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21-year-old Real Madrid striker ‘one step away’ from joining La Liga rivals



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Real Madrid striker Juanmi Latasa is inching closer to securing a loan move away to fellow La Liga club Rayo Vallecano, reports MARCA.

The 21-year-old striker is a product of Real Madrid’s La Fabrica youth setup, having joined in 2015. He has progressed at an impressive rate through the ranks and become a key player of the Castilla team over the past couple of seasons.

Indeed, Latasa has made 50 appearances for Real Madrid Castilla, scoring 18 goals and setting up one more. He made his senior debut for the Merengues in May earlier this year, featuring as a substitute in a La Liga clash against Cadiz.

With Luka Jovic departing and Mariano Diaz also likely to leave, Latasa would have been expected to make the step up to the first-team setup as a backup for Karim Benzema.

However, Carlo Ancelotti hardly afforded the young Spaniard any minutes during the pre-season, indicating that he was not a part of his plans for the new campaign.

Latasa has since been on the lookout for a club and has now seemingly found his next destination. The report states that the 21-year-old striker is ‘one step away’ from completing a loan move to Rayo Vallecano, despite there being interest from Cadiz and Mallorca.

Under Andoni Iraola, Rayo Vallecano have been known to back young talents which would have appealed to Latasa. At the same time, a move to Vallecas means that the 21-year-old would continue living in the capital.

A loan move seems the right choice for the young striker as regular game-time in La Liga could help him earn valuable experience, preparing him for life at Real Madrid in the future.

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  1. Abdulhakeem Abubakar Mahmud

    August 24, 2022 at 8:01 pm

    Juanmi Latasa should be given a chance to be backup for Benzema this season instead of loaning him out because Hazard is not reliable as false nine.

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Official: Real Madrid duo start for Spain against Luka Modric’s Croatia



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Spain will begin their UEFA Euro 2024 journey in a little over an hour with a clash against Croatia at the Olympiastadion in Berlin.

Ahead of the match, Luis de la Fuente has announced the starting lineup that will be taking the field for La Roja and two Real Madrid stars feature in the team.

Indeed, Los Blancos’ captain Nacho Fernandez gets the nod as one of the centre-backs amid some injury concerns for Spain.

Meanwhile, Dani Carvajal holds on to his usual place as the right-back for La Roja against Croatia.

There is no place in the starting lineup for Real Madrid forward Joselu, though, with De la Fuente preferring Alvaro Morata as his No. 9 instead.

Meanwhile, Croatia have also announced their starting lineup, and Real Madrid midfielder and legend Luka Modric starts in midfield and also captains the team against two of his club teammates today.

Former Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic also features for Croatia against Spain.

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