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Real Madrid veteran wants to stay at club despite lucrative Saudi Arabia offer

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With the summer transfer window looming, Real Madrid still have some important issues to address as far as their current squad is concerned.

Toni Kroos has announced his retirement while Lucas Vazquez and Luka Modric, whose contracts expire on June 30, are set to sign new deals for one more year.

Meanwhile, captain Nacho Fernandez, whose contract also runs down in over a week, appears to be on his way to Saudi Arabia, with Al-Qadsiah in advanced talks over his signing.

Another veteran star whose future is unclear at this point is striker Joselu. The 34-year-old’s loan deal from RCD Espanyol expires on June 30 and it is uncertain whether he will stay or leave.

Joselu wants to continue

Now, MARCA reports that Joselu is eager to stay at Real Madrid beyond his current loan agreement even though he has significant offers from Saudi Arabia.

The 34-year-old played a crucial role in Los Blancos’ success last season, bagging 17 goals across all competitions despite not being a regular starter in the team.

Joselu wants to stay at Real Madrid. (Photo by Rafa Babot/Getty Images)

However, things will be more difficult for Joselu next season as Real Madrid will have two more attacking options in Kylian Mbappe and Endrick.

Given the situation, the Spanish international has attracted strong interest from Saudi Arabia heading into the summer window.

But despite the lucrative offers of the Middle East and increased competition for places at the Santiago Bernabeu, it appears that Joselu prioritises staying put at Real Madrid next season.

The reigning Spanish and European champions, for their part, have a €1.5 million permanent buy option for Joselu, which they plan on activating soon.

Furthermore, it has already been reported that Real Madrid have offered a one-year extension to Joselu as well. And with the player also keen to continue, the matter could be sorted sooner rather than later.

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Real Madrid star presented with golden opportunity to seal Ballon d’Or triumph

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With the Euro and Copa America finals approaching, the period for Ballon d’Or 2024 consideration is about to close.

These final two matches represent the last opportunities for frontrunners of the individual award to make a significant impact.

Given their dominant domestic seasons, Jude Bellingham and Vinicius Jr. are top contenders for the award. However, Vinicius’ early exit with Brazil widens the field of candidates.

Bellingham’s golden opportunity

Now, Jude Bellingham has a golden opportunity to secure the Ballon d’Or if he leads his team to victory in the Euros.

Taking on Spain in the finals, a victory would ensure that the Champions League winner is awarded a first-place position on the Ballon d’Or podium.

His impressive stats at the Euros coupled with his two match-winning goals strengthen his chances of achieving victory. And a triumph on such a grand stage would cap off a stellar season, making a strong case for his candidacy.

Ballon d’Or incoming? (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

However, if Spain clinch the title in the final, the competition for the Ballon d’Or becomes much more open.

Given the Ballon d’Or’s tradition of placing significant importance on performances in international tournaments, the prospect of a Spanish player winning the award increases considerably if Spain wins the final.

In that case, Rodri stands as one of the frontrunners. Having won the Premier League with Manchester City and proving himself one of Spain’s most crucial performers in midfield, he would be a legitimate candidate.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid’s very own Dani Carvajal also would be a realistic option. He contributed considerably to Los Blancos’ trophies and scored the opener in the UEFA Champions League final.

The Euro final is pivotal for Bellingham’s Ballon d’Or prospects. Winning and performing well could secure the award for him. Finalists will be announced on September 4, with the grand ceremony set to take place on October 28.

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