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Real Madrid considering a move for former left-back in the summer
According to Sergio Santos, Real Madrid are exploring a move for Sergio Santos in the next summer transfer window. The Rayo Vallecano youngster is increasingly becoming a sought-after figure in Spanish football and the move to Santiago Bernabeu could soon be on the horizon.
Real Madrid’s desire to sign Garcia comes in the aftermath of his brilliant performance against the Whites last night. He was even voted as the ‘MVP’ for his performance, as he assisted Santi Comesana for the first goal of the night.
A left-back by trade, Garcia was on the books of Real Madrid’s youth setup from an early age. He was a part of the club’s U17, U18 and U19 setups before being promoted to RM Castilla in the summer of 2018.
He even featured in 59 matches for RM Castilla, before joining Rayo Vallecano in a €2 million deal last summer. The youngster moved to Vallecas in order to make a breakthrough in professional football.
The decision has paid off quite well, too, with Garcia emerging as one of the rising stars in the team right now. In 13 league matches, he has racked up two assists and has played a key role in the left-back position, showcasing immense technical and athletic qualities.
Real Madrid have been left impressed by Garcia’s rapid rise to prominence. They are considering a summer swoop to bring the youngster back to Santiago Bernabeu, as a potential long-term cover for Ferland Mendy.
Following the departure of Marcelo, the Whites have lacked depth in the position. Hence, the arrival of someone like Fran Garcia could prove to be beneficial in the long run.
Luring the 23-year-old away from Rayo Vallecano will not be a difficult task either as the club reportedly owns 50% of the player’s rights. The player himself might fancy a return to Bernabeu, as he looks to make a breakthrough in the senior setup.
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Canadian international says playing against Luka Modric was a ‘lesson’ for him
Real Madrid are blessed to have the services and loyalty of Luka Modric and Toni Kroos. The duo have run the show in the Merengues’ midfield for close to a decade and continue to deliver flawless performances to date.
Of the two, however, it is the Croatian who deserves the higher credit. The veteran is now 37 years of age, yet dominates the middle of the park with grace and poise like none other.
Stephen Estuaqio, an FC Porto player and Canada International, spoke earlier this week about why he considered Luka Modric to be a special player and compared him with Kevin de Bruyne to support his stance.
“I played against De Bruyne, but I ran behind Modrić. I couldn’t play against him. It’s crazy how he dictates the game and controls everything. It was a lesson for me,” he said on The 90th minute on Youtube.
With his contract running out next season, Real Madrid are looking to renew his deal by one year come June. Yet, it is difficult to see him continue beyond next season and his imminent departure will mark the end of an era at the club.
Thus, Modric could be an altered role come next season. With a young midfielder, possibly Jude Bellingham set to arrive, the veteran could move into a mentorship role with the occasional appearance in big games.
This season, however, Carlo Ancelotti will continue to use him as one of the backbones of the side and deploy the maestro in the must-win fixtures coming up later this month.
At 37 years of age, Modric has started 16 La Liga games over 24 appearances this season in the competition. He has scored four goals and provided three assists in that process in addition to creating eight big chances with an average of 1.8 key passes per game.