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Real Madrid set to sign 19-year-old goalkeeping prospect from Atletico Madrid

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Sergio Mestre, a young defender from Atletico Madrid’s youth squad, is on the brink of transitioning to Real Madrid’s ranks, specifically their C team, claims a report from AS.

It is quite unusual for Real Madrid to invest in a player who has not seen much action for a year and a half. However, Mestre presents a unique case.

Despite his 12-year-long tenure with Atletico Madrid, Mestre has struggled to secure significant playing time over the past 18 months. 

Neither Fernando Torres, coaching the Juvenil A team, nor Luis Garcia, managing the reserve squad, showed much confidence in him. However, Real Madrid saw potential.

Mestre has had a hard time

The faith shown by the La Fabrica directors in this 19-year-old goalkeeper is remarkable, as they have no doubts about signing him, despite his limited activity during the latter part of his developmental journey. 

His rise through the ranks was swift until he reached the final stage of his youth career. By this time, Torres favoured another goalkeeper from the youth setup, leaving Mestre sidelined.

In an attempt to revive his prospects, the club promoted him to the reserve team, but Garcia didn’t see fit to grant him opportunities. Consequently, Mestre only played two matches during this period, both in the Youth League, due to a teammate’s injury.

Despite the challenges, the youth management at Atletico sought to extend Mestre’s contract for two years, offering the first year without a predetermined destination. 

However, the lack of a clear plan and frustration from spending so much time on the bench led Mestre to decline the offer.

Interest in Mestre is plenty

Despite training independently, Mestre garnered interest from various clubs, including Arsenal, Brentford, and Watford. 

Watford even went as far as booking flights and accommodation to observe him during a couple of weeks of training with their first team. However, Atletico did not grant permission for the visit.

In March, amidst this uncertainty, Real Madrid stepped in. Following detailed discussions, Mestre finally decided to switch allegiances and join Real Madrid.

The decision was made, and any plans regarding a move to England were put to rest. In turn, the 19-year-old will now embark on a four-year journey to further develop his skills as a promising goalkeeper at La Fabrica.

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France NT growing concerned about Real Madrid star’s fitness ahead of Euros

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Real Madrid star Aurelien Tchouameni is currently with the French National Team in preparation for the upcoming European Championships.

Didier Deschamps and Co. were hoping that the defensive midfielder would make a complete recovery from the stress injury on his left foot in time for the Euros, but his situation does not appear as favourable any longer.

With the commencement of the competition approaching fast, the French setup are worried and must make a decision fast, as revealed by SPORT.

Long time out

Les Bleus are still living in the optimism that Tchouameni will make it back in time for the premier event. With every passing day, however, the Real Madrid star’s availability is looking more distant.

After all, the deep-lying midfielder last played over a month ago in Real Madrid’s UEFA Champions League semifinal against Bayern Munich. Since then, he missed four league games, the UCL final and two friendly games with the national team.

Tchouameni has been injured for over a month. (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)

Should the Frenchman recover in time, there will be questions raised about his match-fitness and rightly so for 40 days is a very long hiatus in the world of football.

Urgent decision

The medical team of the French national setup have reportedly devised a specific plan to ensure that the youngster recovers at the earliest and is available for the event in Germany.

Deschamps, however, has a critical decision to make as he will not be allowed to make any changes to his squad after the tournament begins. His deadline, thus, is the 17th of June before his team’s clash against Austria.

The manager hopes to recover Tchouameni at all costs and will likely wait until the nth minute before taking a decision.

Should a replacement be required, a UEFA Medical Committee doctor will have to confirm that the injury is indeed as serious as the camp believe.

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