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Ancelotti makes huge prediction about exit-bound Real Madrid youngster

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Rafa Marin was the second Real Madrid defender to leave the club this summer, following in the steps of Nacho Fernandez.

The young centre-back prodigy, who never actually featured for Real Madrid in a competitive game, joined Napoli for a fee of €12 million, which can potentially go up to €22 million.

Real Madrid have a buyback clause worth €25 million, which can be activated by 2026. But the figure would rise up to €35 million by 2027.

Carlo Ancelotti’s big prediction for Rafa Marin

Rafa Marin’s move to Napoli made sense for all parties involved. It was clear that the defender was not part of Carlo Ancelotti’s plans at Real Madrid while Napoli were desperate for a defensive reinforcement.

Despite not giving Marin a chance in the first-team, however, Ancelotti appears to rate the Spaniard quite highly.

According to MARCA, Ancelotti has made a big prediction for the young defensive prodigy, backing him to succeed in Serie A.

Can Rafa Marin prove himself at Napoli? (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

When Real Madrid were negotiating with Napoli, Antonio Conte called Ancelotti to know more about the player.

Without much hesitation, Ancelotti told Conte that Rafa will become one of the strongest centre-backs in the near future.

Ancelotti’s trust in Rafa Marin’s capabilities could go a long way in boosting his confidence as he gears up for a new chapter in his career.

An option for Real Madrid in the future?

Needless to say, Rafa Marin’s success at Napoli could be hugely beneficial to Real Madrid as they hold a buyback clause in the player’s contract.

However, it must be noted that Napoli can increase the valuation of the release clause if they have an additional €10 million. Even so, Marin’s release clause would go up to a maximum of €70 million.

For now, Real Madrid will monitor Marin’s progress closely, as he looks to make an impact in Serie A.

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Just in: Real Madrid’s defensive target picks up fresh injury

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Real Madrid are in active negotiations with LOSC Lille for the transfer of Leny Yoro. After weeks of impasse, the club appear to have made some ground in the race to sign the Frenchman.

However, should the Yoro deal fall through in the coming weeks, Real Madrid have identified Lazio’s Mario Gila as the ideal alternative.

Formerly of RM Castilla, Gila currently plies his trade for Lazio and has emerged as a key defensive lynchpin for the Italian outfit, impressing onlookers with his technique and discipline.

Mario Gila picks up fresh injury

However, in a major development, it appears Mario Gila has picked up a fresh injury during training, reports Diario AS.

In the pre-season camp at Auronzo di Cadore, Gila appears to have fractured his left foot and could be out for several weeks.

Fresh setback for Mario Gila (Photo by Marco Rosi – SS Lazio/Getty Images)

Lazio confirmed the defender’s injury, stating, “Mario Gila underwent clinical and instrumental examinations which revealed a fracture of the phalanx of the big toe of his left foot, suffered during training.”

Gila has started taking the appropriate treatment and the extent of his injury will be known soon. However, as things stand, the defender could be out for at least the next few weeks.

What does this mean for Real Madrid?

Mario Gila’s fresh injury setback is sure to dwindle any hopes of a potential return to Real Madrid this summer.

In any case, Gila’s chances of returning to Santiago Bernabeu were slim given that Real Madrid have finally made some ground in the deal to sign top defensive target Leny Yoro.

Los Blancos, though, would have liked having someone like Gila available as an alternative, especially with LOSC Lille still demanding a fortune for the Frenchman.

Unfortunately, that might not be an option anymore, no thanks to Gila’s injury. The club, though, will keep a close eye on the Spaniard’s injury situation, knowing he could return to fitness before the end of the summer break.

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