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Real Madrid are a ’10/10 club’ with the ‘best players in the world’ says departing youngster

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A product of the Barcelona youth academy, Iker Bravo had raised many eyebrows when he joined the Real Madrid youth setup in a two-year loan deal in 2022.

Bravo’s two-year loan spell with Real Madrid’s reserve team comes to an end this summer, and the player is slated to return to his parent club Bayer Leverkusen.

Recently speaking to MARCA, Iker Bravo offered his two cents on Real Madrid’s team-building as well as the prospect of returning to the Spanish capital.

Iker Bravo on Real Madrid

Bravo notably heaped praise on Real Madrid and how Florentino Perez has managed to craft a world-class team.

“Honestly, seeing how the club is so healthy economically, with Florentino’s good management, today Real Madrid is a 10/10 club. And in a 10/10 club, the great players have to be here,” Bravo said.

“That’s why there are the best players in the world: Mbappé, Bellingham, Vinicius, Rodrygo. Tell me which youth player could go up? I don’t think there are real opportunities to see one of them today. That’s the reality,” he added.

Bravo was asked about the prospect of returning to Real Madrid once again in the near future. The youngster did not rule out the idea either.

What’s next for Iker Bravo? (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)

“Returning to Real Madrid? I’m sure that if I do things right, I commit to myself and to football and I make good numbers for the next two or three years, why not? you never know,” he said.

For the time being, though, Bravo is slated to return to the Bayer Leverkusen youth setup. The player might even feature for the senior team next season.

Given how Xabi Alonso has been closely linked with a move to Real Madrid, sealing a breakthrough in the Bundesliga next season could be an ideal short-cut for Bravo, if he is to secure a return to Santiago Bernabeu in the near future.

Iker Bravo on Barcelona

While praising Real Madrid, Iker Bravo was also mindful of his Barcelona past. To that end, he also expressed his admiration for the Catalan outfit.

“Barça was my life for 10 years, I gave everything for that team and I have an incredible appreciation. You can never deny the past and I think it is not incompatible with defending the Real Madrid shirt. The two clubs will be in my heart forever,” the youngster said.

A native of Catalonia, Iker Bravo was a part of La Masia for nine years before he eventually joined Bayer Leverkusen on a free transfer in 2021.

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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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