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Zidane backs Real Madrid new signing to succeed at the club: “He’s ready”

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Speaking in an interview with Telefoot (h/t Mundo Deportivo), Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane has claimed that Jude Bellingham is ready to play for the club and has tipped him for a great future in the game.

Bellingham signed for Real Madrid earlier this month after a long-drawn pursuit. The 19-year-old cost the Merengues €103 million plus close to €30 million in add-ons.

Upon arriving at the club, the England international took Zidane’s former No. 5 shirt, having claimed that the Frenchman is his idol.

Now, the former Real Madrid midfielder and manager has gone on to lavish praise on the club’s new signing, backing him to succeed at the Santiago Bernabeu and make it big in the game.

“He is an important player, he is a player with a great future and he is ready to play for Real Madrid. I was with him watching the Champions League final in Paris against Liverpool,” Zidane said.

The 51-year-old also had words of praise for his fellow Real Madrid legends Karim Benzema and Luka Modric, stating that they are the kind of footballers who make him jump off his seat.

“If there’s one player who gets me out of my chair, it’s Karim Benzema. Maybe Luka Modric too, players who, when they have the ball, you think they’re going to lose it, but no, they always manage to get away with it,” the 2006 World Cup finalist said.

During the interview, Zidane also spoke about his compatriot Kylian Mbappe, who has been heavily linked with a summer transfer to Real Madrid. The French manager stated that he wishes to see the 24-year-old win a lot of trophies as well as the Ballon d’Or.

“I hope one day he wins the Ballon d’Or and I hope he wins a lot of titles. What he does is fantastic for the French national team and for PSG, his club. I’m a fan of Mbappe,” Zidane stated.

There have been talks of the 51-year-old returning to Real Madrid next year when Carlo Ancelotti’s contract expires. When asked if he is misses the day-to-day of management, he replied:

“Do I miss the adrenaline of training at the highest level? Yes, of course, I do. When you’re away, you see it in a different way. I haven’t had it for two years, but it will come.”

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Premier League club close the doors on defender’s exit amid Real Madrid interest

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Back in March, news surfaced that Real Madrid and Manchester United were both interested in signing Everton defender Jarrad Branthwaite

The competition for his signature was fierce, but United eventually shifted their attention to another target, Leny Yoro, leaving Real Madrid without a new defender. 

Despite their interest, Everton’s high valuation of Branthwaite at €80 million made both clubs reconsider their pursuit.

According to a report from The Athletic, Everton’s stance on Branthwaite has now solidified. They are not entertaining any offers for the defender. 

Real Madrid, in reality, never made an official bid. They were merely observing from a distance as Everton turned down two substantial offers from Manchester United. 

The highest of these offers was close to €60 million, including both fixed and variable components, yet it still fell short of Everton’s expectations.

Everton want nothing less than €80 million

Everton’s valuation of Branthwaite is influenced by recent high-profile transfers of defenders like Harry Maguire, Wesley Fofana, and Josko Gvardiol. 

Jarrad Branthwaite will not leave Everton this summer. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

These deals have set a precedent, making Everton firm in their demand of £65-70 million, equivalent to over €82 million, for Branthwaite. Despite his high valuation, Everton is adamant about retaining him, considering him a crucial part of their future plans.

Complicating matters, Everton are facing significant financial difficulties. The club has been in a precarious financial position, confirmed by recent reports. 

The Friedkin Group, owners of Roma and potential new buyers for Everton, have halted negotiations with the club’s current owner, Farhad Moshiri. 

They have accumulated over €600 million in debt, and the uncertainty surrounding its management has only worsened the situation.

In light of these financial troubles, selling Branthwaite for a substantial amount could have provided a much-needed financial boost for Everton. However, the club is reluctant to part with one of their most promising young talents. 

They view Branthwaite as a vital component of their long-term strategy and are unwilling to sell him at a discount, even in their current economic state.

At Goodison Park, the decision to keep Branthwaite despite lucrative offers is a clear statement of their commitment to building a strong future. The young defender is seen as a key asset, and Everton’s refusal to sell him underscores their belief in his potential. 

The club’s financial struggles continue to pose challenges, but they are determined to navigate these difficulties without compromising their long-term vision.

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