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Real Madrid loanee only thinking about Bernabeu return despite interest from Napoli

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Conceding five goals on duty for Alaves at the Santiago Bernabeu midweek, Rafa Marin was put to the ultimate test by his parent club as Los Blancos romped to 93 points on the league standings.

The on-loan defender, for his part, was solid in defence on the night as he recorded seven clearances, blocked two shots, made one interception, one tackle, one last-man tackle and won two duels on the night.

With the summer transfer window approaching and his loan at Alaves coming to a close, the player is close to returning to Real Madrid. Isabel Pacheco, however, reports that there are European giants monitoring Marin’s situation.

The Italian suitors

As revealed by the Spanish outlet, representatives of Serie A giants Napoli were in attendance to watch Marin’s display against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu earlier this week.

The Italian side see the youngster to be one with great promise and hope to rope him into their dynamics for next season as they look to come back stronger after a sub-par season.

Napoli, however, have not contacted the defender’s entourage yet, the media outlet confirms. The coming weeks will thus be crucial in deciding the youngster’s future, especially with the end of the season just around the corner.

Focused on Madrid

Alaves have only one game remaining this season, following which the former Castilla star will be freed from his loan spell at the club.

Marin will thus return to Real Madrid next month and is currently focused only on succeeding at the Spanish capital. Having established himself as a regular for a first-division side, he hopes he can directly compete for minutes with the big names in defence.

No decision has been made over Marin’s future at the club, and everything will depend on Los Blancos’ transfer decisions in June. Nacho’s departure, the status of David Alaba’s recovery and Leny Yoro’s potential arrival, needless to say, will act as direct factors.

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Real Madrid face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target

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Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images

Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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