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Fran Garcia talks Real Madrid return, Vinicius, Mendy, Carvajal, Ancelotti: “I feel proud”

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Real Madrid unveiled their first signing of the summer transfer window today as Fran Garcia was presented as the club’s new #20 following his return from Rayo Vallecano.

Having left the Merengues three years ago, the 23-year-old left-back returns to the Santiago Bernabeu in a deal worth €5 million, while signing a four-year contract with the club until the summer of 2027.

At the presentation ceremony earlier today, Garcia was asked how he felt after securing a return to his boyhood club, Real Madrid. In response, the Spaniard said:

“I feel proud. I arrived here at the age of 13 and I am very happy to be here. I’ve always said it: my dream was to come back. Real Madrid is my home and I am very happy.”

“It’s a dream to return to Madrid. I’m a very sincere person. I’ve dedicated myself body and soul to the work I’ve done on the pitch to be able to be here today,” he added.

“Madrid gave me the opportunity to return. It was a very special season for me and when I had the chance to come back, the first people I called were two people who are like my family.”

Reflecting on his time at Rayo Vallecano, Garcia said: “I did my three years of military service at Rayo. As a person and as a player I have grown a lot during these three years there and I am grateful for that. I am a very consistent player and I thank Madrid for that because they instilled it in me since I arrived here.”

“[Rayo] It was the club that gave me the opportunity to take my first step as a professional and I thank them for that,” he further added.

When asked about his idols, the 23-year-old named two Real Madrid legends in the form of Marcelo and Roberto Carlos, as he said:

“I played alongside Marcelo and I’m very fond of him because he held out his hand to me. I have a special affection for Roberto Carlos because I learned from him in my first year at Castilla when I had him next to me.”

There is a lot of excitement among the fans to see Garcia operate on the left flank along with Vinicius Jr, who has now been handed the iconic #7 shirt. Talking about playing with the Brazilian, the left-back said:

“We all know the potential of Vini Jr. I will try to do my best and bring home as many titles as possible.”

On being asked whether he thought that he would never get a chance to return to Real Madrid, Garcia replied:

“I have always thought about the day-to-day, about working with respect for Rayo, for the fans, the shield, and my colleagues. This was my dream, but I am a professional. I was thinking about the day-to-day.”

Garcia, now that he has returned, will have to compete with Ferland Mendy for the left-back spot in Carlo Ancelotti’s team. Talking about the Frenchman and the competition for places, he said:

“Ferland is an incredible player, he has shown that during his time at Madrid. I’m here to do great things at the club.”

When asked if he is ready to become a starter, the defender said: “I’m not here to compete with anyone, I’m here to add to the team and the truth is that being able to come here is an incredible dream.”

On whether he has had any talks with Ancelotti, Garcia replied: “The only time was after the home game. He told me that in a month’s time, we would meet at Valdebebas and I am grateful for his words.”

Garcia had been courting interest from German club Bayer Leverkusen in January, which was one of the reasons that prompted Real Madrid to quickly trigger the buyback option. Opening up on the interest from Bundesliga, the left-back said:

“It’s true that there was interest but Madrid had the option to buy me back and I’m happy with how it all turned out.”

Talking about how he wishes to emulate Real Madrid veteran Dani Carvajal, Garcia said: “He’s a model, of course, for any player. I hope I can have the same trajectory and I want to grow here and be an important player.”

On being asked why not many academy players make it to the first-team at Real Madrid, the left-back answered: “We shouldn’t question the club’s decisions because it’s clear that it’s top of the world. The youth academy is very well looked after and yesterday’s Castilla team proves it.”

Source: Real Madrid TV

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How Manchester United’s pursuit of Dutch star could benefit Real Madrid

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The highly anticipated transfer of Leny Yoro to Real Madrid has encountered an unexpected obstacle, with Manchester United’s surprise entry into the race. 

The Red Devils have successfully negotiated a substantial €50 million+ bid with Lille, leaving Real Madrid’s chances hanging by a thread. 

This means the only factor still in favour of Real Madrid is Yoro’s strong desire to wear the iconic white shirt, a dream he has harboured for a long time.

As things stand, Real Madrid face significant hurdles. For once, Lille are exerting pressure on the player to accept Manchester United’s offer, given its considerable value. 

On the other hand, Real Madrid are hesitant to match this figure, creating a stalemate. Additionally, Manchester United are eager to secure a top-notch defender, especially with the departure of Raphael Varane, a former Real Madrid player. 

This sense of urgency is driving United’s pursuit of Yoro, making them a formidable competitor in the transfer race.

A glimmer of hope for Real Madrid

Despite these challenges, one crucial factor continues to give Real Madrid an edge in the race for Yoro’s signature. 

Leny Yoro only wants to play for Real Madrid. (Photo by SEBASTIEN SALOM-GOMIS/AFP via Getty Images)

As it turns out, Manchester United are also considering Bayern Munich defender Matthijs de Ligt as a priority target. De Ligt has given his nod to the move and has instructed his representatives to disregard other offers. 

This development provides Real Madrid with a much-needed advantage in the pursuit of Yoro, as United’s focus is divided between two top defenders.

While Manchester United have made progress in negotiations with both De Ligt and Yoro, it is unlikely that they will recruit both players. 

Given De Ligt’s readiness to make an immediate move, Manchester United are expected to prioritize his transfer, leaving Real Madrid as the sole contender for Yoro’s signature. 

This twist in the tale gives Real Madrid a glimmer of hope, as they can now focus their efforts on convincing Yoro to join their ranks.

Yoro’s dilemma: To wait for Madrid or join United

Yoro’s preference is to join Real Madrid, but the club has yet to indicate its willingness to match Lille’s accepted fee from Manchester United.

This has led the Ligue 1 club to favour a transfer deal with the Premier League club. 

If Yoro is to make a move this summer, he faces a difficult decision: either wait until 2025 to join Real Madrid for free, which Lille are unlikely to accept, or agree to a transfer to Manchester United, which would benefit the French club. 

The fate of Yoro’s transfer hangs in the balance

Real Madrid are locked in their pursuit of Leny Yoro. (Photo by SAMEER AL-DOUMY/AFP via Getty Images)

The outcome of Yoro’s transfer now hangs precariously in the balance. Real Madrid’s reluctance to match Manchester United’s offer and Yoro’s personal preference for the Spanish giants are the key factors in this high-stakes transfer drama. 

Will Yoro choose to wait for his dream move to Real Madrid or opt for a switch to Manchester United? Only time will tell. 

In the end, Yoro’s transfer will have significant implications for all parties involved. Real Madrid’s hopes of landing their top target hang in the balance, while Manchester United’s urgency to recruit a top defender has thrown a spanner in the works. 

Lille, too, are eager to cash in on their prized asset, and Yoro’s decision will determine the fate of his transfer.

But with United going after De Ligt, it could end up playing into the hands of Real Madrid, helping them land their top target to replace Nacho.

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