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Real Madrid icon tips midfield star for Ballon d’Or – ‘He is understanding the demands’

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Speaking in an interview (h/t MARCA), former Real Madrid midfielder and club icon Claude Makelele has claimed that Jude Bellingham can go on to win the Ballon d’Or.

Even though his form might have taken a hit in the second half of the season, Bellingham has enjoyed a spectacular debut season at Real Madrid.

Things can only get better for the 20-year-old rising star as he will play the UEFA Champions League final tomorrow, that too against his former club, Borussia Dortmund.

And Makelele has been left hugely impressed by Bellingham, with the Frenchman claiming that the young midfielder has quickly understood what it means to play for Real Madrid.

“He is understanding the demands of Madrid very quickly. He’s very, very, very clever, astute and he’s succeeding,” said Makelele.

“He’s always loved by his teammates, a strong character. I think he can be a guy who can win the Ballon d’Or.”

Ballon d’Or for Bellingham? (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

At the same time, Makelele went on to warn Real Madrid about Borussia Dortmund, claiming that the German club have nothing to lose in tomorrow’s contest.

“I think it will be the most difficult game for Madrid in this final because it doesn’t matter to them if they win, Dortmund are fine (happy). If they lose, it will be against Madrid,” he remarked.

The former midfielder also hailed Dortmund, pointing out the virtues that made the Bundesliga club a tough team, saying:

“It’s not a surprise that they are in the final. I love this team because I see them as I am. Humility, playing together, there is unity within this team. There are not too many big players and not too many big names.”

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Real Madrid face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target

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Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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