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Real Madrid ‘impressed’ by loanee’s displays, future dependent on Asensio, Hazard

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According to AS, Real Madrid have been left heavily impressed by the performances of Brahim Diaz, who is currently on loan at AC Milan. However, the Spaniard’s future at the Santiago Bernabeu will depend on how things evolve with Marco Asensio and Eden Hazard.

Real Madrid signed Brahim Diaz from Manchester City in January 2019 in a deal worth €17 million. However, the young attacking midfielder did not get a regular run in the Spanish capital club and has been continuously farmed out on loan.

Indeed, Diaz spent the 2020/21 campaign out on loan at Milan before returning to San Siro again last year, this time on a two-season deal.

Reports suggested that the loan agreement came with a €22 million permanent purchase option for the Rossoneri, while also allowing Real Madrid to re-sign Diaz for €27 million.

However, as per AS, there is no such clause in the agreement and Diaz is likely to be back at Real Madrid when the ongoing season is over.

It further suggests that the Merengues have been left very impressed by what they have seen from the Spanish playmaker in Italy thus far.

Diaz has accumulated valuable experience during his time with Milan, racking up close to 100 appearances in which he has 15 goals and nine assists. The 23-year-old played a key role in the Rossoneri’s Serie A triumph last season and has continued in the same vein of form this term too.

So far in 2022/23, Diaz has four goals and an assist from 13 Serie A matches, with the ex-Manchester City ace keeping Charles De Ketelaere on the bench.

There had been reports claiming that AC Milan want to sign him permanently, but it is now being said that Diaz is expected to be back at Real Madrid when the current season is over.

However, his long-term future at the Santiago Bernabeu could be tied with that of Marco Asensio and Eden Hazard.

As things stand, Rodrygo, Vinicius Junior and Federico Valverde are key in Carlo Ancelotti’s setup. As for Hazard and Asensio, their futures are far from certain. The former is no longer a big part of the plans while the latter’s contract is about to expire in the summer.

Should either or both end up departing, Diaz could find a spot in Ancelotti’s plans for the next season at Real Madrid. The 23-year-old could also fill a spot in midfield where there is still uncertainty about Toni Kroos’ future.

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Real Madrid’s 29-year-old star upset with his situation, desires more clarity on role

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At Real Madrid, the quest for securing a spot in the first-team lineup involves battling it out with some of the best players in European football.

Competition is generally considered the perfect antidote to complacency and the Merengues‘ immensely talented roster encapsulates that sentiment best.

While injuries have done a number on the team, there is still an abundance of competition in the squad. As of now, the fight for a spot in the starting lineup is most intense among the goalkeepers.

Indeed, since the beginning of the campaign, there has been no fixed goalkeeper with both Andriy Lunin and Kepa Arrizabalaga featuring between the sticks alternately.

However, after being acquired on a season-long loan to fill in the absence of Thibaut Courtois, Kepa is not entirely content with his situation.

Kepa unsatisfied with the unclarity

Indeed, as per The Athletic, Kepa is extremely disappointed with his situation and how the coaching staff at Real Madrid have been handling the matter.

Ancelotti has not clearly explained his reasoning as to which of Lunin and Kepa is currently his first-choice keeper.

And according to sources close to him, Kepa is unhappy and would have preferred further clarification on the matter from the manager.

Lunin in the driving seat

Making a big impression. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

Owing to Lunin’s exceptional form lately, he has successfully displaced Kepa as the first-choice goalkeeper.

In fact, Kepa has not started a game since Real Madrid’s clash against Almeria last month in which they leaked two goals.

It is safe to assume Kepa’s frustrations stem from the fact that he initially arrived as the primary keeper to replace Courtois and turned down an offer from Bayern Munich to join the Madrid outfit.

As such, being shunned and having minimal clarity from the coaching staff’s preferred goalkeeper has led to dissatisfaction.

As things stand, Real Madrid have no plans of signing him permanently, given that Chelsea would ask around €20 million for him, something that the club have intentions of paying.

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