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Real Madrid striker’s agent denies interest from Celta Vigo: “No news, no offer”

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Real Madrid’s pursuit for a new striker is heavily dependent on the exit operations in the department. Carlo Ancelotti does not want multiple backups for the same positions, and the departure of deadwood is seen as the priority.

Mariano Diaz and Borja Mayoral are both on the exit list, but it is the former who is under more pressure to leave. Earlier this week, Celta Vigo were said to be interested in the Dominican, but the situation seems to have changed.

Mariano’s agent provided an important update on his client’s future. When asked about the Galician club as a destination for the striker, he outright denied the possibility.

“Nobody from Celta contacted me, there is no news or offer,” he was quoted as saying by Jose Padilla.

While Celta have been interested in the striker for a long time, the financial aspect is complicating the deal. Mariano is on a relatively high salary that the Galicians refuse to pay at the moment.

The new development could either be a true reflection of the situation or a ploy by the player’s agent to improve the terms of the deal. As it stands, it would appear as though the former is more probable.

Last season, the 29-year-old made nine league appearances for Real Madrid, scoring one goal and providing one assist in the process. Since his return to the club four years ago, Mariano has failed to cross the 10-goal mark.

Nevertheless, it is now the top priority for Los Blancos to seal the forward’s exit. Timo Werner is best placed to replace Mariano after his departure but names like Jonathan Burkadt are also on the list.

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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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