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Real Madrid players, manager have two objectives for the remainder of the season – report
When Dani Carvajal faced the press after Real Madrid’s painful defeat to Manchester City, he insisted that their season was still not over and called for his teammates to finish strong in the four league games to come.
“There are still games left, we will try to finish as high as possible in the league and respect our opponents.”
There may not be much on the line for Real Madrid in terms of the league, especially given that Barcelona won the title last week with their win over Espanyol. Yet, to finish the season on a high would be a morale booster for the players and its importance cannot be understated.
According to reports from AS, Carlo Ancelotti and the Real Madrid players have set certain objectives for the final four games to ensure that they do not slacken.
First, the team want to finish La Liga in the best possible position that they can. With the No. 1 slot already taken, they hope to get as close to the Blaugranas as possible and seal the second place.
Further, the Merengues wish to help Karim Benzema extend his goal tally, and in the process, beat Robert Lewandowski to the coveted Pichichi award.
With four games yet to be played, the Polish international is comfortably in the driver’s seat with 21 goals to his name. Benzema is in second place with 17 goals.
It is not entirely impossible for the Frenchman to claim the top scorer’s crown for the margin is just four goals. Moreover, Lewandowski is not in the best form and will even be without the services of key players like Pedri and Gavi this weekend.
On the league standings front, matters are far simpler. Real Madrid have a two-point lead over Atletico Madrid and just have to win their last four games to assure themselves of completing the objective.
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Harry Kane ‘very close’ to completing Real Madrid move, only final details remain – report
Jude Bellingham’s move to Real Madrid was finally closed earlier today as officially confirmed by Borussia Dortmund on their website. Yet, the offices at Santiago Bernabeu have not even taken a break to celebrate their success.
According to reports from Alfredo Pedullà, Los Blancos are now completely focused on the acquisition of Harry Kane. The English striker’s arrival is very close to approaching closure and only a few details remain to be sorted.
The Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur representatives reportedly held a meeting today over the striker’s transfer. The agenda was to agree on a number for the transfer fee.
The Premier League side began the proceedings with an expectation of €100 to €110 million in exchange for Kane. However, the Merengues suggested a lower point at €80 to €90 million, albeit with the option to include bonuses.
There is not much separating the two parties at the moment, and the minor gap will be bridged in the coming days. Overall, the meeting ended with a broad understanding between the two clubs.
Carlo Ancelotti sees the English striker as the centre-piece of his attack for next season given the recent departure of Karim Benzema. After all, Kane has been one of football’s most consistent goalscorers over the past decade.
Yet, Los Blancos cannot afford to let their guard down with one signing and will need to rope in at least two more names in attack to serve as backup options. The exits of Mariano Diaz, Marco Asensio, and Eden Hazard leave them with no squad depth, after all.
Kane has scored 30, 17, and 23 goals in his last three seasons in the Premier League and is the epitome of consistency. Further, he had three assists in his most recent league season and created 14 big chances.