Federico Valverde has enjoyed a tremendous rise in stature over the past couple of years. The 24-year-old has been critical to the success that Los Blancos have enjoyed in Carlo Ancelotti’s second stint as manager and has emerged as one of the ‘untouchables’ in the team.
Be it in his natural central midfield position or on the right flank, the Uruguayan international continues to give his all and leave everything on the pitch. On top of that, Valverde has also added goals and creativity to his game, making himself a much more pivotal cog in the process.
Time and again, Valverde has shown his passion for the club, his ‘Madridismo’ on the pitch. And the 24-year-old has now revealed that his long-term goal is to go and don the captain’s armband for Real Madrid in the future.
“My long-term goal is to wear the captain’s armband at Real Madrid, a legacy that few players have been able to enjoy,” Valverde said (h/t Madrid Zone).
While the midfielder harbours ambitions of captaining the team, Real Madrid themselves see him as a leader of the team for the future.
The club have placed tremendous faith in the former Penarol starlet, which was reflected in the long-term contract that they handed him, extending his stay at the Santiago Bernabeu until 2027.
Valverde has more than repaid that faith already with some stunning displays, with the most recent one coming against Celtic in the UEFA Champions League.
In all, the 24-year-old has already scored eight goals across all competitions this season, finding the back of the net in crucial encounters against Barcelona, Sevilla and Atletico Madrid, among several others.
The Uruguayan has shown that he has the characteristics to take over the captain’s armband in the future.
With the current leadership group of Karim Benzema, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Nacho Fernandez all in the final phase of their respective careers, it might not be long before Valverde is asked to step up and take over.
€85 million-rated Serie A winger ‘dreams’ of playing for Real Madrid, claims father
Napoli winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia dreams of playing for Spanish giants Real Madrid, the winger’s father has revealed following the UEFA Champions League clash between the two teams last night.
Kvaratskhelia, 22, exploded upon arriving at Napoli last year, leading them to the Serie A title on the back of his explosive performances.
The Georgian winger has been impressing in the ongoing campaign as well, although he failed to score or assist in either of Napoli’s meetings with Real Madrid in the Champions League group stages.
Kvaratskhelia has previously spoken about how he has always been a lifelong supporter of Real Madrid and grew up idolising some of the club’s legends like Cristiano Ronaldo and Guti, among others.
Now, the 22-year-old winger’s father has revealed that his son has always dreamt of and continues to dream of playing for Real Madrid.
As quoted by Fabrizio Romano, Kvaratskhelia’s father said: “Khvicha always dreamed and still dreams of playing for Real Madrid. I am sure about it.”
Talking about the fact that the winger got to play against Real Madrid, Kvaratskhelia’s father added: “For Khvicha, playing vs Real Madrid was special. In my family, everyone is a Real Madrid supporter, except me.”
Real Madrid are in the market for attacking reinforcements, but they are looking for a centre-forward next summer and have Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland as their main targets.
As for Kvaratskhelia, whose market value stands at €85 million, it seems quite apparent that he harbours dreams of playing for Real Madrid. But it remains to be seen if there is some interest from Los Blancos in signing the winger.