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Real Madrid monitoring 21-year-old former academy graduate after selling him in the summer

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Less than six months ago, Real Madrid announced that Miguel Gutierrez had officially completed a move away from Santiago Bernabeu and joined Girona FC on a long-term deal.

The young defender was one of La Fabrica’s best prospects, but the club had decided to sell him after carefully evaluating the resources at their disposal and the glaring lack of game-time he would face. However, the story of Gutierrez and Real Madrid is far from over.

According to reports from Gianluca Di Marzio, Los Blancos have not lost their focus on the highly-rated full-back. They are maintaining a close eye on his performances and do not rule out a return in the future if he can keep his high level.

Gutierrez initially broke into the Real Madrid first-team setup in the 2020-21 season but made just three appearances in the last campaign. With Ferland Mendy, David Alaba, and Nacho ahead of him in the pecking order, he was quickly seen as a surplus to the manager’s requirements.

Since his move to Girona in the summer, Gutierrez has made 13 appearances and recorded two assists in that duration. Further, he averages close to five defensive actions per game and has created four big chances.

Carlo Ancelotti currently trusts Ferland Mendy to cover the left-back position, but the Frenchman is yet to stamp his authority on a starting position. David Alaba prefers to play centrally in this phase of his career and thus, the manager has no further options at left-back. 

Thus, Gutierrez could fit perfectly into the equation. However, it remains to be seen how smoothly the operation pans out, especially given that the youngster has a contract until 2027 with his new team.

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

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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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