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Real Madrid Castilla ace will be promoted to the first team next season – report

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In an update that does not come as a major surprise, Jose Manuel Moreno is reporting that Real Madrid will officially promote young striker Alvaro Rodriguez to the first team from the Castilla squad next season.

The 18-year-old academy ace has been tipped for a bright future by those within the club. In 23 league games for Raul Gonzalez’s Castilla outfit this season, Rodriguez has scored seven goals and set up two more.

The Uruguayan prospect’s performances for the subsidiary side earned him a spot in Carlo Ancelotti’s first-team roster and he made a notable impact in the handful of opportunities that have come his way.

In five La Liga appearances, Rodriguez has scored and assisted one goal apiece and has not looked out of place at the highest level of football.

Manager Ancelotti has spoken highly of the 18-year-old forward on several occasions in the past and had hinted that he could become a first-team member next season.

And, as per the aforementioned report, that is what will happen, with Rodriguez set to be promoted to the first-team squad from next campaign onwards.

It is a necessary move for Real Madrid, who have struggled with a lack of options in the No. 9 slot this season behind captain Karim Benzema.

Mariano Diaz will leave the club as a free agent when his contract expires on June 30. And there are contrary reports emerging on the Merengues’ pursuit of a new striker for next season.

Some are suggesting that Real Madrid could go for a top star like Harry Kane or Dusan Vlahovic this summer.

But others claim that they might opt for a stop-gap solution such as Joselu before pushing for Erling Haaland or Kylian Mbappe next term.

Either way, Rodriguez is likely to see more first-team minutes next season at Real Madrid and would benefit from training and playing regularly with a player like Benzema and other senior players.

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Real Madrid out-of-favour defender now unlikely to leave the club

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Real Madrid missed out on the signing of Leny Yoro after deciding not to match Manchester United’s offer for the 18-year-old defender.

With the French prodigy now on his way to the Premier League, Los Blancos are assessing their options before deciding whether to sign a new centre-back or not.

As things stand, the reigning champions of Spain and Europe seem to be leaning towards relying on their existing options rather than going into the market.

Jesus Vallejo unlikely to leave

As such, MARCA reports that the likelihood of Jesus Vallejo leaving the club have now significantly reduced.

Indeed, the 27-year-old out-of-favour defender now appears more and more likely to continue at Real Madrid beyond this summer.

Set to stay. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Vallejo returned to the Santiago Bernabeu after finishing his loan stint at Granada during which he hardly played due to injury and fitness woes.

As such, reports suggested that Carlo Ancelotti & co. were not planning on counting on him next season, even though he was handed a new shirt number recently.

But with the Leny Yoro operation collapsing and Real Madrid not keen on recruiting anyone from the market at this point, the Spanish ace is now unlikely to leave the club.

With David Alaba still sidelined, Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao will start the new season as the first-choice centre-back pairing and Vallejo will serve as the backup while Aurelien Tchouameni will also be an option.

Vallejo, for his part, wanted to stay put and see out his contract which expires in 2025. And, as things stand, it appears that the player will get his wish.

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