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Real Madrid managerial target hints at Santiago Bernabeu return: “I am on Erasmus”

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Bayer Leverkusen manager and Real Madrid target Xabi Alonso gave a cheeky response to the Spanish students who asked him about moving to the Spanish capital, saying that he is in Germany to learn his craft.

Bayer Leverkusen won against Augsburg last Saturday in Bavaria. The match was tough, but Exequiel Palacios scored a penalty in the 94th minute, breaking the tie to win the match 1-0.

After the win, some Spanish students, who were in Germany for Erasmus, talked to the Leverkusen coach. They asked him about the rumours among Real Madrid fans, saying, “When are you coming to Madrid, Xabi?” to which he responded,

“Here I am, for now, on Erasmus just like you.”

What’s so unique about his statement?

Erasmus happens to be a flagship initiative within the European Union (EU), facilitating student exchange programs. Its essence lies in the expansion of one’s perspectives, the exchange of diverse experiences, and the acquisition of proficiency in foreign languages. 

Xabi Alonso is wanted by Real Madrid. (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)

In short, it necessitates individuals attempting to study in a different country and subsequently returning to their homeland, having improved their educational journey with international exposure.

In light of Alonso’s remarks to those Spanish students, it becomes evident that the former Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid midfielder is at least considering a return to his native land. 

With a successful homecoming, he might master his craft enough to finally take up the much-anticipated role at Real Madrid.

However, before making this pivotal move, Alonso is dedicated to thoroughly mastering his craft. Current indicators show promising results, with an impressive record of winning 14 out of 17 Bundesliga matches. 

Notably, Leverkusen stand as the sole team in Europe’s top 5 leagues this season yet to face defeat, showcasing Alonso’s commendable progress.

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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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