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Real Madrid 19-year-old prospect wanted by La Liga rivals

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19-year-old Cesar Palacios has become an integral part of Real Madrid Castilla’s setup since he arrived in 2020.

The youngster has made 26 starts and 34 appearances for Raul’s side in the Primera Federacion this season, scoring two goals and establishing himself as a mainstay in the middle of the park.

Despite the club hierarchy holding the youngster in high regard, however, the player’s future looks to be increasingly away from the Spanish capital, especially given the competition for a place in the first-team midfield.

Interest from the Basque country

As revealed by AS, Athletic Club are highly interested in Palacios’ signing, and not for the first time. Having failed to sign him both last season and in the summer of 2020, they are back in the hunt for his signing.

His move, however, will not be easy for a multitude of reasons.

The Basque side hope to sign the player giving Real Madrid 50% of his rights, a clause that has become a norm for Castilla players in recent years.

They offer him a place in the subsidiary setup, with occasional call-ups to the senior side based on his performances.

While the proposal does tempt the teenager, the Real Madrid management see the youngster as one of the academy’s crown jewels and will not let go of him easily.

After all, he signed an extension until 2027 just two years ago.

The family factor

Athletic Club have a long-standing tradition of only recruiting players with their roots directly in the Basque country.

Any new player, thus, must have been born in one of the seven provinces of Euskal Herria, a condition Palacios does not meet.

The Real Madrid star’s father, however, was born in Pamplona and does meet the required criteria, leaving the Athletic Club management in a dilemma.

The Basque side are thus now in a debate of being the son of an individual born within their accepted jurisdiction stands sufficient to grant a place in the team. Only time will tell.

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Just in – Kylian Mbappe to opt out of Olympics, will join Real Madrid in August

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Real Madrid are confident that Kylian Mbappe will not participate in the Paris Olympic Games, and as a result, they expect him to join their preseason squad in August, according to a striking report from SPORT.

The club has made it clear that they will not make any exceptions for Mbappe, nor will they treat him as a “special case” who can participate in both the Euro Cup and the Olympic Games, which are generally meant for younger athletes.

It is important to highlight that Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez, is currently in Paris for a FIFA event. This event will give him the opportunity to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron and discuss the potential transfer of Mbappe.

One of Perez’s main interests is to bring the French star to Real Madrid as soon as possible. Ideally, this would be after the European Championship in Germany, which runs from June 14 to July 14, followed by a short vacation. 

Kylian Mbappe will join real Madrid this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

This is why Mbappe would be expected to join the team only in August.

No Mbappe is Paris Olympics

Interestingly, this plan would be disrupted if Mbappe were to compete in the Paris Olympic Games. 

While participating in the Olympics would be highly appealing to the French capital and could even boost Mbappe’s popularity among his fellow countrymen, Real Madrid sources believe that he will skip the Olympics.

For now, Real Madrid’s confidence that Mbappe will not participate in the Olympics means they are planning for him to join the team for the preseason in August.

Meanwhile, as the situation is still developing, Perez’s trip to Paris for FIFA’s 120th Anniversary appears to be yielding results, paving the way for Mbappe’s anticipated move to Real Madrid.

While everything related to the transfer is on track, the official announcement is pending followed by the presentation.

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