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Real Madrid icon tells €100 million target to join the club: “Will send you a shirt”
Former Real Madrid superstar Guti has jokingly asked Napoli attacker Khvicha Kvaratskhelia to come to Madrid, saying that if he does so, he will be presented with the icon’s shirt.
Guti’s comments come days after Kvaratskhelia admitted that he grew up idolising the former Madrid midfielder. In an interview, he admitted:
“I love football because of Guti, who played in Real Madrid. By the way, when I was a child, Guti’s T-shirts were not sold in Georgia.
“I bought a white jersey and wrote the number 14 on the back with a pen. I always wore this jersey when I played football.”
Kvaratskhelia has been a revelation for Napoli this season. In his debut campaign in Italy, the 22-year-old has scored 12 goals and 15 assists across all competitions, forcing big names across Europe to take notice of his presence.
Interestingly, his agent recently gave Real Madrid a glimmer of hope by admitting that his client actually loves the capital club.
“His father and I are Barça fans, but Kvara loves Real Madrid. He’s a player for that level, who can play for any team. If we saw him in a Barça jersey, I would be happy, but he is a Madridista.”
And Guti has now asked the 22-year-old to come to Madrid. “I’m Kvaratskhelia’s idol? Kvara, come to Real Madrid. I will send you a shirt,” he was quoted as saying by El Chringuito TV.
It must be remembered that Kvaratskhelia’s ongoing deal with Napoli runs until 2027, meaning that if any team wishes to acquire him in the summer, they must meet Napoli’s asking price, which is expected to be at least €100 million.
Before that, however, one must persuade the Italians to let him leave in the first place. As reported before, Napoli have strictly refused to listen to any offers for the attacker and the situation is not going to change in the summer as long as there is no out-of-the-way bid.
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Real Madrid locker room angry with Barcelona midfielder’s ‘unsportsmanlike’ behaviour – report
While the evident frustration among the Real Madrid players was quite visible following the recent 1-2 defeat against Barcelona, the feeling of vexation was not really limited on the field.
Journalist Mario Cortegana, while writing for The Athletic, has confirmed that once the players got into the dressing room, the environment had an air of anger and frustration.
Players from each team had a go at each other right till the end, especially the likes of Dani Carvajal and Arnau Tenas, who had to be separated by several members from both teams.
Interestingly, before the aforementioned incident, Barcelona midfielder Gavi was already causing some trouble on the field. The youngster did not shy away from putting his body on the line throughout the game and it annoyed Madrid players to the extreme.
First, he pushed Carvajal in one incident and after that, he entangled himself in an off-the-ball clash with Dani Ceballos. The Madrid midfielder first had a collision with Robert Lewandowski and as the game moved on, Gavi made note of the incident.
During the run of play, Gavi pushed Ceballos with his shoulder and it did not settle well with the Madrid players and manager Carlo Ancelotti. The players and the manager were disturbed by Gavi’s behaviour and considered it ‘unsportsmanlike’.
On the other hand, there was frustration involving refereeing decisions as well. It must be remembered that in the 82nd minute, Marco Asensio found the back of the net to send the Madrid fans into a frenzy.
The celebration, however, was cut short as VAR disallowed the goal for an extremely tight offside. “We are sad, frustrated,” a dressing room source told The Athletic. “What happened? A guy looking at a TV in Madrid has decided La Liga.”
Ancelotti, on his part, said: “The disallowed goal? I don’t know, I really don’t know. I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know. I’m leaving with this doubt. If the VAR is sure.”
“I leave this match very proud. I don’t think we deserved to lose today,” he added.