During the summer transfer window, Real Madrid parted ways with a number of their young talents from the Castilla squad, with the likes of Sergio Arribas, Marvin Park, and Carlos Dotor departing.
Another player who could have left the club for a new adventure was winger Peter Federico. The 21-year-old La Fabrica talent was wanted by Valencia and a deal appeared close only for Los Che to pull the plug on the operation.
Valencia rekindle interest in Peter
Now, though, as per Cadena Cope (h/t Mundo Deportivo), Valencia have rekindled their interest in Peter and wish to sign him on loan from Real Madrid during the January transfer window.
The 21-year-old winger has risen through the academy ranks and is regarded highly within the club. Peter has also made three first-team appearances for Los Blancos, all of which came during the 2021/22 campaign.
A regular in Raul’s Castilla side, the forward has scored and assisted a goal apiece from 11 matches in the ongoing season.
But he feels ready to make the step up to the next level, much like Arribas (Almeria), Dotor (Celta Vigo), and Rafa Marin (on loan at Alaves).
And with Valencia also eager to push through a loan deal, there may be a good chance that Peter ends up leaving Real Madrid on a temporary arrangement come January 2024.
Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Napoli | UCL GW 5
Real Madrid are back in the Champions League following their impressive win against Cadiz on the weekend as they host Napoli at the Santiago Bernabeu for gameweek five.
They have already secured qualification to the round of 16, and even a point today would secure first place in the group.
With several players still injured, Carlo Ancelotti has opted for his best available starting lineup, with Daniel Carvajal taking responsibility of the captain’s armband at right-back. He will be aided by Ferland Mendy, who starts on the other side.
Meanwhile, in between them, David Alaba returns to the fold as the starting centre-back, partnering Antonio Rudiger. This duo has the responsibility of screening Andriy Lunin, who continues in goal in Kepa and Thibaut Courtois’ absence.
With both Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni out, Toni Kroos gets the chance to play as the holding midfielder for two games in a row. Federico Valverde retains his spot, as well, while Dani Ceballos comes in for the injured Luka Modric in central midfield.
Rodrygo will spearhead the team’s frontline as one of the two twin forwards, while Brahim Diaz gets the nod over Joselu. Jude Bellingham is the final, and arguably the most important piece of the puzzle, playing behind the front-two.
Confirmed Madrid XI: Lunin; Carvajal, Rudiger, Alaba, Mendy; Valverde, Kroos, Ceballos; Bellingham; Diaz, Rodrygo