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La Liga defender coy on impending summer move to Real Madrid: “Bit up in the air”

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Speaking during an interview on Vamos (h/t Mundo Deportivo), Rayo Vallecano defender Fran Garcia remained coy on his reported summer transfer to former club Real Madrid at the end of the season.

Garcia is a graduate of the Real Madrid youth academy, but joined Rayo Vallecano in 2020, initially on loan, before the move was made permanent a year later. Since then, he has grown into a vital part of the team and has been one of the best-performing left-backs in La Liga.

Real Madrid have had their eyes on the 23-year-old for some time now. And during the January transfer window, when Bayer Leverkusen made a move to sign him, Los Blancos decided to exercise the first-refusal option and sign him at the end of the season.

Garcia has a €10 million release clause in his Rayo Vallecano contract. Considering that Real Madrid still own 50% of his rights, the club will be signing him for just €5 million.

An official confirmation has not been made by either club, but according to various reliable media outlets, the deal is good as done. However, Fran Garcia, during his interview, refused to acknowledge the transfer, stating that he remains contracted with Rayo until 2025.

“I have said it many times: I am a Rayo player until 2025. I have a contract and I am delighted and proud to belong to Rayo because it is the club that has given me the opportunity to grow professionally, to take that step forward once I left Castilla and I will always be grateful to them,” he said.

“It’s true that there’s a lot of talk about the end of the season, but it’s all a bit up in the air. It’s true that there’s a lot of talk, but it’s already been said even by Madrid that at the end of the season they will decide what the situation is and what’s going on with the squad,” Garcia explained.

“I’m going to try to do my best to keep growing and keep improving day by day. That’s my objective.”

During the interview, Garcia also opened up on his chance to sign for Bayer Leverkusen and why the move did not go through as he said:

“It was an opportunity to reach European competition, Xabi Alonso also told me that he wanted me to join now in the winter window. But it didn’t only depend on me, it also depended on Rayo and they also had to communicate it to Madrid.

“In the end, it was decided to finish the season here and at the end of the season to see what happened. I told Rayo that I was happy to be here.”

While Garcia might not be willing to spill the beans on his impending move to Real Madrid as of yet, reports suggest that the Merengues are very happy with how he has been performing at Rayo Vallecano and consider him a great investment for the present and future.

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Transfer Triumph: In-demand defender picks Real Madrid above other suitors

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Real Madrid have received a major transfer boost as Lille defender, Leny Yoro, has chosen to join Los Blancos over other interested clubs, reports Alejandro Alcazar via SPORT.

When Paris Saint-Germain attempted to negotiate a deal with Lille, offering more money than Real Madrid, Yoro made it clear he preferred the Spanish giants. 

Despite PSG’s efforts, including meetings with Yoro’s representatives, they could not convince him to change his mind.

Interestingly, the outlet mentions that Yoro is following a similar path to his compatriot Aurelien Tchouameni, who also chose Real Madrid despite competition from PSG and several Premier League teams. 

Real Madrid really value Yoro

Real Madrid see Yoro as a valuable addition, especially with the recent departure of Nacho. This move has made it crucial for the club to find a reliable replacement, and Yoro is their chosen candidate. 

It is to be noted that Yoro has one year remaining on his contract with Lille, who initially asked for a hefty €100 million transfer fee. 

Leny Yoro has picked Real Madrid over PSG, Liverpool and Man United. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

This amount was considered too high for a player who could leave for free after a year. Lille eventually reduced the asking price to €60 million, an amount that PSG and other clubs like Manchester United and Liverpool were willing to meet. 

However, Real Madrid were not prepared to pay more than €30 million, knowing that Yoro wanted to join them and could do so for free next year.

What is Real Madrid’s strategy?

It is said that Real Madrid’s initial plan was to let Yoro play one more year at Lille and sign him for free in 2025. They were even ready to offer Yoro a special signing bonus, similar to what they did with David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger, which would be added to his salary. 

But Nacho’s departure changed everything. Real Madrid now urgently need a fourth central defender, prompting them to enter negotiations with Lille, something they had previously avoided.

To secure Yoro’s signing this summer, Real Madrid are considering raising their offer to €40 million, including performance-based bonuses. 

Lille might accept this offer, knowing that Yoro could either join Real Madrid now or stay for another year and leave for free.

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