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Real Madrid will only sign former full-back in the summer due to La Liga rules



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An important detail has emerged in the situation of Fran Garcia and his speculated move to Real Madrid.

Bayer Leverkusen’s interest in the player forced Los Blancos to make a quick decision regarding his future. Earlier today, the men in white agreed to exercise their right of first refusal to rule out a move to Germany.

The initial plan was to sign him immediately and loan him back to Rayo Vallecano for the rest of the season as Real Madrid did not want to inflict such a big blow to their direct rivals.

Sergio Santos reports that the option is now ruled out and that the Merengues will only exercise their purchase clause in the summer.

La Liga regulations stipulate that a player cannot be registered to the same team twice in a season, thus making it illegal for him to return to his parent club immediately.

The situation, in fact, is advantageous for Real Madrid. Rayo Vallecano executed a €2.5 million purchase clause in the summer of 2021. In June, the European Champions will be able to get him back for just €5 million.

In an inflated market, this would help Ancelotti sign a top-notch fullback and save every penny to pursue the likes of Jude Bellingham.

When signed in June, he will fight Ferland Mendy for a starting spot next season. Garcia’s arrival, meanwhile, could also put a halt to Los Blancos’ pursuit of Alphonse Davies in the summer.

Garcia has been fundamental to Andoni Iraola’s side this season, starting all 18 of their League games so far. In that duration, he has provided two assists and overseen six clean sheets. His most reassuring statistic is his defensive contributions as he averages close to eight per game.

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‘We will see’ – PSG manager coy on Kylian Mbappe’s future




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Paris Saint-Germain manager Luis Enrique has asked for patience regarding Kylian Mbappe’s future, saying that everyone must wait for the player and PSG to make an official announcement.

Now that the Ligue 1 team has qualified for the UEFA Champions League semi-final, the player is rightly expected to focus on the continental glory, keeping aside his impending move to Real Madrid.

Speaking after his side’s 4-1 win over Barcelona in the UCL quarter-final, Enrique said that he cannot comment on anything unless Mbappe himself releases a statement.

“Let’s wait for Kylian to speak about his future. When Mbappe and PSG will speak in public, we will see,” said Enrique as quoted by Fabrizio Romano.

“It’s like a process. Until Mbappe goes and speaks in public, I’m just here waiting and staying silent,” he added.

What’s going on with Mbappe?

Mbappe’s time with PSG is coming to an end as his contract expires this season, and if reports are to be believed, he has chosen to depart as a free agent.

Reports suggest he is set to join Real Madrid, with rumours of a contract already in place.

Kylian Mbappe scored two goals against Barcelona. (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)

Now, it was suggested that PSG’s elimination from the Champions League could have hastened the process, potentially bringing Mbappe’s move to Madrid closer. 

However, their qualification for the semi-final, and the chance of facing Real Madrid in the final, mean any official announcement will likely be delayed.

As for the player, he revealed after the match that his future will not change even if PSG go on to win the UEFA Champions League. 

“Playing for the team from my country’s capital is very special, I dreamed of these play-offs when I came to PSG. It’s a great day for the club,” said the forward.

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