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Real Madrid reluctant to send youth trio to the U-20 World Cup – report

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Real Madrid’s Fabrica has seen a resurgence in recent years. The academy currently boasts of players touted to be the next big thing in their respective positions in Alvaro Rodriguez, Vinicius Tobias and Nico Paz.

Given their talent and maturity beyond their years, it is not surprising that the trio are valuable assets for their respective National Teams too. While their prominence in international football is undoubtedly a positive, it is creating problems for Los Blancos at the moment.

The FIFA U-20 World Cup is set to be played in Argentina from May 20th, and all three starlets are on course to be called up.

However, according to reports from Jorge Picon, the Merengues are unsure about sending their young stars to the tournament. They have begun talks with the three football federations involved but are yet to convey a final decision.

Real Madrid’s reluctance to grant the trio permission is primarily linked to the subsidiary team’s position in the league.

The Castilla team currently sits second on the standings of Group 1 of the Primera Federacion and are just one point below leaders Alcorcon. Promotion to the La Liga Segunda division is thus a real possibility either through direct qualification or playoffs.

Rodriguez, Tobias and Paz are all vital for the Castilla team’s run and sacrificing them at this stage of the season could imply letting go of promotion. Needless to say, Real Madrid’s stance is understandable.

The club are under no compulsion to send their stars as the U-20 World Cup does not feature on FIFA’s official calendar.

The Merengues thus plan on taking a decision after holding a meeting with the AUF (Uruguayan Football Association), the AFA (Argentine Football Association) and the CBF (Brazilian Football Confederation) concerning Rodriguez, Paz and Tobias respectively.

The initial idea is to retain all three players. After all, the club do not want to risk spoiling relations by allowing one player on international duty, while keeping others from it.

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Real Madrid out-of-favour defender now unlikely to leave the club

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Real Madrid missed out on the signing of Leny Yoro after deciding not to match Manchester United’s offer for the 18-year-old defender.

With the French prodigy now on his way to the Premier League, Los Blancos are assessing their options before deciding whether to sign a new centre-back or not.

As things stand, the reigning champions of Spain and Europe seem to be leaning towards relying on their existing options rather than going into the market.

Jesus Vallejo unlikely to leave

As such, MARCA reports that the likelihood of Jesus Vallejo leaving the club have now significantly reduced.

Indeed, the 27-year-old out-of-favour defender now appears more and more likely to continue at Real Madrid beyond this summer.

Set to stay. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Vallejo returned to the Santiago Bernabeu after finishing his loan stint at Granada during which he hardly played due to injury and fitness woes.

As such, reports suggested that Carlo Ancelotti & co. were not planning on counting on him next season, even though he was handed a new shirt number recently.

But with the Leny Yoro operation collapsing and Real Madrid not keen on recruiting anyone from the market at this point, the Spanish ace is now unlikely to leave the club.

With David Alaba still sidelined, Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao will start the new season as the first-choice centre-back pairing and Vallejo will serve as the backup while Aurelien Tchouameni will also be an option.

Vallejo, for his part, wanted to stay put and see out his contract which expires in 2025. And, as things stand, it appears that the player will get his wish.

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