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Raul backs Castilla playmaker to become a part of Real Madrid’s first-team plans

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Sergio Arribas is by far one of the most talented players to come out of the Real Madrid academy in recent years.

Currently plying his trade for Castilla, the young playmaker has been a star performer for the subsidiary squad. He has even racked up ten competitive appearances for the Real Madrid senior squad.

In light of his success, RM Castilla head coach Raul has backed Arribas to soon become a part of the Real Madrid first-team. “Sergio Arribas’ time at Castilla is coming to an end. I hope he becomes a part of the first team,” he said (h/t MARCA).

Arribas’ current contract at Real Madrid does not expire until 2025. However, there are growing speculations that the player might not necessarily make a breakthrough in the Real Madrid first team, which in turn, could see him deported elsewhere on a loan deal.

Raul, though, is firm that the Spaniard has what it takes to make an impression at the highest level and believes he should become a part of Carlo Ancelotti’s plans next season.

Luka Modric will not continue for much longer, whereas there are uncertainty looming over the future of Marco Asensio. Their potential exits from Santiago Bernabeu could pave the way for Real Madrid to look for new players.

Arribas, to that end, could be an excellent option. The Spaniard has shown exceptional performances in the Castilla squad this season, not only providing the creative essence but also scoring seven goals.

During his media interaction, Raul did hint that Arribas is already on the radar of the first team, adding, “We have direct communication with Ancelotti and Davide about the matches, they have all the information on everything that happens.”

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‘Give everything to win’ – Real Madrid UCL hero ready for Barcelona challenge

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Andriy Lunin was Real Madrid’s main protagonist in the club’s narrow win over Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals.

Lunin is going to be in focus once again as Real Madrid brace themselves for another important encounter against Barcelona.

Speaking ahead of this crucial tie, Lunin talked about how Real Madrid will put the title race to an end if they can secure a win over Barça.

Lunin on Barcelona – Real Madrid clash

“It is clear that Clásico is a very important match. We are all clear that winning this Sunday can almost solve the League,” Lunin told TVE (h/t Mundo Deportivo).

“We have prepared ourselves in the best possible way to take three points, which are very important.”

Real Madrid are indeed heading into this game with a solid eight-point lead over Barcelona in the league table.

A win this evening could help them extend that gap to 11 points, effectively ruling Barça out of the title race.

Lunin is focused ahead of the Barcelona tie (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Real Madrid have attained an excellent record against Barcelona of late. Lunin, though, believes past encounters do not matter in a Clasico.

“In a match between Real Madrid and Barcelona the things that have happened are forgotten and everyone is concentrating,” the Ukrainian added.

Lunin went on to talk about Real Madrid’s gruelling schedule, with the Spanish giants coming on the back of a 120-minute encounter against Man City.

“It is true that last stretch of the season is very demanding. The team played 120 minutes in Manchester, it was good to suffer and overcome difficulties. Now we have Barça at home, with our people and we have no choice but to give everything to win,” he said.

Lunin also talked about his watered-down celebration following his penalty heroics against Man City, adding, “I am a quiet and rather shy person, but within me, I had tremendous joy. I already said after the game that I was the happiest person in the world.”

Finally, the goalkeeper was asked about his future at Real Madrid, with his current deal at Santiago Bernabeu expiring in 2025.

“Real Madrid has been a dream since I was little, but now it is time for the most important games of the season and we have to be focused because we have to get the best result from what we have left. Then we will talk about the papers (contract) and other things,” he concluded.

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