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23-year-old La Liga defender admits desire to join Real Madrid: “One of my dreams”

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Strong financial regulations in recent years have limited the purchasing power of elite clubs in football. The same institutions that would have turned to the market for a small void now look to their academies for possible solutions.

Real Madrid’s situation is not very different. Los Blancos see the attacking midfield and centre-forward positions as the departments in need of urgent signings and consider the full-back position to be well covered.

However, it is no secret that they need a new left-back to keep Ferland Mendy on his feet.

Fran Garcia, a former Real Madrid prospect, now playing for Rayo Vallecano, has been linked with a move back to the Spanish capital club in recent windows.

While Real Madrid are yet to decide on a move, the player spoke openly about a possible return to the Bernabeu.

Commenting on whether he would like to return to his former club, the 23-year-old did not have to think twice before sharing his thoughts.

“I have always said it and never hidden it: one of my dreams is to return to Real Madrid,” he told Sergio Santos (h/t Fabrizio Romano).

Garcia also gave an insight into his failed return to the club last summer which fell apart at the last minute because of unrevealed factors.

“My return to Real Madrid last summer depended on certain movements, movements that didn’t happen.”

A former La Fabrica trainee, Garcia grew through the Real Madrid ranks but left for Rayo Vallecano in 2020, initially on loan, before the move was made permanent last year.

The youngster has played in each of Rayo Vallecano’s 12 games so far this season, averaging over seven defensive actions per game and providing one assist. He is expected to start against Real Madrid at the weekend.

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Real Madrid €25 million-rated ace receives offer from Arsenal – report

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Real Madrid goalkeeper Andriy Lunin is at a crossroads in his career, with several offers on the table, including one from Premier League club Arsenal, according to a report from Diario AS

It is understood that Lunin has grown tired of playing second fiddle to Thibaut Courtois at Real Madrid and he feels that his performance last season warrants more playing time and equal opportunities. 

Although he will start training with Real Madrid today, it does not guarantee his future at the club.

Real Madrid, on their part, have offered Lunin a contract renewal, which he has yet to respond to. The club has proposed a renewal that would extend his stay until 2029, but the 25-year-old is still unsure about committing.

However, his hesitation is fueled by advice from those close to him, who encourage him to seek opportunities outside of Real Madrid. 

The situation is complicated

Lunin’s situation is complicated. Despite having a contract that runs until 2025, he has received numerous offers, some quite attractive, such as the one from Arsenal. 

Arsenal are interested in signing Andriy Lunin. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

However, Lunin remains undecided about his next move. His uncertainty is understandable given the setbacks he has faced, such as Courtois securing the starting position in crucial matches like the one at Wembley in the UEFA Champions League final. 

Lunin had shone in games against Leipzig, Manchester, and Munich, earning praise for his performances, yet he still finds himself in Courtois’ shadow.

The dilemma Lunin faces is significant, as his decision will impact several stakeholders. If he decides to leave Real Madrid, the club will need to find a replacement, with Kepa Arrizabalaga being a potential candidate

On the other hand, if Lunin chooses to stay, Real Madrid have no plans to alter their treatment of him.

For now, everyone is eagerly awaiting Lunin’s decision. His future is hanging in the balance, with the potential to shift the dynamics at Real Madrid and affect his career trajectory significantly. 

Will he stay and continue to fight for his place, or will he seize a new opportunity with a different club, perhaps in the Premier League? Only time will tell, but one thing is clear: Lunin’s next move will be a pivotal moment in his career.

*Player valuation in title obtained from transfermarkt.com on date of publication

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