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Real Madrid superstar wants to match his Champions League titles with his ‘shirt number’

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Adhering to their age-old customs of making a deep run in the UEFA Champions League, Real Madrid are once again presented the opportunity to lift the elusive title this season.

The Merengues triumphed over Manchester City in the quarterfinals to set up a semifinal encounter with Bayern Munich.

With a 2-2 draw in the first leg, everything is on the line as they head into the return match at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Valverde’s vision

While Real Madrid must still pass some challenging tests to get their hands on the trophy, Fede Valverde has high aspirations for the club’s continued success.

Last year, he expressed delight over Real Madrid’s chances of winning a record-breaking 15th Champions League title.

This accomplishment would not only be an incredible feat for the team but also mean a lot to Valverde, who dons the number 15 jersey.

“Winning the 15th Champions League for Real Madrid will be incredible as it will match with my shirt number,” Valverde reflected with enthusiasm (h/t Madrid Xtra).

The Uruguayan midfield engine played a crucial role in Los Blancos’ 14th Champions League title by contributing in all rounds and notably assisting Vinicius’ winner in the final against Liverpool.

As such, Real Madrid will be banking heavily on Fede Valverde once more, who is sure to maintain a starting position in the upcoming semi-final duel and potentially the final.

Real Madrid could win historic 36th title this weekend

While the prospect of a 15th Champions League title looms large, Real Madrid are also in pole position to clinch their 36th La Liga championship, reinforcing their dominance in Spanish football.

In fact, they need just one more point over Barcelona in the upcoming gameweek to secure the trophy.

If Real Madrid triumphs over Cadiz and Barcelona drop points against Girona, they also plan on ensuing celebrations in the streets of Madrid.

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‘Will have to put my feelings aside’ – Bellingham on facing Borussia Dortmund in UCL final

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Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images

It has been a special debut season for Jude Bellingham at Real Madrid.

Since arriving from Borussia Dortmund in a deal worth €103 million, plus add-ons, last summer, the 20-year-old sensation has become an instant hit at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Despite his form declining a bit in the second half of the season, Bellingham has racked up returns of 23 goals and 12 assists from 41 games in all competitions.

A special game for Bellingham

Having won La Liga and the Spanish Super Cup, Bellingham now has the chance to end the season in the most epic ways possible by lifting the UEFA Champions League, against his former club, in his homeland.

As such, Saturday’s UCL final at Wembley, against Dortmund, is set to be a special one for the young phenom, and he acknowledged as much during an interview today.

“It’s a very special game for me but I’ll have to put feelings aside. It’s been a great season, they’ve made me feel very welcome and I’ve enjoyed playing football with them,” said Bellingham, as quoted by Mundo Deportivo.

Bellingham faces his former club in the UCL final. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

When asked if he had been in touch with any of his former Dortmund teammates ahead of Saturday’s showpiece event, Bellingham replied:

“I’ve spoken to Sancho, we said we’d meet there. He took me under his wing when I came to Dortmund and that meant a lot to me.”

On how Real Madrid can win the game

Earlier today, Carlo Ancelotti was asked if he had sought any information from Bellingham to prepare a strategy to beat Borussia Dortmund.

The midfielder himself was asked by the media as to how Real Madrid can get past his former club at Wembley this weekend, to which he replied:

“To win we will have to play at our maximum level, if we are at that level it is very difficult for our opponents. The staff are sure to do a great job analysing Dortmund, I trust them 100 per cent.”

Stressing how it is a dream for him to win the UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid, Bellingham remarked:

“Winning the Champions League is the reason I’m here, I always dreamed of playing for this team, and this team is linked to the Champions League. I want to be a small part of their history.”

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