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Real Madrid do not have a recall option for loanee amid injury crisis in defence

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Real Madrid had several complicated decisions to make towards the end of the last summer transfer window. Several young Castilla stars had reached the point where they had to be promoted or sold, leaving the management with tight calls on multiple fronts.

One such delicate situation was that of Rafa Marin. Real Madrid valued the young centre-back as one of the academy’s brightest talents, yet saw it as complicated for him to see minutes this season.

In the end, Marin was loaned out to Deportivo Alaves for the season.

Dire circumstances

It was practically impossible for anyone in the management to foresee two ACL injuries inflicted in the defensive department this season.

With David Alaba now out for the long term alongside Eder Militao, Real Madrid are looking for reinforcements in the position, and recalling Marin in January was seen as one such option.

Unfortunately for the Merengues, AS reveals that the club do not reserve any recall clause on the youngster’s contract with Alaves for January.

The 21-year-old is contractually bound to the La Liga side until the end of the season come what may.

Los Blancos thus stand to regret the decision of loaning out the young starlet, for they could really have made use of his services at such a dire juncture.

Alaves manager speaks about Marin

Marin unlikely to return in January. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

Speaking to the media recently, Alaves manager Luis Garcia Plaza commented on the possible return of Rafa Marin to Real Madrid and the consequences it would bear on his team’s campaign.

“If Real Madrid take Rafa Marin back they will damage us a lot. If they take him away from us we would be left without central defenders. According to what I have been told, there is no clause for him to return to Real Madrid,” he said, as revealed by El Chiringuito.

With the Alaves boss confirming the news around the defender’s contract, a move back to Real Madrid is certainly off the cards.

In fact, the player is expected to start against Real Madrid when his side face off against the men in white in just over 24 hours.

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‘Me and Zizou…’ – Toni Kroos teases iconic team-up for Real Madrid Legends team

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Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos has said that during a recent training session, he bumped into Raul, a former striker and current Castilla manager, who confessed to him that he did not like his decision to retire from the game.

The midfielder added that he would now be interested in playing the Legends match where the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Roberto Carlos and Raul participate. 

The veteran admitted that playing alongside these legends one day would be quite exciting.

“When I left the training yesterday, Raul was outside. He told me that he did not like the decision at first but found something positive because now I’m definitely playing this legends game with him,” said Kroos on his podcast

“He said I had to be there. Me and Zizou playing behind him, Figo on the right, and RC3 (Roberto Carlos) at the back. That could be funny,” he added.

Life after Toni Kroos

Toni Kroos would love to play with Zinedine Zidane. (Photo credit: GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

During the early hours of Tuesday, May 21, Kroos announced that he would retire from professional football after the upcoming European Championship in his home country.

As a result, Real Madrid now have to work on an alternate strategy to plan life beyond Kroos. As suggested before, the Los Blancos are of the idea that at present, there is no one in the market who can fill the void.

On the other hand, though, Dani Ceballos’ chances of staying have now increased. At the same time, there are reports that Joshua Kimmich is being monitored, but nothing seems concrete yet.

For now, Real Madrid are largely expected to rely on the current roster as the likes of Aurelien Tchouameni, Eduardo Camavinga, Federico Valverde and even Jude Bellingham are more than capable of occupying Kroos’ position.

If even that does not work out, the team from the Spanish capital can look into the youth system to rope in a capable alternative.

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