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AC Milan interested in 21-year-old Real Madrid youngster – report

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Real Madrid youngster Rafa Marin is enjoying a solid season away on loan at Deportivo Alaves in La Liga.

The 21-year-old was allowed to leave on a temporary basis last summer so that he could gain experience in the top flight and the move has worked out well.

So much so that, Real Madrid are considering having Marin in the first-team squad next season under Carlo Ancelotti.

But there remain question marks about whether he would get minutes considering that Los Blancos already have Antonio Rudiger, David Alaba and Eder Militao, with the club also looking to add Leny Yoro.

Furthermore, even though reports suggest Nacho will leave, it is still not guaranteed either.

AC Milan eye Rafa Marin

Amidst this, Serie A giants AC Milan have emerged as possible suitors for Rafa Marin for the summer transfer window.

This is according to local Italian publication MilanNews.it, which reports that the Rossoneri have made the signing of a new central defender a priority for the summer.

Rafa Marin has impressed at Alaves. (Photo by CESAR MANSO/AFP via Getty Images)

It has led to the club’s directors Antonio D’Ottavio and Geoffrey Moncada looking at possible targets, with Marin emerging as a contender.

Milan are understood to have watched the 21-year-old Real Madrid loanee in action for Alaves this season and have been impressed by what they have seen.

It is no secret that Real Madrid and AC Milan have a good working relationship, having worked on multiple deals in recent times like the loans for Brahim Diaz and Alex Jimenez.

However, whether Real Madrid are willing to let Marin leave next summer remains to be seen considering that their lack of depth at the centre-back position was exposed due to injuries this season.

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‘Will have to put my feelings aside’ – Bellingham on facing Borussia Dortmund in UCL final

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It has been a special debut season for Jude Bellingham at Real Madrid.

Since arriving from Borussia Dortmund in a deal worth €103 million, plus add-ons, last summer, the 20-year-old sensation has become an instant hit at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Despite his form declining a bit in the second half of the season, Bellingham has racked up returns of 23 goals and 12 assists from 41 games in all competitions.

A special game for Bellingham

Having won La Liga and the Spanish Super Cup, Bellingham now has the chance to end the season in the most epic ways possible by lifting the UEFA Champions League, against his former club, in his homeland.

As such, Saturday’s UCL final at Wembley, against Dortmund, is set to be a special one for the young phenom, and he acknowledged as much during an interview today.

“It’s a very special game for me but I’ll have to put feelings aside. It’s been a great season, they’ve made me feel very welcome and I’ve enjoyed playing football with them,” said Bellingham, as quoted by Mundo Deportivo.

Bellingham faces his former club in the UCL final. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

When asked if he had been in touch with any of his former Dortmund teammates ahead of Saturday’s showpiece event, Bellingham replied:

“I’ve spoken to Sancho, we said we’d meet there. He took me under his wing when I came to Dortmund and that meant a lot to me.”

On how Real Madrid can win the game

Earlier today, Carlo Ancelotti was asked if he had sought any information from Bellingham to prepare a strategy to beat Borussia Dortmund.

The midfielder himself was asked by the media as to how Real Madrid can get past his former club at Wembley this weekend, to which he replied:

“To win we will have to play at our maximum level, if we are at that level it is very difficult for our opponents. The staff are sure to do a great job analysing Dortmund, I trust them 100 per cent.”

Stressing how it is a dream for him to win the UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid, Bellingham remarked:

“Winning the Champions League is the reason I’m here, I always dreamed of playing for this team, and this team is linked to the Champions League. I want to be a small part of their history.”

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