With Arbeloa set to replace Hernan Perez as the head coach, Real Madrid are looking to add more quality to their Juvenil A side this summer.
According to a report from MARCA, one of the players identified as a top target for Los Blancos ahead of the new season is Rodrigo Mendoza.
The 17-year-old is a midfielder, who currently plies his trade with Elche CF. He is currently a member of the club’s Under-19 and is among the most promising in the academy, having impressed the onlookers with his performances in the youth competitions.
A native of Murcia, Mendoza has featured four times for the Spanish U-17 setup as well, making him one of the most promising talents in his age group.
Real Madrid want to rope in the teenage sensation this summer and reinforce the midfield unit of their Juvenil A setup. His addition to the club could go a long way in further strengthening the side and help Arbeloa build a strong unit next season.
A central midfielder by trade, Mendoza appears to be a technically gifted operator, who can be deployed as a number ten as well. His creative qualities could make him an excellent asset for the Juvenil A side, and it won’t be long before he makes the jump to RM Castilla.
However, the report suggests it is going to be difficult for Real Madrid to lure him away from Elche CF this summer.
The Valencian outfit are known for their strict negotiations and they will undoubtedly make it difficult for Los Merengues to secure the services of their prized youth prospect.
Real Madrid camp is not very confident of pulling off the deal either, which has compelled them to consider moves for various other alternatives, including Manuel Angel and Cesar Palacios.
Real Madrid veteran tipped to stay at club by ex-star: “His wish is to renew”
Real Madrid are in for a busy summer ahead. While the club are expected to undergo a massive squad overhaul, they are also facing pressure to renew the contracts of some of the most established players in the squad.
Luka Modric is among the list of veterans, who have their contracts expiring at the end of the season. At the age of 37, there has understandably been a layer of uncertainty over his future at Santiago Bernabeu, especially amid interest from Saudi Arabian entities.
The Saudi league has reportedly offered Modric the opportunity to join any club of his choice in the Middle East nation, with a two-and-a-half-year contract worth €40 million per season.
But in a recent media interaction, Predrag Mijatovic, former Real Madrid player and close friend of Modric, has backed the veteran Croat to continue at Santiago Bernabeu.
“When Luka Modric is well, Real Madrid plays much better. His wish is to renew one more year,” said Mijatovic (h/t El Larguero), who played for Real Madrid from 1996 to 1999, featuring in 118 competitive matches for the club.
Mijatovic’s comments confirm recent reports suggesting how Modric is leaning towards a prolonged stay at Bernabeu. It appears the ageing midfielder has no desire to accept the lucrative terms coming from Saudi Arabia just yet.
The former Tottenham star is confident of his abilities to continue at the highest level for at least another year before he can the next and final step in his career.
Since joining Real Madrid in 2012, Modric has featured in 462 competitive matches, racking up 36 goals and 74 assists. His contributions have been crucial to the club’s success over the past decade. Whether or not the midfielder is now willing to extend his stay for a further year remains to be seen.