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Real Madrid board members believe 18-year-old academy ace is good enough for the first team
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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Real Madrid not in talks with Tottenham Hotspur for 29-year-old forward
According to a recent report from Fabrizio Romano (h/t Madrid Xtra), there is nothing concrete at the moment between Harry Kane and Real Madrid. The two parties have not held any talks and a potential transfer is distant.
Los Blancos’ admiration of the English striker is not a novel development for the Spanish giants have been monitoring his situation for a couple of seasons now.
Tottenham’s high financial demands coupled with Karim Benzema’s breathtaking form kept Kane’s pursuit out of sight, but the situation has now changed.
Real Madrid’s French striker may be the current Ballon d’Or holder but he has struggled to recreate his form this season. His subpar performances and age force the club to look for a new face and Kane is unsurprisingly back in the mix.
The England captain has a contract with Spurs that runs until 2024 and he has not agreed on a new deal with the Premier League side. His dire drought for trophies at the club level could force him to move to greener pastures and there is a long line of suitors awaiting his availability.
Manchester United and Bayern Munich both, like Real Madrid, are in need of a new centre-forward and thus join the Merengues in Kane’s pursuit.
The 29-year-old striker has started 28 Premier League games for Antonio Conte’s side this season, scoring a whopping 21 goals and providing two assists in the process. The fact that his goal tally came off a relatively low xG of 15.6 shows Kane’s effectiveness in front of the goal.
Karim Benzema is likely to renew for another season, but the summer could see the Galacticos go all out for a big-name striker. Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland are some of the other names considered, though it is clear that neither of them would arrive cheap.