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Real Madrid want to finalise deal for 19-year-old sensation in January – report



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It is no secret that Real Madrid are in the market for a new midfielder. Amid worries over the continuity of Toni Kroos, the club are determined to add fresh blood in their midfield department, with Jude Bellingham emerging as the top target.

The Borussia Dortmund starlet, regarded as one of the best young talents in world football, is coming on the back of an excellent World Cup campaign with England, where he helped the Three Lions reach the quarterfinal stage.

Earlier reports had claimed that Real Madrid have made Bellingham a priority target at the end of the season, as they wanted him as a direct replacement for Luka Modric.

But it appears Bellingham’s arrival will not alter Modric’s role at the club. In fact, the club want to accommodate both players in the same squad and with that in mind, they are looking to accelerate the deal to sign the Englishman, reports Ramon Alvarez de Mon.

The Whites are hoping to speed up the negotiations with Borussia Dortmund, with the hopes of reaching an agreement and even completing a deal during the January transfer window for Bellingham to arrive in the summer.

Although Los Blancos currently have no agreement with Dortmund, finalising an agreement in January itself could serve as a major blow for other interested parties such as Liverpool and Manchester City, who were hoping to sign the Englishman at the end of the season.

Coach Jurgen Klopp had identified the former Birmingham starlet as the ideal man to lead the new-look Liverpool midfield unit. The German had even instructed Jordan Henderson to convince the youngster to move to Anfield next season.

But reports suggest Bellingham is ready to snub Liverpool in favour of a move to Real Madrid. It will be interesting to see whether the Whites will be successful in their quest to finalise an agreement for the 19-year-old next month.

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Atletico striker hoping Bellingham has an off day during derby: “He is at a great level”



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Speaking to DAZN (h/t Mundo Deportivo), Atletico Madrid forward Alvaro Morata admitted that Real Madrid midfield superstar Jude Bellingham is performing at a great level.

Real Madrid take on Atletico in La Liga on Sunday in the Madrid derby at the Civitas Metropolitano and without a doubt, Bellingham will pose a huge threat for the Rojiblancos.

Alvaro Morata hopes Bellingham as a quiet outing

Ahead of the blockbuster encounter on Sunday, Morata, who is Atletico’s main striker, admitted that Bellingham has great quality.

“I saw him last year in a few games, the truth is that he caught my attention. I saw him in his team and in his national team, and talking to people who had played with him, teammates he has, you could already see that he was a great player,” he said.

However, the former Real Madrid striker added that he hoped that the England international has an off day during the derby.

“The truth is that he is at a great level, we can only hope that he doesn’t do well and that we also have very good players to counteract that. We hope he doesn’t have a good day on Sunday,” Morata stated.

Bellingham fit and ready to go

Fit and available for derby. (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

Bellingham has been the in-form player for Real Madrid this season with six goals and an assist in six matches across all competitions.

So, naturally, there were concerns when he did not complete the training sessions on Friday due to stomach issues.

But, the 20-year-old returned to training today and Carlo Ancelotti confirmed that he will play against Atleti tomorrow, with the Englishman named in the squad list as well.

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