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Real Madrid have not taken a final call on the future of Castilla wonderkid yet – report



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According to reports from The Athletic, Real Madrid are yet to make a final decision on the future of Sergio Arribas.

The youngster is seen as one of Castilla’s finest talents and has repeatedly proven himself under Raul Gonzalez this season. Despite operating as a midfielder, he is the player with the most goals and assists for the subsidiary side.

That, however, has translated to nothing in terms of providing him with a stepping stone to the senior setup. The young star has seen just 20 minutes for the first team in 2022/23 over three games and has even scored one goal in that duration.

Carlo Ancelotti has not been one known to trust young academy graduates over both his spells at the club. His predecessor Zinedine Zidane, on the contrary, was a big advocate of giving youngsters chances and was a big admirer of Arribas.

The same was confirmed by the player’s entourage earlier this month. “Zidane told my son ‘you’re going to get there, for sure’,” Arribas’ father stated in an interview.

The 21-year-old star made eight appearances for Real Madrid under the French tactician in 2020/21 and made a statement as one to be looked out for in the years to come. Needless to say, his future will depend on the managerial situation at the club next term.

Ancelotti’s continuity could force the player to look for a way out, for chances with the first team would be far and few in between, even though there have been talks about him being promoted to the senior setup.

Notably, there is one more critical factor that could push the club to renew and keep Arribas – Real Madrid’s situation with the homegrown players’ law established by RFEF. If the likes of Marco Asensio, Jesus Vallejo, and Dani Ceballos are to leave in June, Arribas’ continuity could be assured.

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Real Madrid eye €3.5 million-rated relegated Premier League striker to reinforce attack



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Following a difficult season with troubles in La Liga and the Champions League preventing Real Madrid from retaining their crowns, Los Blancos move towards a transformative summer, full of innovations.

Real Madrid managed to clear plenty of unwanted figures at the club, with a huge relief on the wage bill. However, with an array of exits, the squad has contracted and thus replacements are being inquired.

Apart from the high-profile departure of Karim Benzema, fringe players have also bid their farewell.

Among those names is Mariano Diaz, who was Madrid’s backup striker prior to his withdrawal. Several names have been put on the table to fill his absence as the club largely aim to address their lack of depth.

According to Arancha Rodriguez (via RM4Arab), Leeds United striker Rodrigo Moreno is one of the names gaining consensus in the Madrid hierarchy. Moreover, Joselu has also been considered as a viable alternative.

The two favourites to replace Mariano have proven to be important figures for their clubs as both strikers maintain a starting role.

Playing for Espanyol, Joselu ended the La Liga campaign as the third top scorer, only behind Benzema and Lewandowski. Considering Espanyol’s relegation, such a feat looks even more impressive. The Spaniard secured 19 goals in all competitions.

On the other hand, Rodrigo Moreno recorded 16 goals last season across all competitions. Similar to Joselu’s case, the Spanish international also suffered relegation with Leeds, in spite of his good numbers.

With both players offering adequate output in struggling sides, Real Madrid’s interest is practical. Moreover, considering both Espanyol and Leeds were relegated, their asking price will undeniably lower, which enables the Merengues to sign one of the two targets at a more convenient rate.

It is claimed that Rodrigo has a release clause worth €3.5 million which Los Blancos would have to trigger to sign him from Leeds United.

It now remains to be seen whether Carlo Ancelotti & co. go after the former Valencia man or move for Joselu instead.

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