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Real Madrid very happy with young loanee’s development at La Liga club

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Real Madrid saw a number of young talents from the Castilla squad leave the club during the summer transfer window, most on permanent transfers.

Rafa Marin was one of the few youngsters to leave the Spanish capital club on loan, after he signed a new contract until 2026.

Even though the towering defender had offers from Real Betis, where he could play European football, Real Madrid opted to send him out on loan to Deportivo Alaves.

It was a strategic move from Los Blancos as they believed Marin could play more at the newly-promoted club, as they never hesitate to give opportunities to the young players. And the decision seems to be paying off.

Real Madrid very happy with Marin’s development

Indeed, as per a report from MARCA, Real Madrid are very happy with how things are going for Rafa Marin at Alaves and how the young defensive prodigy is progressing.

The 21-year-old centre-back has featured in ten of Alaves’ 13 La Liga games this season and has also played in their only Copa del Rey fixture, clocking a total of 633 minutes in the process.

Marin has been on a special plan to improve his strength and physicality and is showing positive results. As per the report, Real Madrid believe that the Spaniard is now stronger, faster, and more powerful than he was before leaving for Alaves.

The report states that Marin has gained 2 kg of pure (clean) muscle in the last month. The work has allowed him to increase his top speed in competition to over 33 km/h. And the centre-back has gained 1.8 cm in arm circumference.

Marin will have a place in the Madrid squad next season

After loaning out Marin, Real Madrid encountered injury problems in the defensive department as Eder Militao ruptured his ACL and David Alaba also had fitness issues.

That, coupled with the fact that Nacho’s contract expires at the end of the season, means that Real Madrid plan on keeping Marin as part of the squad at the Santiago Bernabeu once he returns from his loan spell at Alaves.

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Transfer Triumph: In-demand defender picks Real Madrid above other suitors

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Real Madrid have received a major transfer boost as Lille defender, Leny Yoro, has chosen to join Los Blancos over other interested clubs, reports Alejandro Alcazar via SPORT.

When Paris Saint-Germain attempted to negotiate a deal with Lille, offering more money than Real Madrid, Yoro made it clear he preferred the Spanish giants. 

Despite PSG’s efforts, including meetings with Yoro’s representatives, they could not convince him to change his mind.

Interestingly, the outlet mentions that Yoro is following a similar path to his compatriot Aurelien Tchouameni, who also chose Real Madrid despite competition from PSG and several Premier League teams. 

Real Madrid really value Yoro

Real Madrid see Yoro as a valuable addition, especially with the recent departure of Nacho. This move has made it crucial for the club to find a reliable replacement, and Yoro is their chosen candidate. 

It is to be noted that Yoro has one year remaining on his contract with Lille, who initially asked for a hefty €100 million transfer fee. 

Leny Yoro has picked Real Madrid over PSG, Liverpool and Man United. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

This amount was considered too high for a player who could leave for free after a year. Lille eventually reduced the asking price to €60 million, an amount that PSG and other clubs like Manchester United and Liverpool were willing to meet. 

However, Real Madrid were not prepared to pay more than €30 million, knowing that Yoro wanted to join them and could do so for free next year.

What is Real Madrid’s strategy?

It is said that Real Madrid’s initial plan was to let Yoro play one more year at Lille and sign him for free in 2025. They were even ready to offer Yoro a special signing bonus, similar to what they did with David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger, which would be added to his salary. 

But Nacho’s departure changed everything. Real Madrid now urgently need a fourth central defender, prompting them to enter negotiations with Lille, something they had previously avoided.

To secure Yoro’s signing this summer, Real Madrid are considering raising their offer to €40 million, including performance-based bonuses. 

Lille might accept this offer, knowing that Yoro could either join Real Madrid now or stay for another year and leave for free.

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