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Official: Real Madrid trio named in Spain squad, no place for new signing



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Ahead of Spain’s UEFA Euro 2024 Qualifiers against Georgia and Cyprus, manager Luis de la Fuente has named the 24-man squad list for the matches.

And, three Real Madrid players have made the cut for the squad, with veteran defender Dani Carvajal being named, along with summer signings Joselu and Kepa Arrizabalaga.

However, in a surprise move, there is no space for another Real Madrid new arrival, Fran Garcia, in the squad, despite it being speculated that the 24-year-old could be in for a starting berth post Jordi Alba’s retirement.

Garcia has made a good start to life at Real Madrid and has impressed in the first three games of the season as well.

But, De la Fuente has preferred Jose Gaya and Alejandro Balde as his options at left-back, leaving Garcia out of the equation.

Former Real Madrid forward Marco Asensio, who left the club this summer, is also on the list of the players called up.

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Real Madrid tracking 19-year-old midfield prospect, Barcelona also keen – report



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Having battled for the signing of Pablo Torre in 2022 and Arda Guler earlier this year, Real Madrid and Barcelona could be set for another transfer battle in the summer of 2024.

Indeed, the two arch-rivals appear to be headed for another El Clasico war for the signing of Celta Vigo midfield prospect Hugo Sotelo.

Real Madrid, Barça tracking Sotelo

Toni Juanmarti of SPORT reports that both Real Madrid and Barcelona are closely following the development and situation of Hugo Sotelo at Celta Vigo.

A product of the Galician club’s youth academy, the 19-year-old made his first-team debut towards the end of the 2021/22 campaign.

Sotelo has made six first-team appearances for Celta, three of which have come in the ongoing campaign after he made a big impression during the pre-season.

A talented individual with great promise, Sotelo’s contract with Celta Vigo expires in 2025 and comes with a release clause worth just €10 million, which makes him an attractive prospect for Real Madrid as well as Barcelona.

Luka Modric could very well be playing his last season at Real Madrid while Toni Kroos’ contract also expires in the summer.

Hugo Sotelo on Real Madrid’s radars. (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)

As such, Los Blancos could look to rope in a young midfielder who could be an option to cover for the likes of Federico Valverde, Jude Bellingham, Dani Ceballos, and Eduardo Camavinga.

Barcelona’s interest could pose a problem

Over the years, Real Madrid and Barcelona have indulged in battles on the pitch and in the transfer market.

The war for the signing of Arda Guler this past summer was the latest such occurrence, with Los Blancos prevailing over their arch-rivals.

However, it must be remembered that Barça had beaten Real Madrid to the capture of Pablo Torre last year.

So, it will be interesting to see if the Merengues do make a move for Sotelo and in case they do, whether they beat Barça to his capture.

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