According to French media outlet L’Equipe (h/t MARCA), Real Madrid had made enquiries into the situation of Xavi Simons with the hope of winning his signature.
The plan was to bring the former Barcelona and PSG prodigy into the Castilla setup and subsequently promote him to the senior team after he adapted. However, talks collapsed as the winger joined PSV Eindhoven.
Simons is a product of Barcelona’s famed La Masia and was touted as the academy’s next big player for a long time. Disagreements over his promotion and wages, however, broke ties between the player and the Catalan side, pioneering a move to Paris Saint-Germain instead.
Making the move to France at the young age of 16, big things were expected from the Dutch star. For PSG’s U-19 setup, he scored five goals in 12 UEFA Youth League appearances and earned a senior debut in 2020-21.
The teenager made six Ligue 1 appearances in the subsequent season but opted against renewing his deal in France. This led to a move to PSV in the Netherlands on a free transfer last summer.
Though his move to the Eredivisie is permanent, PSG have the option to buy him back for €12 million. Needless to say, any effort from Real Madrid to sign the player now would prove financially challenging.
Simons has played 24 league games for PSV this season, scoring 11 goals and providing five assists. To say that he is impressing at his new club would be an understatement.
Given that the player is just 19, one would expect him to return to Europe’s top five leagues soon in his career. It remains to be seen if Real Madrid are amongst the parties interested at such a juncture, especially given their new strategy of signing young and coming stars.
Real Madrid intend to offer a one-year extension to veteran defender
With the 2023/24 season entering the final phase, planning for the summer window is already underway. And Real Madrid have several important decisions to make, not only regarding signings but also some of their current players.
A number of players have their contracts expiring at the end of the season and their futures will need to be resolved in the weeks to come.
While Luka Modric looks set to depart, Toni Kroos is expected to sign a renewal and Nacho Fernandez could also continue at the club. That leaves Lucas Vazquez, who also sees his contract run down on June 30, 2024.
Real Madrid intend to renew Vazquez
Now, MARCA is reporting that Real Madrid intend to offer Lucas Vazquez a one-year extension that will keep him at the club until 2025.
The La Fabrica product has done a brilliant job deputising for Dani Carvajal as the second-choice right-back and the Merengues are happy with what he has offered.
As such, the plan is now to offer Vazquez a new contract for an additional year which would prolong his stay at the Santiago Bernabeu until 2025.
So far this term, the Spaniard has featured in 26 matches across all competitions, even chipping in with a goal and four assists.
Vazquez might not be the biggest name on the roster, but he is seen as a valuable member of the dressing room, someone who is a model professional and acts as a conduit between the seniors and the younger members.
Vazquez enjoys the full trust of manager Carlo Ancelotti and the club, and as such, it will not come as a surprise to see him sign a new deal.