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Real Madrid looking to hijack Atletico Madrid’s deal for 17-year-old striker



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Real Madrid’s management are leaving no stone unturned in their hunt for the club’s next marquee striker. From teenagers to veteran stars, Los Blancos have been linked with several strikers this window.

As the summer window nears its end, it is becoming increasingly clear that the club want to go in the direction of raw talent. A young signing will not only help the manager mould the player to his liking but also be less of a burden financially.

According to reports from Diario AS, Madrid are looking to sign Bayer Leverkusen striker Iker Bravo this summer. This comes as important news because the teenager already has an agreement in place with Atletico Madrid.

Real Madrid’s relations with Diego Simeone’s side are already foul after the pact of non-aggression was broken last month. The move for the Spaniard will only make matters worse.

Not to forget that the Spaniard has also played for Barcelona at the youth level, making appearances for the U16 side before deciding to leave for Leverkusen.

Last season, Bravo made 17 appearances for Bayer’s U-19 outfit scoring four goals and providing three assists. He also recorded three-goal contributions for the U-17 side of the club.

Bravo is clearly a diamond in the brought right now, and one could expect the youngster to see a spell at the Castilla before he makes the move to the first team. While it is certainly a gamble, his signing could reap big rewards in the future.

Amongst the other youngsters linked with a move to the club is Jonathan Burkadt. The 22-year-old Mainz striker offers a similar profile, and the final decision could come down to the transfer fee involved.

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Ancelotti hails Real Madrid attacker after Sevilla win: “He has significant qualities”



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Real Madrid secured a hard-fought 2-1 win over Sevilla yesterday, in what was the club’s final away game of the season.

Rodrygo was the star performer of the game, racking up two goals and being handed the Man of the Match title. Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti heaped praise on the Brazilian after the game, stating, “Rodrygo did well in the centre-forward role and he can also play there. He has different attributes.”

“If you can dribble through the middle you have a better chance of scoring than if you dribble out wide. Because of his quality, it’s easier for him to find opportunities in this area. He doesn’t have the physicality for aerial clashes, but he has significant qualities,” he added.

Rodrygo, though, was a bit annoyed with Ancelotti over his substitution as he ‘wanted to score another goal’. In response, Ancelotti said, “Rodrygo wanted to stay on the pitch to go for a hat trick, but I told him that we had different objectives. He wanted to score, but I didn’t want to concede a goal. We finished with four centre-backs and managed the game well.”

Ancelotti went on to laud the atmosphere at the Sanchez Pizjuan, especially as there were no insults hurled at any of the Real Madrid players. “The atmosphere in the stadium was great despite some whistling towards Ceballos. I didn’t hear any insults and so we’re on the right track. The fans should be congratulated,” he said.

“People have started to understand what to do in the stadium and what not to do. We have to continue in this vein,” he added.

The Real Madrid manager also talked about Alvaro Rodriguez, pointing out how the youngster has room to improve.

“He’s a really young player and he’s got talent. He’s had a slump in the last period. When he’s played with Castilla he hasn’t always been at his best. Today we needed him and we’ll bear him in mind for the future. He’s young and has room for improvement,” he said.

Ancelotti talked about the future of Marco Asensio as well, with the playmaker reportedly set to leave Santiago Bernabeu at the end of the season.

“On the subject of Asensio, I don’t know what the situation is, just as I don’t know about Nacho. Before the last game, everything will be cleared up. On a personal level, I’m sad to see them go because they are very important. We’ll prepare for next season depending on the decisions they make,” he said.

The Italian manager also offered an update on the availability of Vinicius, adding, “As far as Vinicius is concerned, he has two days to rest and we’ll see if he can play the last game.”

Finally, Ancelotti confirmed he will be supporting Roma in the UEFA Europa League final. He also revealed how he had a conflict of interest with Sevilla manager Jose Luis Mendilibar.

“I wished Mendilibar all the best for the Europa League final. I’ve had a conflict of interests because I was captain of Roma in the 70s. On Monday we’ll be celebrating the league forty years later. I’m a bit of a Roma fan, but I want the best team to win. Mourinho is truly a great friend of mine and my heart has a closer connection with Roma than it does with Sevilla,” he said.

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