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Real Madrid target signs new contract with Newcastle United with £100 million release clause

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Real Madrid boast of a midfield squad that would be any manager’s dream. The ideal balance of youngsters and veterans gives Carlo Ancelotti flexibility in his plans and has been one of the driving forces behind Los Blancos’ strong start to the 2023-24 campaign.

While one would assume that Jude Bellingham was the final piece in the puzzle, Real Madrid continues to monitor the market for possible reinforcements. Bruno Guimaraes was rumoured to be one such prime option.

Guimaraes renews his contract

Fabrizio Romano relayed that Newcastle United were close to renewing the Real Madrid target’s deal until June 2028. After all, his contract was due to expire in 2026 and the player was on the radar of some of Europe’s elite.

Now, the Premier League club have confirmed Guimaraes’ renewal with the club on a long-term deal.

His contract includes a release clause of £100 million, Romano has reported now. That figure is certainly not out of Real Madrid’s reach.

His decision to renew with Eddie Howe’s club is understandable considering Newcastle’s rapid rise over the past year. Most recently, they got the better of PSG in the UEFA Champions League with a dominant scoreline.

The midfielder has enjoyed a successful run at St James’ Park since joining the club last year and had 16 goal contributions to his name during the season. Needless to say, Florentino Perez eyed him as one to replace the ageing Toni Kroos and Luka Modric.

Modric and Kroos are out of contract in 2024. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Abundance of resources

Real Madrid will not be too gutted with Guimaraes’ renewal, for they already have some of the world’s most elite talent in their ranks.

Federico Valverde, Aurelien Tchouameni, and Eduardo Camavinga are some of the experienced, yet young options Ancelotti has at his disposal at Santiago Bernabeu. Jude Bellingham’s spectacular start to life only adds to the depth.

Moreover, one must not forget Arda Guler, who is inching closer to making his debut for the club in the coming weeks while Dani Ceballos is also available.

Yet with both Kroos and Modric on expiring contracts, there could be a possibility that a move for a midfielder is thought of.

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Real Madrid superstar reveals how advice from Brazil legend helped him improve

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Even with all the excitement around Kylian Mbappe, it is Vinicius Junior, who continues to be Real Madrid’s biggest star.

In the past few years, the Brazilian has witnessed substantial growth, notably establishing himself as one of the best players in world football.

Vinicius’ rapid rise to prominence has been backed by numbers as well, with the forward racking up 82 goals and 75 assists in 262 competitive matches for Real Madrid.

Vinicius on receiving advice from Ronaldo

In a recent media interaction, Vinicius Junior, when talking about his success at Real Madrid, revealed that the forward constantly receives advice from his compatriot and former Real Madrid legend Ronaldo.

Vinicius particularly pointed out Ronaldo’s advice in 1v1 situations and how it has helped him improve in such scenarios.

“Ronaldo always calls me and gives me advice, he teaches me so many things. Since he told me that his favourite thing is a 1v1 vs a GK, I thought about it a lot and started working on it really hard,” Vinicius said (h/t Madrid Zone).

Ronaldo regularly speaks with Vinicius. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

“Now, every time I’m in a 1v1 with a GK, I’m the calmest guy in the world. Ever since that conversation with Ronaldo, I stopped being afraid of making mistakes in a 1v1,” the forward added.

Vinicius has indeed witnessed an improvement in his 1v1 play in recent years, which has been reflected in his higher goalscoring numbers.

This season, the forward has netted 23 goals in all competitions while racking up 11 assists. His goalscoring prowess, coupled with his ability in 1v1 situations could prove to be critical as Real Madrid take on Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final next month.

The Brazilian international, though, will be up against a challenging defensive duo of Mats Hummels and Nico Schlotterbeck, who have been able to keep the opposition attacks quiet this season.

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