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Real Madrid ready to abandon pursuit of young Spanish fullback amid slow growth

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Real Madrid are anticipated on the lookout for top-quality talent to bolster their team in the upcoming summer transfer window.

With Kylian Mbappe’s imminent arrival bound to enhance the offensive aptitude of the team, Los Blancos are also exploring opportunities to strengthen the back line.

And given Dani Carvajal, Lucas Vazquez, and Nacho Fernandez are all entering their mid-30s, the signing of a younger option in the right-back position has been on the club’s agenda.

Specifically, Juanlu Sanchez has emerged as a potential candidate. Real Madrid previously asked about the situation of the Sevilla academy graduate, whose contract expires in 2026.

Real Madrid might give up pursuit of Juanlu

The 20-year-old spent the previous season out on loan at Mirandes in the lower levels and was enjoying a breakthrough season.

But his progress recently has reached a standstill, with Juanlu struggling to acquire regular game time.

Real Madrid might no longer be interested in Juanlu (Photo by JORGE GUERRERO/AFP via Getty Images)

According to AS, Juanlu’s recent drop in performance and playing time has raised questions about whether he will reach his full potential and sign with a team like Real Madrid.

Totalling just 15 minutes over the past two months, the Spaniard is no longer earning the same acclaim he was earlier in the campaign.

Sevilla is willing to let him go this summer for a “decent offer,” particularly since Dario Benavidez, another young player with promise, is catching up to him.

Juanlu’s current circumstances, however, imply that any prospective transfer to Real Madrid or another elite team could have to wait until he can get his career back on track.

Pedro Lima on the club’s radar

The club is still set to keep its eyes peeled for exciting young talents for the right-back position moving forward.

And according to prior reports Pedro Lima, a young right back for Sport Recife, is a target for Real Madrid and Barcelona.

It remains to be seen if the Merengues can secure his signing, with the 17-year-old defensive ace having no shortage of admirers.

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‘Will have to put my feelings aside’ – Bellingham on facing Borussia Dortmund in UCL final

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It has been a special debut season for Jude Bellingham at Real Madrid.

Since arriving from Borussia Dortmund in a deal worth €103 million, plus add-ons, last summer, the 20-year-old sensation has become an instant hit at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Despite his form declining a bit in the second half of the season, Bellingham has racked up returns of 23 goals and 12 assists from 41 games in all competitions.

A special game for Bellingham

Having won La Liga and the Spanish Super Cup, Bellingham now has the chance to end the season in the most epic ways possible by lifting the UEFA Champions League, against his former club, in his homeland.

As such, Saturday’s UCL final at Wembley, against Dortmund, is set to be a special one for the young phenom, and he acknowledged as much during an interview today.

“It’s a very special game for me but I’ll have to put feelings aside. It’s been a great season, they’ve made me feel very welcome and I’ve enjoyed playing football with them,” said Bellingham, as quoted by Mundo Deportivo.

Bellingham faces his former club in the UCL final. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

When asked if he had been in touch with any of his former Dortmund teammates ahead of Saturday’s showpiece event, Bellingham replied:

“I’ve spoken to Sancho, we said we’d meet there. He took me under his wing when I came to Dortmund and that meant a lot to me.”

On how Real Madrid can win the game

Earlier today, Carlo Ancelotti was asked if he had sought any information from Bellingham to prepare a strategy to beat Borussia Dortmund.

The midfielder himself was asked by the media as to how Real Madrid can get past his former club at Wembley this weekend, to which he replied:

“To win we will have to play at our maximum level, if we are at that level it is very difficult for our opponents. The staff are sure to do a great job analysing Dortmund, I trust them 100 per cent.”

Stressing how it is a dream for him to win the UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid, Bellingham remarked:

“Winning the Champions League is the reason I’m here, I always dreamed of playing for this team, and this team is linked to the Champions League. I want to be a small part of their history.”

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