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Real Madrid youngster excited about training under Ancelotti: “The group is incredible”

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Brahim Diaz officially returned to Real Madrid from his three-year loan stint at AC Milan last month. Los Blancos unveiled him once again to the fans, for this time the player appears set to stay.

With major departures in the forward department, the 23-year-old starlet could step in as a winger or attacking midfielder for the team in the season to come. Having renewed his deal until 2027, he is here to stay.

The youngster spoke with the club’s media channel after the morning session of the team’s second day of preseason, covering a plethora of topics including the intensity of training and the manager.

To begin with, however, Diaz commented on his feelings about returning to Real Madrid and his reunion with the squad, saying:

“The return has been very good. I like to be here with colleagues I’ve had before and meet the new ones. I’m very happy and happy because this is where I want to be.”

The versatile playmaker then went on to give his two cents on the training sessions being conducted in the pre-season and how it would help them across the long and tiring season, as he said:

“The workouts are quite hard, I like them. The group is incredible and we are looking forward to the matches to get to know each other better. The work we are doing is very good for us to pick up the pace as soon as possible.”

Carlo Ancelotti appears set to count on Diaz finally after sending the youngster out on loan for experience in successive seasons. The attacking midfielder commented on his interaction with the manager saying:

“He tells me to enjoy, to be myself, and show my best version. I want to help the team as much as I can and I hope to learn a lot from the great players here. I am very happy to work with Ancelotti.”

Antonio Pintus, Real Madrid’s fitness coach, is known to give players nightmares with his rigorous training sessions. The youngster highlighted the same, but added a note on the benefits of such high standards.

“I coincided with him the first year I came. It’s hard and you have to work. We have to pick up the pace as soon as possible and finish the season as it starts,” he said.

“It’s not just about playing 60 minutes, but about playing 100 minutes and doing it at a good level because with Pintus it’s like that.”

New signings Jude Bellingham, Fran Garcia and Arda Guler have begun training with the group as of Monday, and in the process have linked up with the squad. The former AC Milan player praised the new arrivals and what they brought to the table, saying:

“They are incredible people, they want to learn and improve. Each of them is going to contribute a lot. We will all improve a lot with the players here because they make you learn and improve. They are very good players and they have a lot to offer.”

Finally, Diaz spoke about the unity and mentality in the Real Madrid dressing room and what made it a second home for the players, saying:

“We are a very close-knit group, hungry to keep winning. This is Madrid, we have to keep winning. The players who have arrived are at home, when you get here it’s like that.”

Source: Real Madrid website

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How Manchester United’s pursuit of Dutch star could benefit Real Madrid

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The highly anticipated transfer of Leny Yoro to Real Madrid has encountered an unexpected obstacle, with Manchester United’s surprise entry into the race. 

The Red Devils have successfully negotiated a substantial €50 million+ bid with Lille, leaving Real Madrid’s chances hanging by a thread. 

This means the only factor still in favour of Real Madrid is Yoro’s strong desire to wear the iconic white shirt, a dream he has harboured for a long time.

As things stand, Real Madrid face significant hurdles. For once, Lille are exerting pressure on the player to accept Manchester United’s offer, given its considerable value. 

On the other hand, Real Madrid are hesitant to match this figure, creating a stalemate. Additionally, Manchester United are eager to secure a top-notch defender, especially with the departure of Raphael Varane, a former Real Madrid player. 

This sense of urgency is driving United’s pursuit of Yoro, making them a formidable competitor in the transfer race.

A glimmer of hope for Real Madrid

Despite these challenges, one crucial factor continues to give Real Madrid an edge in the race for Yoro’s signature. 

Leny Yoro only wants to play for Real Madrid. (Photo by SEBASTIEN SALOM-GOMIS/AFP via Getty Images)

As it turns out, Manchester United are also considering Bayern Munich defender Matthijs de Ligt as a priority target. De Ligt has given his nod to the move and has instructed his representatives to disregard other offers. 

This development provides Real Madrid with a much-needed advantage in the pursuit of Yoro, as United’s focus is divided between two top defenders.

While Manchester United have made progress in negotiations with both De Ligt and Yoro, it is unlikely that they will recruit both players. 

Given De Ligt’s readiness to make an immediate move, Manchester United are expected to prioritize his transfer, leaving Real Madrid as the sole contender for Yoro’s signature. 

This twist in the tale gives Real Madrid a glimmer of hope, as they can now focus their efforts on convincing Yoro to join their ranks.

Yoro’s dilemma: To wait for Madrid or join United

Yoro’s preference is to join Real Madrid, but the club has yet to indicate its willingness to match Lille’s accepted fee from Manchester United.

This has led the Ligue 1 club to favour a transfer deal with the Premier League club. 

If Yoro is to make a move this summer, he faces a difficult decision: either wait until 2025 to join Real Madrid for free, which Lille are unlikely to accept, or agree to a transfer to Manchester United, which would benefit the French club. 

The fate of Yoro’s transfer hangs in the balance

Real Madrid are locked in their pursuit of Leny Yoro. (Photo by SAMEER AL-DOUMY/AFP via Getty Images)

The outcome of Yoro’s transfer now hangs precariously in the balance. Real Madrid’s reluctance to match Manchester United’s offer and Yoro’s personal preference for the Spanish giants are the key factors in this high-stakes transfer drama. 

Will Yoro choose to wait for his dream move to Real Madrid or opt for a switch to Manchester United? Only time will tell. 

In the end, Yoro’s transfer will have significant implications for all parties involved. Real Madrid’s hopes of landing their top target hang in the balance, while Manchester United’s urgency to recruit a top defender has thrown a spanner in the works. 

Lille, too, are eager to cash in on their prized asset, and Yoro’s decision will determine the fate of his transfer.

But with United going after De Ligt, it could end up playing into the hands of Real Madrid, helping them land their top target to replace Nacho.

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