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Real Madrid star’s bad relationship with Gavi a growing concern in Spanish National Team



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If the Qatar World Cup was anything to go by, the Spanish National Team is witnessing a change in guard. Luis Enrique may no longer be the coach of La Roja, but his idea of constructing a new team centred around the youngsters is here to stay.

The midfield, in particular, has seen a dramatic change in personnel in recent years. The likes of Sergio Busquets and Thiago Alcantara are no longer in the dynamics. Instead, new faces, including Dani Ceballos, Pedri and Gavi appear to be the future in the middle of the park.

It is no secret that Ceballos and the Golden Boy winner do not see eye to eye. According to reports from El Larguero, the bad relationship between the compatriots is a growing concern in the Spanish National Team.

The captains of the team reportedly side with the Barcelona protege and have spoken in favour of him in the dressing room. Ceballos, thus, appears to be the one who will bear the brunt.

The history between the two players goes back to the Clasico in January when the Real Madrid star pulled Gavi’s hair in the middle of the field in the final of the Spanish Super Cup.

The incident did not go down well in the Catalan dressing room, and the youngster struck back at Ceballos with a spiteful off-the-ball push in a subsequent Clasico.

Spain manager Luis de La Fuente urged the duo to talk out their differences in his first training camp after taking over. The coach believed that the midfielders had made peace, but that does not appear to be the case.

“Ceballos and Gavi have shown exceptional human quality. They are going to give their lives for each other,“ La Fuente told the media during an interview earlier this year. With the situation worsening as the days pass, it remains to be seen whether he takes any action against the players.

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Premier League club close the doors on defender’s exit amid Real Madrid interest




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Back in March, news surfaced that Real Madrid and Manchester United were both interested in signing Everton defender Jarrad Branthwaite

The competition for his signature was fierce, but United eventually shifted their attention to another target, Leny Yoro, leaving Real Madrid without a new defender. 

Despite their interest, Everton’s high valuation of Branthwaite at €80 million made both clubs reconsider their pursuit.

According to a report from The Athletic, Everton’s stance on Branthwaite has now solidified. They are not entertaining any offers for the defender. 

Real Madrid, in reality, never made an official bid. They were merely observing from a distance as Everton turned down two substantial offers from Manchester United. 

The highest of these offers was close to €60 million, including both fixed and variable components, yet it still fell short of Everton’s expectations.

Everton want nothing less than €80 million

Everton’s valuation of Branthwaite is influenced by recent high-profile transfers of defenders like Harry Maguire, Wesley Fofana, and Josko Gvardiol. 

Jarrad Branthwaite will not leave Everton this summer. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

These deals have set a precedent, making Everton firm in their demand of £65-70 million, equivalent to over €82 million, for Branthwaite. Despite his high valuation, Everton is adamant about retaining him, considering him a crucial part of their future plans.

Complicating matters, Everton are facing significant financial difficulties. The club has been in a precarious financial position, confirmed by recent reports. 

The Friedkin Group, owners of Roma and potential new buyers for Everton, have halted negotiations with the club’s current owner, Farhad Moshiri. 

They have accumulated over €600 million in debt, and the uncertainty surrounding its management has only worsened the situation.

In light of these financial troubles, selling Branthwaite for a substantial amount could have provided a much-needed financial boost for Everton. However, the club is reluctant to part with one of their most promising young talents. 

They view Branthwaite as a vital component of their long-term strategy and are unwilling to sell him at a discount, even in their current economic state.

At Goodison Park, the decision to keep Branthwaite despite lucrative offers is a clear statement of their commitment to building a strong future. The young defender is seen as a key asset, and Everton’s refusal to sell him underscores their belief in his potential. 

The club’s financial struggles continue to pose challenges, but they are determined to navigate these difficulties without compromising their long-term vision.

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