Following Real Madrid Castilla’s failure to get promoted to La Liga 2, there is an exodus on the cards from Raul Gonzalez’s squad.
Los Blancos are poised to lose several talented youngsters who wish to play first-team football but have no pathway into Carlo Ancelotti’s plans at the moment.
One such supremely talented prospect who will be on the move this summer is Sergio Arribas.
The 21-year-old attacking midfielder has been the beating heart of Raul’s Castilla outfit over the past couple of campaigns. At the same time, he has also gotten a taste of senior football under Ancelotti.
However, given the wealth of options that the Real Madrid manager has in the position that Arribas plays, the 21-year-old has been advised that a move away would be the best for his development.
There is no shortage of interest in Arribas either with clubs from within Spain and outside lining up to sign him.
And now, according to journalist Rodra P via The Madrid Zone, Real Madrid want €10 million in exchange for 50% of the 21-year-old prodigy’s rights this summer.
Los Blancos are aiming to raise around €25 million from the sales of Castilla players this summer. Almost every player that will leave will have a chance to return to the club in one way or the other – the club retaining 50% of his rights would be one option or inserting a buyback clause would be another way.
Arribas is the player in most demand with the likes of Almeria, Borussia Dortmund, and Deportivo Alaves being some of the clubs looking at the Real Madrid starlet.
But whether they are willing to meet the €10 million valuation set by the Merengues for 50% of the youngster’s rights remains a big question.
Bellingham on his special assist in Girona 0-3 Real Madrid: “Been watching Luka every day”
Real Madrid usurped the top spot in the La Liga standings from arch-rivals FC Barcelona as they defeated Girona 3-0 away at Estadi Montilivi.
It was a fine performance from Carlo Ancelotti’s men against Michel’s side, with the returning Jude Bellingham leading the way for his team.
After being benched against Las Palmas in midweek, the England international returned to the starting XI today and turned in yet another Man of the Match display for Real Madrid.
It all started with Joselu opening the scoring just 15 minutes into the game, with Bellingham assisting the goal with a special, outside-of-the-boot pass from the left side, bringing back memories of Luka Modric doing something similar a few years ago.
Talking about that special pass, Bellingham said: “I’ve been watching Luka every day for months. I just want to be creative. It took the pressure off us at the start.”
On the match and the result, the 20-year-old stated that it was a good day across the board for Real Madrid, as he said: “It was an important win. They were doing very well. We made a statement of intent to La Liga. Three goals, a clean sheet….”
It has been a truly remarkable start to life at Real Madrid for Bellingham and expressing how he feels to play for the Merengues, he exclaimed:
“I feel very good. I have freedom of movement and I’m enjoying football. Whenever I put on this shirt I always try to do my best.”
Apart from assisting Joselu’s opener, Bellingham also got his name on the scoresheet in the second period. Talking about his goal, the wonderkid said:
“It wasn’t a very good finish. I could have scored some more, but the important thing is the victory.”
The strike meant that Bellingham now has seven goals and two assists across all competitions for Real Madrid. Reflecting on his brilliant start, he said:
“It’s a good start, not bad. I would like to continue on this path and I won’t always score or assist, but I will always give my best.”
Bellingham’s celebration has been a huge hit, with kids in school, players from other clubs, and many others mimicking it. When asked how his special celebration originated, he replied:
“I don’t know where I first celebrated. I think it was with Birmingham. It’s an inspiration to see kids doing it in schools. It’s a wonderful thing.”