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Real Madrid planning to renew Castilla defender’s contract which expires in 2023

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Real Madrid youngster Rafa Marin is held in the highest of regard within the club and has been tipped for a bright future. And, as per MARCA, the Merengues are planning to hand him a new contract at the earliest possible.

The 20-year-old has been on the club’s books since 2016 when he joined from the Sevilla youth academy. Having progressed through the ranks, the centre-back has grown into a mainstay at the heart of the Castilla defence over the past year.

So far, Marin has played 33 times for Raul Gonzalez’s side and has been a permanent fixture this season, bagging a goal in four matches.

However, given the plethora of options at Carlo Ancelotti’s disposal in the senior team, the towering defender is yet to make his first-team debut.

Marin was linked with a move to Swiss club FC Basel in January earlier this year, but Los Blancos blocked the move.

The young central defender was also attracting interest from clubs such as Rayo Vallecano during the summer as well. But once again, Real Madrid denied him an exit as they want him to remain at the club for a long time.

To that end, the reigning champions of Spain and Europe will now hand him a new contract. Marin’s current deal stands to expire at the end of the ongoing campaign. And handing him an extension would be a good move from the club’s perspective, given the potential he possesses.

It will be interesting to see whether Marin gets his first-team breakthrough anytime soon. Irrespective of that, Real Madrid will continue to try and tie him down to a new contract.

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Real Madrid midfielder set for a change in roles heading into the new season

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Federico Valverde, the dynamic midfielder for Real Madrid, is once again on the cusp of adapting to a new role under the guidance of coach Carlo Ancelotti, reports Mario Calderon for Mundo Deportivo

Valverde’s remarkable versatility has been a key asset for Real Madrid, allowing him to excel in various positions on the field. This adaptability has been crucial for the team, and it seems another transformation is on the horizon for the 25-year-old Uruguayan.

The team chances and so does Valverde

His potential shift in role comes amid changes within the team, notably the reassignment of the number ‘8’ shirt to Toni Kroos. 

The German midfielder’s responsibility for constructing the game will likely be shared among several players to ensure a seamless transition.

Here, Valverde’s ability to quickly grasp new concepts will be a significant advantage for both him and Ancelotti. Even during the current period, with many players still absent, Ancelotti is already strategizing on how to best integrate everyone into the team dynamics without compromising performance.

Federico Valverde might play a different role at Real Madrid next season. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Marcelo Bielsa must be credited

Valverde’s recent experiences with the Uruguayan national team in the Copa America under coach Marcelo Bielsa have further honed his skills. 

Bielsa entrusted Valverde with the captain’s armband and deployed him in a deeper role, where he was responsible for initiating plays from the back alongside his teammate, PSG’s young pivot, Manuel Ugarte. 

This experience has enriched Valverde’s understanding of the game, adding another layer to his already impressive skill set.

As the new season approaches, Valverde will need to re-establish himself in whatever role Ancelotti deems fit—be it as a winger, a pivot, or even a full-back, a position he has previously played under former coach Zinedine Zidane. 

Regardless of where he is positioned, Valverde’s importance to the team is undeniable. His versatility, coupled with his ability to adapt quickly, makes him a pivotal player for Real Madrid’s upcoming campaign.

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