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Out-of-favour Real Madrid defender determined to stay despite lack of minutes

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Real Madrid defender Jesus Vallejo, who is celebrating his 26th birthday today, has no intention to leave the club and is determined to stay at the Santiago Bernabeu.

This claim comes from journalist Jorge C Picon, who states that the centre-back remains intent on staying put and fighting for a place in Carlo Ancelotti’s side despite his lack of minutes.

Vallejo joined Real Madrid back in 2015 from Real Zaragoza in a deal worth €5 million and was immediately loaned back to his boyhood club. Following that, the 26-year-old had a series of loan stints at Eintracht Frankfurt, Wolves and Granada.

Upon returning to Madrid in 2021, Ancelotti decided to keep hold of the Spaniard as additional cover in defence but has not used him all that regularly. Indeed, Vallejo played a total of eight matches and 353 minutes last season, while he has featured for just 56 minutes this term.

There had been speculations of an exit in the summer, but Vallejo remained insistent on staying at the Bernabeu despite the arrival of Antonio Rudiger.

And, as per the report from Jorge Picon, the 26-year-old’s stance has not changed this winter either as he wishes to continue at the club despite his lack of prominence in Ancelotti’s plans.

The likes of Eder Militao, David Alaba, Rudiger, and Nacho are all ahead of him and it is unlikely that his situation will improve in the coming months.

But Vallejo, whose contract runs until the summer of 2025, continues to dream of succeeding at Real Madrid and does not plan on leaving anytime soon.

Although he desires to play more, he understands that at a club like Real Madrid, competition for places is always great. Furthermore, the club are also happy with the professionalism and commitment of the defender.

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PSG defender could follow Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid in the summer of 2025

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As PSG brace for the departure of Kylian Mbappe, it is set to mark a before and after in the history of the French club.

All signs point towards the 25-year-old superstar signing for Real Madrid on a free transfer, with an agreement between the two parties getting closer.

And, it may so happen that another PSG star might follow Mbappe to the Santiago Bernabeu, albeit a year later in 2025.

Hakimi could return to Real Madrid

Indeed, according to Mundo Deportivo, Achraf Hakimi could opt to leave PSG in the summer of 2025 and Real Madrid would be a likely destination for the Moroccan right-back.

Hakimi, a former Real Madrid academy graduate, has enjoyed success in Paris since joining them from Inter Milan.

However, the Moroccan international will enter the final year of his contract in 2025, with the deal expiring in 2026. And, both the player and the club could opt to part ways then if a new contract is not agreed upon.

And a return to Real Madrid could be on the cards for Hakimi. He is a player very well considered by Carlo Ancelotti.

The ex-Inter Milan man would also come to reinforce the right-back position, which currently has Dani Carvajal and Lucas Lucas Vazquez, whose contract expires at the end of the season, but could be offered a one-year extension.

Furthermore, Hakimi would be keen to return to the Spanish capital and would even be willing to reduce his current salary, which is over €10 million net. The lure of playing with Mbappe, one of his closest friends, will also be a major appealing factor.

As for Real Madrid, they need to soon find a long-term heir to Carvajal and a player like Hakimi, entering his prime years and familiar with the club could prove to be a shrewd signing.

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