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18-year-old Barcelona target will not join Real Madrid this summer – report

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Real Madrid appear to be bracing for two more exits imminently, having already bid goodbye to four stars this summer.

Indeed, Jesus Vallejo is on his way to Granada on loan, with a move likely to be completed as early as today. And, Alvaro Odriozola’s departure is also understood to be in progress, with the right-back assessing his options before making a final decision.

With two defenders set to depart soon, it has raised questions whether Real Madrid might dip in the market for a new defender, particularly a right-back especially given that Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez are in their thirties.

Ivan Fresneda is a player that has been linked with Real Madrid as a potential reinforcement at right-back.

Indeed, the Real Valladolid youngster, who is also a target for Los Blancos’ arch-rivals FC Barcelona, has been on the radars of the club, with an approach even being made to his agents.

However, as per a fresh update from journalist Alberto Pereiro, Fresneda will not be coming to Real Madrid in the current transfer window.

The 18-year-old right-back enjoyed a solid season with Valladolid in 2022/23 and made a distinct impression, even though his club ended up getting relegated.

Impressed by his displays, Real Madrid and Barcelona are among several top clubs to have taken an interest in the teenager, who is understood to have a €20 million release clause in his contract.

It must be noted that Fresneda spent four years within the Real Madrid youth setup between 2014 and 2018 before departing for Leganes. Two years later he ended up at Valladolid.

However, as things stand, the former Real Madrid academy trainee will not be returning to the Spanish capital this summer. As a matter of fact, there are unlikely to be any more signings at the Santiago Bernabeu in the current window, barring Kylian Mbappe if he agrees to leave PSG.

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Real Madrid out-of-favour defender now unlikely to leave the club

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Real Madrid missed out on the signing of Leny Yoro after deciding not to match Manchester United’s offer for the 18-year-old defender.

With the French prodigy now on his way to the Premier League, Los Blancos are assessing their options before deciding whether to sign a new centre-back or not.

As things stand, the reigning champions of Spain and Europe seem to be leaning towards relying on their existing options rather than going into the market.

Jesus Vallejo unlikely to leave

As such, MARCA reports that the likelihood of Jesus Vallejo leaving the club have now significantly reduced.

Indeed, the 27-year-old out-of-favour defender now appears more and more likely to continue at Real Madrid beyond this summer.

Set to stay. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Vallejo returned to the Santiago Bernabeu after finishing his loan stint at Granada during which he hardly played due to injury and fitness woes.

As such, reports suggested that Carlo Ancelotti & co. were not planning on counting on him next season, even though he was handed a new shirt number recently.

But with the Leny Yoro operation collapsing and Real Madrid not keen on recruiting anyone from the market at this point, the Spanish ace is now unlikely to leave the club.

With David Alaba still sidelined, Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao will start the new season as the first-choice centre-back pairing and Vallejo will serve as the backup while Aurelien Tchouameni will also be an option.

Vallejo, for his part, wanted to stay put and see out his contract which expires in 2025. And, as things stand, it appears that the player will get his wish.

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