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Real Madrid target did not want to join a club ruled by “Sheikhs” or a country

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Real Madrid appear to be in pole position to secure the services of Jude Bellingham this summer. The club have reached an understanding with the young midfielder over a summer switch to Santiago Bernabeu, though they must now reach an agreement with Borussia Dortmund.

Real Madrid are said to be proposing a figure of €100 million as their opening bid for Bellingham. But no matter what happens with their negotiations with Dortmund, it appears Bellingham himself has his heart set on a move to Spain.

In a recent YouTube session with Fabrizio Romano, German journalist Patrick Berger has revealed that the reason behind Bellingham’s decision to join Real Madrid is that he did not want to join a club ruled by Sheikhs.

Berger goes on to explain that Bellingham also did not want to join a club owned by a country, such as Paris Saint-Germain, Newcastle United and Chelsea. He described the transfer strategies of these clubs as ‘crazy’.

Berger adds that Bellingham always wanted to join a traditional club, which is why the midfielder was torn between Liverpool and Real Madrid.

The Englishman ended up opting for Real Madrid for various reasons, including the club’s sporting prospects, especially with Luka Modric and Toni Kroos unlikely to continue at the Bernabeu beyond 2024.

With Bellingham firmly in the bag, Real Madrid will look to shift their focus onto other targets. It was revealed recently that Los Blancos might fancy a move for Kylian Mbappe, but signing the Frenchman in the coming summer could be tricky, notes Romano.

Apart from a midfielder and a striker, Real Madrid are likely to enter the market for a new right-back. Interestingly, former youth player and another PSG star Achraf Hakimi is open to a return to Bernabeu.

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Real Madrid’s pursuit of 18-year-old prodigy dependent on captain’s future – report

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Real Madrid will step up their efforts to sign Lille defender Leny Yoro if Nacho decides to leave the club, according to a report by Agustin Martin in AS.

The situation surrounding Nacho is becoming increasingly uncertain. While he has received a lucrative offer from Al Ittihad, the move has reportedly hit a roadblock.

It is said that Nacho feels that his role in the team has not progressed under coach Ancelotti and his absence from the starting lineup in important matches, like the first leg of the quarterfinals against Manchester City and the Clasico has made him consider leaving the club. 

Furthermore, the recoveries of Eder Militao and David Alaba, along with the presence of Antonio Rudiger and the potential return of Rafa Marin have also influenced his thoughts about his future.

Nacho is aware of market movements

Real Madrid are very much interested in signing Leny Yoro. (Photo by SEBASTIEN SALOM-GOMIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Interestingly, it is not just his teammates’ presence that has made Nacho think about leaving. There are strong rumours about Real Madrid signing Leny Yoro as well. 

The plan is to sign Yoro either this summer and possibly loan him out if Nacho stays, or in 2025 to join the first team. 

If Nacho decides to leave, it would pave the way for Yoro to join immediately. This decision depends on Nacho’s willingness to stay for another year or take up one of the offers he has received. 

This means the potential signing of Yoro hinges on Nacho’s decision. If the club captain chooses to leave, Yoro could join Real Madrid this year or next. 

For what it is worth, Yoro would strengthen a defensive lineup where most players, except for Militao and possibly Rafa Marín, are over thirty years old. But for this to happen, Nacho must decide whether to stay at Real Madrid or open the door for Yoro’s arrival.

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