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Real Madrid join Chelsea, Manchester United in race for Premier League defender

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Real Madrid are in the market for a new central defender heading into the summer transfer window, with Lille youngster Leny Yoro being identified as the preferred option.

The Merengues are considered to be the best-placed club to sign the French teenager, but Lille’s transfer fee demands could end up becoming a hurdle.

As such, it would not be imprudent of the club to keep a list of alternatives handy in case things do not according to plans with their pursuit of Yoro.

Real Madrid interested in Murillo

Now, Mundo Deportivo reports that Real Madrid have shown an interest in signing Nottingham Forest defensive prospect Murillo in the summer.

Murillo, 21, joined the Premier League club from Brazilian outfit Corinthians in the summer of 2023 and has become a regular fixture in the defensive line. He has featured 31 times in all competitions, even registering two assists.

Murillo’s progression over the past eight months or so has not gone unnoticed with a number of top clubs casting glances towards the centre-back.

Murillo is a man in demand. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

Real Madrid are among those interested, with a new centre-back on the club’s agenda as Nacho Fernandez is staring at an uncertain future while David Alaba will be returning from ACL injury at the start of the next season.

Plenty of competition

Real Madrid, however, are not the only top club in pursuit of Murillo, though. Premier League clubs Chelsea and Manchester United are also gunning for the 21-year-old defender’s signing.

Liverpool, too, are among the interested parties while Real Madrid’s arch-rivals, Barcelona, are understood to be in the hunt as well.

Murillo’s contract with Nottingham Forest runs until the summer of 2028 and any move for him will likely be a costly affair.

For now, though, it is Leny Yoro who is the priority target for Real Madrid to strengthen the centre-back department.

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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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