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Real Madrid sent scouts to watch 18-year-old French midfield prodigy – report

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Real Madrid boasts one of the most elite young squads in world football. Though the Merengues still make the occasional big-name signing, their philosophy has largely revolved around identifying budding talents young and developing them in recent years.

Sports Zone brings forth an update on one of Los Blancos’ latest scouting ventures, this time in France.

Target Stade Rennais

According to reports from the French outlet, Real Madrid sent a scout to watch Stade Rennnais last tonight.

The representative was tasked with observing, evaluating, and writing reports on some of the French side’s young and emerging talents.

The outlet goes on to stress that this is not the first time Los Blancos have shown interest in Rennais’ stars.

In fact, this is the second time the administration have sent their members to evaluate the players they are targetting. One such player who will be under the spotlight tonight is Desire Doue.

A midfield prodigy

At just 18 years of age, Doue has established himself as one of the best young midfielders in France and has had regular minutes under Bruno Genesio. He has played a part in all seven of Rennes’ games so far, even starting on two occasions.

The youngster is said to be a highly versatile option, operating well both in the offensive and defensive midfield.

His special quality is his ability to change the pace of the game with his accelerating runs coupled with his great dribbling prowess.

Rennes went on to win their game last night against Nantes, with Doue scoring one of their three goals.

Real Madrid are no strangers to securing midfield prodigies from Rennes, for Eduardo Camavinga is one of the most recent examples of a player from the French club coming good.

If Doue is anywhere as talented as his senior, Los Blancos could look to him as one for the future.

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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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