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Real Madrid met with top target’s father last week, player leaning towards Spain move



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German media outlet BILD report that Jude Bellingham’s father Mark was in Madrid last week for talks with Real Madrid over his son’s transfer. The Borussia Dortmund star has no shortage of options on his table, but it increasingly appears that he is tending towards a move to Spain.

The English international is Real Madrid’s dream target for the upcoming transfer window as they look to solidify their midfield core for the next decade.

Aurelien Tchouameni, Eduardo Camavinga and Federico Valverde already represent the new generation of young stars, and Bellingham would arrive as the final piece in the puzzle.

The 19-year-old midfielder is Dortmund’s most highly prized asset, and the German side hope to make a fortune from his sale. He arrived at Signal Iduna Park for €23 million in 2020 and is now expected to move out for over five times the value.

Die Schwarzgelben want at least €150 million for their midfield star according to the same outlet. However, Los Blancos refuse to match the valuation.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side are prepared to shell out big money for the player but have set a limit on how far they are willing to go. They will reach the nine-figure mark, but will not cave into Dortmund’s demands.

If Luka Modric and Toni Kroos renew for a further season, there is no urgent need for Real Madrid to sign Bellingham at that price.

The player has a contract until 2025 with the German side and could be available for a better price next year, provided he does not sign a new deal.

It is only the competition from Liverpool and Manchester City that pushes the European Champions to splash the cash immediately.

The teenager scored four goals and provided an assist in seven UEFA Champions League games this season. However, his side fell short to Chelsea in a controversial second leg earlier this week.

As for his future, while the aforementioned report claims that Bellingham is leaning towards a move to Spain, only time will tell if Real Madrid are able to secure his services.

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Real Madrid superstar reveals how advice from Brazil legend helped him improve



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Even with all the excitement around Kylian Mbappe, it is Vinicius Junior, who continues to be Real Madrid’s biggest star.

In the past few years, the Brazilian has witnessed substantial growth, notably establishing himself as one of the best players in world football.

Vinicius’ rapid rise to prominence has been backed by numbers as well, with the forward racking up 82 goals and 75 assists in 262 competitive matches for Real Madrid.

Vinicius on receiving advice from Ronaldo

In a recent media interaction, Vinicius Junior, when talking about his success at Real Madrid, revealed that the forward constantly receives advice from his compatriot and former Real Madrid legend Ronaldo.

Vinicius particularly pointed out Ronaldo’s advice in 1v1 situations and how it has helped him improve in such scenarios.

“Ronaldo always calls me and gives me advice, he teaches me so many things. Since he told me that his favourite thing is a 1v1 vs a GK, I thought about it a lot and started working on it really hard,” Vinicius said (h/t Madrid Zone).

Ronaldo regularly speaks with Vinicius. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

“Now, every time I’m in a 1v1 with a GK, I’m the calmest guy in the world. Ever since that conversation with Ronaldo, I stopped being afraid of making mistakes in a 1v1,” the forward added.

Vinicius has indeed witnessed an improvement in his 1v1 play in recent years, which has been reflected in his higher goalscoring numbers.

This season, the forward has netted 23 goals in all competitions while racking up 11 assists. His goalscoring prowess, coupled with his ability in 1v1 situations could prove to be critical as Real Madrid take on Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final next month.

The Brazilian international, though, will be up against a challenging defensive duo of Mats Hummels and Nico Schlotterbeck, who have been able to keep the opposition attacks quiet this season.

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