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Real Madrid midfielder to cut short his loan stint at La Liga club in January

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Antonio Blanco is regarded as one of the most promising young midfielders to have come through the youth ranks at Real Madrid.

The 22-year-old midfielder has made over 60 appearances for the club’s Castilla outfit and was handed his first-team debut by Zinedine Zidane in April last year.

Blanco went on to make six senior appearances for Los Blancos before leaving for Cadiz on loan as game-time would have been hard to come by in the first-team setup at the Santiago Bernabeu.

But things have not gone according to plan for the Spanish youngster at Cadiz and according to AS, Blanco is set to cut short his loan stint with the La Liga club come January.

Since joining Cadiz, the Real Madrid loanee has played just four times across all competitions, with his last appearance in La Liga coming in October.

It is pretty evident that manager Sergio Gonzalez does not see Blanco as a major part of his plans at Cadiz. And given that the situation is not ideal for the youngster’s development, Real Madrid will likely be recalling him in January.

However, the report adds that it does not mean the 22-year-old will be given a place in Carlo Ancelotti’s side or sent back to Castilla. Instead, Real Madrid plan on shipping Blanco out on loan again to a club where he can gather more minutes.

Second-division side SD Eibar have emerged as suitors for the Spanish prospect as they look to reinforce their midfield department. But, other clubs Cartagena, Tenerife, and Oviedo are also interested in securing his services.

Blanco’s contract with Real Madrid expires in 2024. With Jude Bellingham expected to arrive at the Bernabeu next summer, the competition for places will only increase and the academy graduate needs to make a good impression over the next six months to stand a chance to earn a place in Ancelotti’s plans.

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PSG defender could follow Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid in the summer of 2025

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As PSG brace for the departure of Kylian Mbappe, it is set to mark a before and after in the history of the French club.

All signs point towards the 25-year-old superstar signing for Real Madrid on a free transfer, with an agreement between the two parties getting closer.

And, it may so happen that another PSG star might follow Mbappe to the Santiago Bernabeu, albeit a year later in 2025.

Hakimi could return to Real Madrid

Indeed, according to Mundo Deportivo, Achraf Hakimi could opt to leave PSG in the summer of 2025 and Real Madrid would be a likely destination for the Moroccan right-back.

Hakimi, a former Real Madrid academy graduate, has enjoyed success in Paris since joining them from Inter Milan.

However, the Moroccan international will enter the final year of his contract in 2025, with the deal expiring in 2026. And, both the player and the club could opt to part ways then if a new contract is not agreed upon.

And a return to Real Madrid could be on the cards for Hakimi. He is a player very well considered by Carlo Ancelotti.

The ex-Inter Milan man would also come to reinforce the right-back position, which currently has Dani Carvajal and Lucas Lucas Vazquez, whose contract expires at the end of the season, but could be offered a one-year extension.

Furthermore, Hakimi would be keen to return to the Spanish capital and would even be willing to reduce his current salary, which is over €10 million net. The lure of playing with Mbappe, one of his closest friends, will also be a major appealing factor.

As for Real Madrid, they need to soon find a long-term heir to Carvajal and a player like Hakimi, entering his prime years and familiar with the club could prove to be a shrewd signing.

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