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Real Madrid eyeing a move for 16-year-old defensive prodigy

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Real Madrid are looking ahead to a busy summer as they seek to extend the contract of some of their ageing stars, including Karim Benzema, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos, among others.

However, the club are also looking to strengthen their ranks, particularly by signing young players that can form the backbone of the team in the years to come.

In one such move, Real Madrid are eyeing a swoop for Luka Vuskovic, reports Sport BILD (h/t Madrid Zone). The 16-year-old centre-back currently plies his trade for Hajduk Split, one of the biggest teams in his native Croatian.

Although Vuskovic is still a part of the Hajduk Split’s U-19 division, he has impressed onlookers with his performances in the youth competitions. Standing at 1.93m, his towering figure at the back, coupled with his defensive commitment has drawn many eyebrows.

Vuskovic’s performances have already helped him make five appearances for Hajduk Split’s senior side. He has even scored one goal for the club while appearing regularly in the UEFA Youth League and other youth competitions.

Real Madrid have not appeared shy in investing in young individuals with no experience of professional football, as demonstrated by the capture of Endrick.

Since then, the Spanish giants have targeted quite a few other talented starlets across the world, including another defensive starlet in the form of Antonio Silva.

However, given Vuskovic’s age, Real Madrid might fancy waiting around for another year or so before they invest in the Croatian youngster. Even if they do go after the player, he is likely to be loaned back to Hajduk Split for another year, in order to gain more experience at the professional level.

Only time will tell what the future holds for Vuskovic, as he looks ahead to an exciting summer transfer window.

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Official: Real Madrid duo start for Spain against Luka Modric’s Croatia

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Spain will begin their UEFA Euro 2024 journey in a little over an hour with a clash against Croatia at the Olympiastadion in Berlin.

Ahead of the match, Luis de la Fuente has announced the starting lineup that will be taking the field for La Roja and two Real Madrid stars feature in the team.

Indeed, Los Blancos’ captain Nacho Fernandez gets the nod as one of the centre-backs amid some injury concerns for Spain.

Meanwhile, Dani Carvajal holds on to his usual place as the right-back for La Roja against Croatia.

There is no place in the starting lineup for Real Madrid forward Joselu, though, with De la Fuente preferring Alvaro Morata as his No. 9 instead.

While Croatia are yet to announce their starting lineup, it is all but certain that Real Madrid midfielder and legend Luka Modric will be in the team and will be captaining them against two of his club teammates today.

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