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Real Madrid midfielder officially ‘not for sale’, will not move despite Premier League interest

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It is not surprising that Real Madrid appears like a good hunting ground for midfield stars to teams across the globe. Carlo Ancelotti’s squad, after all, boasts of one too many star names on its roster with some appearing surplus.

It will be a challenge for the manager to juggle the experience of Luka Modric and Toni Kroos and the young exuberance of Eduardo Camavinga, Aurelien Tchouameni, and Jude Bellingham. Dani Ceballos and Federico Valverde are in the mix as well.

Considering the gold mine of talent in Madrid, some clubs from the Premier League have contacted Tchouameni over a possible move to England. Regular playing time appears to be their primary selling point.

Spanish outlet MARCA, however, reports that the defensive midfielder is officially considered not for sale by Real Madrid. The player wishes to stay at the club for the forthcoming season and has the manager’s complete faith.

Carlo Ancelotti sees the youngster as a regular starter in his plans for next season and hopes to give prominence to the younger names in the middle of the park.

Moreover, the Italian tactician hopes to use Camavinga in the attacking midfield, granting Tchouameni the monopoly over the pivot position.

In the end, however, it will boil down to the prodigy’s form. The French International has proven to have what it takes for both club and country, and it is now a question of his consistency.

In 33 La Liga appearances for Real Madrid last season, the 23-year-old provided four assists and created four big chances. Further, he averaged over 11 defensive actions per game and completed 94% of his passes.

The coming campaign will thus be critical in his development and prominence at Santiago Bernabeu. A successful season would grant him the starting role in the team for the years to come. Nevertheless, a disappointing run could force him out of the club next summer.

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Transfer Triumph: In-demand defender picks Real Madrid above other suitors

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Real Madrid have received a major transfer boost as Lille defender, Leny Yoro, has chosen to join Los Blancos over other interested clubs, reports Alejandro Alcazar via SPORT.

When Paris Saint-Germain attempted to negotiate a deal with Lille, offering more money than Real Madrid, Yoro made it clear he preferred the Spanish giants. 

Despite PSG’s efforts, including meetings with Yoro’s representatives, they could not convince him to change his mind.

Interestingly, the outlet mentions that Yoro is following a similar path to his compatriot Aurelien Tchouameni, who also chose Real Madrid despite competition from PSG and several Premier League teams. 

Real Madrid really value Yoro

Real Madrid see Yoro as a valuable addition, especially with the recent departure of Nacho. This move has made it crucial for the club to find a reliable replacement, and Yoro is their chosen candidate. 

It is to be noted that Yoro has one year remaining on his contract with Lille, who initially asked for a hefty €100 million transfer fee. 

Leny Yoro has picked Real Madrid over PSG, Liverpool and Man United. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

This amount was considered too high for a player who could leave for free after a year. Lille eventually reduced the asking price to €60 million, an amount that PSG and other clubs like Manchester United and Liverpool were willing to meet. 

However, Real Madrid were not prepared to pay more than €30 million, knowing that Yoro wanted to join them and could do so for free next year.

What is Real Madrid’s strategy?

It is said that Real Madrid’s initial plan was to let Yoro play one more year at Lille and sign him for free in 2025. They were even ready to offer Yoro a special signing bonus, similar to what they did with David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger, which would be added to his salary. 

But Nacho’s departure changed everything. Real Madrid now urgently need a fourth central defender, prompting them to enter negotiations with Lille, something they had previously avoided.

To secure Yoro’s signing this summer, Real Madrid are considering raising their offer to €40 million, including performance-based bonuses. 

Lille might accept this offer, knowing that Yoro could either join Real Madrid now or stay for another year and leave for free.

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