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Out-of-favour Real Madrid defender keen to stay despite having offers to leave

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Jesus Vallejo is a player that has featured very sparingly for Real Madrid. The 26-year-old has been with the club since 2015 but spent most of the early years being farmed out on loan.

Since returning from his temporary stint with Granada after the 2020/21 season, the Spaniard has stayed put at the Santiago Bernabeu but has not seen enough minutes under Carlo Ancelotti.

In fact, this past season, Vallejo played only four times across all competitions, clocking a total of just 88 minutes. The 26-year-old is behind Eder Militao, David Alaba, Antonio Rudiger, and Nacho Fernandez in the pecking order at the Spanish capital club.

As such, Real Madrid are open to the possibility of selling Vallejo in the summer transfer window, even though they are very happy with the professionalism and commitment shown by the 26-year-old.

But, according to AS, Vallejo has no desire to leave Real Madrid anytime soon despite having offers to join other clubs this summer.

The centre-half has a contract with the Merengues until the summer of 2025 and wishes to fulfil that, even though he has proposals from clubs within Spain and outside.

Vallejo had been in the news recently after he gave up the No. 5 jersey to new signing Jude Bellingham, for which the England international thanked him. The centre-back will be wearing the No. 24 kit, should he stay put with Real Madrid this summer.

The defender is already working hard on his physical fitness in Zaragoza to prepare for the pre-season which is bound to kick off on July 10. And, as things stand, Vallejo has no plans or thoughts of leaving Real Madrid this summer.

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Real Madrid 23-year-old striker close to finalising a move to Real Valladolid – report

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After two years on loan at Getafe, former Real Madrid striker Juanmi Latasa has returned to the Spanish capital.

His performances, after all, were not enough to coerce his foster club to push for a permanent transfer.

The 23-year-old striker made 32 appearances for Getafe last season, including 15 starts. However, he only had two goals to show for his regular participation and it is safe to label his time at the club as a disappointment.

Now back in Madrid, Latasa is unlikely to get a chance to make a mark at the club. All signs point to a departure in the coming days.

The overwhelming favorite

As revealed in a recent report by Jorge C Picon, several first-division teams in Spain have reported interest in the young striker. Real Valladolid however, are the overwhelming favourites.

The La Liga side are looking for a striker with a good physical presence, height, a strong aerial presence and a knack for goal.

Latasa (L) set to leave Real Madrid. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

Latasa ticks all the boxes they demand and negotiations between the two clubs are expected to progress in the coming days.

Latasa’s sale, at this point, is thus taken for granted. Leganes and Espanyol are some of the other clubs interested in his services.

No scope in Madrid

Carlo Ancelotti, over the years, has not carved out a reputation as one who trusts academy stars heavily. In his defence, however, he has always had superior options available.

Heading into next season, Los Blancos have a packed forward department including Kylian Mbape, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo Goes and Endrick.

Considering that the well-established Joselu himself saw no scope at the club next season, it is safe to say that Latasa understands his situation.

From Real Madrid’s perspective, it remains to be seen if they maintain any leverage on his future.

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