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Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid tracking 18-year-old Spanish prospect, Barcelona also keen

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Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid are following the progress of Real Valladolid youngster Ivan Fresneda, who is also on the radars of FC Barcelona. This report comes from GOAL Spain, who claim that the 18-year-old has a release clause worth €30 million in his contract.

Fresneda is no stranger to Real Madrid, having spent four years at the club’s La Fabrica academy between 2014 and 2018. Following that he had a two-year stint with Leganes before ending up at the Valladolid youth setup in 2020.

The right-back broke into the first team last year, making his debut under manager Pacheta. Having played two matches in 2021/22, Fresneda has seen more game-time this season, racking up eight appearances across all competitions.

In fact, the teenager was part of the Valladolid team that faced Real Madrid last Friday. And during that game, the former La Fabrica prospect is believed to have made a big impression on Los Blancos’ officials.

The believe that Fresneda fits all the requirements to become a signing for Real Madrid as he is young, homegrown, is already garnering first-team experience and has shown great potential.

But, Real Madrid are not alone in pursuit of Fresneda as Atletico Madrid are also keen on the teenager. Los Rojiblancos had made enquiries for the youngster last January itself and were willing to offer a transfer fee for his signing.

A move did not materialise, but Diego Simeone’s side have continued to keep tabs on him ever since.

Furthermore, Barcelona, whose search for a right-back is well-known, are also interested in Fresneda, although they are not in a position to sign the youngster right now. But if there is a possibility of a transfer in the summer, the Catalans would be willing to explore the avenue.

Fresneda has a release clause worth €30 million in his Valladolid contract, but the report states that it could rise to €40 million in the summer.

With clubs from the Premier League also keen, the 18-year-old could be primed for a big move in his career in the coming months.

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Ancelotti talks Courtois, Militao, Bellingham, VAR controversies ahead of Las Palmas vs Real Madrid

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Coming off a highly controversial game against Almeria, Real Madrid will now travel to Gran Canaria to take on Las Palmas tomorrow as part of the early kick-off.

Carlo Ancelotti spoke about the clash tomorrow, starting off by confirming his goalkeeper for tomorrow, “Lunin will start tomorrow.”

He also added that Madrid were looking to get back to their usual level after back-to-back poor performances, one of which included elimination against Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey round of 16.

“We are motivated to return to our best level after 2 bad games.”

The Italian gaffer also commented on the biggest football story in the world today, which was Jurgen Klopp announcing his decision to leave Liverpool at the end of the season.

“It’s quite surprising, I understand. Working for a long time with the same club and players lowers your motivation a bit. He’s doing a fantastic job at Liverpool.”

And of course, Ancelotti also spoke about the leaked VAR audiovisual, some of which are highly controversial for all parties involved. Barcelona coach and players have also commented on the same, in light of the Negreira case.

“They have talked a lot. Everyone knows what has happened in the last 20 years in Spanish football. The Civil Guard is carrying out an investigations. That is the real problem of Spanish football.”

Luckily for the manager and fans, all injured players — minus the ACL trio of David Alaba, Eder Militao, and Thibaut Courtois — are available. Jude Bellingham is suspended, however.

“Everyone is available now after the recent period of injuries.”

“Making up for Bellingham’s absence tomorrow? Brahim and Joselu are available options. They were able to show themselves after I relied on them as substitutes,” he added.

And as far as Militao and Courtois are concerned, both of whom tore their ACL early in the season, Ancelotti suggested that they could make their return before the season ends.

“Courtois and Militão both have the option to play this season. The recovery process is going very well, they are training on an individual level. It is February and these types of injuries last 6-8 months, so I think they will recover before the end of the season.”

Source: Mundo Deportivo

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