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Real Madrid midfielder wants to become the club captain in the future

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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.

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U-turn? Benzema hints at Real Madrid stay during ceremony: “Reality is not the internet”

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There has been a lot of talk around Karim Benzema’s situation over the course of the last week or so, with reports claiming that the Frenchman was on his way out of the Santiago Bernabeu.

With his contract expiring at the end of the season, it was reported that Benzema was joining Al Ittihad as part of an incredible deal worth nearly €200 million. The striker was also offered 100% of his image rights and advertising deals by the Saudi government.

Over the last day or so, it has been reported that the move is all but official at the moment, as Benzema has accepted the offer, and will soon inform Real Madrid about it.

Benzema was awarded the MARCA Leyenda awards for contribution to sports today, and speaking during it, he dropped a rather cryptic message about his future – one that says quite the opposite to what has been in the news recently.

“Speak to the fans? Speak about what? Why should I speak of the future if I’m in Madrid?”, Benzema said.

“It’s the internet speaking, and reality is not the internet,” he added.

This certainly falls away from the departure line for Benzema, who was reportedly already contemplating his life away from Madrid.

At first, though, he was hesitant about speaking about his future, saying, “Staying or leaving Real Madrid? At the moment, I’m here…we have a game on Saturday.”

He repeatedly talked about the fans, calling them the best in world football. He also said, “I know how much Real Madrid fans love me. I feel that when I’m on the pitch, I give my best for them, always.”

“I always say that we play with 11 on the pitch but also with a crucial factor, Real Madrid fans,” Benzema concluded.

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