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Chelsea, PSG interested in 21-year-old Real Madrid defensive prodigy – report



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Rafa Marin’s future at Real Madrid is extremely uncertain and it was made evident by the fact that the towering defender was not named in the 25-man squad that will travel to the United States for the pre-season.

It has been reported in Spain that Real Betis are close to securing a loan move for the centre-half.

But if a recent report from Mundo Deportivo is to be believed, the likes of Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea are also chasing his signature.

The outlet went on to claim that Marin, who previously trained in the Sevilla youth academy, currently has several offers on the table and he is yet to make a decision. 

The report goes on to claim that Villarreal are also among the suitors for the 21-year-old defensive prospect. The Yellow Submarine have lost Pau Torres this summer and are looking to sign a replacement this summer.

At 21 years of age, Marin needs to make a big decision. Of course, the teams approaching him have seen the obvious potential in his defensive capabilities.

At this stage, while he has trained with the senior team multiple times under Carlo Ancelotti, he is yet to make a first-team appearance and this could be a driving factor while deciding his future.

At present, a move to Betis seems extremely likely. Real Madrid are still in negotiations with their fellow La Liga side over Marin’s temporary departure. The idea is that the 21-year-old will first sign a new contract with Real Madrid since his current deal expires in 2024, and will then move to Betis on a season-long loan.

Interestingly enough, Manuel Pellegrini’s side are also pushing for an option to buy the defender at the end of his loan tenure. So there are several such details that need to be sorted out. At the same time, however, one cannot dismiss the interest from the likes of PSG and Chelsea.

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Bellingham on his special assist in Girona 0-3 Real Madrid: “Been watching Luka every day”



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Real Madrid usurped the top spot in the La Liga standings from arch-rivals FC Barcelona as they defeated Girona 3-0 away at Estadi Montilivi.

It was a fine performance from Carlo Ancelotti’s men against Michel’s side, with the returning Jude Bellingham leading the way for his team.

After being benched against Las Palmas in midweek, the England international returned to the starting XI today and turned in yet another Man of the Match display for Real Madrid.

It all started with Joselu opening the scoring just 15 minutes into the game, with Bellingham assisting the goal with a special, outside-of-the-boot pass from the left side, bringing back memories of Luka Modric doing something similar a few years ago.

Talking about that special pass, Bellingham said: “I’ve been watching Luka every day for months. I just want to be creative. It took the pressure off us at the start.”

On the match and the result, the 20-year-old stated that it was a good day across the board for Real Madrid, as he said: “It was an important win. They were doing very well. We made a statement of intent to La Liga. Three goals, a clean sheet….”

It has been a truly remarkable start to life at Real Madrid for Bellingham and expressing how he feels to play for the Merengues, he exclaimed:

“I feel very good. I have freedom of movement and I’m enjoying football. Whenever I put on this shirt I always try to do my best.”

Apart from assisting Joselu’s opener, Bellingham also got his name on the scoresheet in the second period. Talking about his goal, the wonderkid said:

“It wasn’t a very good finish. I could have scored some more, but the important thing is the victory.”

The strike meant that Bellingham now has seven goals and two assists across all competitions for Real Madrid. Reflecting on his brilliant start, he said:

“It’s a good start, not bad. I would like to continue on this path and I won’t always score or assist, but I will always give my best.”

Bellingham’s celebration has been a huge hit, with kids in school, players from other clubs, and many others mimicking it. When asked how his special celebration originated, he replied:

“I don’t know where I first celebrated. I think it was with Birmingham. It’s an inspiration to see kids doing it in schools. It’s a wonderful thing.”

Source: AS

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