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Real Madrid target’s family members want player to move to the Premier League – report
With the January transfer window now out of the way, the focus shifts to the summer and one player who is set to dominate the headlines over the next few months is Borussia Dortmund midfielder and Real Madrid target Jude Bellingham.
The 19-year-old is set to be one of the most coveted players in the market for the summer, with several top clubs keeping their eyes on him.
Real Madrid, for one, are one of Bellingham’s strongest suitors but are facing stern competition from Liverpool, while Manchester City also remain in the race.
There have been speculations that the teenage sensation would be prepared to snub interest from England to secure a move to the Santiago Bernabeu.
However, journalist Jorge C Picon is reporting that Bellingham’s family members are leaning towards the midfielder moving to the Premier League next summer instead of Spain.
The report states that while the 19-year-old continues to favour a move to Real Madrid, members of his family feel that a transfer to the Premier League would be better for his career as the adaptation would be easier.
They are of the opinion that Bellingham still has plenty of time in his career to join Real Madrid in the future, considering he is just 19 years old.
Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund are also not willing to go down without a fight and wish to keep Bellingham at the club beyond the 2022/23 season.
To that end, the Black and Yellows are prepared to offer him a new contract that would make him the highest-paid player in the squad.
However, that is unlikely to sway the Englishman’s mind, who is ready for his next challenge in the summer.
While the possibility of a transfer to the Premier League might be gaining momentum, Real Madrid are not wavering their interest in Bellingham and believe that they have the ‘weapons’ needed to pull off his signing before next season.
Competing against the might of the Premier League will not be easy, but the project Los Blancos are offering the midfielder, as well as his own preference to play at the Bernabeu could end up being key.
The operation, as per the report, could cost as high as €130 million including variables.
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Real Madrid defender doubt for El Clasico, injury not serious though
Real Madrid fans were dealt with a massive blow when star player Antonio Rudiger was left out of the squad against Real Valladolid, allegedly due to knee discomfort.
The injury sparked fears over his absence in the upcoming Copa Del Rey semifinal against Barcelona.
However, according to a report from Sergio Quirante, Rudiger’s knee injury is not thought to be serious. It appears the decision to leave him out of the squad against Valladolid may only be a precaution, with the defender set to undergo ultrasonic tests tomorrow.
Rudiger, whose injury scare came just 48 hours before Real Madrid’s big game against Barcelona, has been a stellar success in the club’s backline this season.
The German international has emerged as a real leader at the back, using his experience and authority to good effect. Although Real Madrid’s defence has left a lot to be desired this season, Rudiger has been one of the bright sparks.
His potential absence, therefore, could serve as a major blow for Los Blancos, in their hopes to reach the Copa Del Rey semifinal next week.
Real Madrid are heading into this semifinal with a 1-0 defeat in the first leg, meaning keeping a clean sheet could be mandatory if they are to overturn the deficit and book a place in the final. Rudiger, in that regard, could prove to be a vital asset.
In the meantime, Real Madrid are heading into the Valladolid game with David Alaba and Eder Militao as two of the only reliable centre-backs in the team. Among the two, Alaba has struggled with injuries this season, so it will be interesting to see how Carlo Ancelotti deals with this tricky situation this afternoon.