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Real Madrid loanee could have a spot in the first-team squad for next season – report



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Journalist Jose Felix Diaz has reported via MARCA that Rafa Marin will return to Real Madrid from his loan stint stay at Alaves and while his next destination is not confirmed yet, he could be a part of the first-team setup if any defender from the current roster departs.

Marin, 21, was a constant presence within the Real Madrid Castilla team and in order to further his development, the youngster was sent on loan to Alaves, after he signed a new contract at the Bernabeu.

So far, Marin has impressed one and all with his performances at Alaves, having clocked 726 minutes across 12 matches in La Liga.

Rated highly at Real Madrid

It is no secret that 21-year-old Marin is rated highly at Real Madrid and one of the reasons why he is on loan is to better his development by giving a decent exposure of the first division.

Real Madrid are immensely satisfied with Marin’s current progress at Alaves and those sitting in the higher office applaud the efforts made by the young defensive talent.

Rafa Marin will return to Real Madrid. (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

As reported before, the 21-year-old has implemented a customized regimen focused on enhancing his strength and physical prowess and this has yielded promising outcomes.

Real Madrid are convinced that the Spaniard has significantly elevated his strength, speed, and overall power since he departed for Alaves.

Will have a run in the first team next season

Marin’s noteworthy growth during his loan spell has caught the attention of Real Madrid there is optimistic anticipation for a substantial playing opportunity in the upcoming season.

At the moment, Real Madrid’s plan is for him to rejoin the team at the end of the current season. So far, the current plan with the defender is to assume the position of the fourth centre-back upon his return from his loan spell.

But of course, these plans might change depending on the situation.

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Bundesliga title-winner ‘is ready for Real Madrid’, says former German great



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Speaking in an interview with Sport BILD (h/t AS), Germany legend Michael Ballack has claimed that Bayer Leverkusen sensation Florian Wirtz is ready to play for Real Madrid.

Wirtz is a player that Real Madrid have been closely monitoring for a while now, with the German sensation being seen as a long-term replacement for Toni Kroos, who announced his retirement yesterday.

A move for Wirtz is being planned for the summer of 2025 and Ballack believes that the Bundesliga title winner with Leverkusen is ready for the big move to the Santiago Bernabeu.

“Wirtz is ready for Real Madrid,” said Ballack.

“In terms of football, Wirtz can definitely play for Real Madrid. You can also see it in Jude Bellingham after his move from BVB: when you play with even better players, you become even better,” he added.

The Toni Kroos replacement? (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)

Wirtz has a contract with Bayer Leverkusen that runs until the summer of 2027. As things stand, the new German champions have no intentions of selling their prized asset this year.

However, there appears to be an acceptance that the German international will be on the move in 2025.

Other top clubs like Manchester City and Bayern Munich are also understood to be interested, but Real Madrid are likely to beat them in the race should it come down to that next year.

A move for Wirtz, though, could cost in excess of €100 million for Real Madrid should they do indeed decide to proceed with his signing next year.

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