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Real Madrid want to keep 18-year-old prodigy amidst interest from many European clubs



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Nico Paz has emerged as one of the most exciting young talents coming through the ranks at Real Madrid. At just 18 years of age, the young attacking midfielder is showing a lot of promise and has already been knocking on the first-team doors at the Bernabeu.

Naturally, a number of clubs across Europe have taken an interest in Nico Paz, according to ABC (h/t Madrid Xtra), but Los Blancos have no desire to let the teenager leave and wish to keep him at the club.

Nico Paz signed for the Real Madrid academy in 2016, arriving from Tenerife. He has enjoyed a rapid rise through the youth ranks at La Fabrica and has become a part of the club’s Juvenil A setup under the tutelage of former defender Alvaro Arbeloa.

The 18-year-old has played in five UEFA Youth League matches for the club’s Under-19 side and scored five goals.

The young Argentine has been called up to first-team training on several occasions already and is said to have made a huge impression on the senior players of Carlo Ancelotti’s squad.

The 18-year-old was also called up to the matchday squad for the Merengues’ recent Copa del Rey encounter against Cacererno.

Nico Paz signed a new contract with Real Madrid not very long ago and the club have no immediate plans to sell him amidst rising interest in his services.

Recent reports suggested that Borussia Dortmund are among the clubs to have taken a liking to the teenager. The German giants are set to negotiate with Real Madrid over the transfer of Jude Bellingham when they might bring up the topic of Nico Paz.

However, as iterated earlier, Real Madrid want to keep hold of the 18-year-old prodigy and are unlikely to entertain any enquiries or offers for him at the moment.

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Real Madrid, Barcelona, Liverpool monitoring 19-year-old Bundesliga wonderkid – Romano



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According to Fabrizio Romano, Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Liverpool are all monitoring Bayer Leverkusen and Germany wonderkid Florian Wirtz.

After recovering from his ACL injury, the teenage sensation has been slowly working his way back to his best form. So far this term, Wirtz has managed to rack up a tally of two goals and six assists from 13 matches in all competitions.

The 19-year-old’s talent and potential have never been in question and hence it does not come as a surprise that elite clubs such as Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Liverpool are all keeping tabs on the German international.

A versatile attacking midfielder, Wirtz is capable of playing anywhere in the final third of the pitch and backs up with top-notch end product. Be it as a false-nine or in a more withdrawn role, the youngster has excelled for Bayer Leverkusen, catching the attention of top teams.

Real Madrid, for their part, are also understood to be among Wirtz’s admirers. Given the situation surrounding Karim Benzema’s fitness and the lack of backup at the top, the youngster could be an option, as he has shown potential while operating through the middle.

But Barcelona also have a strong interest in the teenager with reports even suggesting that they have already made contact with his father to enquire about his situation.

At the same time, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is understood to be a huge admirer of his fellow German and with Roberto Firmino on his way out, Wirtz could be lined up as a possible replacement.

However, Romano adds that the expectation is that Wirtz could stay at Bayer Leverkusen for one more year and depart Germany once the UEFA Euro 2024 is out of the way.

For now, there have been talks or negotiations with any clubs, but Real Madrid, Barcelona and Liverpool are all tracking Wirtz and his progress in Germany.

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