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Real Madrid will not force 23-year-old forward to stay, want him to renew contract

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With both Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio exit-bound, Real Madrid are on the verge of losing two of their most clutch players in recent history. While the former started games and clinched goals week in and week out, the latter almost never failed to make an impact off the bench.

Carlo Ancelotti worries about a lack of options in the final third ahead of next season. Reports in the last 24 hours have suggested the possibility of Brahim Diaz staying at the club next season to help out in attack and stake a claim under the manager.

According to reports from Jonas Perez of Relevo (h/t Madrid Xtra), Real Madrid want to renew Brahim Diaz’s contract. After all, he is a special talent who has his whole career ahead of him and the club counts on him for the future.

However, Los Blancos will not force a decision on his immediate future at the moment. Real prefers if he stays next season but will not pose any hurdle if he wishes to leave on loan once again.

The former Manchester City player is currently on loan at AC Milan. In a span of just two years, he has established himself as a regular starter at San Siro and is in love with the club as he admitted in an interview recently.

“The future will be seen, we don’t know what can happen tomorrow, I’m in Milan and I want to perform and give 100%. The fans love me a lot. I’m at a great club and I’m focused on the next game and focused on Milan.”

The Spanish prodigy has scored six goals and provided seven assists in 32 league starts for AC Milan this season. With the project around him taking shape and the team even reaching the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League, his desire to continue is understandable.

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Real Madrid 23-year-old striker close to finalising a move to Real Valladolid – report

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After two years on loan at Getafe, former Real Madrid striker Juanmi Latasa has returned to the Spanish capital.

His performances, after all, were not enough to coerce his foster club to push for a permanent transfer.

The 23-year-old striker made 32 appearances for Getafe last season, including 15 starts. However, he only had two goals to show for his regular participation and it is safe to label his time at the club as a disappointment.

Now back in Madrid, Latasa is unlikely to get a chance to make a mark at the club. All signs point to a departure in the coming days.

The overwhelming favorite

As revealed in a recent report by Jorge C Picon, several first-division teams in Spain have reported interest in the young striker. Real Valladolid however, are the overwhelming favourites.

The La Liga side are looking for a striker with a good physical presence, height, a strong aerial presence and a knack for goal.

Latasa (L) set to leave Real Madrid. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

Latasa ticks all the boxes they demand and negotiations between the two clubs are expected to progress in the coming days.

Latasa’s sale, at this point, is thus taken for granted. Leganes and Espanyol are some of the other clubs interested in his services.

No scope in Madrid

Carlo Ancelotti, over the years, has not carved out a reputation as one who trusts academy stars heavily. In his defence, however, he has always had superior options available.

Heading into next season, Los Blancos have a packed forward department including Kylian Mbape, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo Goes and Endrick.

Considering that the well-established Joselu himself saw no scope at the club next season, it is safe to say that Latasa understands his situation.

From Real Madrid’s perspective, it remains to be seen if they maintain any leverage on his future.

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