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Real Madrid defender close to joining newly-promoted La Liga club on loan – report



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According to journalist Arancha Rodriguez, Real Madrid defender Jesus Vallejo is close to moving to Granada on a season-long loan.

Vallejo, 26, has been with Real Madrid since 2015 but has only been able to make 31 appearances across all competitions. Since joining Madrid, Vallejo has embarked on several loan spells to gain experience.

During the 2016-17 season, the centre-back was shipped to Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga where he got to play 27 games in all competitions. 

In July 2019, he moved to Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League on a season-long loan, but his tenure was cut short in January itself.

Upon returning, he temporarily joined Granada for the rest of the season and his performances were so impressive that the team got him for another year during the 2020-21 season.

Now, it is almost certain that Vallejo’s playing time at Real Madrid will be bare minimum next season.

We have reported before that Vallejo was initially willing to stay and fight for his place next season, but as it turns out, he has decided to consider offers after all.

This is mostly because Carlo Ancelotti has reportedly had a talk with him, explaining to the defender that the best course of action is to move on. 

Interestingly enough, despite limited playing time in the last few seasons, Vallejo has no shortage of admirers as it is believed that he has several offers on the table. For what it is worth, however, he has decided to join the familiar faces at Granada.

As things stand, there is a good chance that the 26-year-old’s loan move to the newly-promoted La Liga club could be completed before the end of the day today.

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Real Madrid midfield starlet attracting interest from half the teams in La Liga



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Real Madrid youngster Mario Martin finds himself at an interesting juncture in his fledgeling career.

The midfield prospect is well-liked at the club after impressing with Castilla in the past two seasons while first-team manager Carlo Ancelotti is also an admirer of the player.

While Martin seems to have reached the end of his cycle in Castilla, a spot in the first-team squad is not necessarily available right away, unless Dani Ceballos ends up leaving.

Plenty of interest in Mario Martin

Now, The Athletic reports that Mario Martin is a player in demand in La Liga with half the teams in the Spanish top flight eager to sign him up this summer.

As has already been reported, Real Valladolid and RCD Espanyol are understood to have shown a strong interest in the 20-year-old midfield talent.

Mario Martin is in demand in La Liga. (Photo by JOSE JORDAN/AFP via Getty Images)

However, it appears that there are a plethora of other clubs in La Liga who would be happy to sign Martin from Real Madrid in the current transfer window.

Martin wants to stay

But, the report states Martin is leaning towards staying put at Real Madrid at this point even though the prospects of regular first-team minutes are highly unlikely.

The 20-year-old, who has made four senior appearances for Los Blancos thus far, has a contract that runs until the summer of 2026.

Real Madrid, for their part, are not necessarily ruling out a sale provided a good offer comes along.

Even if they do part ways with Martin, the Spanish capital club would very much likely insert an affordable buyback clause as they have been doing in recent times for departing youth players.

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