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Real Madrid consider 23-year-old left-back a great reinforcement for next season

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When Barcelona faced Rayo Vallecano earlier this week, their right wrong was kept under watch by Fran Garcia. Not only did the hosts’ left-back give a strong performance in defence but also scored a wonderful goal against Xavi’s side, sealing his team’s win.

Going by his consistency and top-level even against the elite opposition, it is not surprising that the offices of Real Madrid are buzzing over their latest acquisition. However, that has not always been the case.

For a long time after his signing, there were doubts over his profile and reports even suggested the club could sell him immediately in June. There has now been a turnaround, and MARCA reports that the club have big plans in mind for the youngster.

According to the Spanish outlet, Los Blancos see Fran Garcia as a more than able candidate to play as a left-back next season. They hope for him put pressure on Ferland Mendy and consider his signing to be a ‘bargain.’

The Merengues acquired Garcia from Rayo Vallecano in the winter transfer window for just €5 million after utilising their right to first refusal on the player. He will complete the season at Vallecas but is expected to arrive in Madrid immediately after that.

The 21-year-old is a product of Real Madrid’s youth academy, which means he already has a good understanding of the club’s values and culture. His familiarity with the club could make it easier for him to integrate into the team and contribute quickly.

Earlier today, news of Real Madrid’s dwindling faith in Ferland Mendy surfaced and even suggested the Frenchman’s departure if Nacho Fernandez renewed his contract. Needless to say, there is a good chance that Garcia will be the club’s starting left-back next season.

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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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