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Real Madrid scout 18-year-old breakout English prospect – report

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It is well-established that Real Madrid are constantly on the lookout for exciting young prospects bursting through in their bid to strengthen the squad.

It has seen them linked with teenage talents like Leny Yoro of LOSC Lille and Franco Mastantuono of River Plate heading into the summer.

Archie Gray on Real Madrid’s radar

Now, an update from journalist Graeme Bailey suggests that an exciting teenage talent from England has also caught the attention of Real Madrid.

Indeed, as per the report, Leeds United teenager Archie Gray has emerged on the radars of Real Madrid as well as Bayern Munich, with both clubs having scouted the youngster.

Gray, 18, plies his trade in the EFL Championship with Leeds United and has been a regular fixture in the starting XI in the Whites’ bid for promotion despite his young age.

Archie Gray enjoying a breakthrough season at Leeds. (Photo by Ed Sykes/Getty Images)

A versatile operator, Gray operated as a central midfielder or a holding midfielder early in the season before moving to right-back, where he appears to have found his niche.

As per the report, scouts from Real Madrid and Bayern Munich watched Gray in action in Leeds’ most recent game against Hull City, during which he featured as a defensive midfielder.

Leeds do not intend to sell

Leeds United rate Gray very highly and recently tied him down to a long-term contract until the summer of 2028.

And, as things stand, the Premier League promotion hopefuls have no intentions of selling the teenage prodigy, hoping that a bump up to the English top flight will stave off any suitors and convince the youngster to stay.

Apart from Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, some clubs from within England are also interested in the 18-year-old breakout talent. But a big move this summer appears unlikely.

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Lucas Vazquez talks following MVP performance vs Barcelona – ‘Speaks about our work’

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Of all players people would have expected to turn up for El Clasico today from Real Madrid, it was the backup right-back Lucaz Vazquez who delivered an absolute masterclass of a performance in their 3-2 win.

The Spaniard played Barcelona out of the park starting as the right-back, and ran circles around Joao Cancelo.

He won the penalty for the first goal, scored the equaliser in the 73rd minute, and then assisted Jude Bellingham’s winner in the 91st minute.

“Great night, like many others at the Santiago Bernabeu. We are very grateful to the fans, they created a spectacular atmosphere. We are where want to be, six points away from winning the league,” Vazquez said, as quoted by MARCA.

Coming off an exhausting 120 minutes vs Manchester City in the Champions League, not many would have expected the shift Madrid put in tonight, especially after trailing on two occasions.

“The team, despite the great effort in Manchester, showed their face again. We once again played a great game, and we did everything in our power to achieve this win that gives us the advantage in the league,” Vazquez commented on it.

Now 11 points clear off Barcelona, Madrid can almost sniff La Liga out, and according to Vazquez, it reflects their work well.

“I think this difference speaks well about our work. We had a very good season in La Liga, and we are on the right track.”

As for his own performance, the Spaniard was modest, and said, “I am very happy to be able to help the team. A lot of things went well today, and that is important for everyone”

He was asked two very important things, as well, including his possible inclusion in the 2024 European Championship, to which he replied, “I would love for Luis de la Fuente to call me up for the Euros.”

And more importantly, he also spoke about the controversial penalty incident, but claimed that it was 100% a penalty. “I cut back and his leg caught me. It was a penalty.”

Real Madrid have five days off now before they travel to the Basque county to take on Real Sociedad in the league before travelling to the Allianz Arena to face Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-finals.

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