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Real Madrid talisman reveals how life has come full circle for him at the club



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With 18 goals and four assists to his name this season, Jude Bellingham is right up there as one of the most influential names in world football.

His exploits for club and country across various competitions make him one of the favourites to take home some big individual awards at the end of the season.

The youngster won his first-ever domestic league title with Real Madrid earlier this week and is ninety minutes away from a potential UCL final against his former team – Borussia Dortmund.

Bellingham’s anecdote

Speaking to Movistar Plus recently, the Real Madrid starlet revealed how life had come a full turn for him with an interesting story involving his father.

“My dad always wore a Madrid shirt around the house with ‘Zidane 5’ on the back, which is funny because it’s come full circle in a way. It was given to me by him when I came here in the summer.”

“He was always wearing it and I always said to him ‘who’s that guy on your shirt?’ And he always said, ‘when you grow up we’ll put it on YouTube’. And now that I’m wearing the ‘5’, it’s ended up being a really meaningful, really nice story for me,” he added.

Real Madrid icon Zinedine Zidane. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Considering how Zidane etched history for Los Blancos donning the prestigious number 5 and became one of the club’s biggest-ever legends, Bellingham is a deserving heir to the kit.

While his start to life in Madrid was explosive, the Englishman has fallen off in recent months compared to his form at the beginning of the season. Needless to say, his importance in the team continues to be paramount.

Recovering his best shape

Bellingham started Real Madrid’s big Champions League clash against Bayern Munich last week but was far from his decisive best on the night.

After the game, however, reports revealed that the player was just recovering from an illness that kept him out of training for the entire week building up to the clash.

The youngster played 24 minutes at the weekend for the men in white, scoring one goal and providing two key passes. It is clear that he is recovering his best form, and it could not come at a better time with the reverse fixture against the Bavarians just days away.

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Real Madrid’s best lineup next season with Kroos retiring, Mbappe and Endrick joining



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It is set up to be a transformative summer for Real Madrid. After the UEFA Champions League final has concluded and the grand showdown finally has a victor, the Merengues are expected to undergo a squad revamp.

Indeed, the Santiago Bernabeu is preparing to welcome several high-profile signings, while also bidding farewell to some beloved Madrid legends.

Considering the potential arrivals of Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, as well as Toni Kroos’ recent retirement, here is how Real Madrid could shape up next season:


Having made a long-awaited return from injury, Thibaut Courtois is anticipated to guard Real Madrid’s goal next season once more.

The Belgian goalie has already started featuring in the starting XI and is expected to play against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final, too.

As such, his place for next season is hardly in doubt. However, unlike previous seasons, he will face much fiercer competition from Andriy Lunin, who has enjoyed a stellar campaign.


Fortifications in the defensive line remain high on Real Madrid’s priority list in the upcoming summer transfer window. However, even with the given options the Royal Whites boast assurance and grit in their back-line.

The likely occupants on the flanks would be Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy, who have both produced great exhibitions throughout the campaign.

Ferland Mendy has the full trust of Carlo Ancelotti. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Carvajal is known to punish defensive lines and on the defensive end, his anticipation of forwards has been equally appreciable.

Meanwhile, Mendy’s resurgence this season has earned him immense faith from the coaching staff, as his defensive aptitude continues to set him apart.

In the centre-back positions, Real Madrid are expected to rely on the dependable figures of Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao.

Real Madrid consider Rudiger to be indispensable owing to his front-footed style and the important role he has had to play amidst the injury crisis. Similarly, Militao is valued by the team as he proceeds to regain match fitness after recovering from a long-term injury.


The void of Toni Kroos in midfield will compel coach Carlo Ancelotti and co. to
reconsider their midfield strategy.

Real Madrid will be unable to count on Kroos next season. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

Thankfully for Real Madrid, their succession stage had begun a while ago and they have ample options to trust in the center of the park.

With Aurelien Tchouameni protecting the base of midfield, Real Madrid will possess security and deep progression.

Ahead, occupying the interior midfield positions, Fede Valverde and Eduardo Camavinga are well-suited to provide a combination of energy off the ball and threat in possession.

And to put the cherry on top, Jude Bellingham’s place as the number 10 behind the two strikers would certify his status as a pivotal playmaker and scorer in the team’s setup.

However, he is adept at making third-man runs and connecting the midfield with the offence and could play deeper to not only make up for Kroos’ absence but also facilitate more options up front.


Real Madrid’s offensive department is where the largest reform is expected to take place.

Kylian Mbappe’s goalscoring instincts need little introduction by now and he is thus anticipated to be fielded as the striker.

Vinicius Jr. is expected to take up the position as a secondary striker drifting from the left, something he has become quite accustomed to this season.

Endrick will have to battle for a starting spot. (Photo by Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images)

It is worth noting that Endrick could also play a part by either replacing Vinicius off the bench and playing off Mbappe.

It remains to be seen how many men forward Ancelotti will commit to but the presence of Mbappe and Vinicius seems set in stone, given their huge profiles and status in world football. How the manager uses Rodrygo Goes will be interesting to see as well.

All in all, considering Ancelotti’s proficiency in profiling players, Madrid fans can expect to see these stars play in favourable environments.

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