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Real Madrid sign 19-year-old goalkeeping prodigy from Atletico Madrid

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The relationship between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid has been greatly affected in recent years, especially after the non-aggression pact was broken with the signing of Jesus Fortea a couple of years ago.

Ever since neither club have shied away from trying to poach young talents from each other’s youth academies.

In another such move, Real Madrid appear to have snapped up another Atletico Madrid prodigy in the form of Sergio Mestre.

Who is Sergio Mestre?

A goalkeeper by trade, Mestre was regarded as one of the finest talents in the Atletico Madrid youth setup and had trained with the senior side multiple times under Diego Simeone.

Despite all his talent, though, Mestre never actually had an opportunity to make an impression at Atletico Madrid.

The goalkeeper is yet to make his professional debut with Los Colchoneros while he had limited minutes even with the youth team.

Mestre’s lack of prominence paved the way for the goalkeeper to leave the club and start a new chapter at Real Madrid.

Mestre confirmed the move on Instagram, writing a heartfelt note to Atletico Madrid in the process. At the same time, he did express his excitement after signing for Los Blancos.

“Happy and excited about this new stage. Thank you to Real Madrid for giving me this opportunity and trust. I hope to be able to help with humility and hard work. Looking forward to getting started and achieving the objectives,” he wrote.

Mestre will be joining Real Madrid on a free transfer and will be incorporated into the Real Madrid C team, which competes in the Segunda Federation.

The 19-year-old will be hoping to gain more game-time at Real Madrid C, although he will face stern competition from the likes of Guillermo Ruiz and Guille Sunico.

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Just in: Real Madrid’s defensive target picks up fresh injury

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Real Madrid are in active negotiations with LOSC Lille for the transfer of Leny Yoro. After weeks of impasse, the club appear to have made some ground in the race to sign the Frenchman.

However, should the Yoro deal fall through in the coming weeks, Real Madrid have identified Lazio’s Mario Gila as the ideal alternative.

Formerly of RM Castilla, Gila currently plies his trade for Lazio and has emerged as a key defensive lynchpin for the Italian outfit, impressing onlookers with his technique and discipline.

Mario Gila picks up fresh injury

However, in a major development, it appears Mario Gila has picked up a fresh injury during training, reports Diario AS.

In the pre-season camp at Auronzo di Cadore, Gila appears to have fractured his left foot and could be out for several weeks.

Fresh setback for Mario Gila (Photo by Marco Rosi – SS Lazio/Getty Images)

Lazio confirmed the defender’s injury, stating, “Mario Gila underwent clinical and instrumental examinations which revealed a fracture of the phalanx of the big toe of his left foot, suffered during training.”

Gila has started taking the appropriate treatment and the extent of his injury will be known soon. However, as things stand, the defender could be out for at least the next few weeks.

What does this mean for Real Madrid?

Mario Gila’s fresh injury setback is sure to dwindle any hopes of a potential return to Real Madrid this summer.

In any case, Gila’s chances of returning to Santiago Bernabeu were slim given that Real Madrid have finally made some ground in the deal to sign top defensive target Leny Yoro.

Los Blancos, though, would have liked having someone like Gila available as an alternative, especially with LOSC Lille still demanding a fortune for the Frenchman.

Unfortunately, that might not be an option anymore, no thanks to Gila’s injury. The club, though, will keep a close eye on the Spaniard’s injury situation, knowing he could return to fitness before the end of the summer break.

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