While Joselu continues to be cryptic about his imminent transfer to Real Madrid, Fabrizio Romano is reporting that the Spanish capital outfit plan to announce his signing later today before presenting him as their player tomorrow, i.e., Tuesday.
Reports of Real Madrid completing the signing of Joselu emerged this past weekend. The Merengues will be securing the 33-year-old striker’s services on loan for a season, having paid €500,000 in loan fees.
Furthermore, it is claimed that Los Blancos will have a non-mandatory permanent purchase option for the RCD Espanyol striker worth around €1.5 million.
When asked about his impending move to Real Madrid following Spain’s UEFA Nations League triumph over Croatia on Sunday night, Joselu said: “My transfer to Real Madrid? So now we can trust the internet?”
Despite his statements, Joselu is understood to have reached an agreement with Real Madrid over personal terms more than ten days ago.
And with the deal with Espanyol now understood to be completed and signed, his signing will be announced officially at some point tonight, before he is presented as a Real Madrid player in front of the media tomorrow.
Joselu will become Real Madrid’s third signing of the summer following Fran Garcia and Jude Bellingham, while Brahim Diaz has also returned to the club after three years on loan at AC Milan.
While it was expected that more signings could be on the horizon, it is now understood that Joselu’s arrival will be the final one for the summer at the Santiago Bernabeu, which might not please manager Carlo Ancelotti, who wanted a top-quality striker to replace Karim Benzema.
Bellingham on his special assist in Girona 0-3 Real Madrid: “Been watching Luka every day”
Real Madrid usurped the top spot in the La Liga standings from arch-rivals FC Barcelona as they defeated Girona 3-0 away at Estadi Montilivi.
It was a fine performance from Carlo Ancelotti’s men against Michel’s side, with the returning Jude Bellingham leading the way for his team.
After being benched against Las Palmas in midweek, the England international returned to the starting XI today and turned in yet another Man of the Match display for Real Madrid.
It all started with Joselu opening the scoring just 15 minutes into the game, with Bellingham assisting the goal with a special, outside-of-the-boot pass from the left side, bringing back memories of Luka Modric doing something similar a few years ago.
Talking about that special pass, Bellingham said: “I’ve been watching Luka every day for months. I just want to be creative. It took the pressure off us at the start.”
On the match and the result, the 20-year-old stated that it was a good day across the board for Real Madrid, as he said: “It was an important win. They were doing very well. We made a statement of intent to La Liga. Three goals, a clean sheet….”
It has been a truly remarkable start to life at Real Madrid for Bellingham and expressing how he feels to play for the Merengues, he exclaimed:
“I feel very good. I have freedom of movement and I’m enjoying football. Whenever I put on this shirt I always try to do my best.”
Apart from assisting Joselu’s opener, Bellingham also got his name on the scoresheet in the second period. Talking about his goal, the wonderkid said:
“It wasn’t a very good finish. I could have scored some more, but the important thing is the victory.”
The strike meant that Bellingham now has seven goals and two assists across all competitions for Real Madrid. Reflecting on his brilliant start, he said:
“It’s a good start, not bad. I would like to continue on this path and I won’t always score or assist, but I will always give my best.”
Bellingham’s celebration has been a huge hit, with kids in school, players from other clubs, and many others mimicking it. When asked how his special celebration originated, he replied:
“I don’t know where I first celebrated. I think it was with Birmingham. It’s an inspiration to see kids doing it in schools. It’s a wonderful thing.”