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Real Madrid rising star ‘will definitely win the Ballon d’Or’, says Serbia NT coach

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Serbian national team coach Dragan Stojkovic believes that Real Madrid and England midfielder Jude Bellingham will undoubtedly win the Ballon d’Or in the future.

Speaking ahead of Serbia’s match against England this Sunday, Stojkovic expressed his admiration for Bellingham. He highlighted that his team must be cautious and cannot afford to give Bellingham much space on the field. 

He emphasised the need for his defenders to be extra vigilant because of Bellingham’s presence.

“You don’t have to give him a lot of space, he is a very important player for the English team. We’ll see on Sunday,” said Serbia’s coach as quoted by AS

“In defence, of course, we have to be careful and show everything we did during our training,” he added.

Bellingham – A future Ballon d’Or winner

Stojkovic admitted that Bellingham is a major threat to any team, including his own. He praised the midfielder’s impressive performances this season where he scored 23 goals and provided 13 assists.

Jude Bellingham scored 23 goals for Real Madrid in his debut season. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

“He is a great guy. He will definitely win the Ballon d’Or in the future. He plays impressively, although he is young, he is strong, he has quality, he showed all of that at Real Madrid.

“It’s really impressive how he plays. He is a very, very young guy… It’s really amazing the performances he puts in every game.”

“He is great for England, bad for us. But we will do everything possible to have control,” he added.

Stojkovic’s comments reflect his respect for Bellingham as a player and his recognition of the challenges his team will face. 

He is aware of the impact Bellingham can have on the game, as seen this season when he ended with three trophies, and the necessity for his team to be on high alert. 

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Just in: Real Madrid’s defensive target picks up fresh injury

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Real Madrid are in active negotiations with LOSC Lille for the transfer of Leny Yoro. After weeks of impasse, the club appear to have made some ground in the race to sign the Frenchman.

However, should the Yoro deal fall through in the coming weeks, Real Madrid have identified Lazio’s Mario Gila as the ideal alternative.

Formerly of RM Castilla, Gila currently plies his trade for Lazio and has emerged as a key defensive lynchpin for the Italian outfit, impressing onlookers with his technique and discipline.

Mario Gila picks up fresh injury

However, in a major development, it appears Mario Gila has picked up a fresh injury during training, reports Diario AS.

In the pre-season camp at Auronzo di Cadore, Gila appears to have fractured his left foot and could be out for several weeks.

Fresh setback for Mario Gila (Photo by Marco Rosi – SS Lazio/Getty Images)

Lazio confirmed the defender’s injury, stating, “Mario Gila underwent clinical and instrumental examinations which revealed a fracture of the phalanx of the big toe of his left foot, suffered during training.”

Gila has started taking the appropriate treatment and the extent of his injury will be known soon. However, as things stand, the defender could be out for at least the next few weeks.

What does this mean for Real Madrid?

Mario Gila’s fresh injury setback is sure to dwindle any hopes of a potential return to Real Madrid this summer.

In any case, Gila’s chances of returning to Santiago Bernabeu were slim given that Real Madrid have finally made some ground in the deal to sign top defensive target Leny Yoro.

Los Blancos, though, would have liked having someone like Gila available as an alternative, especially with LOSC Lille still demanding a fortune for the Frenchman.

Unfortunately, that might not be an option anymore, no thanks to Gila’s injury. The club, though, will keep a close eye on the Spaniard’s injury situation, knowing he could return to fitness before the end of the summer break.

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