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Real Madrid will activate €1.5 million buy option on forward and sell for same price

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On Monday, it was confirmed that Joselu will be leaving Real Madrid in the summer, with a transfer to Qatari side Al Gharafa on the cards.

The 34-year-old centre-forward joined Real Madrid on loan from RCD Espanyol with a permanent purchase clause worth €1.5 million.

For a long while, it was expected that Joselu would continue at the Santiago Bernabeu beyond this season with a one-year extension also being tabled.

But the striker has opted to move away from Real Madrid and join Al Gharafa, where he will sign a new deal worth €8 million per year.

Real Madrid will activate buy option and then sell

While Joselu’s move to Qatar was a given, it was still unclear as to whether Real Madrid would sign him from Espanyol and then sell him or if his transfer would take place directly from the newly-promoted side.

Now, Fabrizio Romano has provided an update on the same, claiming that Los Blancos will indeed execute the buy option worth €1.5 million to sign Joselu permanently from Espanyol.

Joselu to leave Real Madrid. (Photo by THOMAS COEX/AFP via Getty Images)

Once that formality is completed, Real Madrid will allow the veteran Spaniard to move to Al Gharafa for the same €1.5 million fee.

Everything is agreed between the player and the Qatari outfit, with the centre-forward expected to sign a two-year contract with an option for a third.

Having bid goodbye to Nacho Fernandez earlier today, Real Madrid will see Joselu leave for Qatar imminently with the move likely to be made official in the coming days.

The Spanish international enjoyed a fruitful campaign last season, bagging 17 goals and helping Real Madrid win La Liga, Spanish Super Cup, and the UEFA Champions League.

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Manchester City superstar addresses future after Carvajal’s invitation to join Real Madrid

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Dani Carvajal’s detailed interview earlier this week has taken the Spanish media by storm, especially considering the lavish praise he heaped on Spain’s latest hero Lamine Yamal.

Another big takeaway from the interaction, however, was the defender’s open invitation to Rodri to join him at Real Madrid. Carvajal called the midfielder a ‘perfect fit’ in Carlo Ancelotti’s setup and admitted that he persuaded Rodri daily over the same.

“I tell Rodri every day to sign for Real Madrid.”

Rodri’s response

Speaking to the media earlier today, the Manchester City star gave his two cents on his club’s future and a possible return to Spain in the coming years.

“I try to analyse all the decisions I make, to have a criterion. And, above all, to go through the processes. I am very, very happy in England,” he began, professing his commitment to Pep Guardiola’s side.

“I think I am in one of the best clubs in the world, that is obvious, and I am happy. I have a three-year contract and, when the time comes, I will see,” he added.

Rodri is happy at Manchester City. (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP via Getty Images)

Rodri’s next comment, however, raised several eyebrows as he explicitly said that his statement was only with respect to the near future.

“But I have said it before with regard to the short term. I do not like or it does not make much sense to look at the long term. Spain is my country, Madrid is my city, my home.”

Finally, the midfield star confessed that he knew he had taken a massive risk, especially from a cultural standpoint when he moved to England. 

“And well, when I went to Manchester, I remember a conversation I had with my parents in which they asked me if I was sure because I was going to another country, another culture.”

“And, in the end, one is happy when one is sure of things. If I return, it would be with conviction,” he added, hinting that the pieces would fall in line if he felt it necessary.

Source: Manchester Evening News

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