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Real Madrid interested in 25-year-old Newcastle United mainstay

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Real Madrid will need to replenish their midfield department in the near future as Luka Modric and Toni Kroos are in the final phase of their respective contracts.

The veteran pair’s current contract with the club expires in the summer and they are yet to sign new deals. Even if they do, the duo could continue for only one more year at the most, at which time Los Blancos will need to be ready to replace them.

Real Madrid, to that end, have already started their preparations and have identified Jude Bellingham of Borussia Dortmund as their primary target. But with his €150 million price tag proving to be a hiccup, the Spanish champions are looking at other options as well.

And, according to Mundo Deportivo, Real Madrid are interested in Newcastle United and Brazil midfielder Bruno Guimaraes.

The 25-year-old joined Newcastle in January last year, arriving from Olympique Lyon in a deal worth around €42 million. He has taken to the Premier League like duck to water and has become one of the best midfielders in the English top flight.

Having helped Newcastle stave off relegation last season, Guimaraes has been one of the chief driving forces behind their push for Champions League football this campaign.

Naturally, his exploits have garnered the attention of the big boys of Europe, with Real Madrid taking an interest in the Brazilian international.

This is not the first time that talks of Los Blancos’ interest in Guimaraes are doing the rounds. The 25-year-old had previously downplayed those links, stating that he is happy and well-settled at Newcastle United.

And, that stance is unlikely to change in the summer either, especially if Eddie Howe’s side end up qualifying for the Champions League or Europa League.

So, while Real Madrid hold an interest in Guimaraes, a move this summer, as things stand, appears extremely unlikely.

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Real Madrid superstar reveals how advice from Brazil legend helped him improve

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Even with all the excitement around Kylian Mbappe, it is Vinicius Junior, who continues to be Real Madrid’s biggest star.

In the past few years, the Brazilian has witnessed substantial growth, notably establishing himself as one of the best players in world football.

Vinicius’ rapid rise to prominence has been backed by numbers as well, with the forward racking up 82 goals and 75 assists in 262 competitive matches for Real Madrid.

Vinicius on receiving advice from Ronaldo

In a recent media interaction, Vinicius Junior, when talking about his success at Real Madrid, revealed that the forward constantly receives advice from his compatriot and former Real Madrid legend Ronaldo.

Vinicius particularly pointed out Ronaldo’s advice in 1v1 situations and how it has helped him improve in such scenarios.

“Ronaldo always calls me and gives me advice, he teaches me so many things. Since he told me that his favourite thing is a 1v1 vs a GK, I thought about it a lot and started working on it really hard,” Vinicius said (h/t Madrid Zone).

Ronaldo regularly speaks with Vinicius. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

“Now, every time I’m in a 1v1 with a GK, I’m the calmest guy in the world. Ever since that conversation with Ronaldo, I stopped being afraid of making mistakes in a 1v1,” the forward added.

Vinicius has indeed witnessed an improvement in his 1v1 play in recent years, which has been reflected in his higher goalscoring numbers.

This season, the forward has netted 23 goals in all competitions while racking up 11 assists. His goalscoring prowess, coupled with his ability in 1v1 situations could prove to be critical as Real Madrid take on Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final next month.

The Brazilian international, though, will be up against a challenging defensive duo of Mats Hummels and Nico Schlotterbeck, who have been able to keep the opposition attacks quiet this season.

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