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Thibaut Courtois reveals the team he will support after Belgium’s World Cup exit

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Belgium’s goalless draw with Croatia this evening meant that the European giants are out of the tournament, after finishing third in Group F, behind Morocco and Croatia.

Speaking after the match, the Belgian goalkeeper wished luck to all his Real Madrid teammates who are still participating in the World Cup. But most notably, he admitted his support for the Spanish national team during the remainder of the competition.

“Now I will support Spain, but I also want my Real Madrid colleagues to do well, so I also wish the best for Lukita, the Brazilians, Vinicius, Rodrygo, Rudiger. I hope everyone can go as far as they can and see the champion be one of them or more than one in December,” he said (h/t RM4Arab).

Modric was notably involved in the Croatia team that moved to the knockout rounds after a goalless draw with Belgium. As for Antonio Rudiger, his Germany team must secure a win and hope Spain beats Japan if they are to qualify for the next round.

The Brazilian national team, meanwhile, represented by Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo, have their place in the knockout rounds sealed as well following back-to-back wins over Switzerland and Serbia respectively.

In his post-match speech, Courtois went on to offer his thoughts on Eden Hazard. The goalkeeper backed the former Chelsea star to do well in the future despite his apparent failure with the Belgian national team.

“Eden has shown he’s playing well. It’s a pity that today he only played 10 minutes. He is very good and deserves more chances. Psychologically, the substitution was a blow for him, I’m sure of that. He is a great player and can still give a lot to football,” he said.

Hazard has featured in all three of Belgium’s group matches in this World Cup. But the forward has not been able to be involved in a single goal. It has been the same case at the club level, with the player recording just one goal and one assist so far this season.

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Real Madrid face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target

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Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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