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Real Madrid scouting 22-year-old German striker



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There are two schools of thought regarding the future of Karim Benzema at Real Madrid. While some believe that the club must begin looking for long-term replacements, others feel that the Frenchman has at least two seasons left at the top level and that Madrid need not rush.

According to reports from Ekrem Konur, Real Madrid are scouting 22-year-old Mainz striker Jonathan Burkardt, considering signing the youngster.

Carlo Ancelotti has communicated to Mariano Diaz that he does not count on him, and the future of Borja Mayoral is not clear too. Evidently, there is an urgent need for a reliable backup option that can also serve in the long term.

Burkardt began his career in the academy of Mainz before he eventually received a call-up to the first team in 2018. In the past four years with the Bundesliga side, he gradually became an undisputed starter.

Last season, the 22-year-old made 34 appearances for Mainz, scoring 11 goals and providing three assists in the process. With every passing season, his goalscoring tally has only gone up.

The centre-forward’s contract lasts until 2024, after which he will be available to sign on a free transfer. If the club want to sign him this summer, however, he will not come cheap.

Burkardt’s signing is undoubtedly a gamble, but one that could pay off large dividends if it succeeds.

If not the youngster, Ancelotti could also look to swoop Timo Werner from Chelsea. The London-based club offered the German’s services to Los Blancos earlier today, but it remains as to what Florentino Perez has in his mind.

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Real Madrid convinced with 21-year-old loanee’s performances, will count on him next season



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Real Madrid are eager to enhance their options in central defense after deciding to not sign any defenders in the recent January transfer window.

Several players are on the club’s radar, with Lille’s promising center-back Leny Yoro most notably high on the club’s wishlist.

However, the Merengues are not turning a blind eye to their homegrown academy gems, as Rafa Marin is making a strong case for himself to join the first team dynamics next summer.

Rafa Marin strengthens his case

The 21-year-old is presently on loan at Alaves and is showcasing solid performances in the heart of defense, with Real Madrid reported to count on him next season.

Now, AS have reported that the reason for the club’s trust in Marin is his upsurge in performances at Alaves. And if Nacho Fernandez leaves, Marin will serve as the fourth central defender in the squad.

A testament to his worth to Alaves is the fact that Marin has not been benched since mid-November, demonstrating his importance in coach Luis Garcia Plaza’s defense.

With 2,282 total minutes played, he ranks as the fourth-highest on the team with the most minutes.

Against Atletico Madrid recently, Rafa Marin enjoyed a stellar outing. In addition to making 15 recoveries and 9 interceptions, he took part in 24 defensive actions. Along with winning two ground and four air duels, he only committed one foul.

A stellar performance vs Atletico. (Photo by CESAR MANSO/AFP via Getty Images)

An important summer for Marin

Not only is Rafa Marín returning to Real Madrid, but he is also going to represent Spain in the Olympics in Paris.

Marin was included in five of the six matches during the Euro Under-21 qualifiers because coach Santi Denia of Spain’s under-21 team greatly values his presence and height (1.91 meters).

Marin has a bright future ahead of him if all goes according to plan. His season with Alaves is sure to serve as a stepping stone for his integration into the Real Madrid first team.

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