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Real Madrid board members believe 18-year-old academy ace is good enough for the first team

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La Fabrica has seen relative wane in recent years with few players coming out and making it big in Europe. However, hope is abundant for the next generation with the likes of Sergio Arribas, Rafa Marin and Nico Paz.

According to reports from El Debate (h/t Madrid Xtra), several prominent voices within the Real Madrid administration feel that Paz is already good enough to play for the first team and are pushing for his inclusion in the games to come.

The Argentine star has been the media’s favourite target in Real Madrid’s academy courtesy of the brilliant numbers he has put forward. His talent has never been in doubt.

The highly-rated prospect signed a contract extension with the club less than a month ago and announced his decision via social media, hinting that he was here to stay.

“Very happy to remain linked with Real Madrid and looking forward to improving every day. Very grateful for the confidence given and looking forward to proving it on the field. This is just the beginning.”

In just five appearances in the UEFA Youth League this season, the 18-year-old has found the back of the net five times. He also averages close to seven defensive actions in addition to his whopping 11 successful dribbles per game.

It remains to be seen if Carlo Ancelotti & co. see it right to incorporate the teenage star into his plans or opts to wait out until the preseason.

Whatever the decision, the fact remains that Los Blancos’ future is in safe hands with Paz, Vinicius, Rodrygo and their most recent acquisition, Endrick, who will arrive at the club in 2024.

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Transfer Triumph: In-demand defender picks Real Madrid above other suitors

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Real Madrid have received a major transfer boost as Lille defender, Leny Yoro, has chosen to join Los Blancos over other interested clubs, reports Alejandro Alcazar via SPORT.

When Paris Saint-Germain attempted to negotiate a deal with Lille, offering more money than Real Madrid, Yoro made it clear he preferred the Spanish giants. 

Despite PSG’s efforts, including meetings with Yoro’s representatives, they could not convince him to change his mind.

Interestingly, the outlet mentions that Yoro is following a similar path to his compatriot Aurelien Tchouameni, who also chose Real Madrid despite competition from PSG and several Premier League teams. 

Real Madrid really value Yoro

Real Madrid see Yoro as a valuable addition, especially with the recent departure of Nacho. This move has made it crucial for the club to find a reliable replacement, and Yoro is their chosen candidate. 

It is to be noted that Yoro has one year remaining on his contract with Lille, who initially asked for a hefty €100 million transfer fee. 

Leny Yoro has picked Real Madrid over PSG, Liverpool and Man United. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

This amount was considered too high for a player who could leave for free after a year. Lille eventually reduced the asking price to €60 million, an amount that PSG and other clubs like Manchester United and Liverpool were willing to meet. 

However, Real Madrid were not prepared to pay more than €30 million, knowing that Yoro wanted to join them and could do so for free next year.

What is Real Madrid’s strategy?

It is said that Real Madrid’s initial plan was to let Yoro play one more year at Lille and sign him for free in 2025. They were even ready to offer Yoro a special signing bonus, similar to what they did with David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger, which would be added to his salary. 

But Nacho’s departure changed everything. Real Madrid now urgently need a fourth central defender, prompting them to enter negotiations with Lille, something they had previously avoided.

To secure Yoro’s signing this summer, Real Madrid are considering raising their offer to €40 million, including performance-based bonuses. 

Lille might accept this offer, knowing that Yoro could either join Real Madrid now or stay for another year and leave for free.

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