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Real Madrid midfielder had offers from Saudi Arabia, Bayern Munich last season; chose to stay



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Journalist Jose Felix Diaz has reported via MARCA that Real Madrid midfielder Federico Valverde had offers from Saudi Arabia the past summer before Bayern Munich had also knocked on his doors.

The midfielder, however, did not even think of moving away from Real Madrid as his dream has always been to captain the Los Blancos.

One of a kind footballer

Valverde has earned his place within the team and he has done so while ignoring the luxuries and tempting offers which he has received from elsewhere. 

As such, his sheer commitment towards the team is steered towards realising the dream of donning the captain’s armband for Real Madrid in the future. 

It was only a couple of months back that Valverde signed an extension with Madrid, keeping him at the club until 2029 which would complete a cycle of 13 years in the Spanish capital and 11 seasons in the first team.

While signing an extension, the Uruguayan was aware of the interest he had generated and he knew he could easily ward away from Spain to earn big bucks. On the contrary, the midfielder struck a deal with a release clause worth €1000 million.

Federico Valverde is committed to Real Madrid. (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)

Offer was tempting for Real Madrid too

In 2016 when Valverde arrived from Penerol, he cost Madrid just €5 million, but over the years, his market value has skyrocketed almost 20 times. 

The Saudi League was prepared to offer an astronomical sum to make him their centrepiece, but the player’s commitment towards the team triumphed over the financial allure.

Meanwhile, it’s not just Valverde who dreams of leading Real Madrid, as it is said that even esteemed figures, including Carlo Ancelotti, believe that he is destined to wear that captain’s band.

Ancelotti challenges him to continually evolve, having previously set targets for his contributions in the last season.

Now, the expectation is for him to transform into the total midfielder—a player capable of seizing the ball in his own area, driving it to the opponent, distributing and battling, maintaining and disrupting the game’s rhythm. In essence, he is urged to become the complete player.

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Official: Real Madrid announce starting lineup to face Real Betis



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Real Madrid will sign off on their successful La Liga campaign today with a fixture against Real Betis at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The game, being seen as a final preparation for the UEFA Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund, sees manager Carlo Ancelotti field his strongest possible lineup.

All eyes will obviously be on the retiring Toni Kroos, who bids goodbye to the Bernabeu in what will be his final home game as a Real Madrid player.

The German international starts in the centre of the park alongside Federico Valverde, while Eduardo Camavinga slots in as the No. 6.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid captain, Nacho Fernandez, also starts in what could be his last game at the Bernabeu as well.

Nacho pairs up with Antonio Rudiger in defence, flanked by the full-back pairing of Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy. Thibaut Courtois starts in goal ahead of Andriy Lunin and Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Up front, Vinicius Jr. starts in attack, partnering up with Rodrygo Goes. Top scorer Jude Bellingham occupies the attacking midfield role for Real Madrid.

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