Football is a constant battle between experience and exuberance. While youngsters provide the latter, they sorely lack the experience that veteran players bring with them.
It is not surprising that the most successful teams have a perfect balance between youngsters and veterans.
Real Madrid’s midfield has run on experience for the past few years. With Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Casemiro, the club has seen some of its brightest years. However, the club are now beginning to prepare their next generation of midfielders.
In Eduardo Camavinga and Federico Valverde, Los Blancos have two bright youngsters who can make it big. Yet, one feels that there is a need for a player with experience to guide the duo.
According to reports from David Ornstein, Real Madrid are seriously considering the signing of Paul Pogba from Manchester United. The Frenchman has been a target for the Madrid based side for several years now, and this could be the year his transfer becomes a reality.
Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain are interested in acquiring Pogba’s services too and will provide stiff competition to Ancelotti’s side. However, the player’s desire to wear white provides Real Madrid with an advantage.
Pogba is on the final year of his contract and will be a free agent in June. To acquire him on a free transfer would be the cherry on the cake for Los Blancos.
The World Cup winner has only started 16 league games for Manchester United this season, scoring one goal and providing nine assists. He has created six big chances and averages 1.2 key passes per game.
UFC Champion to kick off Real Madrid vs Sevilla, sends message to Mbappe: “Lucky to play for the best club in the world”
Coming on the back of his triumph at UFC, Featherweight champion Ilia Topuria has announced he will take honorary kick-off in the upcoming Real Madrid vs Sevilla in La Liga this weekend.
Topuria confirmed this in a recent press conference in the Spanish capital this midweek.
A self-proclaimed Madridista, Topuria expressed his deep connection with the club and even sent a message to Kylian Mbappe, who is widely expected to join the club on a free transfer this summer.
Ilia Topuria: A hardcore Madridista
Ilia Topuria did not hold back his affection for Real Madrid, stating, “For me, the team that represents the values of Spain the most is Real Madrid.”
The Georgian-Spaniard UFC champion went on to confirm that he will meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off.
“I’m going to meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off,” he said (h/t Mundo Deportivo).
Although born in Germany, Topuria made Spain proud last Saturday when he beat Alexander Volkanovski in the second round. In the process, he became the first fighter from Spain to capture a UFC belt.
Topuria’s triumph has granted him overnight success in Spain, with the 27-year-old even becoming a cultural icon for many.
Topuria’s message for Mbappe
Other than professing his love for Real Madrid, Ilia Topuria also had a message for Mbappe.
When asked about the Frenchman potentially joining Real Madrid this summer, he said, “Welcome. He’s lucky to play for the best club in the world.”
Real Madrid, for their part, also congratulated Topuria on his triumph. “Congratulations on your historic triumph for Spanish sport, Ilia Topuria. We are proud that a great Real Madrid fan like you becomes UFC world champion,” the club posted on X.
Real Madrid fans, meanwhile, will be excited to witness Topuria taking the honorary kickoff as Los Blancos take on Sevilla this weekend, with three crucial points on the line.