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Ancelotti likes Real Madrid teenager, but no decision made on first-team promotion

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Alvaro Rodriguez is quickly making a name for himself among the Real Madrid fanbase. The young striker made his senior debut earlier this season in a Copa del Rey encounter and got his maiden La Liga appearance this past weekend versus CA Osasuna.

The 18-year-old has been performing well for Castilla under Raul Gonzalez, scoring five goals in 16 games. And, on his La Liga debut this past weekend, the Uruguayan prospect made an impact after coming on as a sub, getting an assist on the night.

Now, The Athletic’s Mario Cortegana has come out with a detailed report on how Rodriguez’s signing at Real Madrid came about and what plans the club have for the teenage striker.

Rodriguez started his footballing journey at the Girona youth academy, close to FC Barcelona. But the Blaugrana did not make an attempt to sign him at any point as they felt he did not possess the “Barça DNA”.

And, Real Madrid took advantage of this situation and quickly swooped in. The report adds that Rodriguez has always been a fan of the Merengues and had his eyes set only on a move to the Spanish capital club after learning of their interest.

There were some concerns about the youngster and whether he was suited to playing as a left-winger, a position he used to feature in during his youth days.

But, gradually, under the eyes of the coaches at the club, the Uruguayan youth international has been polished and developed carefully. The report states that Castilla boss Raul Gonzalez has taken a special liking to the 18-year-old and has shown great belief and faith in the youngster.

As for his prospects with the first team, Cortegana writes that Carlo Ancelotti and his staff really like Alvaro Rodriguez. However, a decision over a permanent promotion to the senior team for the striker for the next season is yet to be made.

It is stated that Rodriguez could continue with Castilla for another year, especially if Raul’s side earn promotion to La Liga 2, while he will be called up to train with the seniors as and when needed.

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Lille reject €50 million offer from Premier League giants for Real Madrid target

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A recent report from Mundo Deportivo has revealed that Lille have turned down a €50 million offer from Liverpool for Leny Yoro, a young player who is also a target for Real Madrid.

Yoro, who is just 18 years old, has caught the attention of several major European clubs during this summer’s transfer window. 

Among these clubs are Liverpool, Manchester United, and Paris Saint-Germain, all eager to sign the talented centre-back from Lille. However, they are all competing with Real Madrid, who are also very interested in Yoro.

According to sources in England, Lille recently rejected Liverpool’s offer of €50 million for the player. 

While this amount is close to what Lille have been asking for, they have set a price tag of €60 million and are in no mood to lower their demands.

Real Madrid continue to lead the race

The main challenge for clubs interested in Yoro is that many believe he has already decided to join Real Madrid

Lille have turned down €50 million offer from Liverpool for Leny Yoro. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Despite this, Real Madrid have not made a formal move to negotiate with Lille, as they are unwilling to meet the €60 million asking price.

In the meantime, other clubs hoping to sign Yoro are relying on the chance that he might reconsider and choose a different team over Real Madrid. 

Liverpool, in particular, have been doubtful about their chances of securing Yoro, mainly because of Real Madrid’s interest.

Yoro wants Real Madrid

Discussions about Yoro have been widespread recently, with many suggesting that the player is aware of Real Madrid’s interest and is waiting for them to prioritise his transfer. 

However, the main sticking point remains Lille’s demand and Real Madrid, knowing that Yoro’s contract expires in the summer of 2025, are not willing to pay that much.

Given that Yoro has only one year left on his contract after this summer, Real Madrid are reluctant to enter a bidding war and pay more than they think is reasonable. 

Reports indicate that Real Madrid are not prepared to offer more than €30 million for the player.

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