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Barcelona will not move for Real Madrid attacker to avoid conflict between clubs
After it emerged that Marco Asensio will leave Real Madrid at the end of his contract this summer, a long line of suitors have forth to sign him up as a free agent.
There is interest from the likes of Aston Villa, AC Milan, and Juventus while PSG are already in advanced negotiations over a move for the 27-year-old.
Apart from these clubs, another team to have shown an interest in Asensio are Real Madrid’s arch-rivals Barcelona.
Indeed, according to a report from Mundo Deportivo, the Blaugrana like the Spanish international a lot and believe that he would be a perfect fit in their squad.
The club’s sports management team is high on Asensio while manager Xavi Hernandez is also understood to be a strong admirer. As such the report states that Barça believe that his signing would elevate the level of the team and make them much stronger, especially in Europe.
However, despite their admiration towards Asensio, Barcelona are not looking to sign him even though he would be available for free this summer.
This is because the La Liga champions do not wish to create a conflict between themselves and Real Madrid by moving for the Spaniard right after he has left the Santiago Bernabeu.
Barcelona believe that Los Blancos could take it as an offense if they signed Asensio now and could go after one of their own players. As such, they will avoid making an attempt for the winger even though his agent, Jorge Mendes, is a close aid of the Catalan club’s president, Joan Laporta.
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Real Madrid youngster impresses Ancelotti, Kroos, and Messi in training – report
Real Madrid have a host of talent coming through their youth setup, with the likes of Sergio Arribas, Vinicius Tobias, and Nico Paz impressing the club through their performances with Real Madrid Castilla.
Paz, especially, has been touted as one of the biggest talents coming through the Madrid academy. He is considered ‘the’ talent from the youth setup, with a lot of expectations around him.
A midfielder by trade, Paz has seemingly impressed two of the biggest names in world football, according to MARCA.
One of them is Toni Kroos, who has watched Paz closely during training with the senior team. The German complimented him, as well, saying, “This boy should train with us every day because he is terrific.”
He has also seemingly created an impression on none other than Lionel Messi, while the two were training with Argentina together.
Carlo Ancelotti has also joined the praise parade for Paz, “He has projections to play in the first team. He is doing very well with Arbeloa and the times he was used by Raúl he has also done very well at Castilla.”
Paz has already been included in the squad list for two games so far this season, and will continue to train with Real Madrid’s senior squad. He is also expected to be a part of los blancos’ pre-season tour, after which he could get minutes next season.
Real Madrid have renewed the Argentine’s contract up until 2027, as they wanted to lock him down quickly for the long-term. There, is however, a chance he could leave Madrid on lock next season to get minutes with a senior division side.