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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 forward sends clear message over future amidst Barcelona links



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Marco Asensio is fighting for his future at Real Madrid. The 27-year-old winger is out of contract at the end of the season and there is no concrete decision made by the club over his renewal as of yet.

Some reports had suggested that the club had tabled an offer worth €4 million per year, which the Spaniard did not like as he sought a higher pay packet closer to around €6 million-a-year.

With his future a subject of intense speculation, Asensio had been linked with a move away to Premier League clubs such as Arsenal and Liverpool.

Meanwhile, closer to home, there were strong links to Real Madrid’s arch-rivals Barcelona. Indeed, the Catalans have been touted as potential suitors for Asensio for quite some time now due to the fact that he is represented by Jorge Mendes.

The superagent has close ties with Barcelona president Joan Laporta and reports in Spain have suggested that the Real Madrid winger has, indeed, been offered to the current La Liga leaders.

Amidst these speculations, however, Asensio has seemingly made it clear as to where his heart lies as he awaits a decision on his future.

During last night’s El Clasico against Barcelona, the Real Madrid winger came on as a substitute and went on to score a goal, following which he celebrated at Camp Nou, pointing to the Real Madrid logo on his shirt, showing where his allegiances lie.

The goal, however, was disallowed by the VAR, and Los Blancos ended up losing the game 2-1 thanks to a stoppage-time winner by Franck Kessie.

Earlier today, Asensio took to Instagram and posted a picture of him celebrating with his finger pointing to the Real Madrid logo, reiterating his commitment to the club amidst the links to Barcelona.

As for his disallowed goal, it sparked an angry reaction from Carlo Ancelotti, who questioned the legitimacy of the decision made by the VAR during his post-match press conference.

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