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Reporters reveal how Real Madrid beat out PSG and Chelsea to sign Endrick

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Reporters reveal how Real Madrid beat out PSG and Chelsea to sign Endrick

Endrick Felipe is on his way to Real Madrid for €60 million, according to multiple sources, and Chelsea has almost missed out on signing him from Palmeiras. In fact, if Real Madrid decides to pay his taxes, as reported, the move could cost up to €72 million.

David Ornstein of the Athletic has provided context on Real Madrid’s use of the transfer market to sway Chelsea and PSG.

“Endrick and his family were impressed by Chelsea but found the Premier League side to be more hesitant in committing to the financial terms, even though a large element of the deal was performance-related,” Ornstein writes.

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“The timing may also have worked against the London club, given their recruitment operation is still being constructed following a raft of changes made by the new ownership.

“Serial French champions Paris Saint-German made Endrick an attractive pitch, too, though ultimately it was felt Real Madrid offered the smoothest adaptation to life in Europe — plus the attraction of representing such an illustrious club.”

Chelsea lost out on signing Kylian Mbappe in 2011 under similar circumstances.

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Source: The Athletic
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Official: Eden Hazard parts ways with Real Madrid

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Official: Eden Hazard parts ways with Real Madrid

Eden Hazard, the talented Belgium international, is set to part ways with Real Madrid at the end of this month, a full year before the expiration of his contract.

Having made a high-profile move from Chelsea to Real Madrid in 2019, the transfer deal carried a substantial price tag that could have reached £130m when factoring in all potential bonus payments.

Initially signing a five-year contract until 2024, Hazard’s tenure at Real Madrid has been marred by a series of injuries and a decline in his performance on the field.

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Throughout his time with the Spanish club, Hazard managed to score seven goals in 76 appearances, with ten of those goals coming across various competitions during the 2022/23 season.

Despite the challenges he faced individually, Hazard did contribute to the team’s success by helping secure two LaLiga titles, one Champions League victory, and one Copa Del Rey triumph during his stay at Real Madrid.

A statement said: “Real Madrid CF and Eden Hazard have reached an agreement whereby the player will be released from the club as of June 30, 2023.

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“Hazard has been part of our club for four seasons, in which he has won eight titles: one European Cup, one Club World Cup, one European Super Cup, two leagues, one Copa del Rey and two Spanish Super Cups.

“Real Madrid wants to express its affection for Eden Hazard and wishes him and his entire family the best of luck in this new stage.”

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Man City clinches seventh FA Cup Championship in thrilling showdown with Man Utd

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Man City clinches seventh FA Cup Championship in thrilling showdown with Man Utd

Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City squad of 2023 has joined an exclusive group of teams to achieve the remarkable feat of winning both the FA Cup and being crowned champions of the English Premier League in the same season.

City, who finished five points clear of Arsenal in the league, secured a 2-1 victory over Manchester United in the FA Cup final held at Wembley.

Ilkay Gundogan showcased his brilliance by scoring two impressive volleys for City, while Bruno Fernandes converted a penalty for United in a fiercely contested match.

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This marks the second time that Manchester City has accomplished the league and FA Cup double, previously achieving this feat in 2019.

In terms of multiple double wins, only Arsenal and Manchester United share this distinction with Manchester City.

However, City’s ambitions extend beyond the domestic success they have already achieved. With their sights set on an even more extraordinary accomplishment, the focus now turns to completing a historic treble.

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If Manchester City can secure victory over Inter Milan in the upcoming Champions League final, they will join an elite group of teams to have won the Premier League, FA Cup, and Champions League in the same season.

The only team to have achieved this remarkable feat thus far is Manchester United in 1999.

As the final approaches, the anticipation builds, and the possibility of Manchester City etching their name in football history grows ever closer. The stage is set for a thrilling showdown, and City will be determined to add their name to the shortlist of teams that have conquered the treble.

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‘Coming for the money’ – Rothen reveals Asensio’s reason for leaving Real Madrid

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'Coming for the money' - Rothen reveals Asensio's reason for leaving Real Madrid

Jerome Rothen, a former Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) player, has expressed his skepticism towards the impending transfer of Real Madrid winger Marco Asensio to PSG.

Asensio’s current contract with Real Madrid is set to expire at the end of the month, and it is widely reported that he will join PSG during the summer on a Bosman deal, meaning the transfer fee will be avoided.

Rothen said, “I like Asensio. At Real Madrid he way into the side was blocked because there was always someone ahead of him. But eight million euros a year as a basic salary for a player who isn’t a first team regular…

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“PSG is a club where players can earn good money. He is a free agent, so it is normal that they have made an effort to sign him him; but he’s only coming for the money.

“I don’t think he is coming to PSG for the right reasons. PSG’s way of recruiting is not good, we need a different project. He doesn’t care whether he wears PSG’s shirt, or Manchester United’s, Manchester City’s or Chelsea’.

“First, you have to structure the squad. In sporting terms, there aren’t many big clubs that are knocking on his door, and even less at that price… Afterwards, Asensio isn’t necessarily a bad signing on paper.

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“But will he adapt to Paris with the right conditions to succeed? I don’t know… At that price, he’ll go take pictures at the Eiffel Tower, play a few games and then get injured… I hope he does better than Julian Draxler (continually injured and loaned out at Benfica). But it’s the same type of hiring process”.

However, Rothen, known for his frank opinions, has dismissed the significance of Asensio’s move to PSG, implying that it may not be as impactful as some might expect.

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