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Real Madrid management want Ancelotti to promote Castilla starlet to first team – report

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Just a day after it was reported that Real Madrid CEO Jose Angel Sanchez has asked the Real Madrid coaching staff to make the best use of Castilla players instead of asking for new signings, a report from AS (h/t Madrid Zone) has emerged, claiming that one name that is topping the list is Sergio Arribas.

Arribas, 21, has made 11 appearances across all competitions for the senior team but is yet to open his account for the club. 

The 21-year-old attacking midfielder has been excellent for the Castilla team over the past couple of years. This season, the young Spaniard has starred for Raul Gonzalez’s side, scoring nine goals and five assists across 20 games. 

A contribution of 14 goals means the youngster is involved in one every 121 minutes, having clocked a total of 1,701 minutes this season.

Impressed by his exploits for the subsidiaries, members of the Real Madrid upper management are pushing for Arribas to be promoted to the senior setup.

It must be noted that manager Carlo Ancelotti has already frozen out the likes of Eden Hazard, Mariano Diaz, Alvaro Odriozola and Jesus Vallejo, meaning that if the team is already aching for bench strength.

This was made evident during the recent 1-3 defeat against Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup final. In all, if Ancelotti is to look for an attacking substitution, he will have to resort back to deploying Federico Valverde on the wings.

Marco Asensio may very well be waiting in the wings but his future is in jeopardy. That leaves the Italian tactician with Karim Benzema, Vinicius Jr, and Rodrygo as his main and only attacking weapons.

Given the situation, it only makes sense for Ancelotti to call up Arribas, who has performed exceedingly well and would add some depth and freshness to the first-team setup.

Hence comes the request from the upper management to at least try the young gun especially since the team from the capital city will anyway not be making a big money signing this month.

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Real Madrid’s pursuit of 18-year-old prodigy dependent on captain’s future – report

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Real Madrid will step up their efforts to sign Lille defender Leny Yoro if Nacho decides to leave the club, according to a report by Agustin Martin in AS.

The situation surrounding Nacho is becoming increasingly uncertain. While he has received a lucrative offer from Al Ittihad, the move has reportedly hit a roadblock.

It is said that Nacho feels that his role in the team has not progressed under coach Ancelotti and his absence from the starting lineup in important matches, like the first leg of the quarterfinals against Manchester City and the Clasico has made him consider leaving the club. 

Furthermore, the recoveries of Eder Militao and David Alaba, along with the presence of Antonio Rudiger and the potential return of Rafa Marin have also influenced his thoughts about his future.

Nacho is aware of market movements

Real Madrid are very much interested in signing Leny Yoro. (Photo by SEBASTIEN SALOM-GOMIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Interestingly, it is not just his teammates’ presence that has made Nacho think about leaving. There are strong rumours about Real Madrid signing Leny Yoro as well. 

The plan is to sign Yoro either this summer and possibly loan him out if Nacho stays, or in 2025 to join the first team. 

If Nacho decides to leave, it would pave the way for Yoro to join immediately. This decision depends on Nacho’s willingness to stay for another year or take up one of the offers he has received. 

This means the potential signing of Yoro hinges on Nacho’s decision. If the club captain chooses to leave, Yoro could join Real Madrid this year or next. 

For what it is worth, Yoro would strengthen a defensive lineup where most players, except for Militao and possibly Rafa Marín, are over thirty years old. But for this to happen, Nacho must decide whether to stay at Real Madrid or open the door for Yoro’s arrival.

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