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Real Madrid in talks with AC Milan over the permanent exit of academy starlet

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A product of the Real Madrid youth academy, Alex Jimenez has made the most of his loan spell at AC Milan this past season.

The young right-back joined the Rossoneri last summer, initially as part of the reserve team. But his impressive performances saw him make a few appearances for the senior team.

Jimenez has impressed onlookers with his technical prowess and ability to make marauding runs on the flanks. This has convinced AC Milan to try and keep hold of his services on a permanent deal this summer.

Real Madrid want a buyback clause

According to Calciomercato (h/t Mundo Deportivo), Real Madrid are in talks with AC Milan over a deal that would see Jimenez join the Rossoneri on a permanent deal.

It must be noted that AC Milan have the option of signing Jimenez for just €5 million. However, the main point of contention surrounding the negotiations is Real Madrid’s desire to retain a buyback clause for the player.

This is customary for any Real Madrid youth players that leave the club to play elsewhere. The club had notably secured a similar clause for Fran Garcia, who was signed for half the price.

A star in the making? (Photo by Will Russell/Getty Images)

Real Madrid are planning to employ a similar strategy against Alex Jimenez’s permanent contract at AC Milan.

Does Alex Jimenez have a future at Real Madrid?

Real Madrid’s desire to secure a buyback clause for Jimenez is hardly surprising either, as the club are running thin when it comes to options in the right-back position.

Dani Carvajal is set to continue for another year, while Lucas Vazquez is likely to sign a contract extension. However, neither of these stars are getting any younger, meaning the club desperately require some young blood.

That is where Alex Jimenez comes into the fray. The Spaniard has shown exceptional talent at AC Milan and will have an excellent opportunity to establish himself as one of the most talented fullbacks in Europe next season.

Should Jimenez succeed at AC Milan, Real Madrid might consider the possibility of re-signing him in the near future, provided, of course, they manage to add a buyback clause in his deal with AC Milan.

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Real Madrid defender set to stay after requesting to see out his contract

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Real Madrid welcomed four players back from loan this summer: Reinier, Rafa Marin, Juanmi Latasa, and Jesus Vallejo and bid goodbye to Marin already, while the others are expected to evaluate their futures with the club.

Vallejo joined Real Madrid in 2015, but he has primarily played on loan at other teams, including Real Zaragoza, VfB Stuttgart, Wolves, and Granada twice.

Having concluded his third stint at Granada, the player is back in the Spanish capital and now seeks a resolution over his future.

Jesus Vallejo held a meeting with Real Madrid’s hierarchy

Indeed, according to AS, Jesus Vallejo recently met with Real Madrid and made a request to fulfill the final year of his contract.

The club has opted not to exert pressure, leaving his future in his own hands: whether he decides to leave or stay, they support his decision.

Jesus Vallejo did not play much at Granada. (Photo by ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP via Getty Images)

After all, Vallejo has been with the club for several years, and Real Madrid intends to honour the wishes of one of the players who have been at the club for the longest time.

The 27-year-old centre-back was a part of the Real Madrid squad in the 2021/2022 season and played sparingly.

But he proved to be a dependable option when called upon and enjoyed a memorable performance in the Champions League against Manchester City as a late substitute.

Due to Real Madrid’s options at the back and the potential signing of Leny Yoro, Vallejo is unlikely to find regular game time if he opts to stay put.

Despite managing just three appearances for relegated Granada last season due to an injury, Vallejo looks forward to putting his physical woes behind him and starting afresh.

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