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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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Real Madrid trailing Premier League heavyweights in UEFA club rankings




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UEFA has announced its latest club rankings, based on the performance of each team in European competitions over the last five seasons, and despite winning the Champions League last season, Real Madrid trail Manchester City in these standings. 

It must be noted that the coefficients of these rankings are calculated purely on the basis of results in European competitions, without considering domestic league performance. The rankings are crucial as they determine the seedings in UEFA competition draws.

Top teams in UEFA rankings

This time, Manchester City haves outshone Real Madrid, topping the list with a coefficient of 123,000 points, while Real Madrid have 119,000 points. Bayern Munich complete the top three with a score of 108,000 points. 

Man City have been incredibly consistent since 2021, securing a Champions League title, reaching a final, and making it to a semi-final, which has propelled them to the top spot in the rankings.

Manchester City are above Real Madrid in UEFA club rankings. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

The competition between Manchester City and Real Madrid has been intense, especially in the Champions League. The two giants of European football have faced each other in four knockout ties since 2020, each winning two ties. 

Their consistent performances have solidified their status as the current powerhouses of European football.

What about the other La Liga teams?

Spanish football, particularly La Liga, is well-represented in these rankings. Alongside Real Madrid, Villarreal, Atletico Madrid, and Barcelona are notable mentions. 

Villarreal, on their part, are in the 7th place after winning the Europa League in 2021 and reaching the Champions League semi-finals in 2022. 

Atletico Madrid are positioned at 17th, just ahead of Barcelona, who is struggling to maintain its usual high ranking. 

Amidst all this, the English Premier League stands out as the dominant force in these rankings. Six of its teams are in the top 20, showcasing the strength and competitiveness of English football. 

The Italian League and the Bundesliga also have a strong presence, each contributing four teams to the top ranks.

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