Real Madrid eyeing French starlet, Pogba drops hint on Man Utd future, Arsenal make Ceballos loan decision

The 21-year-old Sevilla center-back made 29 La Liga appearances this season and helped his side qualify for next term’s Champions League.

Real Madrid are keeping tabs on highly-rated Sevilla center-back Jules Kounde, according to ESPN.

The 21-year-old Frenchman has been one of the players of the season for Julian Lopetegui’s side after joining Sevilla in a club-record €27.5m deal last summer.

Kounde made 29 La Liga appearances for the Rojiblancos this term and helped them qualify for next season’s UEFA Champions League. His presence in the heart of their defense allowed Sevilla to concede only 34 goals throughout the Spanish top-flight campaign.

ESPN further adds in its report that Los Blancos manager Zinedine Zidane was interested in the Frenchman before his move from Bordeaux last summer. The three-time Champions League winning manager has faith in the defensive abilities of Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane but want more options on the bench for the 2020/21 campaign.

Real Madrid eyeing French starlet Jules Kounde
The 21-year-old joined Sevilla in a club record €27.5m deal last summer (Image Copyright: imago images / Cordon Press / Miguelez Sports)

Top News 2: Pogba drops hint on his Manchester United future

Paul Pogba drops hint on Man Utd future
Both Juventus and Real Madrid were previously interested in the 27-year-old (Image Copyright: imago images / Sportimage SPI-0396-0055)
The French World Cup winner was one of the stars for United in the post-lockdown period and helped the club finish 3rd in the Premier League table.

Paul Pogba has hinted he is staying at Old Trafford as the Manchester United midfielder relishes playing in the Champions League next season.

The 27-year-old French midfielder was a major factor in United putting their early-season woes behind them and qualify for next season’s Europe’s elite club competition.

His partnership in the middle of the park with January arrival Bruno Fernandes helped the Red Devils come back from being 15-points behind Leicester City on New Year’s Eve to kicking the Foxes out of Champions League places on the final day of the season.

The attacking midfielder attracted interest from Real Madrid and Juventus before the coronavirus shutdown. However, with the pandemic hitting both clubs’ finances, neither seem to be in the position to meet United’s valuation of the playmaker.


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Top News 3: Arsenal confident of extending Dani Ceballos’ loan stay

The Real Madrid loanee has impressed during his time in North London and may end up extending his stay in the Premier League for another year.

Arsenal are confident of extending Dani Ceballos’ loan stay at the club for the upcoming season, reports PA Sport journalist Mark Mann-Bryans.

The 23-year-old central midfielder joined the Gunners on a season-long loan at the start of the recently concluded 2019/20 campaign. He shone during his early days in North London and regained his form after having a brief mid-season wobble.

His importance for this Arsenal side could be gauged by the performances the Spaniard has put in for Mikel Arteta’s outfit since the restart. The Real Madrid loanee made more tackles, successfully carried out more interceptions and covered more distance than any other Gunners player since 17 June.

Add to the equation the uncertainty that is surrounding the future of Matteo Guendouzi at the Emirates Stadium, and it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Arteta is keen to hold on to the Spaniard for at least one more season.

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