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Real Madrid mainstay turned down an enticing proposal from Saudi Arabia last summer

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Real Madrid were heavily active in the recently concluded summer transfer window, with the club not only acquiring a host of players; but also carrying out several exit operations.

It appears that last summer there was the possibility of another high-profile departure from the club amid interest from Saudi Arabia.

Fede Valverde had an important proposal

Indeed, as per Uruguayan goalkeeper Martin Campana, who plays for Al Riyadh in Saudi, Real Madrid midfielder Fede Valverde was the player with the opportunity to leave for the Middle East.

Teams from the Saudi Pro League took the summer transfer window by storm, and Real Madrid were forced to bid Karim Benzema farewell after Al-Ittihad acquired his services early in the window.

The Saudis were not willing to stop just there, though, with Campana revealing that Valverde was among the players to receive an enticing offer.

Valverde unwilling to part ways

Not going anywhere. (Photo by ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP via Getty Images)

However, the Uruguayan promptly rejected the proposal, as he was determined to continue playing for Real Madrid.

“Fede Valverde had a very important proposal this year and he rejected it because he only thinks about playing for Real Madrid,” revealed Campana in an interview, as quoted by AS

The Merengues shared the same sentiment, believing him to be a crucial cog in the machine who particularly earned the trust of coach Carlo Ancelotti.

Valverde’s importance to the team is testified by the fact that he has started 15 out of 17 games this season, with participation off the bench in the other two.

In light of interest from foreign clubs, his contract was also recently extended, which tied him down to a contract until the summer of 2029.

The 25-year-old proceeds to be held in high regard by the coaching staff, and his refusal of the Saudis’ lucrative proposal implies his immense love for the Madrid crest.

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France manager talks Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid, Tchouameni injury

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After unveiling the final squad for France for the upcoming European Championship, coach Didier Deschamps appeared in front of the media to discuss the nation’s preparations for the tournament.

Deschamps was notably asked about Kylian Mbappe and his potential move to Real Madrid in the coming summer.

Deschamps on Mbappe announcement

When asked when Real Madrid may announce the signing of Mbappe, the French coach replied (h/t L’Equipe), “They will decide when it’s time to make it official. As far as possible, I will adapt to the squad.”

This comes on the back of earlier reports which claim that Real Madrid are desperate to announce the signing of Mbappe before the start of Euro 2024.

Mbappe might become a Real Madrid player before the start of Euro 2024 (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

The coveted tournament begins June 14, though France’s opening game is on June 18 as they take on Austria in the city of Dusseldorf.

Deschamps also dismissed concerns over Mbappe’s form, stating, “You don’t find Kylian Mbappé in good shape? He only scored 44 goals in the season. It’s true that he could have done better.”

Deschamps on Tchouameni’s fitness

As things stand, a total of three Real Madrid players are a part of the France squad for the European Championship.

One of them is Aurelien Tchouameni, who picked up a knock earlier this month which could keep him out of the upcoming Champions League final.

Deschamps, though, is not worried about his fitness and is hopeful of having the midfielder back for the Euros.

“Tchouaméni? I’m not worried. The deadline is too short for the UCL final but for the Euro it’s more than doable,” he said.

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