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Real Madrid academy duo on the verge of joining newly-promoted La Liga club

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The quality and potential of Real Madrid academy graduates have earned them an acclaimed reputation worldwide.

While these players often face challenges in securing significant playing time at Real Madrid due to the club’s high standards and competitive squad, their talent seldom goes unnoticed.

Many who struggle to break into the first team still go on to build respectable careers, as La Fabrica graduates are highly sought after by other Spanish clubs.

Alvaro Rodriguez and Pablo Ramon heading for the exit door

Now, according to SPORT, newly-promoted club Espanyol are on the verge of signing Pablo Ramon and Alvaro Rodriguez from Real Madrid Castilla.

The deals for both players are in advanced stages, pending the formula of the transfer (loan or permanent move with buyback option) and confirmation from the players themselves.

In fact, the sporting director of Espanyol, Fran Garagarza, recently stated in a press conference that their relationship with Madrid is positive.

“With Espanyol in the First Division, more operations can be carried out. There is a closer predisposition because we are in the First Division,” he said.

Alvaro Rodriguez could be on his way to Espanyol. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Rodriguez striker famously scored the equalizer in the derby against Atletico Madrid during the 2022/2023 season, marking his first appearance with the Merengues’ first team on an incredibly high note.

Last season, he participated in 34 games in the Primera RFEF past season for Real Madrid Castilla, tallying 10 goals and notching two assists. He featured twice for the senior team.

While he showcased immense potential, Real Madrid are spoiled for choice in the front-line, having recently just bolstered their ranks with Kylian Mbappe and Endrick.

As such, carrying out Rodriguez’s sale this summer would be best for all parties involved.

As for Pablo Ramon, the 23-year-old defender spent the last season on loan at Mirandes and will now move on again with no chances of breaking into the senior setup.

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Just in: Real Madrid’s defensive target picks up fresh injury

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Real Madrid are in active negotiations with LOSC Lille for the transfer of Leny Yoro. After weeks of impasse, the club appear to have made some ground in the race to sign the Frenchman.

However, should the Yoro deal fall through in the coming weeks, Real Madrid have identified Lazio’s Mario Gila as the ideal alternative.

Formerly of RM Castilla, Gila currently plies his trade for Lazio and has emerged as a key defensive lynchpin for the Italian outfit, impressing onlookers with his technique and discipline.

Mario Gila picks up fresh injury

However, in a major development, it appears Mario Gila has picked up a fresh injury during training, reports Diario AS.

In the pre-season camp at Auronzo di Cadore, Gila appears to have fractured his left foot and could be out for several weeks.

Fresh setback for Mario Gila (Photo by Marco Rosi – SS Lazio/Getty Images)

Lazio confirmed the defender’s injury, stating, “Mario Gila underwent clinical and instrumental examinations which revealed a fracture of the phalanx of the big toe of his left foot, suffered during training.”

Gila has started taking the appropriate treatment and the extent of his injury will be known soon. However, as things stand, the defender could be out for at least the next few weeks.

What does this mean for Real Madrid?

Mario Gila’s fresh injury setback is sure to dwindle any hopes of a potential return to Real Madrid this summer.

In any case, Gila’s chances of returning to Santiago Bernabeu were slim given that Real Madrid have finally made some ground in the deal to sign top defensive target Leny Yoro.

Los Blancos, though, would have liked having someone like Gila available as an alternative, especially with LOSC Lille still demanding a fortune for the Frenchman.

Unfortunately, that might not be an option anymore, no thanks to Gila’s injury. The club, though, will keep a close eye on the Spaniard’s injury situation, knowing he could return to fitness before the end of the summer break.

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