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Real Madrid ‘like’ La Liga midfielder, but is not a priority for the summer

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Gabri Veiga has been linked with a move to Real Madrid ahead of the summer transfer window after his explosive performances for Celta Vigo in the ongoing campaign.

The 20-year-old midfielder is enjoying a fine breakthrough season with the Galician outfit, having produced a return of nine goals and four assists from 28 appearances in La Liga this term.

Given his breakthrough and the fact that Real Madrid are in the market for a new midfielder this summer, it was claimed that the Spaniard was a player that Los Blancos were looking at and would be paying close attention to this past weekend when they played Celta.

However, according to Mario Cortegana of The Athletic, Veiga is ‘well-liked’ by Real Madrid officials, but they are not considering the signing of the 20-year-old as a priority this summer. Instead, their main target to reinforce the midfield remains Jude Bellingham.

It is no secret at this point that the reigning champions of Spain and Europe are pushing to sign Bellingham from Borussia Dortmund in the summer.

Real Madrid face competition for the England international from Manchester City, who coincidentally are also interested in Gabri Veiga as well.

As well as the Celta Vigo midfielder has done this season, Los Blancos are not looking at him as a priority target at the moment even though he would be available for only €40 million – the value of his release clause.

Signing Bellingham remains the Merengues’ main objective. But that operation is unlikely to come cheap as Dortmund are demanding a sum of around €150 million for their midfield gem.

With Manchester City also in the picture, it remains to be seen if Real Madrid are successful in their pursuit of the teenage midfield prodigy or whether they are forced to turn their attention to alternatives such as Veiga.

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Rodrygo talks about teaming up with Kylian Mbappe: “A dream to play with the best”

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Real Madrid forward Rodrygo, who is currently training with the Brazilian national team for the Copa America in the United States, expressed his excitement about the prospect of playing with Kylian Mbappe. 

Rodrygo emphasised that it would always be a pleasure to team up with Mbappe, whom he considers one of the best players in the world.

Rodrygo mentioned that it would be a great honour for him to play alongside the future Real Madrid forward. 

“For me, it’s a pleasure to play with Mbappe, I always made it very clear. He’s going to help our team a lot, he’s going to help make it even stronger than it already is,” said the forward as quoted by Mundo Deportivo.

What about Rodrygo’s place in playing XI

Mbappe and Rodrygo are set to join forces at Real Madrid starting next season. Interestingly, the Frenchman’s arrival could potentially impact Rodrygo’s playing time. 

Despite the competition, though, the forward remains optimistic and prefers to focus on his current role with the Brazilian national team rather than speculate about his future at the club.

Rodrygo is eager to play alongside Kylian Mbappe. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

“It is always a pleasure, but now is not the time to divert the focus, I want to be focused on the national team. 

“Mbappe is also playing the (European) championship with his national team and I want to be focused here.

“But always making it clear that it is a pleasure and a dream to play with one of the best in the world,” he added.

Rodrygo is focused on Copa America

As Rodrygo prepares for his first Copa America with Brazil, he aims to demonstrate the same high level of performance that he has consistently shown with Real Madrid in recent years. 

He recalled a memorable moment from the 2021/22 Champions League semifinal against Manchester City. 

In that match, Rodrygo scored two last-minute goals that forced extra time, ultimately securing Real Madrid’s place in the final, where they defeated Liverpool.

Rodrygo hopes to replicate such extraordinary performances with the Brazilian national team during the Copa America. 

His main goal with the national team is to have impactful moments that contribute to the team’s success, similar to his crucial role in the Champions League semifinal.

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