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Argentine academy youngster impresses Carlo Ancelotti in Real Madrid pre-season



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Nico Paz has been a pleasant surprise during Real Madrid’s preseason tour, and has quickly shown his immense technical quality.

And according to Spanish journalist Jorge Picon, the Argentine 18-year-old could soon see himself involved in the Galacticos first team dynamics after catching coach Carlo Ancelotti’s eye.

Picon says that initially, there were no plans to include him for the USA tour, an unfortunate injury to Dani Ceballos provided an opportunity for Nico to join the team, and he has made the most of it.

He has also impressed fellow teammates, showcasing his talent in the matches against AC Milan and Manchester United, earning high praise.

But it is during training that he has truly shined, reportedly displaying excellent technique and remarkable confidence.

No holding back. (Photo by MARK FELIX/AFP via Getty Images)

He has supposedly taken on a central role in the team, a responsibility usually reserved for Toni Kroos and Luka Modric and he has also seemingly shown his prowess from executing set pieces.

Quality beyond his age

While primarily a right winger, when also shines in midfield where his two-footedness makes him an excellent asset.

Nico Paz exudes maturity beyond his years and doesn’t look like a youth player, and it doesn’t come as much of a surprise given his terrific displays in the UEFA Youth League, which also turned quite a few heads.

Next year, Nico will continue his growth with the Castilla under Raúl, with whom Paz reportedly shares a great relationship.

Ancelotti will doubtless monitor his progress at Castilla, but he may well be given his first team debut in the upcoming season.

If he continues his current trajectory, he could well become one of the cornerstones of the club’s midfield in the years to come, adding even more quality to an already stacked lineup.

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Real Madrid out-of-favour defender now unlikely to leave the club



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Real Madrid missed out on the signing of Leny Yoro after deciding not to match Manchester United’s offer for the 18-year-old defender.

With the French prodigy now on his way to the Premier League, Los Blancos are assessing their options before deciding whether to sign a new centre-back or not.

As things stand, the reigning champions of Spain and Europe seem to be leaning towards relying on their existing options rather than going into the market.

Jesus Vallejo unlikely to leave

As such, MARCA reports that the likelihood of Jesus Vallejo leaving the club have now significantly reduced.

Indeed, the 27-year-old out-of-favour defender now appears more and more likely to continue at Real Madrid beyond this summer.

Set to stay. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Vallejo returned to the Santiago Bernabeu after finishing his loan stint at Granada during which he hardly played due to injury and fitness woes.

As such, reports suggested that Carlo Ancelotti & co. were not planning on counting on him next season, even though he was handed a new shirt number recently.

But with the Leny Yoro operation collapsing and Real Madrid not keen on recruiting anyone from the market at this point, the Spanish ace is now unlikely to leave the club.

With David Alaba still sidelined, Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao will start the new season as the first-choice centre-back pairing and Vallejo will serve as the backup while Aurelien Tchouameni will also be an option.

Vallejo, for his part, wanted to stay put and see out his contract which expires in 2025. And, as things stand, it appears that the player will get his wish.

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