As reported by SPORT, Real Madrid midfielder Federico Valverde has been honoured with the Charrúa de Oro prize, given to the Best Uruguayan Athlete of the year.
The 24-year-old midfielder has enjoyed a spectacular rise in stature over the past year. He played a crucial role in Los Blancos’ La Liga and UEFA Champions League double triumph last season, even assisting the only goal of the UCL final against Liverpool.
Valverde has taken up an important role in the side under manager Carlo Ancelotti and has impressed with his performances, be it in midfield or on the right flank.
His growth and success have now been rewarded by the Charrúa de Oro award given by the Circle of Sports Journalists of Uruguay (CPDU).
The ceremony for the same was held at the Nelly Goitiño Auditorium in Montevideo on Saturday night. However, the 24-year-old midfielder was unable to attend the event as he prepared for Real Madrid’s derby against Atletico Madrid.
Los Blancos will lock horns with their neighbours at the Civitas Metropolitano later tonight knowing that they need a win to reclaim the top spot in La Liga from Barcelona.
Valverde, who dreams to become the captain of Real Madrid in the future, will have a key role to play for Ancelotti’s side, given the form that he has displayed of late.
Indeed the midfielder has scored a goal in each of his last two matches against RCD Mallorca and RB Leipzig and will be aiming to carry forward the momentum.
Real Madrid do not want to pay ‘crazy money’ for top defensive target – Romano
As has been reported by multiple reliable sources today, Alphonso Davies is likely to be on his way to Real Madrid from Bayern Munich in the summer.
It has been suggested that the 23-year-old Canadian left-back already has a verbal agreement with Los Blancos over a transfer either this summer or in 2025, when his contract with the Bundesliga champions runs down.
Now, the idea is for Real Madrid to start negotiations with Bayern Munich over a transfer fee so that a mutually beneficial agreement can be reached for the summer window.
Real Madrid will not pay crazy money
Amidst all this, Fabrizio Romano has come out with an update claiming that Real Madrid do not intend to pay ‘crazy money’ to sign Davies from Bayern Munich given that he will be entering the final year of his contract.
The Italian transfer expert claims that Real Madrid have been the preferred destination for Davies for a while now and that the personal terms between the two parties will not be an issue at all.
So, a summer move would now hinge on Bayern Munich’s asking price for their left-back.
Romano states that the Bavarian giants will attempt to tie Davies down to a new contract until May or even June.
But if the left-back, who is demanding hefty wages worth around €20 million, does not agree to sign, they will be forced to sell instead of losing him for free next year.
In that scenario, Real Madrid will be best-placed to sign Davies, although Los Blancos will not go overboard with their spending on the Canadian.