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Real Madrid met Chelsea, Liverpool target’s entourage in December, think player is out of reach

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Josko Gvardiol of RB Leipzig is a player that is likely to spark a major transfer war in the upcoming summer transfer window. The Croatian international is one of the most in-demand defenders as elite clubs from Europe have taken an interest in him.

Indeed, the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Juventus, and Real Madrid are all understood to be admirers of the towering centre-half, according to The Athletic.

The links to Real Madrid have been persisting for some time now, with Los Blancos having been impressed by the 21-year-old’s exploits for club and country.

In fact, the report states that the Spanish champions even held a meeting with Gvardiol’s entourage in December last year, right after the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar, where he was one of the breakout stars of the tournament.

However, the report goes on to add that Real Madrid believe that Gvardiol is out of their reach at the moment.

It is because the Spanish giants would be unwilling to meet the financial demands of RB Leipzig for the defensive monster next summer. With Jude Bellingham also on the agenda, there is a feeling that they cannot go big on two different players in a single window.

And, given the financial might of Premier League clubs like Chelsea and Manchester City, who can and are willing to meet Leipzig’s valuation, Real Madrid have doubts about whether they stand a chance in the race for the 21-year-old.

Furthermore, there is also a feeling that there is no immediate need for reinforcements in the centre-back department, where they have Eder Militao, Antonio Rudiger, and David Alaba, while the club is also working to renew Nacho Fernandez.

So, while there may be interest in Gvardiol from Real Madrid, a summer move seems unlikely at this point due to the financial commitments that would be required and the competition from the Premier League heavyweights.

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Real Madrid locker room angry with Barcelona midfielder’s ‘unsportsmanlike’ behaviour – report

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While the evident frustration among the Real Madrid players was quite visible following the recent 1-2 defeat against Barcelona, the feeling of vexation was not really limited on the field.

Journalist Mario Cortegana, while writing for The Athletic, has confirmed that once the players got into the dressing room, the environment had an air of anger and frustration. 

Players from each team had a go at each other right till the end, especially the likes of Dani Carvajal and Arnau Tenas, who had to be separated by several members from both teams.

Interestingly, before the aforementioned incident, Barcelona midfielder Gavi was already causing some trouble on the field. The youngster did not shy away from putting his body on the line throughout the game and it annoyed Madrid players to the extreme.

First, he pushed Carvajal in one incident and after that, he entangled himself in an off-the-ball clash with Dani Ceballos. The Madrid midfielder first had a collision with Robert Lewandowski and as the game moved on, Gavi made note of the incident.

During the run of play, Gavi pushed Ceballos with his shoulder and it did not settle well with the Madrid players and manager Carlo Ancelotti. The players and the manager were disturbed by Gavi’s behaviour and considered it ‘unsportsmanlike’.

On the other hand, there was frustration involving refereeing decisions as well. It must be remembered that in the 82nd minute, Marco Asensio found the back of the net to send the Madrid fans into a frenzy.

The celebration, however, was cut short as VAR disallowed the goal for an extremely tight offside. “We are sad, frustrated,” a dressing room source told The Athletic. “What happened? A guy looking at a TV in Madrid has decided La Liga.”

Ancelotti, on his part, said: “The disallowed goal? I don’t know, I really don’t know. I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know. I’m leaving with this doubt. If the VAR is sure.”

“I leave this match very proud. I don’t think we deserved to lose today,” he added.

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