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Real Madrid to pay close attention on former player during World Cup

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Real Madrid are said to be keeping a close eye on the developments of several players at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar and if a report from Diario SPORT is to be believed, one of them includes their former prodigy Take Kubo.

The 21-year-old Japan international, who passed his trial to join FC Barcelona’s youth Academy La Masia in 2011, joined Real Madrid in 2019 and was immediately sent on loan to Mallorca in search of regular first-team football.

Between 2019 and 2022, Kubo was shipped on loan to as many as three different teams, including Mallorca (twice), Villarreal and Getafe before being sold to Real Sociedad ahead of the ongoing season for a reported €6.5 million fee.

Interestingly enough, keeping his future in mind, Real Madrid decided to keep 50% of the Japanese player’s rights and will be able to buy him back as his contract includes a buy-back option too.

Over the years, Kubo has become more of an expert in Spanish La Liga, having appeared in more than 100 games in the competition. This season, he has made 17 appearances across all competitions for Real Sociedad while scoring two goals.

Meanwhile, SPORT has also mentioned that the Madrid management will also keep an eye on a certain Marco Asensio at the world event in Qatar. 

The 26-year-old winger ends his current deal at the end of the season and while he wishes to continue, the team management hasn’t made any movement in that regard as of today. But if he stands out among the rest at the world cup, the team might think of his continuity.

Speaking of targets that are being monitored, the aforementioned outlet says the likes of Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich), Diogo Dalot (Manchester United) and Bukayo Saka (Arsenal) are all in sight at the moment.

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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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