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Real Madrid closing in on the signing of 16-year-old goalkeeping prospect

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While Real Madrid may have declared that there will be no more signings at the first-team level this summer, the recruitment for the youth sides continues.

The Merengues have been working to sign Izan Merino from Malaga with their opening bid of €250,000 being knocked back, with the club being told to pay the teenager’s full €3 million release clause.

Now, if reports are to be believed, Real Madrid could be working on signing yet another teenage prospect to strengthen the La Fabrica ranks.

Real Madrid closing in on Illia Voloshyn

Indeed, according to Mario Cortegana of The Athletic, Real Madrid are closing in on the capture of teenage goalkeeping prospect Illia Voloshyn.

The 16-year-old prospect currently plies his trade with Spanish third-division side Rayo Majadahonda and is held in high regard.

Despite his young age, Voloshyn already stands at a towering 6ft 5in, making him an imposing figure between the sticks.

The teenager recently represented the Ukrainian Under-16 national team against Latvia in May.

Voloshyn will sign a three-year contract

Voloshyn will be signing a three-year contract with Real Madrid, the maximum possible for a player his age as per regulations.

The report adds that the Ukrainian goalkeeping prospect will be linking up with the club’s Juvenil B team (U18) initially and will have to gradually progress through the ranks.

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Rodrygo talks about teaming up with Kylian Mbappe: “A dream to play with the best”

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Real Madrid forward Rodrygo, who is currently training with the Brazilian national team for the Copa America in the United States, expressed his excitement about the prospect of playing with Kylian Mbappe. 

Rodrygo emphasised that it would always be a pleasure to team up with Mbappe, whom he considers one of the best players in the world.

Rodrygo mentioned that it would be a great honour for him to play alongside the future Real Madrid forward. 

“For me, it’s a pleasure to play with Mbappe, I always made it very clear. He’s going to help our team a lot, he’s going to help make it even stronger than it already is,” said the forward as quoted by Mundo Deportivo.

What about Rodrygo’s place in playing XI

Mbappe and Rodrygo are set to join forces at Real Madrid starting next season. Interestingly, the Frenchman’s arrival could potentially impact Rodrygo’s playing time. 

Despite the competition, though, the forward remains optimistic and prefers to focus on his current role with the Brazilian national team rather than speculate about his future at the club.

Rodrygo is eager to play alongside Kylian Mbappe. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

“It is always a pleasure, but now is not the time to divert the focus, I want to be focused on the national team. 

“Mbappe is also playing the (European) championship with his national team and I want to be focused here.

“But always making it clear that it is a pleasure and a dream to play with one of the best in the world,” he added.

Rodrygo is focused on Copa America

As Rodrygo prepares for his first Copa America with Brazil, he aims to demonstrate the same high level of performance that he has consistently shown with Real Madrid in recent years. 

He recalled a memorable moment from the 2021/22 Champions League semifinal against Manchester City. 

In that match, Rodrygo scored two last-minute goals that forced extra time, ultimately securing Real Madrid’s place in the final, where they defeated Liverpool.

Rodrygo hopes to replicate such extraordinary performances with the Brazilian national team during the Copa America. 

His main goal with the national team is to have impactful moments that contribute to the team’s success, similar to his crucial role in the Champions League semifinal.

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