Real Madrid star Federico Valverde showed real passion after scoring the opener against RB Leipzig in the UEFA Champions League.
The rigorous fist pumps were indeed a mark of a mockery apparently targeted towards David Raum, but it showed the rock-solid character Valverde has built over the years.
The left-footed strike scored during the Champions League encounter and his overall performance on that night highlighted his value to the team.
As reported earlier, the midfielder was a subject of strong interest from Liverpool. Real Madrid, however, had no interest in letting the 24-year-old as they seem as an ‘untouchable’ player on the team.
The Uruguayan went on to play a crucial role during Real Madrid’s comeback wins over Paris-Saint Germain, Chelsea and Manchester City before providing the all-important assist to Vinicius Jr in the Champions League final against Liverpool last season.
It’s pretty much known that Valverde’s performances are appreciated by his manager Carlo Ancelotti. For now, the 24-year-old will continue to play a vital role for Ancelotti, but his aim is bigger.
As reported by Spanish publication Diario AS (h/t Madrid Xtra), Valverde’s aim is to become the captain of Real Madrid.
The leaders in the Real Madrid squad – Karim Benzema, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Nacho, are entering the twilight years of their careers.
Hence, it won’t be long before the team might need to appoint a new captain and if Ancelotti continues to serve, Valverde could become one of them. After all, the manager has already set a ten-goal target for the Uruguayan this season.
Valverde arrived at Real Madrid in 2016 for a sum of €5 million from Penarol. After a year with Castilla and a loan season away, he has been a part of the first-team setup and has grown in stature year after year.
The 24-year-old has shown his Madridismo time and again and if he continues performing the way he has been, there is no stopping Valverde from becoming the captain of Real Madrid in the future.
Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report
With less than six months left on his contract, Marco Asensio looks to be on his way out of Real Madrid very soon. The Spaniard has not yet started talks to extend his contract with the Spanish giants, which has garnered the eyes from several top clubs across Europe.
One of the clubs interested in his signature happens to be Premier League leaders Arsenal. Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of the player, and will try to be bring him to North London on a free transfer this summer.
According to Mirror, Asensio’s agents will fly to London this week to get an a better understanding Arsenal’s interest in the player. Talks are scheduled with Arsenal, among possibly other clubs.
Asensio’s priority remains to extend with Arsenal, but not at ‘any cost’. The winger is looking for raise with his new contract to go along with a four-year deal. The report states that he currently earns around €130,000 per week at Madrid.
The 27-year-old has been waiting for an official offer from Los Blancos for a while, but the club will wait for March or April before taking a decision on his extension.
Asensio took a while to grow important for Carlo Ancelotti this season, but has been featuring regularly on the right-wing lately. He even scored in 2-0 win against Valencia in midweek, taking his tally to two for the season, excluding three assists as well.
Arsenal are definitely looking to add more firepower to their squad for next season, having already brought in Leandro Trossard in the winter. Asensio could serve as the perfect backup to Bukayo Saka, who has been in incredible form all season.