Over the past couple of seasons, Federico Valverde has grown into a hugely vital player for Real Madrid.
The Uruguayan international has been critical to the team with his energy, work rate, and versatility, while he has also contributed with vital goals at crucial junctures.
Valverde’s goalscoring facet was on display again on Sunday as he led Real Madrid’s fightback against Real Sociedad, scoring the equaliser in the 2-1 win at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Valverde turned down Premier League sides
Given the plethora of midfielders at Carlo Ancelotti’s disposal, there had been speculations about Valverde’s future during the summer window. But there was never any doubt about his continuity.
Now, Fabrizio Romano has revealed that Valverde, in fact, had received two approaches from top Premier League teams over the last three months.
But the midfielder’s answer both times was: “No way.”
While the Italian transfer expert does not mention the name of the club, it must be remembered that Liverpool had been heavily linked with a move for Valverde, given their need to reinforce their midfield department.
There were murmurs of interest from Chelsea and Manchester City as well as they sought to bolster their midfield units.
Valverde fully committed to Real Madrid
While it is unclear who approached Valverde, what is clear is that the 25-year-old remains fully committed to Real Madrid.
Speaking after the win over Sociedad, the midfielder, as quoted by Romano, said: “Premier League offers? I think I have the ability to play for Real Madrid and this is what I want to do.
“The day I don’t feel like that… I’m probably going to look for another solution or Real Madrid itself will look for one for me. I feel good here at Real, really.”
Valverde has a contract with Real Madrid that runs until 2027 and contains a mammoth €1 billion release clause.
The 25-year-old is seen as a future captain at the Santiago Bernabeu, with the midfielder himself harbouring ambitions of leading the team. As such, it is hard to imagine him leaving Real Madrid anytime soon.
Real Madrid very happy with future star Endrick, eagerly awaiting his arrival in 2024 – Romano
Real Madrid’s attacking unit has been crippled by the loss of Karim Benzema earlier in the summer, which was followed by the loss of Vinicius Jr due to injury.
Although Vinicius has returned, there is much left to be desired from the Madrid frontline as we progress through to the season.
Real Madrid, though, are waiting on the arrival of Endrick. The young Brazilian is set to join the Real Madrid squad in the summer of 2024 when he turns 18.
Real Madrid impressed by Endrick
Endrick has already started his preparation for his pending move to Santiago Bernabeu, having performed exceptionally well in his native Brazil this year.
The youngster is constantly working on his game, in order to further improve himself as an attacker. It has left Real Madrid quite happy and eager for his arrival, reports Fabrizio Romano.
The journalist claims that Real Madrid have been keeping close tabs on everything Endrick has been doing, on and off the pitch, at Palmeiras.
And they have received very good reports on the 17-year-old, with the club impressed by how he is putting efforts to improve himself both performance-wise and in other facets.
Despite there being some question marks over his performances, the teenage forward is starting to showcase his potential, having scored five goals in five starts for Palmeiras.
Endrick also learning new languages
Endrick is not only just working on his performance. In fact, the Brazilian is also learning other languages in order to quickly settle into life in Spain.
The youngster can speak Portuguese, but he may have to master Spanish during his time at Santiago Bernabeu.
As mentioned earlier, Endrick can already speak Portuguese, which should go a long way in helping him team up with fellow Brazilians Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo.
Even Eder Militao can speak Portuguese, which should make it easier for Endrick to adapt to life in Spain, at least for the next year or so.