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Real Madrid receive boost for future as managerial target announces decision

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Real Madrid have been blessed with great news today as Xabi Alonso has officially announced that he will continue at Bayer Leverkusen beyond this season.

He has done some excellent work with the Die Werkself, currently sitting top of the Bundesliga table, sitting ten points clear of Bayern Munich with eight games remaining in the season.

Alonso’s decision comes after several months of speculation claiming that the likes of Bayern Munich, Liverpool, and Real Madrid were all interested in his contract.

Madrid, unlike the former two, wanted to sign him in 2025, having extended Carlo Ancelotti’s contract recently.

Alonso’s release clause is expected to become active in 2025, as well, which will only help with Madrid’s search for an Ancelotti replacement.

“I had a good meeting with Bayer Leverkusen and I informed them that I will stay and continue at the club. After lot of talks about my future, I used the break to reflect and make my decision. This is the place to be for me,” Alonso announced, as quoted by Fabrizio Romano.

Alonso leading Leverkusen to history

Leverkusen are expected to not only break the Bundesliga monotony led by Bayern Munich, but also win their first-ever league title, having finished as the runners-up on five different occasions.

“My job at Bayer is not over. I want to help the club, help the players to develop, the board is great…it’s all fantastic here,” Alonso added optimistically.

“I’m still young coach but I think this is the best decision for my future. I took my time and I’m sure about that.”

The next Madrid manager? (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)

While Alonso was linked with Real Madrid for several months straight, he was never expected to sign this season. In fact, him continuing is a huge boost for them, especially with Liverpool and Bayern Munich in hot pursuit.

“I’m not gonna comment about Liverpool or Bayern. These are big clubs and I’ve strong links with them but I’m in the place where I want to be.”

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Real Madrid ready to wait for 18-year-old defender as Lille demand €60 million amidst Premier League interest

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Real Madrid have been keeping a close eye on Lille defender Leny Yoro for some time now as they see the young Frenchman as a strategic addition to their squad.

However, journalist Jose Felix Diaz reports through MARCA that Real Madrid are prepared to wait, as Lille are demanding a steep €60 million for the player and this high price tag has caused Madrid to hold off on making an immediate move.

Despite their strong interest, Real Madrid are not rushing to finalise Yoro’s transfer. They faced a similar situation when signing Aurelien Tchouameni in the summer of 2022. 

At that time, it seemed Tchouameni might join a Premier League team, and Real Madrid appeared to step back. Eventually, they managed to secure him. 

Now, they find themselves in a similar position with Yoro. Interest from English clubs has prompted Lille to set a high price for the transfer, around €60 million, a sum that Real Madrid is hesitant to match right now.

Real Madrid want Yoro to show desire

Leny Yoro is wanted by Real Madrid. (Photo by VALENTINE CHAPUIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Yoro’s contract with Lille runs until 2025, which gives him and his agent, Jorge Mendes, some leverage. They need to show their desire to join Real Madrid, making it clear that he wants to play for the Spanish club. 

This situation is tricky because leaving Lille without the club receiving any compensation isn’t ideal, but the decision ultimately lies with Yoro and Mendes.

Discussions about Yoro and other potential signings have been ongoing for months at Real Madrid. However, the transfer market won’t heat up until all club competitions end. 

By then, Real Madrid will be ready to seize any opportunity to secure a player like Yoro, considered a key future talent for the team.

In summary, Real Madrid are indeed interested in signing Yoro but are taking a cautious approach due to Lille’s high demands. 

The next few weeks will be crucial as they wait for the right moment to make their move, hoping to add Yoro to their roster without overpaying.

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