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Real Madrid want 17-year-old wonderkid considered the heir to Lionel Messi – report



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A recent report from Mundo Deportivo has claimed that Real Madrid are one of the clubs interested in the services of Claudio Echeverri.

The 17-year-old attacking midfielder currently plies his trade for River Plate’s subsidiary squad. But his exemplary performances in the youth competitions have left onlookers mesmerised, with many hailing him as the ‘heir to Lionel Messi’.

Echeverri’s performances have not gone unnoticed. Real Madrid are one of the clubs keeping close tabs on his future, as they look to further improve their ranks in the youth department.

With players like Karim Benzema, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric in the final phase of their respective careers, there is no secret that Real Madrid are bracing themselves for a transitory period ahead.

As part of their overhaul, Real Madrid have targeted young Borussia Dortmund superstar Jude Bellingham, who may soon reveal his final decision on his future.

Real Madrid are scouring the market for other talents across the world. They notably bagged the services of Endrick earlier in the season, with the young Brazilian set to arrive at the Bernabeu in the summer of 2024, when he turns 18.

The reigning Spanish champions may follow a similar strategy to Echeverri. With players such as Vinicius Junior, Federico Valverde and Rodrygo thriving at Santiago Bernabeu, Real Madrid have made a solid reputation for nurturing South American talents in the recent past.

A move to the Spanish capital, therefore, could appeal to Echeverri. However, these are still early days, especially with the youngster yet to even get a taste of professional football. Hence, the club might want to monitor his progress before making a move for the young Argentine.

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Official: Marco Asensio leaves Real Madrid on a free transfer



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Real Madrid have officially announced that winger Marco Asensio will be leaving the club as a free agent at the end of the season. The Spaniard was between a contract extension and departure for a very long time, and eventually decided it was best for him to leave.

Asensio joined Madrid eight years ago, as a 20-year-old, and was loaned out to Espanyol during his first season in the top flight, where he scored four goals and gave ten assists across 34 appearances.

He has since been a key member of Real Madrid’s team, often dropping in and out of starting lineups, though. During his time at the Santiago Bernabeu, Asensio has won three UEFA Champions Leagues, four FIFA Club World Cups, three La Ligas, and three European Super Cups.

“Real Madrid fans will never forget their path and their exemplary behaviors during all this time. Madrid is, and will always be, his home,” the farewell announcement said.

Now, rumours suggest that Asensio will heading to Paris to join PSG on a Bosman move.

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