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Real Madrid academy duo on the radars of Bundesliga clubs – German sources

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Real Madrid have a talented crop of young talent coming through the ranks at the club. Talents like Sergio Arribas, Nico Paz, Rafa Marin, and Alvaro Rodriguez, among others are seen as players who are bound for the senior team in the near future.

The youngsters are polishing their skills under the careful watch of Raul Gonzalez with Real Madrid Castilla currently. And they have made it to the finals of the promotion playoffs in the RFEF Primera Division, where they are playing Eldense.

And according to a report from German publication BILD, scouts from several Bundesliga clubs were in attendance this past weekend during the first leg of the finals between Castilla and Eldense, to keep an eye on the Real Madrid youngsters.

The report further adds that the scouts are expected to be present again when the second leg is played later this weekend.

Top clubs like Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig, Bayer Leverkusen, and Eintracht Frankfurt are keeping tabs on the talents.

The likes of Arribas, Rodriguez, Paz, Marin and Carlos Dotor are tipped for a bright future and were the subject of the scouting mission by the German teams. And as per the report, two players in particular – Arribas and Rodriguez, seemed to be the most popular targets.

Arribas has been the star of the Castilla team over the past couple of seasons and has enjoyed another spectacular campaign in 2022/23.

The 21-year-old has 20 goals and seven assists from 36 games for Castilla this season while he has also played four times for the Real Madrid senior team, scoring one goal which came in the FIFA Club World Cup.

A player tipped for a bright future, Arribas has already been linked with several Spanish teams and it now appears that he is being monitored by clubs in the Bundesliga too.

As for Rodriguez, the 18-year-old striker has seven goals and two assists from 27 appearances for Castilla this term. However, he has been more involved with the first team than Arribas, making eight appearances in which he has a goal and an assist apiece.

Rodriguez had been tipped to become a first-team regular next season, but with the arrival of Joselu and the potential signing of another striker, that might not materialise.

Real Madrid have previously sold academy talent to Bundesliga clubs with buyback clauses inserted which they triggered later – Dani Carvajal and Jesus Vallejo being the examples.

It remains to be seen whether the Merengues could take a similar approach with Arribas and Rodriguez, or at least loan them out for next season.

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Real Madrid out-of-favour defender now unlikely to leave the club

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Real Madrid missed out on the signing of Leny Yoro after deciding not to match Manchester United’s offer for the 18-year-old defender.

With the French prodigy now on his way to the Premier League, Los Blancos are assessing their options before deciding whether to sign a new centre-back or not.

As things stand, the reigning champions of Spain and Europe seem to be leaning towards relying on their existing options rather than going into the market.

Jesus Vallejo unlikely to leave

As such, MARCA reports that the likelihood of Jesus Vallejo leaving the club have now significantly reduced.

Indeed, the 27-year-old out-of-favour defender now appears more and more likely to continue at Real Madrid beyond this summer.

Set to stay. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Vallejo returned to the Santiago Bernabeu after finishing his loan stint at Granada during which he hardly played due to injury and fitness woes.

As such, reports suggested that Carlo Ancelotti & co. were not planning on counting on him next season, even though he was handed a new shirt number recently.

But with the Leny Yoro operation collapsing and Real Madrid not keen on recruiting anyone from the market at this point, the Spanish ace is now unlikely to leave the club.

With David Alaba still sidelined, Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao will start the new season as the first-choice centre-back pairing and Vallejo will serve as the backup while Aurelien Tchouameni will also be an option.

Vallejo, for his part, wanted to stay put and see out his contract which expires in 2025. And, as things stand, it appears that the player will get his wish.

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