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Real Madrid reject all offers for midfielder, player aspires to be club captain

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It goes without saying that Real Madrid midfielder Federico Valverde is a fundamental part of the team, be it in good times or in bad. 

The Uruguayan, who has admittedly struggled for form since the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, is committed to the club to an extent that he dreams of becoming the future captain of Real Madrid, writes Jose Felix Diaz for MARCA

Valverde, 24, has been self-critical of late, having acknowledged that he has not been at his usual best post the World Cup. 

“When you go on the pitch you try to escape, to enjoy yourself. My family supports me, which is what I need, and of course, when you don’t get the results you have to give your best. It generates frustration and anger.

“Against Atlético I was sad because I was substituted. I like to finish games and I like to win. And neither of these two things happened. And the same thing happened in Mallorca. I have to keep learning and improving. You have to be prepared for the bumps,” he said.

Valverde’s persistence has been commendable, to say the very least. This time around, however, things are pretty much different. This time, he looks fatigued due to the World Cup and it evidently shows.

Despite the hardships, though, the player has the full confidence of manager Carlo Ancelotti. The manager understands that if not today, Valverde will return to his usual best and this is why everyone who approached with an offer for the Uruguayan has received no for an answer.

For now, the 10-goal challenge the manager had instilled stands and to achieve the milestone, Ancelotti has spoken with Valverde to reduce the tension and the pressure.

Valverde’s character is something that keeps him on top and this is what his plan is for the future. “I must continue with the attitude prior to the World Cup, talk to those people who help me, and follow the path to end up being captain, which is what I want,” he adds.

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Transfer Triumph: In-demand defender picks Real Madrid above other suitors

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Real Madrid have received a major transfer boost as Lille defender, Leny Yoro, has chosen to join Los Blancos over other interested clubs, reports Alejandro Alcazar via SPORT.

When Paris Saint-Germain attempted to negotiate a deal with Lille, offering more money than Real Madrid, Yoro made it clear he preferred the Spanish giants. 

Despite PSG’s efforts, including meetings with Yoro’s representatives, they could not convince him to change his mind.

Interestingly, the outlet mentions that Yoro is following a similar path to his compatriot Aurelien Tchouameni, who also chose Real Madrid despite competition from PSG and several Premier League teams. 

Real Madrid really value Yoro

Real Madrid see Yoro as a valuable addition, especially with the recent departure of Nacho. This move has made it crucial for the club to find a reliable replacement, and Yoro is their chosen candidate. 

It is to be noted that Yoro has one year remaining on his contract with Lille, who initially asked for a hefty €100 million transfer fee. 

Leny Yoro has picked Real Madrid over PSG, Liverpool and Man United. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

This amount was considered too high for a player who could leave for free after a year. Lille eventually reduced the asking price to €60 million, an amount that PSG and other clubs like Manchester United and Liverpool were willing to meet. 

However, Real Madrid were not prepared to pay more than €30 million, knowing that Yoro wanted to join them and could do so for free next year.

What is Real Madrid’s strategy?

It is said that Real Madrid’s initial plan was to let Yoro play one more year at Lille and sign him for free in 2025. They were even ready to offer Yoro a special signing bonus, similar to what they did with David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger, which would be added to his salary. 

But Nacho’s departure changed everything. Real Madrid now urgently need a fourth central defender, prompting them to enter negotiations with Lille, something they had previously avoided.

To secure Yoro’s signing this summer, Real Madrid are considering raising their offer to €40 million, including performance-based bonuses. 

Lille might accept this offer, knowing that Yoro could either join Real Madrid now or stay for another year and leave for free.

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