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Real Madrid very happy with of 19-year-old defensive starlet who joined in the summer – report



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The likes of Jude Bellingham and Arda Guler were the highlights of Real Madrid’s transfer business in the summer of 2023.

At the same time, though, the club brought in some other young talents to reinforce the youth and Castilla ranks. One of those players was Quique Ribes, who was signed from the Valencia youth academy on a free transfer.

Real Madrid very happy with Ribes’ performances

Now, as per a report from journalist Rodra P (h/t RM4Arab), Real Madrid are very happy with the performances showcased by Ribes in the short time he has been at the club.

The 19-year-old centre-back started out with Real Madrid C upon arrival in the summer but has quickly been promoted to the Castilla team.

Ribes has already featured in six league games for Castilla in the RFEF Primera Division and has performed well, with manager Raul Gonzalez understood to be very impressed by the young talent.

Ribes’ contract with Real Madrid runs until 2025, but if he continues to build on his recent performances, a new, longer deal might not be out of the question.

Injuries to defensive personnel in the first-team setup have led to call-ups to the likes of Alvaro Carrillo and Raul Asencio this season. And Ribes will be hoping to follow in their footsteps, although there is still a long way to go for the 19-year-old defensive starlet.

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Bundesliga title-winner ‘is ready for Real Madrid’, says former German great



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Speaking in an interview with Sport BILD (h/t AS), Germany legend Michael Ballack has claimed that Bayer Leverkusen sensation Florian Wirtz is ready to play for Real Madrid.

Wirtz is a player that Real Madrid have been closely monitoring for a while now, with the German sensation being seen as a long-term replacement for Toni Kroos, who announced his retirement yesterday.

A move for Wirtz is being planned for the summer of 2025 and Ballack believes that the Bundesliga title winner with Leverkusen is ready for the big move to the Santiago Bernabeu.

“Wirtz is ready for Real Madrid,” said Ballack.

“In terms of football, Wirtz can definitely play for Real Madrid. You can also see it in Jude Bellingham after his move from BVB: when you play with even better players, you become even better,” he added.

The Toni Kroos replacement? (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)

Wirtz has a contract with Bayer Leverkusen that runs until the summer of 2027. As things stand, the new German champions have no intentions of selling their prized asset this year.

However, there appears to be an acceptance that the German international will be on the move in 2025.

Other top clubs like Manchester City and Bayern Munich are also understood to be interested, but Real Madrid are likely to beat them in the race should it come down to that next year.

A move for Wirtz, though, could cost in excess of €100 million for Real Madrid should they do indeed decide to proceed with his signing next year.

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