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Real Madrid want to close Bellingham’s signing in May, to offer a five or six-year contract



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Real Madrid are keen to close the signing of Borussia Dortmund midfielder and Manchester City target Jude Bellingham in May and make the transfer official soon after the hypothetical UEFA Champions League final in June.

This claim comes from journalist Francisco Jose Delgado on Cadena SER, who states that Real Madrid have been in constant communication with Bellingham’s entourage since January and Dortmund have been informed about these contacts.

The report further adds that during these discussions Real Madrid have explained their project to Bellingham and also discussed the possible contract offer for the 19-year-old.

On top of that, members of the England star’s entourage have visited the club’s Valdebebas training facilities and have dined with Real Madrid officials as well, with Dortmund in the know about all that has been going on.

Los Blancos have been careful that while talks are ongoing with Bellingham’s entourage they do not affect his performances on the pitch, as witnessed by how well he has been doing for Dortmund this season.

As iterated earlier, the plan is for Real Madrid to close the deal to sign the 19-year-old in May and make it official in June right after the Champions League final, provided they are playing in it.

Furthermore, the report adds that Bellingham would be offered a contract that will run for five or six years. His wages would be almost at the top-tier level, just a step below stars like Thibaut Courtois and Vinicius Jr.

Manchester City have been the biggest hurdle in Real Madrid’s pursuit of the former Birmingham City starlet. But reports earlier today have claimed that Bellingham has chosen to play for the Merengues.

Dortmund, for their part, want to keep Bellingham at the club for at least one more year and have tried to hold talks with the midfielder over a new contract. However, the teenager has turned down their approaches to negotiate a new deal until now.

All signs point towards Bellingham leaving Dortmund this summer and as things stand, it seems like he could end up at Real Madrid.

The two clubs would still need to come to an agreement over a transfer fee and it remains to be seen if the Merengues are willing to splash the big bucks that the German giants are demanding for the teenager.

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Real Madrid’s 29-year-old star upset with his situation, desires more clarity on role



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At Real Madrid, the quest for securing a spot in the first-team lineup involves battling it out with some of the best players in European football.

Competition is generally considered the perfect antidote to complacency and the Merengues‘ immensely talented roster encapsulates that sentiment best.

While injuries have done a number on the team, there is still an abundance of competition in the squad. As of now, the fight for a spot in the starting lineup is most intense among the goalkeepers.

Indeed, since the beginning of the campaign, there has been no fixed goalkeeper with both Andriy Lunin and Kepa Arrizabalaga featuring between the sticks alternately.

However, after being acquired on a season-long loan to fill in the absence of Thibaut Courtois, Kepa is not entirely content with his situation.

Kepa unsatisfied with the unclarity

Indeed, as per The Athletic, Kepa is extremely disappointed with his situation and how the coaching staff at Real Madrid have been handling the matter.

Ancelotti has not clearly explained his reasoning as to which of Lunin and Kepa is currently his first-choice keeper.

And according to sources close to him, Kepa is unhappy and would have preferred further clarification on the matter from the manager.

Lunin in the driving seat

Making a big impression. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

Owing to Lunin’s exceptional form lately, he has successfully displaced Kepa as the first-choice goalkeeper.

In fact, Kepa has not started a game since Real Madrid’s clash against Almeria last month in which they leaked two goals.

It is safe to assume Kepa’s frustrations stem from the fact that he initially arrived as the primary keeper to replace Courtois and turned down an offer from Bayern Munich to join the Madrid outfit.

As such, being shunned and having minimal clarity from the coaching staff’s preferred goalkeeper has led to dissatisfaction.

As things stand, Real Madrid have no plans of signing him permanently, given that Chelsea would ask around €20 million for him, something that the club have intentions of paying.

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