Speaking to Sky Sports, Real Madrid new signing Jude Bellingham has claimed that he cannot wait to get on the pitch and play for the team.
Bellingham signed for Los Blancos from Borussia Dortmund last month, arriving in a transfer worth €103 million plus add-ons which could be worth around €30 million.
Real Madrid had been working on the transfer for months together and managed to beat competition from other clubs like Manchester City and Liverpool to secure the 20-year-old’s signing.
And the England midfielder has opened up on the transfer during his interview, revealing his excitement at joining his dream club.
“I’m buzzing, it’s like a dream move for me. I’ve done all the media things and now it’s just about getting ready and start playing. I am just so happy to be at the club. I’m itching to get back and start playing,” Bellingham said.
The 20-year-old arrives at Real Madrid after enjoying a fine campaign at Borussia Dortmund where he almost led them to the Bundesliga title.
Bellingham finished the season with 14 goals and seven assists in 42 matches across all competitions.
There have been talks of Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti switching formation and using a 4-3-1-2 shape in order to use Bellingham as a No. 10 to make the most of his attacking qualities.
With the pre-season camp set to begin in a little over a week, Bellingham will start training with his new teammates under the new manager. And fans will also soon get to see him in action when Real Madrid start playing their pre-season friendly matches.
Real Madrid starlet will not return from injury till November – reports
Life at Real Madrid has gotten off to a rather torrid start for Turkish starlet Arda Guler, who has already faced a large number of setbacks since singing for Los Blancos.
Aged just 18, the winger-slash-midfielder has already picked up seven injuries in his senior career, which is cause for serious concern, especially since a couple of them have affected his ligaments – which is always bad news.
Hotly-tipped to be an exciting addition to the Madrid squad going forward, the youngster had to drop out of their pre-season tour early due to a meniscus injury.
This was treated conservatively, but after that did not yield good results, he had to undergo a procedure and seemed set to make the squad against Las Palmas, before another injury setback.
According to Diario AS, the new problem can keep him out for three weeks to a month, which means his Real Madrid debut may have to wait till early November, after the first El Clasico of the season on 28th October.
Guler’s history of fitness problems
In their report, AS also state that the Turkish teenager seems to have a propensity for injuries, accumulating seven of them in his career already.
There is also word going around that his recovery from this meniscus issue was rushed and not handled adequately.
That, combined with a stroke of bad luck means Real Madrid have to be very mindful of how Guler is reintegrated into the squad going forward.
This new injury is reportedly a thigh problem which will also need to be treated with caution.
A special recovery plan
Carlo Ancelotti stated before and after the Las Palmas clash that the plan was for Guler to have some minutes against the Canary Islanders, but he said that genetics, luck and a lack of sharpness have a big part to play in this relapse.
The Italian manager did say that this issue is not as serious, but all signs indicate that there is an urgent need to work on the youngster’s conditioning.
AS thus say that a specific plan has been devised since the summer to enhance Guler’s fitness and his resistance.
This is a programme that is reportedly similar to the one Rodrygo followed when he arrived from Brazil, much thinner than he is today, but without having sacrificed his football qualities.