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Real Madrid see midfielder as ‘untouchable’ despite Bellingham’s imminent signing



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With Jude Bellingham’s signing all but confirmed, Real Madrid must find a way to deal with a crowded midfield, as once the England international arrives, the team will have as many as seven options to choose from.

Over the last few weeks, Aurelien Tchouameni’s name has been doing rounds in the media due to a poor run of form. The Frenchman, who arrived at Real Madrid in June 2022 for a reported €80 million fee, has been struggling for form after the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

The 23-year-old has been overlooked in crucial matches in the recent past, but as journalist Santi Aouna writes for Foot Mercato, the midfielder is considered ‘untouchable’ by the club.

This means despite Bellingham’s arrival, Real Madrid will not sell Tchouameni in the summer.

The midfielder arrived in Madrid with the idea of having to represent the team in the long run and despite his ongoing struggle, the thought has not changed one bit. He is said to be crazy about the team and still wants to be a long-term player with them.

It must be remembered that Tchouameni made a promising start to his Real Madrid career. But ever since the World Cup in Qatar, his performances have dipped.

Good thing for the team that the 23-year-old is aware of his downfall and while speaking about it, he expressed that he is pretty much confident that he will bounce back.

“I’m confident, I know what I can do. There can be tough times in an athlete’s career, and this is the first time it’s happened to me — but I’m still learning. There is a lot of competition at Real and you have to be good to play,” the midfielder said after France’s 4-0 win over Netherlands back in March.

As of today, manager Carlo Ancelotti continues to trust his young midfielder and he is certainly not willing to lose any hope on him. The Italian continues to work with him and he will do so until he maximises the midfielder’s output.

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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.

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