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Rodrygo, Asensio, Hazard, Camavinga speak following Real Madrid 2-1 Osasuna | CdR final



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Real Madrid secured their first Copa Del Rey title since 2014 when they beat CA Osasuna 2-1 on Saturday evening.

Rodrygo struck twice to guarantee a victory for Los Blancos, who will be heading into midweek’s Champions League semifinal full of confidence.

Speaking after the game, Rodrygo was elated but denied to label this as the best performance of his career. “Best game of my career? No, the most special was the semi-final against City. Nothing compares,” he said.

The Brazilian forward went on to praise Luka Modric, who once again put in a great effort on the night despite only recovering from injury.

“We want Modrić to stay with us. He’s Real Madrid’s #10. If he ever decides to leave, then it would be an honour to wear #10 at this club, I would consider it,” Rodrygo said.

Modric himself expressed his love for Real Madrid after the game and confirmed his availability for the upcoming UCL game against Manchester City. “This club is my whole life. Hala Madrid!” he said. “I’ll play without problems on Tuesday, don’t worry.”

Another Real Madrid midfielder, Toni Kroos, talked about the game, stating, “Finals are meant to be won.” The German also praised Brazilian international Vinicius Junior for his performance, adding, “If you have a player like that with that quality, make the most of him. He’s unstoppable at full focus.”

Eduardo Camavinga, too, chimed in. When asked about his role as a left-back on the night, the young midfielder admitted it is not his favourite position, but expressed his desire to help the team in any way possible. “Left back? Well, I can’t say I like it. But I love helping my team-mates and this club,” he said.

Finally, it was Eden Hazard who spoke after the game. His comments were not exactly as joyous as many of his teammates, as the Belgian doubled down on his desire to play more matches. But more importantly, the attacker confirmed his desire to stay at Santiago Bernabeu beyond the summer.

“I’m planning to stay,” he said. “Of course, I think I can play more minutes. I want to enjoy the year left of my contract.”


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Real Madrid out-of-favour defender now unlikely to leave the club



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Real Madrid missed out on the signing of Leny Yoro after deciding not to match Manchester United’s offer for the 18-year-old defender.

With the French prodigy now on his way to the Premier League, Los Blancos are assessing their options before deciding whether to sign a new centre-back or not.

As things stand, the reigning champions of Spain and Europe seem to be leaning towards relying on their existing options rather than going into the market.

Jesus Vallejo unlikely to leave

As such, MARCA reports that the likelihood of Jesus Vallejo leaving the club have now significantly reduced.

Indeed, the 27-year-old out-of-favour defender now appears more and more likely to continue at Real Madrid beyond this summer.

Set to stay. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Vallejo returned to the Santiago Bernabeu after finishing his loan stint at Granada during which he hardly played due to injury and fitness woes.

As such, reports suggested that Carlo Ancelotti & co. were not planning on counting on him next season, even though he was handed a new shirt number recently.

But with the Leny Yoro operation collapsing and Real Madrid not keen on recruiting anyone from the market at this point, the Spanish ace is now unlikely to leave the club.

With David Alaba still sidelined, Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao will start the new season as the first-choice centre-back pairing and Vallejo will serve as the backup while Aurelien Tchouameni will also be an option.

Vallejo, for his part, wanted to stay put and see out his contract which expires in 2025. And, as things stand, it appears that the player will get his wish.

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