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Real Madrid midfielder will not move to Galatasaray in the summer



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Given how sparingly he has been used this season, Real Madrid legend Luka Modric appears to be on his way out of the club in the summer.

The 38-year-old Croatian international has found his minutes increasingly reduced over the course of the season.

And with his contract set to expire at the end of the campaign, a departure appears to be on the cards for the veteran superstar is believed to have turned down an offer from Carlo Ancelotti to join his coaching staff.

No move to Galatasaray

Amidst the talk of Modric’s future, there have been some speculations linking him with a move to Turkish giants Galatasaray.

However, Florian Plettenberg of Sky Germany has come out and quashed those rumours, claiming that there is nothing between Modric and Galatasaray and that the Real Madrid icon will not be joining them in the summer.

Modric could leave in the summer. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Galatasaray have been signing big-name players of late, having added stars like Hakim Ziyech, Mauro Icardi, and Wilfried Zaha, among others, in recent transfer windows.

And Modric would make for a top addition for the Turkish giants. However, as clarified by Plettenberg, there is nothing to the rumours linking the Croatian legend to Galatasaray and there will be no transfer.

Croatia, MLS, or Saudi for Modric

With a departure likely, Modric has been attracting interest from his homeland Croatia, where former club Dinamo Zagreb are interested. Clubs in the MLS and Saudi Arabia have also shown keenness to sign the legendary Real Madrid man.

Only time will tell where Modric will end up in the summer or if he opts to continue at the Santiago Bernabeu for another year. For now, a move to Galatasaray is off the table.

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‘Will have to put my feelings aside’ – Bellingham on facing Borussia Dortmund in UCL final



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It has been a special debut season for Jude Bellingham at Real Madrid.

Since arriving from Borussia Dortmund in a deal worth €103 million, plus add-ons, last summer, the 20-year-old sensation has become an instant hit at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Despite his form declining a bit in the second half of the season, Bellingham has racked up returns of 23 goals and 12 assists from 41 games in all competitions.

A special game for Bellingham

Having won La Liga and the Spanish Super Cup, Bellingham now has the chance to end the season in the most epic ways possible by lifting the UEFA Champions League, against his former club, in his homeland.

As such, Saturday’s UCL final at Wembley, against Dortmund, is set to be a special one for the young phenom, and he acknowledged as much during an interview today.

“It’s a very special game for me but I’ll have to put feelings aside. It’s been a great season, they’ve made me feel very welcome and I’ve enjoyed playing football with them,” said Bellingham, as quoted by Mundo Deportivo.

Bellingham faces his former club in the UCL final. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

When asked if he had been in touch with any of his former Dortmund teammates ahead of Saturday’s showpiece event, Bellingham replied:

“I’ve spoken to Sancho, we said we’d meet there. He took me under his wing when I came to Dortmund and that meant a lot to me.”

On how Real Madrid can win the game

Earlier today, Carlo Ancelotti was asked if he had sought any information from Bellingham to prepare a strategy to beat Borussia Dortmund.

The midfielder himself was asked by the media as to how Real Madrid can get past his former club at Wembley this weekend, to which he replied:

“To win we will have to play at our maximum level, if we are at that level it is very difficult for our opponents. The staff are sure to do a great job analysing Dortmund, I trust them 100 per cent.”

Stressing how it is a dream for him to win the UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid, Bellingham remarked:

“Winning the Champions League is the reason I’m here, I always dreamed of playing for this team, and this team is linked to the Champions League. I want to be a small part of their history.”

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