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Real Madrid set a date to inaugurate the new Santiago Bernabeu with Super Bowl-like event

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Real Madrid began the renovation of the Santiago Bernabeu at the end of the 2019 season with an expected completion in three and a half years. The stadium was expected to be ready by late 2022 or early 2023, but the progress unsurprisingly took a blow with the global pandemic amidst other hurdles.

According to reports from Josep Pedrerol, Los Blancos plan to open the new Santiago Bernabeu on December 23rd 2023. The inauguration will be a grand and large-scale event and one comparable to the Super Bowl.

The project that aimed to convert the European Champions’ stadium into a modern, state-of-the-art location saw the club utilise a €575 million line of credit repayable over 35 years with a maximum interest rate of 2.5% as revealed by AS.

The most striking feature of the new establishment is the retractable roof and a movable pitch that can be moved away from the stadium to host other events. A greenhouse located adjacent will ensure the grass is preserved in such situations.

In addition, there has been a renovation of the seating, especially on the lower stands, and the construction of two new towers. Needless to say, the Bernabeu can claim to be one of the best football stadiums in the world upon its imminent inauguration.

To adjust to the ongoing construction, Los Blancos played a large part of their games in 2021 at Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano. They only returned to the Bernabeu in September 2021 in front of a reduced crowd. With the project nearing completion, the audience admitted is gradually increasing this season.

After close to three years of a compromised home crowd behind their back, the men in white will look forward to playing in front of a filled and grand stadium next season. Needless to say, there is a lot to be excited for as a Real Madrid fan.

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Real Madrid eye €3.5 million-rated relegated Premier League striker to reinforce attack

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Following a difficult season with troubles in La Liga and the Champions League preventing Real Madrid from retaining their crowns, Los Blancos move towards a transformative summer, full of innovations.

Real Madrid managed to clear plenty of unwanted figures at the club, with a huge relief on the wage bill. However, with an array of exits, the squad has contracted and thus replacements are being inquired.

Apart from the high-profile departure of Karim Benzema, fringe players have also bid their farewell.

Among those names is Mariano Diaz, who was Madrid’s backup striker prior to his withdrawal. Several names have been put on the table to fill his absence as the club largely aim to address their lack of depth.

According to Arancha Rodriguez (via RM4Arab), Leeds United striker Rodrigo Moreno is one of the names gaining consensus in the Madrid hierarchy. Moreover, Joselu has also been considered as a viable alternative.

The two favourites to replace Mariano have proven to be important figures for their clubs as both strikers maintain a starting role.

Playing for Espanyol, Joselu ended the La Liga campaign as the third top scorer, only behind Benzema and Lewandowski. Considering Espanyol’s relegation, such a feat looks even more impressive. The Spaniard secured 19 goals in all competitions.

On the other hand, Rodrigo Moreno recorded 16 goals last season across all competitions. Similar to Joselu’s case, the Spanish international also suffered relegation with Leeds, in spite of his good numbers.

With both players offering adequate output in struggling sides, Real Madrid’s interest is practical. Moreover, considering both Espanyol and Leeds were relegated, their asking price will undeniably lower, which enables the Merengues to sign one of the two targets at a more convenient rate.

It is claimed that Rodrigo has a release clause worth €3.5 million which Los Blancos would have to trigger to sign him from Leeds United.

It now remains to be seen whether Carlo Ancelotti & co. go after the former Valencia man or move for Joselu instead.

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