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Real Madrid key midfielder confirms he will wear Kroos’ no.8 jersey as he thinks of ’16th title’



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Federico Valverde emerged as a standout performer for Real Madrid in their hard-fought Champions League victory over Borussia Dortmund at Wembley.

The Uruguayan midfielder, who was instrumental in the first half, spoke to the press after the match, revealing a rather exciting piece of information.

Valverde to become the new No 8

Valverde confirmed to the media that he will wear a new shirt number at Real Madrid next season. Although he did not specify which number he would exactly wear, Fabrizio Romano confirmed he will don the number eight kit.

It must be noted that the number eight kit will become vacant at Real Madrid this summer, as Toni Kroos has already played his last match for the club.

“My number is very nice, my wife told me everyone will want your shirt, it was the number with which I started my dream and my time at Real Madrid, in a couple of months I will change it but I finished this stage in a good way,” Valverde said, implying he will inherit Toni Kroos’ vacated number 8 jersey.

Federico Valverde to become Real Madrid’s new number eight (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

This is hardly surprising as it was reported earlier that Federico Valverde was determined to inherit Kroos for a long time.

Now with Kroos leaving, Valverde has an excellent opportunity to consolidate his position as Real Madrid’s main number eight, although his role would be quite different from what Kroos has been doing at the Bernabeu for the last decade.

Nevertheless, Valverde went on to express his hunger for winning more titles in the seasons to come. The midfielder notably indicated that he is looking forward to winning the 16th UCL title.

“Well, we are already thinking about winning the 16th CL title,” declared a fired-up Valverde, who will have an important summer ahead as Uruguay gear up for the Copa America.

Source: Exxen Sport

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Ancelotti-favourite defender will leave Real Madrid if club signs 23-year-old ace



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With Kylian Mbappe’s signing now a completed objective, Real Madrid turn to what was always considered the second most critical operation of this summer – Alphonso Davies.

The Canadian full-back has been on Los Blancos’ radar for a while now, but with his contract with Bayern Munich running until 2025, his signing is seen to be a tad bit more complicated.

The Bavarians’ firm stance that they wish to persist with the speedster, needless to say, has only made the objective more complicated for Los Blancos.

No room for three

Despite Bayern Munich’s repeated advances towards Davies in recent weeks, Real Madrid are firm that they will attempt to sign the player this summer.

In light of the Canadian full-back’s possible arrival, Cadena SER reveals that Ferland Mendy will almost certainly leave Real Madrid if Davies’ signing is pulled off.

Carlo Ancelotti is clear that he has no room for three left-backs in his squad. One of Fran Garcia and Mendy must thus leave the Spanish capital in such a scenario and the Frenchman is better placed on that front.

Ferland Mendy (L) could leave Real Madrid if Davies arrives.. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Mendy’s current deal in Madrid runs out next year and the player has been informed that a decision over his future at the club will be taken shortly.

On track with Davies

The Spanish outlet also reveal that the Canadian speedster rejected an offer from Bayern Munich in recent hours and that his departure from the Bavarian capital is not ruled out.

Bayern Munich demand a sum of €50 million for the dynamic full-back. Real Madrid, however, have set a spending limit of €30 million for the youngster and will not exceed that sum in any scenario.

Vincent Kompany’s men thus have a critical decision to make, for allowing Davies to run down the final year on his deal may well back-fire as did the case of Kylian Mbappe with PSG.

Real Madrid, as it stands, appear to be in the driver’s seat.

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