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Real Madrid ready to sell 27-year-old defender after nearly a decade – report

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Real Madrid are actively seeking to offload Jesus Vallejo as it has been learned that Carlo Ancelotti does not have him in his plans for next season, report Diario AS.

Vallejo, who first signed with the club back in 2015 and shone brightly at Zaragoza, is now facing departure in 2024 after nearly a decade of being a Real Madrid player.

Since the manager is not counting on him, Real Madrid are ready to entertain offers that might be considered modest.

In all honesty, For both the club and the player, a separation appears to be the best course of action. Real Madrid stands to benefit financially by selling Vallejo now rather than risk losing him for free when his contract expires in 2025. 

Meanwhile, for Vallejo himself, Ancelotti’s lack of inclusion in future plans means he won’t see much playing time.

Carlo Ancelotti has made up his mind

Carlo Ancelotti is not counting on Jesus Vallejo. (Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP via Getty Images)

Even amid speculation following Nacho’s departure, any hope of Vallejo slotting in as a fourth-choice centre-back seems dashed. 

This is because Ancelotti’s preference leans towards integrating young talents like Marvel or even deploying Aurelien Tchouameni in defensive roles, should the need arise, rather than retaining Vallejo.

On the other hand, Real Madrid’s pursuit of Leny Yoro will make matters even more complicated than it already is.

Vallejo, known for his professionalism and team spirit, has left a positive impression off the pitch. However, his on-field performance hasn’t matched expectations, leading to successive loans and limited playing time across various clubs. 

His recent season has been marred by injuries and sporadic appearances, reflecting a challenging period in his career. With minimal playing time in the past months, Vallejo’s return to Real Madrid this summer underscores the team’s decision to move on.

In summary, despite personal respect, Vallejo’s departure is inevitable. Madrid’s focus is on rejuvenation and strategic planning under Ancelotti, leaving no room for Vallejo in their future plans.

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Just in: Real Madrid’s defensive target picks up fresh injury

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Real Madrid are in active negotiations with LOSC Lille for the transfer of Leny Yoro. After weeks of impasse, the club appear to have made some ground in the race to sign the Frenchman.

However, should the Yoro deal fall through in the coming weeks, Real Madrid have identified Lazio’s Mario Gila as the ideal alternative.

Formerly of RM Castilla, Gila currently plies his trade for Lazio and has emerged as a key defensive lynchpin for the Italian outfit, impressing onlookers with his technique and discipline.

Mario Gila picks up fresh injury

However, in a major development, it appears Mario Gila has picked up a fresh injury during training, reports Diario AS.

In the pre-season camp at Auronzo di Cadore, Gila appears to have fractured his left foot and could be out for several weeks.

Fresh setback for Mario Gila (Photo by Marco Rosi – SS Lazio/Getty Images)

Lazio confirmed the defender’s injury, stating, “Mario Gila underwent clinical and instrumental examinations which revealed a fracture of the phalanx of the big toe of his left foot, suffered during training.”

Gila has started taking the appropriate treatment and the extent of his injury will be known soon. However, as things stand, the defender could be out for at least the next few weeks.

What does this mean for Real Madrid?

Mario Gila’s fresh injury setback is sure to dwindle any hopes of a potential return to Real Madrid this summer.

In any case, Gila’s chances of returning to Santiago Bernabeu were slim given that Real Madrid have finally made some ground in the deal to sign top defensive target Leny Yoro.

Los Blancos, though, would have liked having someone like Gila available as an alternative, especially with LOSC Lille still demanding a fortune for the Frenchman.

Unfortunately, that might not be an option anymore, no thanks to Gila’s injury. The club, though, will keep a close eye on the Spaniard’s injury situation, knowing he could return to fitness before the end of the summer break.

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