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.
Real Madrid maintain full confidence in Turkish starlet despite injury woes
Arda Guler’s Real Madrid stint has not gotten off to the start he would have hoped to have given the expectation that preceded the transfer.
Having joined in the summer after Real Madrid outbid their competition to win him over from Fenerbahce for a 20-million-euro fee, buzz was high as the winger was expected to slot into the team quite seamlessly, albeit on a rotational basis.
Unfortunately for the 18-year-old, he has been constantly marred by injuries since completing the move.
Reports have stated that after Guler picked up his third injury since his move, Real Madrid have been concerned and want to take things slow with the player to ensure he is fit as soon as possible after an injury to his quadriceps this time.
The Turk is yet to make his competitive debut for the club, and Real Madrid even sacked their medical chief in November, in light of their injury crises since the beginning of the season.
No loan deal for Guler
However, according to Fabrizio Romano in a recent YouTube video, he states that Madrid maintain full trust and patience in the youngster.
Despite his bad luck with injuries, the latest of which he is scheduled to return from after Christmas, the Galacticos have no intention of loaning out Guler to Turkish clubs despite lots of speculation of them doing so of late.
Romano states that Madrid remain firm on not shaking things up too much with the squad, and they want to keep their roster stable, including Arda Guler.
They want to extend their full support and protection to the player as he aims to return to full fitness and finally make his bow for Madrid either by the end of this month or in 2024.