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Real Madrid 21-year-old talent’s future could depend on veteran star’s continuity

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With the season entering the business end, clubs are already starting their plans for the summer transfer window, with Real Madrid being no different.

While progress is being made in pursuit of Kylian Mbappe and Alphonso Davies, Los Blancos must also make some decisions regarding some of their current players that are in the squad or away on loan.

One such player, who will be facing an uncertain future come summer is youngster Rafa Marin. Currently away on loan at Deportivo Alaves, the 21-year-old has been playing regularly and gathering valuable experience in La Liga.

Marin’s future could be inter-linked with Nacho’s

However, there is no guarantee that Rafa Marin will walk into the Real Madrid first-team squad next season once he returns from his loan spell, even though it has been suggested in the past.

Instead, MARCA is reporting that Marin’s future at Real Madrid could be linked with that of first-team captain Nacho Fernandez.

As things stand, Los Blancos have four senior centre-backs in Eder Militao, Antonio Rudiger, David Alaba, and Nacho.

Nacho’s contract expires this summer. (Photo by Florencia Tan Jun/Getty Images)

Of the four, Rudiger, Militao, and Alaba are certain of being at the club next season, with the latter two set to return from their ACL injuries.

As for Nacho, his contract stands to expire at the end of the season and he is yet to sign a renewal, even though an offer is on the table.

If he opts to sign and stay put, Marin might not have a spot in the team and as such could be loaned out again or even sold permanently.

In the scenario that Nacho decides to move on, Real Madrid would have a direct replacement in the form of Marin, who would then become the fourth-choice centre-back.

Either way, Nacho’s decision on his contract might have implications for Marin and his continuity at Real Madrid.

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Man City sensation waxes lyrical over Real Madrid talisman – ‘Has a gift from God’

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Real Madrid’s collective strength this season cannot be questioned as coach Carlo Ancelotti has assembled a well-oiled side that knows little except bagging victories.

Yet, even in this formidable lineup, Real Madrid’s top scorer this season, Jude Bellingham, stands out above the rest.

The Englishman has exceeded all expectations since joining the Merengues and was once more a key factor for Real Madrid against Barcelona recently.

His last-minute winner against the Catalans saw Madrid essentially confirm their La Liga victory, as the Royal Whites maintain a dominant 11-point lead over Barcelona with seven games left to spare.

Praise from an international teammate

Now, Manchester City sensation Phil Foden, Bellingham’s international teammate and foe from last week has come out to shower praise upon the midfielder.

“I can’t believe his age. I’ve never seen anyone so mature for their age. I feel like he has a gift from God with his physique,” Foden told Mail Sport.

Not only does Foden get to witness Bellingham witness his talents in the English camp, but he also suffered at his hands in Real Madrid’s second-leg quarter-final affair against Manchester City.

A superstar in the making. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Even though the Real Madrid star did not stamp his name on the scoreboard, a moment of great poise under pressure allowed Madrid to take the lead early on.

When asked if Bellingham has ever asked for advice, Foden replied that he does not need any considering he is level-headed and has a supportive family.

“I don’t think he needs any advice, to be honest. He’s an exceptional player. He has a good head on his shoulders. I think he has a good family around him. He is someone I look at, and I don’t see any weaknesses in him,” the 23-year-old claimed.

Bellingham is flying high

In addition to triumphing over Barcelona and Manchester City with great performances, Bellingham was busy collecting wins off the pitch.

Indeed, the 20-year-old was recently awarded the Laureus Award for the Breakthrough of the Year for 2024.

With 21 goals and 10 assists for Real Madrid this season, he has become a beacon of reliability for the Merengues this season.

And the club will be relying on him heavily in the upcoming showdown with Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-finals.

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