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Real Madrid will count on 21-year-old youngster in the first-team next season

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Real Madrid will be going through some changes in their squad over the summer transfer window, with some top additions expected to arrive at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Indeed, expectations are that Kylian Mbappe will sign as a free agent while work is also being done to rope in the likes of Alphonso Davies and Leny Yoro.

At the same time, some exits are also on the cards, with Luka Modric one of the players primed to leave while there remains an air of uncertainty surrounding the future of Nacho Fernandez.

Real Madrid to count on Rafa Marin

Amidst all this, Real Madrid appear set to welcome a homegrown talent into the first-team fold for the next season.

Indeed, as per AS, Real Madrid plan on counting on young defender Rafa Marin as part of the senior setup in the upcoming campaign.

Marin, 21, has been with Real Madrid for almost eight years now, having joined the club’s youth academy from Sevilla in 2016.

Rafa Marin is currently on loan at Alaves. (Photo by Rafa Babot/Getty Images)

After enjoying a strong stint with Castilla over the past couple of years, the young Spaniard joined Deportivo Alaves on loan during the summer.

Marin has performed well at the La Liga club, racking up 29 appearances in all competitions, and showing that he is ready to step up at this level.

As such, he will be brought into the first-team setup at the Santiago Bernabeu for next season.

Stiff competition for places

While the plan is to bring Marin into the senior squad, the youngster will have serious competition for places in the team.

After all, Carlo Ancelotti already has Eder Militao, Antonio Rudiger, and David Alaba as his frontline central defenders. Beyond that, Nacho could also decide to renew and stay at the club.

And as mentioned earlier, Real Madrid are also working to sign Yoro from Lille. So, it remains to be seen how things shape up as far as Marin and his future are concerned.

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Real Madrid superstar reveals how advice from Brazil legend helped him improve

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Even with all the excitement around Kylian Mbappe, it is Vinicius Junior, who continues to be Real Madrid’s biggest star.

In the past few years, the Brazilian has witnessed substantial growth, notably establishing himself as one of the best players in world football.

Vinicius’ rapid rise to prominence has been backed by numbers as well, with the forward racking up 82 goals and 75 assists in 262 competitive matches for Real Madrid.

Vinicius on receiving advice from Ronaldo

In a recent media interaction, Vinicius Junior, when talking about his success at Real Madrid, revealed that the forward constantly receives advice from his compatriot and former Real Madrid legend Ronaldo.

Vinicius particularly pointed out Ronaldo’s advice in 1v1 situations and how it has helped him improve in such scenarios.

“Ronaldo always calls me and gives me advice, he teaches me so many things. Since he told me that his favourite thing is a 1v1 vs a GK, I thought about it a lot and started working on it really hard,” Vinicius said (h/t Madrid Zone).

Ronaldo regularly speaks with Vinicius. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

“Now, every time I’m in a 1v1 with a GK, I’m the calmest guy in the world. Ever since that conversation with Ronaldo, I stopped being afraid of making mistakes in a 1v1,” the forward added.

Vinicius has indeed witnessed an improvement in his 1v1 play in recent years, which has been reflected in his higher goalscoring numbers.

This season, the forward has netted 23 goals in all competitions while racking up 11 assists. His goalscoring prowess, coupled with his ability in 1v1 situations could prove to be critical as Real Madrid take on Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final next month.

The Brazilian international, though, will be up against a challenging defensive duo of Mats Hummels and Nico Schlotterbeck, who have been able to keep the opposition attacks quiet this season.

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