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.
Key Real Madrid defender still not 100% fit ahead of Club World Cup semi-final – report
Carlo Ancelotti heads into the FIFA Club World Cup in a pressure cooker situation. The pressure on the manager’s shoulders is immense, for his job could be on the line after Real Madrid’s poor run of form.
The injury situation does not favour the Italian tactician either. Lucas Vazquez, Ferland Mendy, Karim Benzema, Eder Militao and even Thibaut Courtois are out of the semi-final against Al Ahly, leaving him very few options to play with.
According to reports from Jorge C Picon, David Alaba too is not completely fit yet. The Austrian International was given the medical all-clear and entered the squad for Real Madrid’s game against Mallorca, yet started on the bench as he was not at 100%, and that remains the case ahead of tonight’s clash.
The report, however, adds that his mere inclusion in the squad comes as a breather for Ancelotti. Alaba is highly valued by the technical staff, not only for his reading of the game on the field but also for his leadership.
The defender has already missed seven games for Los Blancos since sustaining a muscular injury against Villarreal at La Ceramica. He did indeed come off the bench for under half an hour against Mallorca, but will likely not be risked to start on Thursday.
In his absence, Nacho Fernandez and Antonio Rudiger are expected to take centre stage in defence in Morocco. Eduardo Camavinga, meanwhile, could start as left-back again.
Alaba has played 17 games for Los Blancos this season and was one of the players with the most minutes until his injury. In his league campaign so far, he has scored one goal and provided three assists while also averaging a key pass every ninety minutes.
It remains to be seen if the Austrian recovers completely in time for the Club World Cup final should the European Champions make it. As it stands, using a cautious approach is in Real Madrid’s best interest.