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Real Madrid summer signing will not occupy the non-EU slot this season – report

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While it has been confirmed that Jude Bellingham has officially been registered in La Liga, a report from Jose Felix Diaz via MARCA has emerged that the 20-year-old midfielder will not occupy the non-EU slot within the team.

The journalist writes that the midfielder will receive an Irish passport and right now, Real Madrid are only waiting for the Irish embassy to issue the needed documentation.

This is just a regular procedure, one more formality per se, to make sure Bellingham does not occupy the non-EU slot.

Why the hustle?

According to La Liga’s regulations, the Spanish teams are allowed five non-EU players in the team.

Furthermore, out of those five, only three non-EU players can be named in each matchday squad.

For those who are unaware, the term non-EU refers to those whose country of citizenship is outside of the European Union.

Interestingly enough, it is quite possible for non-EU players to get the citizenships of an EU country if they satisfy the necessary needs.

It is only after this that Madrid are trying to get Bellingham an Irish citizenship so that the dual nature of his passport does not pose a problem.

Has it happened before?

Yes — Real Madrid have adopted a similar route in the past.

Since Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo and Eder Militao are all part of the starting XI, the team from the capital city was finding it hard to comply with the rule.

Last year, though, the Brazilian trio received Spanish citizenships which freed up the non-EU space within the team.

Furthermore, even Federico Valverde has now claimed Spanish citizenship.

The bigger picture is, once Real Madrid complete the necessary documentation and Bellingham receives the Irish passport, the England international will no longer have to get registered as a non-EU player.

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Real Madrid’s teenage sensation to join camp on Wednesday, Brazilian core to return later

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Real Madrid enjoyed strong representation at the recently concluded European Championship and Copa America.

Dani Carvajal is the only player who returned with silverware, but it is safe to say that all the team’s stars on international duty put up displays to be proud of.

The attention now turns towards the season that lies ahead. Carlo Ancelotti and co. have already begun working ahead of the new campaign, and the internationals will begin rejoining training in the coming week, as relayed by MARCA.

The early returnees

Having suffered an early elimination in the Euro with Croatia, Luka Modric is set to return to training as early as the beginning of the coming week.

The veteran recently renewed his contract with the club and will be looking to prove that he still has it on his feet.

Modric will be available soon at Ancelotti’s disposal (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

The team’s new signing, Endrick, will join forces with Los Blancos on Wednesday as he begins a new chapter in his short, yet illustrious career so far. All eyes will be on his official signing and presentation.

Meanwhile, Arda Güler and Antonio Rudiger are expected to return to training under Ancelotti towards the end of the week.

The late entries

Players who progressed relatively deeper into the recently concluded tournaments have understandably been granted a longer vacation, and both the French and English representatives of the club enjoy that luxury.

Needless to say, no specific date has been set for their return, considering that their campaign in the Euro ran deep into July.

The team’s Copa America stars, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo, and Eder Militão, meanwhile, will report to training on July 31st. Federico Valverde, who finished third with Uruguay, will likely enjoy a longer hiatus.

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