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Real Madrid could rename club’s training facility to ‘Florentino Perez Sports City’

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Real Madrid have a tradition of naming landmarks and buildings related to the team after club legends and presidents.

Santiago Bernabeu, one of the Merengues‘ most successful presidents who also served as a player, has the first team’s stadium named after him.

The Castilla team’s stadium is also named after former honorary president and one of the greatest players in Real Madrid’s history – Alfredo Di Stefano.

According to reports from MARCA, there is a proposal to name the club’s training facilities, called the Real Madrid Sports City, after the current club president, and call it ‘Florentino Perez Sports City’.

A worthy candidate

Perez took over as the president of the Merengues back in 2000 from Lorenzo Sans. The world remembers his promise to bring Barcelona star Luis Figo to the club, which he lived up to.

In the following years, Perez signed some of the world’s best players and made them don white.

Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo, David Beckham, Michael Owen and Robinho are just some of the innumerable stars he roped in, giving the team the title of the ‘Galacticos.’

Soon-to-be Florentino Perez Sports City? (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

The Spanish businessman resigned from his post in 2006 but was re-elected in 2009. In his second tenure as club president, he oversaw a new generation of greats including Mesut Ozil, Angel di Maria, Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, and Kaka.

His presidency has remained unchallenged since his re-election in 2006, and it is safe to say that Perez will go down as one of the team’s most successful presidents in history.

Naming the Valdebebas in honour of him is thus a decision that few will challenge as unworthy.

Where does the proposal stand?

A group of presidents from Real Madrid’s official supporters’ clubs are collecting signatures for this initiative. If nothing happens, it will be transferred to the next General Assembly of Real Madrid for approval.

As it stands, it appears that the proposal will be approved by the delegates once the signatures have been recorded. After all, Perez has the complete trust of all stakeholders.

The Real Madrid Sports City covers 1.2 million square metres. It was inaugurated in 2005 with 11 natural and artificial grass football pitches and a stadium with a capacity for 6,000 spectators.

It also has a basketball court, a state-of-the-art medical centre, and a building that serves as the club’s office.

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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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