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Real Madrid were offered the services of seasoned Tottenham star by agent – report

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Journalist Mario Cortegana has reported via The Athletic that Tottenham Hotspur veteram Hugo Lloris was offered to Real Madrid by his agent, but the profile of the former French international did not convince the club management.

Real Madrid recently completed the signing of Kepa Arrizabalaga from Chelsea on a season-long loan, capturing the Spanish stopper right from the jaws of Bayern Munich.

Madrid were forced to look for a keeper after first-choice stopper, Thibaut Courtois, suffered a potentially season-ending injury

The star goalkeeper was diagnosed with a rupture of the Anterior Cruciate Ligament in his left knee and will be needing surgery to overcome the problem.

Madrid considered several options

Real Madrid considered several options before eventually deciding on Kepa.

As such, former Manchester United keeper David de Gea was said the be a serious contender and even Lloris was discussed within the management but as it turns out, none of the Premier League veterans convinced the board.

As for De Gea, who is said to have a lucrative offer from a Saudi League, was never really contacted. As reported before, Madrid never approached De Gea and never called him about a move to the Santiago Bernabeu.

Tottenham veteran Lloris was offered to Real Madrid. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Lloris, on the other hand, is set to leave Tottenham after 11 long years. The 36-year-old is being chased by several top teams, including Lazio.

Considering the fact that Madrid only needed a safe pair of hands for one season, the French World Cup winner was, in fact, discussed.

To top it off, even the keeper was offered to Real Madrid by an agent, but the board settled with a common idea that his profile does not really suit the team.

The team eventually chose Kepa and the stopper’s transfer was all wrapped up in just a couple of days.

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Real Madrid midfielder set for a change in roles heading into the new season

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Federico Valverde, the dynamic midfielder for Real Madrid, is once again on the cusp of adapting to a new role under the guidance of coach Carlo Ancelotti, reports Mario Calderon for Mundo Deportivo

Valverde’s remarkable versatility has been a key asset for Real Madrid, allowing him to excel in various positions on the field. This adaptability has been crucial for the team, and it seems another transformation is on the horizon for the 25-year-old Uruguayan.

The team chances and so does Valverde

His potential shift in role comes amid changes within the team, notably the reassignment of the number ‘8’ shirt to Toni Kroos. 

The German midfielder’s responsibility for constructing the game will likely be shared among several players to ensure a seamless transition.

Here, Valverde’s ability to quickly grasp new concepts will be a significant advantage for both him and Ancelotti. Even during the current period, with many players still absent, Ancelotti is already strategizing on how to best integrate everyone into the team dynamics without compromising performance.

Federico Valverde might play a different role at Real Madrid next season. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Marcelo Bielsa must be credited

Valverde’s recent experiences with the Uruguayan national team in the Copa America under coach Marcelo Bielsa have further honed his skills. 

Bielsa entrusted Valverde with the captain’s armband and deployed him in a deeper role, where he was responsible for initiating plays from the back alongside his teammate, PSG’s young pivot, Manuel Ugarte. 

This experience has enriched Valverde’s understanding of the game, adding another layer to his already impressive skill set.

As the new season approaches, Valverde will need to re-establish himself in whatever role Ancelotti deems fit—be it as a winger, a pivot, or even a full-back, a position he has previously played under former coach Zinedine Zidane. 

Regardless of where he is positioned, Valverde’s importance to the team is undeniable. His versatility, coupled with his ability to adapt quickly, makes him a pivotal player for Real Madrid’s upcoming campaign.

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