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Real Madrid new signing full of praise for Ancelotti: “One of the best in the world”

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Speaking on his first official interview with Real Madrid TV, new signing Joselu hailed manager Carlo Ancelotti, calling him ‘one of the best in the world’.

Joselu returned to Real Madrid a little over a decade after he left the club, arriving on a season-long loan deal from RCD Espanyol.

Los Blancos paid a loan fee of €500,000 for the 33-year-old striker while they also have an option to make the transfer permanent for €1.5 million.

Joselu enjoyed a spectacular 2022/23 season on a personal level, as he scored 16 goals in La Liga with only Robert Lewandowski and Karim Benzema outscoring him. However, he could not save Espanyol from relegation.

Having now returned to his boyhood club, Joselu opened up on the prospect of playing under an elite manager like Ancelotti, saying:

“He is one of the best coaches in the world, if not the best. I’ve had many coaches in my career, but I think he can give me a lot of things on a tactical level and above all on a game level because, offensively, I’m a different player to the ones they have in the squad.

“Everything he can teach me and I can learn in the first few months of pre-season will be beneficial.”

Talking about his eye for a goal, Joselu added: “It’s something you are born with. It’s a gift that every footballer has and thank God in my last few seasons I’ve scored quite a few goals and I’m very happy about that and for the Zarra Award because it’s difficult to score goals in the First Division.”

Joselu then spoke about what winning the Champions League/European Cup means for a player and how playing for Real Madrid gives him a chance to do it.

“It’s the biggest thing in football at club level and Madrid is defined by being the best in the world. The best players in history have played here and you always dream of being able to lift a cup like that. If it’s already exciting from the outside, I don’t even want to imagine what it feels like when you win it from the inside,” he said.

Joselu was present in Paris for Real Madrid’s UCL final against Liverpool during the 2022/23 campaign and explained his delight at watching his beloved club lift the trophy.

“In my career, I’ve never hidden the fact that I’ve always been a Madrid fan, I’ve always followed, supported, and loved the club because it’s the club of my childhood. In recent years Carvajal has been part of my family and he gave me the chance to go and enjoy a final.

“I went to support him like everyone else and as a fan it was incredible. It gave me goosebumps, especially when Vini Jr. scored the goal. It’s a lot of emotions and it brings back a lot of memories of your last time here.”

Before leaving Real Madrid in 2012, Joselu made two senior appearances for the club in which he netted two goals. Reminiscing his debut for the Merengues’ first team, he said:

“I made my debut in the first division with the team of my life and it’s a dream. On top of that, I scored a goal.

“I’m always asked who gave me the pass and of course, I have to say that Cristiano Ronaldo gave it to me, one of the best players in the history of Real Madrid and the world. They are moments that are impossible to erase from my memory.”

Signing off with a message for the Real Madrid supporters, Joselu stated: “Thank you very much, fans. The messages of support have been incredible from the moment it was announced that I was going to play for Real Madrid. You are the best fans in the world and Hala Madrid!”

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Premier League club close the doors on defender’s exit amid Real Madrid interest

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Back in March, news surfaced that Real Madrid and Manchester United were both interested in signing Everton defender Jarrad Branthwaite

The competition for his signature was fierce, but United eventually shifted their attention to another target, Leny Yoro, leaving Real Madrid without a new defender. 

Despite their interest, Everton’s high valuation of Branthwaite at €80 million made both clubs reconsider their pursuit.

According to a report from The Athletic, Everton’s stance on Branthwaite has now solidified. They are not entertaining any offers for the defender. 

Real Madrid, in reality, never made an official bid. They were merely observing from a distance as Everton turned down two substantial offers from Manchester United. 

The highest of these offers was close to €60 million, including both fixed and variable components, yet it still fell short of Everton’s expectations.

Everton want nothing less than €80 million

Everton’s valuation of Branthwaite is influenced by recent high-profile transfers of defenders like Harry Maguire, Wesley Fofana, and Josko Gvardiol. 

Jarrad Branthwaite will not leave Everton this summer. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

These deals have set a precedent, making Everton firm in their demand of £65-70 million, equivalent to over €82 million, for Branthwaite. Despite his high valuation, Everton is adamant about retaining him, considering him a crucial part of their future plans.

Complicating matters, Everton are facing significant financial difficulties. The club has been in a precarious financial position, confirmed by recent reports. 

The Friedkin Group, owners of Roma and potential new buyers for Everton, have halted negotiations with the club’s current owner, Farhad Moshiri. 

They have accumulated over €600 million in debt, and the uncertainty surrounding its management has only worsened the situation.

In light of these financial troubles, selling Branthwaite for a substantial amount could have provided a much-needed financial boost for Everton. However, the club is reluctant to part with one of their most promising young talents. 

They view Branthwaite as a vital component of their long-term strategy and are unwilling to sell him at a discount, even in their current economic state.

At Goodison Park, the decision to keep Branthwaite despite lucrative offers is a clear statement of their commitment to building a strong future. The young defender is seen as a key asset, and Everton’s refusal to sell him underscores their belief in his potential. 

The club’s financial struggles continue to pose challenges, but they are determined to navigate these difficulties without compromising their long-term vision.

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