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Real Madrid tracking 21-year-old La Liga attacking midfield prospect – report

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In recent years, Real Madrid have shifted away from their Galactico signing policy and have been investing more and more in up-and-coming young talents with potential to grow into superstars.

The strategy has paid great dividends for the club as the likes of Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo Goes, Eduardo Camavinga, Aurelien Tchouameni, and more recently Jude Bellingham, are all making a great impact at the club.

And the Merengues do not plan on deviating from that strategy any time soon. Having already secured Endrick’s services for next year, they continue to monitor the market for young prospects with a lot of promise.

Santi Garcia on Real Madrid’s radar

As such, MARCA is now reporting that Getafe’s attacking midfield prospect, Santi Garcia, has popped up on the radars of Real Madrid.

The 21-year-old starlet has been with the Azulones since 2020 and has been training with the first-team setup ever since Jose Bordalas became the manager earlier this year.

Garcia went on to make his La Liga debut for Getafe this past weekend, coming on as a substitute in the 3-0 defeat to Girona.

While he might not have had the most memorable of debuts, the 21-year-old Spanish ace enjoyed a solid pre-season which put him on the map as clubs like Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid took note.

Indeed, both the Spanish capital giants are said to have contacted the youngster’s agent, Jorge Mendes, to stay informed about his situation and any developments regarding his future as they wish to follow his progression.

Santi Garcia is also attracting interest from clubs in Portugal, with teams such as Famalicao and Vitoria de Guimaraes eyeing loan moves.

As far as Real Madrid are concerned, there is no immediate move in the works, and as iterated earlier, the Merengues wish to track the 21-year-old starlet who has shown a lot of potential.

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Real Madrid midfielder set for a change in roles heading into the new season

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Federico Valverde, the dynamic midfielder for Real Madrid, is once again on the cusp of adapting to a new role under the guidance of coach Carlo Ancelotti, reports Mario Calderon for Mundo Deportivo

Valverde’s remarkable versatility has been a key asset for Real Madrid, allowing him to excel in various positions on the field. This adaptability has been crucial for the team, and it seems another transformation is on the horizon for the 25-year-old Uruguayan.

The team chances and so does Valverde

His potential shift in role comes amid changes within the team, notably the reassignment of the number ‘8’ shirt to Toni Kroos. 

The German midfielder’s responsibility for constructing the game will likely be shared among several players to ensure a seamless transition.

Here, Valverde’s ability to quickly grasp new concepts will be a significant advantage for both him and Ancelotti. Even during the current period, with many players still absent, Ancelotti is already strategizing on how to best integrate everyone into the team dynamics without compromising performance.

Federico Valverde might play a different role at Real Madrid next season. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Marcelo Bielsa must be credited

Valverde’s recent experiences with the Uruguayan national team in the Copa America under coach Marcelo Bielsa have further honed his skills. 

Bielsa entrusted Valverde with the captain’s armband and deployed him in a deeper role, where he was responsible for initiating plays from the back alongside his teammate, PSG’s young pivot, Manuel Ugarte. 

This experience has enriched Valverde’s understanding of the game, adding another layer to his already impressive skill set.

As the new season approaches, Valverde will need to re-establish himself in whatever role Ancelotti deems fit—be it as a winger, a pivot, or even a full-back, a position he has previously played under former coach Zinedine Zidane. 

Regardless of where he is positioned, Valverde’s importance to the team is undeniable. His versatility, coupled with his ability to adapt quickly, makes him a pivotal player for Real Madrid’s upcoming campaign.

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