future. He is a jewel of football and Madrid and I, as a fan of him and the club, would love for him to retire in Madrid. But I don’t know what he or the club thinks. He must make the best decision for him and his family,” he concluded.

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‘Will have to put my feelings aside’ – Bellingham on facing Borussia Dortmund in UCL final



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It has been a special debut season for Jude Bellingham at Real Madrid.

Since arriving from Borussia Dortmund in a deal worth €103 million, plus add-ons, last summer, the 20-year-old sensation has become an instant hit at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Despite his form declining a bit in the second half of the season, Bellingham has racked up returns of 23 goals and 12 assists from 41 games in all competitions.

A special game for Bellingham

Having won La Liga and the Spanish Super Cup, Bellingham now has the chance to end the season in the most epic ways possible by lifting the UEFA Champions League, against his former club, in his homeland.

As such, Saturday’s UCL final at Wembley, against Dortmund, is set to be a special one for the young phenom, and he acknowledged as much during an interview today.

“It’s a very special game for me but I’ll have to put feelings aside. It’s been a great season, they’ve made me feel very welcome and I’ve enjoyed playing football with them,” said Bellingham, as quoted by Mundo Deportivo.

Bellingham faces his former club in the UCL final. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

When asked if he had been in touch with any of his former Dortmund teammates ahead of Saturday’s showpiece event, Bellingham replied:

“I’ve spoken to Sancho, we said we’d meet there. He took me under his wing when I came to Dortmund and that meant a lot to me.”

On how Real Madrid can win the game

Earlier today, Carlo Ancelotti was asked if he had sought any information from Bellingham to prepare a strategy to beat Borussia Dortmund.

The midfielder himself was asked by the media as to how Real Madrid can get past his former club at Wembley this weekend, to which he replied:

“To win we will have to play at our maximum level, if we are at that level it is very difficult for our opponents. The staff are sure to do a great job analysing Dortmund, I trust them 100 per cent.”

Stressing how it is a dream for him to win the UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid, Bellingham remarked:

“Winning the Champions League is the reason I’m here, I always dreamed of playing for this team, and this team is linked to the Champions League. I want to be a small part of their history.”

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