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Real Madrid will not be able to sanction the sale of left-back next season



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After a long period of contemplation, Real Madrid were able to secure a deal for Fran Garcia late in the January transfer window.

Rayo Vallecano’s president confirmed that the young left-back will join Real Madrid at the end of the season. Real Madrid have reached agreement with Vallecano, having exercised the player’s release clause which was valued at €10 million.

But since Real Madrid had 50% rights of the player, they only had to pay €5 million. This led many to believe that the Whites may opt to cash in on Garcia in the summer in order to make a quick profit, given that clubs such as Bayer Leverkusen were willing to meet the player’s €10 million release clause in January.

However, according to Sergio Santos, that option has been ruled out, both by Real Madrid and by law.

Indeed, the new FIFA laws suggests that clubs cannot be involved in ‘bridging a transfer’. This is mentioned in FIFA’s Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players Edition of October 2022.

If two consecutive transfers of the same player (national or international) take place within a period of 16 weeks, it will be assumed, unless otherwise stated, that the parties (clubs and player) involved in those two transfers have participated in a bridging transfer,” says the law.

Real Madrid, therefore, cannot sanction the sale or even loan out Fran Garcia in the summer. Either way, the club had no intention to offload the Rayo Vallecano starlet as they have identified him as the ideal man to compete with or even perhaps replace Ferland Mendy at left-back.

The Frenchman is facing an uncertain future at the club, as he has struggled with consistency this season and there are concerns over his potential. This led Real Madrid to execute the release clause of Garcia, who has shown a lot of promise in La Liga this season and has what it takes to succeed at the Bernabeu in the years to come.

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Real Madrid midfielder trained away from the group last week, but has no injury – report



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With the international break underway, several Real Madrid players have been called up for national team assignments. The stars who have not travelled for international duty have continued to work at the club’s Valdebebas training facility to prepare for the restart.

Toni Kroos is one such player who has remained in Madrid, having retired from international football back in 2021.

However, there had been concerns growing around the 33-year-old’s physical condition as he regularly did indoor work last week and was not spotted in group training with his teammates.

Now, Sergio Quirante has come up with an update on Kroos’ situation, stating that even though the midfielder largely did individual work inside the facilities over the last week, he is fine and has no injuries.

Taking advantage of the international break, the former Bayern Munich superstar is understood to have gone through an individual program to prepare for the final, decisive stretch of the 2022/23 season.

Kroos not being injured comes as a big positive for Real Madrid, ahead of important games against Real Valladolid and Barcelona within the first five days of April.

The rest of the Real Madrid midfield contingent – Luka Modric, Eduardo Camavinga, Aurelien Tchouameni, Federico Valverde, and Dani Ceballos – are all away on international duties and could return with some fatigue from the travel.

So, it is important that Kroos is fully fit and ready to go as Real Madrid look to cut down the gap to the top of the table in La Liga and also make it to the finals of the Copa del Rey by overturning a first-leg deficit against Barcelona in the semi-finals.

Kroos has played 37 matches this season, chipping in with two goals and five assists in the process. With his contract expiring at the end of the season, it is still unclear whether he will renew or hang up his boots.

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