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Real Madrid rival Liverpool, Bayern Munich for 20-year-old Premier League defender



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Real Madrid have taken an interest in Southampton defender Armel Bella-Kotchap, who is also on the radars of Liverpool and Bayern Munich, as reported by Fichajes.

The 20-year-old Bella-Kotchap impressed in Germany with VfL Bochum before securing a transfer to Southampton this past summer. And since arriving in England, the centre-back has made a huge impression with his performances for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side.

So much so that Bella-Kotchap was called up for the German national team by manager Hansi Flick for the upcoming UEFA Nations League fixtures.

Apart from catching the eye of the Germany manager, Bella-Kotchap has seemingly drawn the attention of three of the biggest clubs in Europe in the form of Real Madrid, Liverpool and Bayern Munich.

All three clubs are said to be keeping tabs on the 20-year-old’s development as they see him as someone who can be a leader of the defence in the future.

Liverpool will soon need to put a succession plan in place for Joel Matip and Virgil van Dijk, who are in their thirties, while at Bayern they could still do with defensive reinforcements despite the recent acquisition of Matthijs de Ligt.

As for Real Madrid, the report states that Los Blancos see Bella-Kotchap’s profile as ideal for him to become the long-term defensive partner of Eder Militao over the next decade.

With Nacho entering the final phase of his career and Jesus Vallejo out of favour, someone like Bella-Kotchap can be brought in and groomed to grow into the role of a starting centre-back at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Bella-Kotchap’s contract with Southampton runs until 2026. For now, there is no mention of Real Madrid or any other club making an attempt to sign him. However, they will likely continue monitoring his progress closely with an eye on a future move for the defender.

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Nacho set to stay at Real Madrid, will be new club captain – report



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Real Madrid have finally received some good news as MARCA confirms that Nacho has finally made his decision about his future, and is set to continue at the club for the foreseeable future.

His contract expires in the summer, and Real Madrid had tabled an extension for the player, which was not accepted by the Spaniard at the time. Now, however, he has decided to reject offers from Juventus, Inter Milan, Chelsea, Inter Milan, and AC Milan.

Nacho will sign a one year extension, with the option to extend for another year if both parties reach an agreement.

His continuity also means that he will be the new club captain for the 2023/24 season, since Karim Benzema is leaving the club on a free transfer in the summer. Luka Modric will be second captain, followed by Daniel Carvajal and Toni Kroos.

Carlo Ancelotti has also spoken to the player, confirming that they trust him for next season in the team, which has gone a long way in helping convince the player.

The Italian gaffer also spoke about the Spanish defender’s contract situation after the game against Athletic Club yesterday, saying:

“Asensio, Nacho and Ceballos? We have explained them their roles. The club have offered them renewals. Asensio has preferred to leave, Ceballos and Nacho are still thinking about it.” 

While a centre-back by trade, Nacho has played across the defence for Madrid continuously, including putting shifts at left-back, right-back, and even centre-back.

His departure would have probably pushed Madrid to sign another defender, especially since they are considering selling Ferland Mendy if a good offer arrives.

Regardless of that, though, Madrid are moving to sign Alphonso Davies, and have already made initial contacts with the player. Bayern Munich have not rejected their advances.

Further, the los blancos management have already met with Davies’ entourage twice, cementing their interest in the Canadian ace.

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