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Real Madrid defensive prodigy on the radars of PSG and Chelsea



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A recent report from SPORT has offered an update on the future of Real Madrid youngster Rafa Marin. The defender currently plies his trade for Castilla but his future at the club could be uncertain.

Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea are among the clubs monitoring the situation of the defensive prodigy, whose current contract at Real Madrid expires at the end of the season.

A centre-back by trade, Marin is regarded highly in Raul’s Castilla setup. Standing at 1.91m, he is a regular fixture in Castilla’s defensive setup and has impressed the onlookers with his towering presence and discipline at the back.

Marin’s performances have even helped him earn appearances for Spain’s youth teams. And it appears a move away from La Fabrica may also be on the horizon.

This is because Marin is unsure of his prospects at Real Madrid. The 20-year-old is aware of the fact that current first-team coach Carlo Ancelotti has not put much faith in young players so far, often resorting to experienced, and proven individuals instead of giving youngsters the opportunity to perform at the big stage.

The likes of Sergio Arribas and Carlos Dotor are indeed yet to make a breakthrough in the Real Madrid squad despite their apparent talent and the club’s lack of depth in the first-team.

Marin feels he may become a subject of similar treatment by Ancelotti. Real Madrid tried to convince the youngster to sign a new contract during the summer transfer window, but the two parties were not able to reach an agreement.

Unless something unexpected occurs, the 20-year-old could be on course to leave the club at the end of the season, when he will turn a free agent.

And with Chelsea and PSG both interested in his services, it will be interesting to see what the future holds for the young defender.

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Key Real Madrid star will be fit for Valladolid clash despite national team withdrawal



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Real Madrid have been greeted with some positive news on the injury front as goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is expected to be fit and ready for the upcoming La Liga clash against Real Valladolid.

The 30-year-old custodian had flown away for national team duty with Belgium and played the full game against Sweden last week. However, the Real Madrid ace was sent back to the club over the weekend due to a minor adductor strain.

This raised concerns over the former Chelsea star’s condition, especially with a busy period lying ahead for the Merengues.

However, Mario Cortegana of The Athletic has eased any nerves surrounding his situation, reporting that Courtois was subjected to tests upon returning to Spain and there is no reason for worry.

The report states that Real Madrid expect their No. 1 to be fit and available for their next game which will be against Real Valladolid in La Liga on April 2, Sunday.

It is further stated that the knock Courtois sustained was not a new one and that the 30-year-old had felt discomfort in the same area during Los Blancos’ UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second-leg tie against Liverpool at the Santiago Bernabeu earlier this month.

Courtois has featured 32 times across all competitions this term, having missed a few matches due to fitness issues. He has managed just ten clean sheets and will be hoping to add to that against Valladolid, now that is reportedly fit to feature at the weekend.

In another boost, reports earlier today indicated that Toni Kroos does not have any injury after concerns were raised due to the midfielder doing individual training sessions over the past week.

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