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Vinicius Junior personally requested to wear the Real Madrid number 7 jersey

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For the first time since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid have a proper number seven heading into a new season, in the form of Vinicius Junior.

The number was assigned to Vinicius Junior this summer, following the departure of Eden Hazard.

The club decided to part ways with the Belgian earlier in the summer, by terminating his contract.

Shirt change was requested by Vinicius Junior

According to Mario Cortegana, the shirt number change this summer was requested by Vinicius Junior himself.

The Brazilian had anticipated a number of changes to the team heading into the new season, which included the departures of both Hazard and Karim Benzema.

Vinicius, who had previously worn the number 20 kit for Real Madrid, wanted to don the iconic number seven shirt.

The club obliged, as Florentino Perez sees him as the flagship player for the club in the years to come, and also as a viable commercial asset.

The rightful heir to the throne. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

Real Madrid’s recent troubles with the #7

The iconic number seven kit has been donned by the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Raul, and even former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique.

However, Real Madrid have not had a good experience with the number seven kit in recent years.

Following the exit of Ronaldo in 2018, the shirt was awarded to Mariano Diaz, who was coming on the back of an excellent season at Lyon.

But the forward was not able to live up to the expectations, forcing Real Madrid to spend big on Eden Hazard in 2019.

The Belgian was promptly awarded the number seven kit, but his stint with the Galacticos quickly turned sour.

Unfortunately, the former Chelsea superstar ended up enduring a worse spell at the Bernabeu. It ultimately forced Real Madrid to terminate his contract earlier in the summer.

With Hazard gone, Real Madrid would hope to have better luck with Vinicius. The Brazilian international has already hit the ground running with his performances in pre-season.

Despite the possibility of signing Kylian Mbappe this summer, everything suggests Vinicius will continue to be the main man for Los Blancos in the years to come.

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Report: Real Madrid reactivate interest to sign €50 million-rated defender

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According to a report from Mundo Deportivo, Real Madrid have decided to reactivate the operation to sign Alphonso Davies from Bayern Munich.

The Spanish football giant has shown interest in the Canadian star for quite some time but has yet to seal the deal. Now, following the conclusion of the Copa America, Real Madrid are reigniting their efforts to sign Davies.

Before the Copa America began, Davies mentioned that he would postpone any decisions about his future until after the tournament. 

With the competition now over, his future remains a hot topic for both Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, who are keenly monitoring the situation.

Real Madrid will not meet Bayern’s demand

Real Madrid are hesitant to meet Bayern Munich’s asking price of €50 million for Davies, whose current contract runs until 2025. 

Negotiations between Bayern Munich and Davies’ agent have been ongoing, but they haven’t reached an agreement. Davies is reportedly seeking a significant salary increase, rumoured to be around €20 million per season, which Bayern Munich has declined.

Alphonso Davies is likely to leave Real Madrid. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

In light of this stalemate, Bayern Munich’s management has decided to withdraw their renewal offer, risking the possibility of Davies leaving for free when his contract expires in 2025. 

This development has opened the door for Real Madrid, who are preparing to make an offer that could potentially satisfy Bayern Munich’s demands.

Davies is likely to leave

In Germany, the consensus is that Davies is likely to leave Bayern Munich this summer, with Real Madrid being the most probable destination. The situation is fluid, but it appears that the Spanish club is in a strong position to acquire the talented Canadian defender.

For Real Madrid, securing a player of Davies’ calibre would be a significant boost to their squad. The club is known for its aggressive transfer strategies, and bringing in a player like Davies aligns with their goals.

As the summer transfer window progresses, the focus will remain on the negotiations between Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. 

Both clubs have a lot at stake, and the outcome will depend on their ability to find common ground regarding the transfer fee and Davies’ salary demands.

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