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Real Madrid new boy has left former defender surprised: “It is not easy”

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Ever since coming from Borussia Dortmund in a deal worth more than €100 million, Jude Bellingham has won hearts at Real Madrid.

The midfielder starred in Real Madrid’s first two league matches, scoring a total of three goals and showcasing phenomenal mentality.

Michel Salgado praises Bellingham

Bellingham’s blazing performances at Real Madrid have left many mesmerised and Michel Salgado is no exception.

In a recent interview, the former Real Madrid right-back has heaped praise on Bellingham. He revealed he was shocked by how quickly the midfielder has made his transition to life in Spain.

“There are two things that surprise me about Bellingham,” said Delgado (h/t Mundo Deportivo).

“The first is his performance despite his youth, how he arrives at Real Madrid and in just two league games and a pre-season he offers that level. And the second is that it is not easy for English players to perform so quickly in Spain.”

Delgado, who played for Real Madrid between 1999 to 2009, recalled his experience with another Englishman who played for the club, in the form of Steve McManaman.

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In his opinion, McMananan offered a “spectacular performance, even better than at Liverpool.”

However, Delgado believes Celta Vigo will be a much more difficult test for Bellingham and Real Madrid, as they look to continue his form in these early stages of the campaign.

“I think Celta can stand up to them. In the last game we saw what Benítez wants, a one hundred per cent competitive team. But it’s also true that in these first two games Real Madrid didn’t give their rivals a chance, they were far superior,” he said.

Finally, Delgado spoke of Real Madrid’s quick transition under Carlo Ancelotti, which is going to get a further boost following the addition of Bellingham.

“It already had fuel, but now with Bellingham even more because he adds something new,” he said.

It must be mentioned that Delgado is one of Celta’s centenary ambassadors, as the footballer was a product of the club’s youth academy and had played over 100 competitive matches for the club.

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Lille reject €50 million offer from Premier League giants for Real Madrid target

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A recent report from Mundo Deportivo has revealed that Lille have turned down a €50 million offer from Liverpool for Leny Yoro, a young player who is also a target for Real Madrid.

Yoro, who is just 18 years old, has caught the attention of several major European clubs during this summer’s transfer window. 

Among these clubs are Liverpool, Manchester United, and Paris Saint-Germain, all eager to sign the talented centre-back from Lille. However, they are all competing with Real Madrid, who are also very interested in Yoro.

According to sources in England, Lille recently rejected Liverpool’s offer of €50 million for the player. 

While this amount is close to what Lille have been asking for, they have set a price tag of €60 million and are in no mood to lower their demands.

Real Madrid continue to lead the race

The main challenge for clubs interested in Yoro is that many believe he has already decided to join Real Madrid

Lille have turned down €50 million offer from Liverpool for Leny Yoro. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Despite this, Real Madrid have not made a formal move to negotiate with Lille, as they are unwilling to meet the €60 million asking price.

In the meantime, other clubs hoping to sign Yoro are relying on the chance that he might reconsider and choose a different team over Real Madrid. 

Liverpool, in particular, have been doubtful about their chances of securing Yoro, mainly because of Real Madrid’s interest.

Yoro wants Real Madrid

Discussions about Yoro have been widespread recently, with many suggesting that the player is aware of Real Madrid’s interest and is waiting for them to prioritise his transfer. 

However, the main sticking point remains Lille’s demand and Real Madrid, knowing that Yoro’s contract expires in the summer of 2025, are not willing to pay that much.

Given that Yoro has only one year left on his contract after this summer, Real Madrid are reluctant to enter a bidding war and pay more than they think is reasonable. 

Reports indicate that Real Madrid are not prepared to offer more than €30 million for the player.

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